Priscilla Magdamo

1396 Gregg Hill Road
Waterbury Center VT 05677 USA
802 244-8104 (tel)

Born: 1932, Dumaguete City, Philippines
Married to Fred Abraham; son, Shaun (1962); daughter, Valerie (1965)


       BS (Zoology), AB (Music) 1954, Silliman University, Philippines

       MM (Voice, Ethnomusicology), 1962, Indiana University, USA 

       CMVT (Certified McCloskey Vocal Therapist), 2002, Boston, USA

Courses & Workshops

       Richard Miller Vocal Performance & Pedagogy Institute, Oberlin College, Ohio

       McCloskey Institute of Vocal Therapy, Boston & Atlanta [Certified McCloskey Vocal Therapist]

       Dalton Baldwin/Lorraine Newbar Vocal Workshops, Johnson & Montpelier, Vermont

       John Wustmann Vocal Workshop, Dartmouth College 

Grants & Awards

       Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant

(To collect, compile, arrange, and perform folksongs of the Visayas, Philippines)


       United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (3 grants)

1. Study Grant (To study kutyapi music of the Manobo tribe, Philippines)

2. Asian Tour (Founder & Director, Ilian performance group)

3. Workshop on Asian Traditional Music, Bali (Director)


       Centennial Endeavor Award from the Province of Negros Oriental, Philippines.

For the preservation and dissemination of Filipino culture through

traditional music, myths, and folktales

       Outstanding Sillimanian Award, August 28, 2002, Silliman University, for the contributions to the preservation of Philippine Visayan music and for her tireless efforts to promote Philippine indigenous music and instruments in the Philippines and throughout the world [full text]




       Folksongs of the Visayas, 6 vols., Silliman Foundation, 1956

Cited in W. Apel, Harvard Dictionalry of Music, 2nd edition

       Atong Huning Kaugalingon (Our Own Songs) Choral Arrangements of 14 Visayan Songs

       23rd Psalm (composition, based on tribal melody)

In I-to Loh, Ed.-in-chief, Hymns from the Four Winds, 1983. \

Individual folksong arrangements for chorus with solo voice.

      Three Visayan Songs, Ahay Tuburan, Oras Sing Aga, & Pagkaanindot,
arranged for solo voice or instrument with piano accompaniment


       Ang Katahum Mubihag (Beauty Captivates), a solo album of Visayan Folksongs.

1983, Vermont: Tuburan. (with Michael Dadap, guitar)

       Huning Kaugalingon (Our Own Songs), CD solos and field recordings of

Visayan Folksongs (November, 2003). [more information]

       Soloist and chorister on releases with the Gregg Smith Singers including

Grammy Award winning albums: Columbia and Vox.

       Solo Quartet release with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble: Desto.

       Huni (Musical Sound), CD for distribution to Negros schools, with the ensemble Atong Huning Kaugaling.

Professional Experience as a Performer of Music, Myths & Folktales of the Philippines

       Performances in Vermont colleges, schools, libraries, parks, Vermont Public Radio, & churches

       Engagements in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania

       Workshops for the California Literature Project (for elementary school teachers)

       Presenter, California Music Educators Association

       Workshops and performances in Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Austria,

And the Netherlands

       Concerts in the Philippines including public concerts, lectures, demonstrations at

universities, schools, churches, and TV.

       Workshops and performances in California elementary, middle, and high schools

       Invited Principal Artist, 5th Annual Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival,

Amherst College, Amherst MA, April 26, 1997.

Professional Experience as Singer of Classical Music

  Tours of the US, South America, Europe, Asia with professional vocal ensembles such as the:

       The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble

       Gregg Smith Singers

       The John Biggs Consort

       The Philippine Vocal Ensemble

       Ilian (Founder & Director; performance of traditional & classical Philippine music)

  Guest Soloist in various music festivals in the US and Austria and with oratorio societies of:  

       Burlington, Vermont

       Plattsburg, New York

       Dartmouth College

  Various guest appearances at:  

                   Columbia University

                   California Institute of Technology

                   University of California, San Diego

                   Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art

                   Various choral groups in Vermont

                   American Contemporary Composers' Orchestra

                   The Vermont Symphony Orchestra

                   The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra

q  Artist-in-Residence at Samba-Likhaan (Philippines)

Other Professional Contributions

Member for the Vermont Arts Council's Panel for the Evaluation of Artists in Dance & Theater
Chairperson for the National Music Competition for Young Artists (solo voice), Philippines
Chairperson of the Workshop for the Exchange of Asian Traditional Music (Bali, Indonesia) 

Workshops for students, teachers, professionals at schools, universities, churches, and community organization, Philippines and USA

Founded the original Folk Arts Ensemble (1953 recording) and Campus Choristers, 1953, Silliman

Founded Atong Huning Kaugalingo, 2001, Silliman

Teaching Experience

Adjunct faculty in voice, University of Vermont
Adjunct faculty in voice, Johnson State College, Vermont
Visiting Professor in Music, University of the Philippines
Visiting Professor in Music, Asian Institute for Liturgy & Music (Philippines)
Church Music Institute (Khaoshung, Taiwan)
National Summer Music Institute for Public School Teachers (Philippines)
Visiting Professor, School of Music faculty, Silliman University, (Philippines)

Private-studio Vocal Instruction  and Vocal Therapy

Professional Organizations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Vermont Arts Council Touring Artist (emeritus)
Society for Ethnomusicology (past member)

Created by fda: 10/1/96 Updated: 12/05/03, 11/7/2012