5:30pm EDT April 9

Art Songs of the Philippines

Hosted by the Syracuse Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and in collaboration with SOURCE Research


Michael Dadap

Born to a family of musicians in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, Philippines, Michael Dadap received his early musical training in solfege and theory from his older brother, Jerry. After graduating from the University of the Philippines, majoring in Philosophy, Michael Dadap came to New York in 1971 to study classical guitar, theory, composition, and conducting at the Mannes and Juilliard Schools of Music. He made his successful Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1974. 

Mr. Dadap devotes a great part of his career to promoting Philippine music, and pioneering the awareness of Philippine Rondalla in the U.S. He is the founding music director of the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla of Boston, Mass. He serves as music consultant for the Philippine Chamber Rondalla of New Jersey and the Cornell Filipino Rondalla. He is a strong and passionate advocate with the mission to promote Philippine culture and music to next generation here in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Dadap travels annually to the Philippines to concertize, give master classes, and create new innovations, among them; the making of the New Bandurria Family instruments. He wrote A Complete Method for Virtuoso Bandurria (2001). As a visiting Professor at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, he founded and established the University’s first “Orkestra Sin Arko” (orchestra without bowed instruments). 

Other than building/conducting orchestras, writing books, methods, and curricula, Michael Dadap maintain a clear vision for his country to have its own world-class symphony orchestra of plucked instruments with winds, brasses, pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments–Orkestra Sin Arko (OSA). He hopes that OSA will give Filipinos a strong musical and cultural identify that the Philippines can proudly claim as their very own. 

Maestro Dadap is the artistic director, and principal conductor of the Children’s Orchestra Society since 1984. He founded the most advanced group within the orchestra–Young Symphonic Ensemble (YSE), whose purpose is to provide opportunities for talented young musicians to perform together on the same concert stage with today’s legendary performing artists including YoYo Ma, Cecile Licad, and many other great artists of our time.

On December 7, 2006, Mr. Dadap received from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, (in recognition of his remarkable achievements as a Virtuoso musician, composer and music teacher, proponent of Philippine traditional music and promoting Philippine culture and causes through his work), the 2006 “Pamana Ng Lahi” Presidential Award in Malacanang Palace. 

Mr. Dadap resides in Queens, New York with his wife, COS Executive Director, Dr.Yeou-Cheng Ma. They have two children, Daniel and Laura.

Aiden McGorry

Aiden McGorry (b. New York City) is an interdisciplinary creative, currently pursuing a B.Arch degree from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture with minors in music performance and urban geography.

McGorry studies with Gregory Wood, assistant principal cellist of Symphoria; and chamber music with William Knuth of Duo Sonidos. He studied with Elvira Sullivan for over ten years in New York City. Most recently, Aiden performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra under James Tapia as a winner of the Setnor School of Music Concerto Competition (2023). He was a winner of the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musicians Program where he performed Faure’s Piano Quartet at Alice Tully Hall (2019). He has previously performed at esteemed venues such as Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Hall, Symphony Space, Rockwood Music Hall, the National Opera Center, and Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. He has played in numerous masterclasses for members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulysses Quartet, Orion Quartet, Publiq Quartet, among others. Upcoming engagements include Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with The Manhattan Symphonie (2024), Bruch’s Kol Nidrei for Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week and Celebration of Life at Hendricks Chapel (2023), and a performance of a series of Filipino folk songs alongside an art installation of his design (2024).