Finding your voice

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    The voice is used in communication, either in speaking or singing. Singing strengthens the immune system. For the elderly, it is a great form of aerobic workout for the lungs. The diaphragm becomes stronger and improves overall circulation. Singing one’s favorite song not only brings back memories but also calms the mind.

    At the Sunshine Place, Voice Classes are being offered with three schedules to choose from depending on the students preferred time and instructor. Sunshine Place brings together voice instructors to handle the classes—Cloi Sugano, every Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 am-11:00 am; and Isaac Iglesias, on Thursdays from 10:00 am-12 noon and Saturdays from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. All classes are done via Zoom.

    Voice classes start with necessary warm up before each session. Proper breathing, right intonation, posture, stage presence and interpretation are also taught. Concepts learned are applied with songs to be sung. Seniors can start with 4-session course while non-seniors are encouraged to take 8-sessions.

    Voice instructor Cloi Sugano is taking up Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the UST Conservatory of Music. A soprano herself, her voice trainings also include opera master classes with world-renowned conductor and sopranos. She is a recipient of Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF) scholarship program founded by McDonalds Chairman, Dr. George T. Yang.

    Teacher Cloi’s one-on-one online lessons at Sunshine Place are designed to meet the individual needs of each student in order for them to discover their own voice and passion for playing music in a fun and effective way.

    Isaac Iglesias is a graduate of St. Scholastica’s College of Music where he is a part time faculty member and serves as conductor of the College’s Chamber Choir. He has studied under the tutelage of the Italian trained Soprano, Rica Nepomuceno. He joined numerous concerts like Good Ode Classics that showcased monthly concerts at the TIU Theater (2015-2016). He was one of the Philippine representatives to the 2019 ASEAN Music Festival in Vietnam.