About the UP College of Music

In 1916, the Conservatory aimed at the education of pupils in a serious study of music with a view to a professional career in some branch of the art. The Conservatory, therefore, arranged its curriculum so that all pupils in its regular courses who wanted to be teachers, singers or performers on any instrument also pursued theoretical subjects which were necessary in a holistic education. These were taken together with instrumental and vocal lessons.


The formal opening of the Conservatory as a unit of the University of the Philippines took place on 4 September 1916. This was held in a large rented building at 963 R. Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila. A handful of students, mostly children of prominent Manilans, were the first enrollees. The first director was Mr. George Wallace, a voice professor from the New England Conservatory of Boston, Massachussetts, with Mr. Fernando Canon as secretary.


In 1924, the Conservatory moved to Isaac Peral and Nebraska Streets in Ermita, then to Villamor Hall in 1933.


In 1948, it finally transferred to its present location in Diliman, Quezon City. In that year, the College used to be located at the administration building of the University until it  relocated to its present music building which is named after the famous Filipino composer and alumnus of the conservatory, Nicanor Abelardo. The present building was built in 1963 with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development. A new wing called annex was added and inaugurated in February 1991.


Under the administration of President Carlos P. Romulo and established by the Board of Regent in its 773rd meeting held on August 30, 1968, the U.P. College of Music serves as a catalyst in national development by providing quality and professional instruction in diverse areas of music specialization.


Its college administration and faculty are committed to provide a meaningful and personally relevant learning experience of music, as well as to guide students towards academic excellence.


The College is a veritable source of strength and inspiration for independent creative, and scholarly artists. Its graduates stand out not only as exemplary musicians and academicians but as integral persons with a keen perception of their duties and responsibilities as citizens of their country and of the world.


Since its foundation in 1916, twelve directors or deans had served the institution in the past.

Current Administration of the College

  Jose S. Buenconsejo, Ph.D.



  Raul C. Navarro, Ph.D.
  College Secretary


 Eva Garcia Cadiz

     Administrative Officer V

Ma. Concepcion "Connie" Rongavilla
    Administrative Officer V  (SRE)

Elvira "Yvette" Briones
    Administrative Officer IV

Lolita "Lolit" Manuel

    Administrative Assistant II

Edmund "Mon" Nerval
    Administrative Officer III (Supply Officer)

Felicisimo "Toto" Calabon

    Administrative Assistant I and Building


Emmanuel "Boy" Rullog
    Admin Asst. III (Electrician Foreman)

Rizalina T. Ballucos
    Adimistrative Aide IV

Josephine "Josie" Baradas

    University Researcher I

Rommel Gojo

    University Research Associate II

Al Nikko John "Niks" Nagutom

    Media Specialist

Pamela T. Baldicañas

    Extension Program Assistant

Elyrose "Ely" Saban
    Special Assistant for Admin

Amihan "Amie" Isunza

    Office Assistant

The Directors and Deans of the College

National Artists from the UP College of Music

Ramon P. Santos (1941-)

Francisco Feliciano (1941-2014)

Jose M. Maceda (1917-2004)

Andrea O. Veneracion (1928-)

Lucio San Pedro (1913-2002)

Felipe Padilla de Leon (1912-1922)

Jovita Fuentes (1895-1978)

Antonino R. Buenaventura (1904-1996)

Antonio J. Molina (1894-1980)



Our Vision

The best music school in the Philippines, which produces excellent, intellectually savvy, and distinctively compassionate professional musicians whose integrative and well-rounded music training will shine and lead in the fields of music-making and thinking about music in Southeast Asia.


Our Mission

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music is dedicated to


• High quality instruction in music as a disciplined artistic expression, an object of intellectual passion, and as a creation that fosters social cooperation and community solidarities.


• Performing music, not merely for its technique, but as an authentic human expression that offers a unique and alternative vision of life that music is.


•Innovative music compositions, progressive pedagogical approaches, and persuasive theories and apt methods in research that would put Filipino leadership in the field of music in the Southeast Asian region.


• Music making that hastens national development by sensing, reflecting, and constructively critiquing it.



The UP College of Music is committed to


• Providing music students with a comprehensive, balanced, and advanced music instruction in the art of performance interpretation that is solidly informed by deep intellectual work and methodical practice, thus allowing students to advance professionally and swiftly in their chosen fields of study.


• Offering a highly experiential training where instruction and opportunities to perform are integrated, thus hastening the development of students into mature professional musicians or as active music listeners later on in their lives.


• Performing Filipino works that will promote them and thus will develop an appreciation and an understanding of the Filipino genius in music.


• Serving the community of artists, academics, students, and common residents in UP Diliman and from adjoining communities in Quezon City through its Abelardo Hall Auditorium's Concert Series, the UP Music Extension Program, and through collaborations with UP music alumni, other Filipino performing arts organizations, and with local and foreign artists.


• Contributing to the literature of Asian art music in the region through the dissemination of the creative and academic works of the College faculty as performers, composers, pedagogues, and researchers.



The UP College of Music faculty, non-teaching administrative staff, and students believe in achieving the mission, vision and goals of the College and thus maintain an environment that is maximized for music learning


• Where equity, collegiality, mutual support and care among teachers, students, and administrative staff are top priority so as to foster and maintain academic excellence.


• Where academic freedom is upheld as in respecting and tolerating the diversity of opinions but within the bounds of reason and shared responsibility in keeping the interest of the common good above selfish, often hidden, personal motivations.


• Where curricular programs in performance, music education, research, and composition have significance to the personal and professional growth of the College's studentry.


• Where individuals in the College proactively engage in leadership and public service that will benefit the Filipino people.


• Where activities initiated by individuals, performing groups, departments, and the College is appreciated and valued by others in the College and by the larger academic community of UP Diliman.


• Where administrative organizational infrastructures are honest, service-oriented, efficient, sustainable, and effective.


• Where hierarchical relationships among teachers, admin staff, and students are based on mutual respect and fairness, but tempered with compassion.


• Where achievements of students are measured, defined, and appreciated broadly, not merely in terms of fixed standards.