Nilo Alcala completed his Masters in Music Composition (2009) at Syracuse University Setnor School of Music (New York State) where he was awarded the Irene L. Crooker Music Award. He graduated Magna cum laude from of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Music (BM Composition) and received the Chancellor's Outstanding Student Award.
Alcala’s awards also include the 2004 Asian Composer’s League (ACL) Young Composer Award (2nd Prize) in a competition of chamber music compositions held in Jerusalem, Israel, as well as the 2008-2008 POLYPHONOS Young Composer Award given by The Esoterics, a vocal-ensemble based in Seattle, USA. In February 2009, Alcala received an Ani ng Dangal Award from the NCCA in recognition of his victories in international competitions.
An active chorister, he was member and composer-in-residence (2003-2007) of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Asia’s most awarded and most traveled choir. Alcala's choral works have been performed by various notable ensembles in numerous prestigious international choral competitions; including the Choir of the World competition in Langollen, Wales; the World Choir Games, the Florilege Vocal du Tours in France, the Guido d'Arezzo in Italy, and the highly-coveted European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, among others.
Other accomplishments under his name include nominations for Best Music Score at the 2003 Star Awards for Movies, Golden Screen Awards, and the 24th Metro Manila Film Festival for the movie "Homecoming" by acclaimed Filipino director Gil Portes.
As a singer/songwriter, Alcala has recently released an inspirational CD album in Los Angeles entitled "Dare to Dream", launched at a very successful concert at the Envision Center.
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