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A retreat for choral conductors, music directors and music ministry leaders. Focused at providing spiritual refreshment and training in musical and spiritual leadership in their choral ministry.

Plenary speakers include Dr. Joel Navarro, Prof. Eudenice Palaruan, and Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng.

Date: 12 Jan (Thu) - 14 Jan (Sat) 2017

Venue: Singapore Bible College

Registration Fee (now till 5 Jan 2017):
$100 (inclusive of meals and retreat materials)

Registration Fee (6-11 Jan 2017): $120

* Please note that lodging has to be arranged on your own.


Retreat Schedule 12-14 January 2017

Speakers’ photo and biodata:

Dr. Navarro

Dr. Joel NavarroDr. Navarro Transplanted to Singapore in 2014, Dr. Joel Navarro is currently Lecturer and Professor of Music at the Singapore Bible College’s School of Church Music. He administers Choral Conducting majors in the Master of Church Music program, and directs the SBC Chorale, SBC Singers, and Canticorum. He taught at Calvin College (Michigan) for twelve years as a tenured professor of music. He served sixteen years prior as an assistant professor and one-time Chair of the Choral Conducting Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music. He was known internationally as the former Conductor of the Ateneo de Manila University Glee Club which amassed a string of top prizes in European choral competitions during his 22-year tenure.

To his prize-winning conducting students, he is a beloved mentor, faithful discipler, and lifelong learner. He is a fastidious enabler of his students in expanding their influence as servant-leaders, collaborative artists, and interdisciplinary scholars. Passionate about composition, integration of faith and learning, and intersections of indigeneity in modernity, Dr. Navarro continues to write and arrange hymns, anthems, art, concert, and worship music for professional, university, community, and church choirs. His choral compositions are published by Musica Manila, GIA Publications, and Adoro Music Publishing."


Prof. Eudenice Palaruan

Prof. Eudenice PalaruanEudenice Palaruan studied composition and Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music and trained under Dr. Joel Navarro and Dr. Ramon Santos. He took another four-year study at the Berlin Church Music School under Prof. Martin Behrmann. During his stay in Germany he conducted the choir of the Spandau Baptist Church at Jagowstrasse. Together with his wife, Ann Lagumen, they became active in an evangelistic music ministry of Leadership Encounter under Campus Crusade for Christ-Bonn.

He was a member and baritone soloist of some of the major choralAs a conductor he directed the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, the San Miguel Master Chorale and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir. From 2010-2016, he was the resident conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival. As a music pedagogue he taught at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, University of the Philippines College of Music and the St. Paul Manila College of Music. Currently he is a lecturer at the Singapore Bible College School of Church Music and the Choral Conductor Designate of the Singapore Symphony Chorus.


Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng

Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-ChengDr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Philippines, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, choir, music history, and music theory. She is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Ateneo de Manila University College Glee Club, the UP Dawani Women’s Choir, and the New Millennium Sanctuary Choir.

She is a First Prize at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Graduate Conducting Competition, the most prestigious national conducting competition in the United States. Her other conducting and academic awards include the Levi Barbour Fellowship from the University of Michigan, the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award from the Yale School of Music, and the Margot Fassler and Hugh Giles Prizes from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Conducting and adjudication engagements have brought her to South Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, Indonesia, and Singapore. She has also led workshops in different parts of the Philippines, including Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Bataan, Laguna, Baguio, Batangas, and Cagayan de Oro. She serves on the National Board of the Philippine Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Shangkuan-Cheng received a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.