Wellington Filipino Community Choir
The Wellington Filipino Community Choir first came together in 1996 to perform for Philippines’ President Fidel Ramos state visit to New Zealand. The Choir re-formed in 1999 with its first concert “Miss Kita Kung Krismas” to help raise funds with Bulwagan Foundation for Filipino Community Centre. Since then they meet every week moved by an inherent love for singing and friendship.
Their repertoire covers a range from sacred music, spiritual, popular, jazz to Filipino Folk and OPM (Original Pilipino Music). A number of the songs they perform have been arranged by well known Filipino song writers and musicians.
WFCC is a mixed-voice choir. They are a lively friendly bunch and encourage one another. While some are experienced singers others have done little singing. It is certainly a stimulating place to be on Thursday nights.
The group has been self-directing for many years until Robert Ty came to one of our rehearsals. Robert is a gifted young choral director who saw the choir’s potential and decided to join us. He was mentored by Mr Warlito Yalung, Robert Delgado and Ms Anna Tabitha Abeleda-Picquero of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. He has shown passion and musical artisan in choral conducting thanks to his mentors. WFCC is privileged to have Robert as Musical Director.
As you can see the choir needs more male singers. Joining us is easy. You will need to have a love of singing, the ability to hold a tune, and a keen interest in learning more, developing skills in choral singing and a commitment to our weekly rehearsals (occasionally extra ones) and our performances – usually two to three major ones year and some smaller ones.
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Robert Jr. Burdeos Ty
The Choir Director
Robert Jr. Burdeos Ty is a chef by profession and currently works at Maria Luca in Thorndon. He has been inclined to the arts at an early age and has been constantly learning and upgrading his knowledge in both Culinary Arts and Music.
He started taking lessons in piano, violin, and voice at the age of 7. At 14 he was introduced to choral singing, when he joined his college choir. Since then, he has joined various choirs, had conducted church and school choirs, and attended choral workshops under mentors like Mr. Warlito Yalung, Ms. Anna Tabitha Abeleda-Picquero, and Mr. Robert Delgado, all of whom are members of the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, conductors and choral arrangers to various choirs in the Philippines and overseas.
Robert has shown passion and musical artisan in choral conducting thanks to his mentors. He then shares his knowledge for choral singing through the Wellington Filipino Community Choir. He strives for musical excellence and creativity.
FilCoro was formed in 2014 through the encouragement of Exceptional Communications. It is the professional arm of the Wellington Filipino Community Choir and performers are handpicked by WFCC Choral Director Robert Ty.
Their repertoire covers a wide range from popular, sacred music, spiritual, jazz to Filipino Folk and OPM (Original Pilipino Music). A number of the songs they perform have been arranged by well known Filipino song writers and musicians.