The Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble

            

     PMCIE 2008 performing at "Star Of Hope Concert", CCP              PMCIE 2009 in "THANKFUL with Little Hands at Play" at CCP

 

The Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble (PMCIE) is a musical group composed of PMC pre-school children ages 4 through 6. The children perform as a percussion orchestra using ORFF and other mallet percussion instruments such as the marimba, xylophone, metallophones and glockenspiel.  The same children may also form into an angklung ensemble with the marimbas as accompaniment or solo instruments.  (An angklung is a native Indonesian instrument made of bamboo.)  Members are chosen at the beginning of each school year based on potential and interest in music.  After going through intensive training period of 8 months, the children exhibit a very high level of concentration, discipline, teamwork, and artistic fluency that is indeed remarkable for their very young age.

 

Different batches of the PMCIE have performed in impressive venues outside of school such as The Francisco Santiago Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Theatre, The Podium, Shangrila Mall and Malacanang Palace.  They have performed with the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, Tenor Nolyn Cabahug, composer-arranger Ryan Cayabyab, Louie Ocampo, Gary Valenciano, Jamie Rivera, Pops Fernandez and violinist John Lesaca.

 

Year 2008 marked another first in PMC's long and rich history.  Upon the invitation of the New York based Children's Orchestra Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching children the language of music, the PMCIE performed in two concerts in New York City in April 2008.  The first concert was part of the "Kids' Series" and featured the two children's groups at New York's Queens Theatre In The Park.  They also played in a solo concert at the Parish House of the Manhasset Christ Episcopal Church.