reprinted from The Sonic Environment by Joe Peters -The original article has private videos. Please access the original article to view the videos.
I was so motivated that I wrote an article in the Singapore Business Times (where I was a music reviewer at that time). Click on the image to enlarge to read as a separate file
The Longest Serving Dean
I did an audio interview with Dr. Santos some years ago in anticipation of a great event like this - he becoming a National Artist of the Philippines. I have made excerpts into short movies with some photographs and videos that I captured at various events. The images are just there for the video. It is the audio that I am highlighting. His deanship ended in 1989 but there was a twist. What followed for the next decade or so was a process to dismantle what Dr. Santos had set into motion. This is not new in the music world, but he had the mettle and gumption to carry on despite this draw-back. In this clip (original article) Dr. Santos is actually quite forgiving of what was a major delay in the development of the College
The College of Music Today
Today, Dr. Santos has come a full circle and he is back at the College of Music as Director of the Ethnomusicology Centre and President of the Philippines Musicology Association. He is once again the vanguard to a new generation of academics who are now steering the College of Music back to it's destined role in the Philippines and Asia. The best accomplishment has been the establishment of the Ph.D Programme - something that should have happened at least 15 years ago. The trajectory for growth and expansion is currently taking place in musicology, music education, composition and performance. A new set of leaders have been groomed and are building up world class programmes in music education, composition, musicology and performance.
|Dr. Santos conducting his composition with Siong Leng Musical Association musicians in Singapore|
|Dr. Santos Chairing a meeting of experts of the ASEAN Composers Forum on Traditional Music in the Philippines|
|Dr. Santos with composers in Indonesia|
|Dr. Santos with delegation leaders for the ASEAN Youth Music Workshop in Thailand|