© 2019 by PHILIPPINE SARINGHIMIG SINGERS

 

ABOUT


Saringhimig Singers is a choral ensemble from the San Francisco Bay Area, California composed of members of diverse background and various professions brought together by the love, passion and dedication to music and arts under the artistic direction of George Hernandez. The name Saringhimig is a Filipino inspired word meaning “Magical Wings of Song.”
The choir has a remarkable performance history. It started as a student choir founded by then music student, George Hernandez, in 1974 at the University of the Philippines.


From 1979 till 1983, Saringhimig Singers established a commendable reputation in Europe by winning in choral competitions and participating in notable choral festivals: Arezzo & Gorizia in Italy, Llangollen in Wales, Tolosa in Spain, Cant’ Coral in Barcelona and Puig Reig, Spain. The extensive European concert tours included performances at the 800th celebration of Rhine Cathedral in Germany, the State Opera House in Prague and in various concert halls in Poland, in the then Yugoslavia and in Czechoslovakia. In 1983, the choir continued its European concert tour in Canada and the United States with notable performances at the Royal Massey Hall in Toronto and the first Filipino choir ever to perform at Lincoln Center in New York.


After an interval of a few years, Mr. Hernandez revived the Saringhimig Singers in 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The choir has since been busy with local concerts and performances, several of which were to help in the fundraising projects for several religious and non-profit organizations.
Saringhimig Singers embarked on another series of European concert tours and choral festivals in 1994 in Spain and 1996 in Germany. From 2003 to 2008, the choir had annual concert tours that included participation in World Choral Festivals and winning International Choral Competitions in Puebla, Mexico, Llangollen, Wales, UK, Cantonigros, Spain, Torrevieja, Spain, Powell River, British Columbia and San Luis Obispo, California. Saringhimig Singers received special awards in Recognition for Excellence in Music from the California State Assembly presented by Senator Marks in1994 and Senator Torlakson in 2005.


In July 2016, the choir performed in Zurich, Switzerland and Rome, Italy and was heralded in their performance and participation in the 56th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL “VIRGO LAURETANA” in Loreto, Italy.


Director George Hernandez received the Pamana Award for Music and Arts in 2003. He received his education in music at the University of the Philippines, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the San Francisco State University. He keeps himself active and busy composing, arranging and teaching voice and piano. Mr. Hernandez is a published choral arranger with Hal Leonard. His many choral arrangements are popular and sang by choirs from around the world; most notably, his arrangement of Rosas Pandan.

 

Most Recent Awards and Accomplishments

2019 Return to Competition in Europe 

  • Celebration of 45 years concert series throughout the Bay Area with a highlight concert at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco

  • LXV Concorso de Habaneras y Polifonico, Torrevieja, Spain July 2019

  • Participant Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

2017 - 2018 Local Concerts in SF Bay Area

  • Fall Concert in Holy Name Parish in Fremont, CA

  • Christmas Concert Series in Oakland and San Francisco

2016  Italy and Switzerland Tour

    * 56th International Sacred Music Festival "Virgo Lauretana", Loreto Italy

    * Concert in Rome, Italy

    * Mass at Maria Lourdes Church, Seebacherstrasse 3, Zurich Switzerland

    * Christmas concerts in the Bay Area, OLM, St. Mathias, OLPH

2014 – 2015 Reorganized, Series of Concerts

    * Concerts in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Antioch, Fremont, Manteca and Daly City

2008 -2010 Annual Christmas Concerts & Short Performances

    *Vallejo, Sunny Vale, Santa Clara and San Francisco

2007 Concert Series

    * First California International Choral Festival and Competition, San Luis Obispo

            Third Place - Choir’s Choice Category

    * Concerts in Glendale, Daly City, San Mateo, Stockton

2006 Canadian Concert Tour

    * XII International Choral Kathaumixw, Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

            First Place - Contemporary Choral Music Category

            Second Place - Adult Mixed Voice Choir Category

    * Kathaumixw Concerts Around BC, Maple Ridge

    * Concerts in San Mateo, San Francisco

    * Annual Christmas Concert

2005 European Concert Tour

    * LI Concorso de Habaneras y Polifonico, Torrevieja, Spain

            Third Place - Polyphony Category

    * California State Capitol Senate Floor, Sacramento

            Award of Recognition for “Excellence in Choral Performances in California and Around the World”             presented by Senator Torlakson

    * Participant, Founders 7th Annual International Choir Festival, Los Angeles

    * 2005 World Musikahan with Ryan Cayabyab, Special Guest

    * San Francisco City Hall Celebration of Philippine Month, Special Guest

    * Concerts in San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, and Manteca

    * Annual Christmas Concert

 2004 European Concert Tour

    * 58th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales

            Fifth Place - Both in Chamber Category and Folkloric Category

    * XXII Festival Internacional de Musica de Cantonigros, Spain

    * Participant, Founders 6th Annual International Choir Festival, Los Angeles

    * Concerts in San Francisco, Milpitas, Oakland, Manteca and Los Angeles

    * Annual Christmas Concert

      

2003 Mexico Concert Tour

    * IV Festival Mundial de Coros, Puebla, Mexico

            Voted “Best Choir”

    * Concerts in San Francisco, San Jose, Manteca and Milpitas

    * Annual Christmas Concert

 

 The Saringhimig Singers 1979 - 1996

 

1996 Germany Concert Tour

     * Concerts in different cities in Germany

 

1994 Spain Concert Tour

      * Participant Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

      * Concerts Different cities in the Catalunya region of Spain

 

1983 European & Northern American Tour

      * Top Prize XXXI Concorso Polifonico Internationale Guido D’Arezzo, Italy

            Folkloric Category

      * Top Prize XXII International Choral Competition, Gorizia – Italy

            Folkloric Category

      * Participant, Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

      * Concerts Germany, Italy, Spain, Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom, France, Canada, USA

 

1981 European Tour

      * Third Prize Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales (Mixed Choir Category)

      * Top Prize XXVIII Concorso Polifonico Internationale Guido D’Arezzo, Italy

      * Male Choir Category (Ave Maria Male Choir)

      * Participant Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

      * Participant Jornades Musicales Internacionales, Barcelona, Spain

      * Participant East Mersea Music Camp, Essex, United Kingdom

      * Concerts United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany

 

1980 European Concert Tour

      * Grand Prize Lehiateka Certamen Cancion y Polifonica Vascas, Tolosa, Spain

      * Third Prize Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales - Folkloric Category

            (First Philippine Choir to participate in the Eisteddfod)

      * Participant Sonnenberg Youth Music Camp, Germany

      * Participant Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

      * Participant Cant’ Coral Barcelona, Spain

      * Recording Radio Rundfunk Stuttgart, Germany

 

       * Concerts Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Denmark

 

1979 European Concert Tour

       * First Prize XXVII Concorso Polifonico Internationale Guido D’Arezzo, Italy

       * Participant Cant’ Coral de Puig-reig, Spain

       * Participant XV Dia del Cant’ Coral Barcelona, Spain

       * Performance at The World Premiere of Dieter Salbert’s Theaterliche Messe in Ansberg, Germany

       * Performance at The 800th year Celebration of the Rhine Cathedral of Cologne, Germany

       * Concerts United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia, Poland, Italy