The NAMCYA has been a principal instrument in discovering major music talents from all over the country. Its project involves some 1 million musicians, trainers and administrations, in along and tedious process of selecting the best among them from all seventeen regions, annually. NAMCYA has a three-fold program: 1. Discovering outstanding Young Filipino musicians from every region of the country through annual competitions; 2. Developing these musicians through Workshops and Training Programs; and 3. Enhancing and expanding the appreciation for and performance of Filipino music by way of mandated competition repertoire programs and commissioning of new works.
In recognition of the Filipinos’ innate love for music, the National Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended on November 1988 as a response to “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development.”
PP 1173 has designated the last week of November of each year as National Music Week, with the NAMCYA Competitions as main highlights of the celebration. In 2001, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation No. 80 which affirms NAMCYA’s mission for the nation’s young artists. This Proclamation further designates the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as the primary supporting agency of this endeavor.

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Group Performances:

Children’s Choir, High School Choir, College Choir, Children’s Rondalla, High School Rondalla, College Rondalla, and Traditional Music Ensemble. In 2016, NAMCYA is launching the Symphonic Band Category, enlivening the band tradition of the country.

Solo Performances:

Solo Voice, Strings, Piano, Winds, Solo Rondalla Instruments.

In line with decentralization, these are intended to share the music of outstanding young talents with the rest of the country. They are also intended to raise nationwide awareness of the wealth of Filipino talents as well as depth of Philippine music in both its traditional and modern forms.

Outreach and main concert at CCP feature Champion from the NAMCYA competitions as well as international artists like the Han-Sheng Childrens Choir from Taiwan, the Szczecinski Choir Chkopiecy from Poland, Solbjorg Tveiten (singer) and Gro Marie Svidal (hardanger fiddle) of the Norwegian Folk Music Ensemble of Norway, among others.


These are aimed at upgrading the skills of performers, conductors, teachers, students and parents who accompany their children on the competition and workshop sojourns witness first-hand the kind of works and dedication that are necessary for by music accomplishment. Furthermore, they are exposed to the quality of other artist competitors and are able to broaden and widen their perspectives vis-à-vis music training and education.

Courses include: Music theory; choral conducting and technique; choral literature and vocal technique; choral writing and arranging: Sight reading and ear training; Music technology; Piano; Ensemble (Rondalla and Philippine Traditional Ensemble); creative music procedures; music as a tool for the community, values education and therapy; and World Music.