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The Court of Appeals Chorale

by: Atty. Tammy Ann R. Mendillo

The Court of Appeals Chorale was reorganized last June 2006 under the baton of its new musical director, Mr. Arnel de Pano, a multi-awarded composer, arranger, Gospel singer and advocate of original Pilipino music. De Pano brings to the Court a fresh but serious approach to choral teaching, armed with his wide experience in pop and gospel music and significant background in songwriting, production, choral conducting and music directing, among others.

Since its reorganization, De Pano, the son of former Presiding Justice Nathanael P. De Pano, Jr., has led the CA Chorale to perform in various occasions and official functions of the Court, namely,

  1. Mass and Retirement ceremonies of Justice Vicente Yap

  2. Retirement program of Atty. Tessie Gatmaitan

  3. Mass and Retirement ceremonies of Justice Santiago Ranada, Jr.

  4. Christmas Program (overall)

  5. Christmas Program of the Ladies’ Circle

  6. Necrological Program for Justice Eliezer Delos Santos

  7. Mass and Necrological Program for Justice Roberto A. Barrios

  8. Third Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture

One of the significant accomplishments of the CA Chorale is its production of a CD recording of the National Anthem, Court of Appeals Hymn and Judiciary Hymn which were treated to new arrangements and original band accompaniments by De Pano. The newly recorded anthem and hymns are constantly played during flag-raising ceremonies and other official functions.

Last February 1, 2007, on the occasion of the Court’s 71st Anniversary, the CA Chorale staged a mini-concert of six (6) songs during the luncheon tendered in honor of the Justices and their spouses at the CA Auditorium. A repeat of three songs, namely, “Corner of the Sky,” “Daybreak” and “You Raise Me Up,” was performed at the afternoon program for the employees.

De Pano aims to further hone the CA Chorale in terms of actual performance and chorale sound. For these, he plans to schedule formal voice coaching sessions for the members. Noted voice teachers with proven track record of producing quality singers may be invited.

The CA Chorale meets and rehearses regularly during Tuesdays-Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CA Auditorium.




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