Arnold Zamora

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Arnold Zamora
Arnold Zamora during the December, 2006 Concert: "Priestly Hands and Voices" where he wrote the theme song with the same title
Arnold Zamora during the December, 2006 Concert: "Priestly Hands and Voices" where he wrote the theme song with the same title
Background information
Born February 10, 1961 (age 56)
Origin Flag of the Philippines Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines
Genre(s) pop, jazz, religious
Occupation(s) musician, singer, composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Label(s) Franz Music Production
DartPro, LLC
Associated
acts
Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ
Singing Priests of Tagbilaran or SPOT
Chorus Paulinus or CHOPA

Arnold Escobilla Zamora (born February 10, 1961) is a Filipino musician known in the national music industry as a singer, composer, arranger and conductor. As a seminarian at the UST Central seminary, he founded the Psalterion Choir. At the University of the Philippines, he joined the Philippine Madrigal Singers (MADZ) and is the founder of the Chorus Paulinus.<ref name="Chopa"/> He is also the founder and music director of the Singing Priests of Tagbilaran.<ref name="spot">Singing Priests of Tagbilaran www.soundclick.com Retrieved 25 January, 2007. </ref>

Zamora has also conducted the Philippine Consulate Choir of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California, <ref name="consulate"/> the Filipino Priests Concert in San Francisco, California, and FilAmusika, a group of Filipino and American young adults formed by Zamora. He is the music director of the Star of the Sea Parish and conducts the Stella Maris Choir of the parish.<ref>Star of the Sea Website Archdiocese of San Francisco Retrieved 8 February, 2007. </ref>

Zamora currently works for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.<ref>Office of Religious Education & Youth Ministry San Francisco Parishes </ref>

Contents

Biography

Early life

Arnold Zamora was born on February 10, 1961, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, to Andres Zamora and Ricarda Escobilla. He and his two sisters grew up in the outskirts district of Taloto.

He went to the then-College of the Holy Spirit (now the Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran) for his elementary education from 1966 to 1973. From 1973 to 1981, he attended the close-to-home Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary for both secondary school and college, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts, majoring in Classical Philosophy and minoring in English. Zamora attended the University of Santo Tomas from 1981 to 1984, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology.<ref>UST Alumni - Priests UST-ALPA DIRECTORY Retrieved 31 January, 2007.</ref> From 1989 to 1994, he attended the University of the Philippines and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Conducting.

Breakout roles

Arnold Zamora's first concert as music director and the first time to direct a musical concert as a third year Philosophy student of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary was in 1979. His classmates were the performers and then Fr. Zacharias Jimenez (now Bishop) was music adviser. Zamora was the concert's music director even as a student and was the accompanist during the concert. He was largely instrumental in transforming his own classmates as a powerful male choir.

Also in 1979, he was the choir director of the UB College of Commerce which bagged the first prize during the University of Bohol Choral Competition. In 1980, he was given the Award as Musician of the Year at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary.

For the 1981 University of Santo Tomas or UST Christmas Song-Writing Competition, Zamora's entry entitled "Be My Santa Claus", interpreted by Carlos Las Piñas, won second place. In 1982, he got the "Neophyte of the Year" Award at the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

In 1983, he was the arranger and conductor of the LOGOS Choir which he trained as the university's official representative to the 4th Spanish Chorale Competition. The LOGOS Choir bagged the Grand Prize at the 4th Spanish Chorale Competition at the Spanish Embassy. In 1984, he composed the theme song for the Musical dubbed Martin: Ang Santong Negro. In 1985, he was elected Senate President of the UST Central Seminary UST Student Body Council. In 1985, his composition, "Psalm 73", landed second place at the UST inter-collegiate song writing contest.

On the same year, he was ordained to the Diaconate at the UST Main Chapel by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin. He wrote the song "Yes, My Lord" which was sung by all the candidates during the ordination ceremony.

During his stay at the UST, he founded the Psalterion Choir, the premier choir of the UST Central Seminary (1985) and served as its Music director. The choir had its first concert in the same year.

Arnold Zamora was ordained to the priesthood on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 7, 1986 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church in Taloto, Tagbilaran City. The ordaining bishop was Most. Rev. Onesimo Gordoncillo, then Bishop of Tagbilaran, now the Archbishop of Capiz.

During his Ordination to the Priesthood, Zamora wrote all the songs for the mass parts of his first or so-called thanksgiving mass. Youth choirs in the five barros in the parish were joined together or combined to sing the songs he composed for his thanksgiving mass and was directed by TQ Solis, Jr. The Most Rev. Juan de dios Pueblos was the homilist for his first mass (thanksgiving) that followed right after the ordination.

Career

Arnold Zamora's first appointment or new assignment after graduation and subsequent ordination in 1986 was as the Music Director and Formator of his alma mater, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary with Msgr. Alfredo Baquial (now deceased) as rector. In addition, he was appointed as the head of the Commission on Music of the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

In 1987 was the concert dubbed The New Generation of Jeduthun in commemmoration of the first year Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. Arnold Zamora was the music director, arranger, and accompanist of the IHMS Seminarians. In 1988, IHMS Seminarians' Jeduthun Ensemble embarked on the Concert Tour Jeduthun Ensemble in Concert, a town-to-town concert tour in Bohol province and including one in Davao City.

In 1988, he conducted the UB Commerce choir which was adjudged the Grand Prize Winner in the UB Inter-collegiate Choral Competition.

He enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in 1989 and joined the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ in 1990 where he also served as the group's resident arranger.

In 1991, he composed the song "Salamat Ama" in collaboration with lyricist Grace Reyes. "Salamat, Ama", ("Thank You, Father") was recorded by singer Basil Valdez and was arranged by Ryan Cayabyab. It is featured in Valdez' album Sundin ang Loob Mo ("Thy Will Be Done").<ref> Sundin ang Loob Mo Titik Pilipino Retrieved 21 January, 2007/</ref>

Also in 1991, he joined MADZ in the U.S. and Canada Concerts in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Seattle, Michigan, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Hawaii with Andrea Veneracion, the founder and choirmaster of MADZ.

On February 10, 1992, he founded the Chorus Paulinus which gained recognition as one the best choirs in the country, having won in numerous choir competitions. <ref name="Chopa">Chorus Paulinus at www.weddingpals.com Retrieved 21 January, 2007.</ref> The name Chorus Paulinus was coined from the St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Timog, Quezon City where Arnold Zamora was stationed and where he started the group. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Also in 1992, he joined MADZ in its 6th European Concert Tour with performances in Italy, Spain, Germany and France. From 1992 - 1994, MADZ made national and Asian Concerts in places like Taiwan, Bangkok, Korea (11 cities), Brunei, and Japan.

In 1995, during his graduation at the University of the Philippines, he conducted the MADZ as they performed Ryan Cayabyab’s "Ethnic Mass". In addition, he also conducted the UP Singing Ambassadors who performed "Mozart’s Requiem".

In 1996, the Chorus Paulinus or CHOPA under the directorship of Zamora, embarked on a Bohol Tour Concert held in the churches of Loboc, Bohol, Sevilla, Bohol, Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran auditorium, and Ideal Theater in Tagbilaran City.

In 1996, he spearheaded the formation of the Singing Priests of Tagbilaran. In February, 1997, SPOT had a Valentine's Concert at the Bohol Tropics Resort Club, Tagbilaran City. It was dubbed SPOTlight.

In 1996, he was music director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary's Everlasting Light Concert held at the Divine Word College of Tagbilaran Gymnasium.

In April-May, 1997, the Chorus Paulinus or CHOPA conducted a Visayas Tour Concert, specifically in Cebu, Iloilo, Samar and Leyte under Zamora's directorship.

In November of 1997, he directed the Hiusatlo (meaning unity of the three - clergy, lay, and religious), a concert resulting from the First Diocesan synod held at the Divine Word College of Tagbilaran Gymnasium.

In May, 1998, CHOPA did the Mindanao Tour Concert, specifically in the cities of Cagayan de Oro City, Pagadian City, Dapitan City, and Dipolog City.

In July, 1998, SPOT did a U.S. Tour Concert, a series of benefit concerts in the United States <ref name="spot"/> , the proceeds of which was used for the seed money of the priest’s standard living allowance, a monthly standard salary for priests in Bohol, Philippines. SPOT also released their self-titled CD, Singing Priests of Tagbilaran<ref name="spot"/> <ref>Singing Priests of Tagbilaran www.soundclick.com Retrieved 21 January, 2007. </ref> Arnold Zamora serves the music director of the Singing Priests of Tagbilaran or SPOT.

In 2000, he directed the Jubilaeum 2000 Concert for the IHMS Golden Jubilee Celebration and on that same celebration he received a IHMS Golden Jubilee Outstanding Alumni Award.

In 2001, Zamora's arrangement of "My Heart Will Go On", from the movie Titanic, was featured in a live recording of one of the Philippine Madrigal Singers' concert, entitled The Philippine Madrigal Singers: Around the World released by BMG Records (Philippines).

In 2003, Arnold Zamora and the Singing Priests of Tagbilaran also did U.S. Concerts,<ref name="spot"/> the proceeds of which was used for the health plan of the clergy.

Zamora also conducted the Philippine Consulate Choir of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, California, USA. <ref name="consulate"> SF Consulate Commemorates Dr. Jose Rizal's 109th Death Anniversary Philippine Consulate News Retrieved 21 January, 2007.</ref> The group rendered a musical presentation with its interpretation of "Ako Ay Pilipino", "Bayan Ko" and "Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi" during the 109th anniversary of the death of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, in simple rites held at the Consulate on December 30, 2005. <ref name="consulate"/>

In 2006, three of his arrangements, namely "Anima Christi", "One More Gift" and "The Light of a Million Mornings", were included in the 2006 MADZ-released album entitled Acclamation which was released by Sony Music Philippines. "Light In A Million", popularized by Sandi Patti, was also sung by Philippine divas Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo. His arrangement of "Wind Beneath My Wings" (also in another album by MADZ entitled MADZ in Love, 1999) is also in the album. Both of these albums were released by Sony Music Philippines.

In December of the same year, a group of mostly Filipino priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco presented a series of concerts which was directed by Arnold Zamora dubbed "Priestly Hands and Voices". He also composed an arranged the theme song entitled "Priestly Hands, Priestly Voice".

The early part of 2007 saw the release of another album entitled Let Me Follow arranged for Bob Fabing of the Society of Jesus. This was produced by the OCP Publications in Portland, Oregon. The songs that Arnold Zamora arranged in the album are : "Let Me Follow", "Come My Friends", "Return to God", and "Mass for Teresa of Calcutta". The "Mass of Calcutta" includes: Lord Have Mercy, Gloria, Alleluia, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation A, Memorial Acclamation B, Memorial Acclamation C, Memorial Acclamation D, Great Amen, Our Father and Lamb of God.

Arnold Zamora's official website was launched on February 10, 2007, making available to the public access to a catalogue of his works and arrangements, as well as downloads of selected compositions and music sheets. <ref>Arnold Zamora Official website www.arnoldzamora.org Retrieved 10 February, 2007. </ref>

Musical influences

Zamora considers Fr. Zacharias Jimenez (now Bishop) as his "Ryan Cayabyab in Bohol" - being his first music teacher at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and to whom he eventually became the assistant.

Zamora comes from a family of musicians. His father was a great banjo/bandurria player as well as a script writer and director. He also played the trumpet for the DWCT (now the Holy Name University) Band when he was in college. The late former city Mayor Honorio Grupo, also a composer, was Zamora’s grandmother's brother.

Also, Zamora looks to his two aunts as also being influential in his pursuit for the music and priestly life. His aunt, Aniana “Naning" Zamora taught him how to read the notes on the piano, particularly the bass clef. His other aunt Francisca "Cacay" Zamora was the one who bought him a piano at home which made the difference. As such, he has dedicated his studio and production name to his two aunts as "Franz Music Production" for Francisca and Aniana, hence Franz, not Fr. Arnold Zamora as somebody mistakenly thought and at one time gave him a plaque with Arnold N. Zamora.

Arnold Zamora considers himself influenced by the choral style of Professor Andrea Veneracion, his voice teacher who is the founder and conductor of the Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ. He is also influenced by the choral techniques of Professor Joel Navarro, his choral adviser, and by the musicality of Prof. Ryan Cayabyab, with whom he served as personal assistant (PA) for more than four years.

Discography

Albums

Album information
Let Me Follow (2007) - arranged by Arnold Zamora for Bob Fabing, S.J.
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original CD cover of the Album Let Me Follow
  • Released: 2007 OCP Publications, Portland, Oregon
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    • "Let Me Follow"
    • "Come My Friends"
    • "Return to God"
    • "Mass for Teresa of Calcutta"
      • "Lord Have Mercy"
      • "Gloria"
      • "Alleluia"
      • "Holy, Holy"
      • "Memorial Acclamation A"
      • "Memorial Acclamation B"
      • "Memorial Acclamation C"
      • "Memorial Acclamation D"
      • "Great Amen"
      • "Our Father"
      • "Lamb of God"
Chorus Paulinus (SLO) (2001)
  • Released: 2001 Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, (United States)
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  • Disc 1
    • "Anima Christi" - Ryan Cayabyab (6:50)
    • "O Magnum Mysterium" - M. Lauridsen (6:27)
    • "Lead, Me Lord" - G. Paraiso, arranged by R. Delgado
    • "The Battle of Jericho" - arranged by M. Hogan
    • "La Guerre" - C. Janequin (5:58)
    • "Con Te Partiro" - F. Sartori, arranged by C. Tapnio (4:33)
    • "Duerme Negrito" - A. Yupanqui, arranged by E. Sole (3:30)
    • "Shenandoah" - arranged J. Erb (4:17)
    • "Makendonska Humoreska" - arranged by Todor Skalovski (3:15)
  • Disc 2
    • "Pobreng Alindahaw" - arranged by T. Regalario (2:51)
    • "Iyo Kailan Pa Man" - A. Pena, arranged by R. Federizon (4:26)
    • "Beh! Buti Nga" - arranged by A. Nepomuceno (2:02)
    • "Ikaw" - George Canseco and L. Ocampo, arranged by Arnold Zamora (5:16)
    • "Paraiso" - Ryan Cayabyab, arranged by JC Merino (4:03)
    • "With You" - S. Schwartz, arranged by Fred de Santos (3:28)
    • "Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson, arranged by Chito Tapnio(4:07)
    • "I Believe I Can Fly" - R. Kelley, arranged by Chito Tapnio (5:06)
    • "'70's Medley" - arranged by Dale Francisco (8:14)
    • "Let It Be" - John Lennon, arranged by Ryan Cayabyab (5:00)
    • "Do That To Me" - arranged by Chito Tapnio (5:02)
    • "Cat's Meow" - G. Rossini (4:28)
  • Recorded by: Roger M. Phillip
  • Mastered by: Mike Leahy
  • Produced by: Mike Soliman
Singing Priests of Tagbilaran (2003) (SPOT)

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  • Released: 2003 Remix of 1998 Album (United States) DartPro, LLC
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    • "Bisayan Medley" ("Daw Dahon Nga Laya", "Pagkagarboso", "Lagkaw", "Bohol")
      • (M. Villareal/B.Montenegro/E. Solis, Jr) Arranged by Joseph Namoc
    • "He looked Beyond"
      • (Adapted from the old Irish air by Fred E. Weatherly), Lyrics by Dottie Rambo, Arranged by Joseph Namoc and Arnold Zamora, Soloist: Joseph Skelton, Piano: Joseph Namoc
Recorded and mixed by Arnold Zamora
Copyright © 2003 Franz Music Production. All Rights Reserved.
Singing Priests of Tagbilaran (1998) (SPOT)

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  • Released: 1998 (United States) by DartPro, LLC
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    • "Our Father/I Believe" (Medley) - Malotte/Drake-Shirl-Stillman-Graham, Stillman Song Company/The Songwriters Guild/Hampshire House Pub. Corp., Arranged by Arnold Zamora
    • "Tanging Ikaw Lamang" - Music and lyrics by Arnold Zamora, DartPro Music
    • "Can We Be Lovers?"- Music and Lyrics by Arnold Zamora, DartPro Music, Saxophone and Conga - Daniel Santiago, Guitar - Bob Villegas
    • "The Way We Were" - M. Hamlisch/A. Bergman, Colgems EMI Music, Inc., Arranged by Arnold Zamora
    • "Without You" - Music by Arnold Zamora and lyrics and guest vocalist: Eugene D. Tungol, DartPro Music
    • "My Dearest Friend" - Music and lyrics by Arnold Zamora, DartPro Music
    • "Molungtad Ba?" - Music and lyrics by Arnold Zamora, arranged by Hermes Lungay with additional tracks by Arnold Zamora, DartPro Music
    • "Five Minutes" - Music and lyrics by Arnold Zamora, Saxophone: Daniel Santiago, DartPro Music
    • "Damgo Man Lang" - Music by Eutiquio Solis Jr. and words by Antonio Amora, Jr. (with special permission), arranged by Rudy Villanueva with additional tracks by Arnold Zamora
    • "Nais Ko" - Words and music by Ryan Cayabyab (with special permission), arranged by Arnold Zamora
    • "Though But A Dream" - Music by TQ Solis Jr. and lyrics by Arnold Zamora, piano by Rudy Villanueva
    • "Tonight/One Voice (Medley)" - L. Bernstein/Sonheim/Manilow; "Tonight" - (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sonheim) Chapell and Co., Inc.; "One Voice - Barry Manilow, :Kamakazi Music Corp., Arranged by Arnold Zamora
Executive Producers: Delia Panelo and Tessie Madrinan
Engineered by Larry Santiago and John Johnson
All songs arranged by Arnold Zamora except when indicated
Recorded, mixed and mastered at J-LAB Studios, Daly City, CA
All tracks performed by SPOT
Thanks to all those who have been there for us especially Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak, Fr. Eugene Tungol, Msgr. Rudy Villanueva and :Ryan Cayabyab
Copyright © 1998 DartPro Records. All Rights Reserved.
Blessed Be God, A Cappella
  • Released: 1999
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  • Singles:
    • "I Will Sing Forever" - music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Prayer for Generosity" - music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Take and Receive" - music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Anima Christi" - music by Jandi Arboleda
    • "Tell the World" - music and lyrics by Trina Belamide
    • "One More Gift" - music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Blessed be God"
    • "Light of a Million Mornings" - music and lyrics by Mark Germeil and Mark Hayes
    • "Great Jubilee" - music and lyrics by Carlo Magno S. Marcelo
Joy of Christmas
  • Released: 1998 San Francisco, California, USA by DartPro, LLC
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    • "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" – Chorus Paulinus, Traditional, Word Music, a division of Word, Inc.
    • "A Christmas Prayer" – Chorus Paulinus, music and lyrics by Joan Risso, vocal arrangement: Arnold Zamora, instrumental arrangement: Arnold Zamora and John Johnson (DartPro Music)
    • "It's Christmas Time" – Chorus Paulinus by Young and Stillman, arranged by Arnold Zamora and Frederick de Santos (DartPro Music)
    • "Christmas Is My Favorite Time of the Year" – Chorus Paulinus, music and lyrics by Joan Risso, vocal arrangement: Arnold Zamora, instrumental arrangement: John Johnson, Larry Santiago and Arnold Zamora (DartPro Music)
    • "Jingle Bells" (Calypso) – Chorus Paulinus (Pierpont)
    • "Holy Child of Love" - music and lyrics by Joan Risso, arranged by Arnold Zamora (DartProMusic)
    • "Silent Night" – Fr. Floro Arcamo & Chorus Paulinus, music and lyrics by Joan Risso, arranged by Arnold Zamora (DartProMusic)
    • "Carol of the Bells" – Chorus Paulinus, by Leontovich/Wilhousky, Carl Fisher, Inc.
    • "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" – Daniel Santiago, Saxophone, arrangement and instrumentation: Arnold Zamora (Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane/EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
    • "Be My Santa Claus" – Fr. Melchisedech "Edick" Monreal, words and music by Arnold Zamora, Drums: Brandon Cadigan (DartPro Music)
    • "Christmas in San Francisco" – Fr. Floro Arcamo & Singing Priests of San Francisco, by Bob and Dessa Zuckerman, Instrumentation: Larry Santiago (DartPro Music)
    • "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" – Chorus Paulinus, Traditional
Executive Producers: Delia Panelo and Tessie Madrinan
Engineered by Larry Santiago at J Lab Studios, San Francisco, CA, USA
Copyright © 1999 DartPro Records
Kantada sa Semana Santa
  • Released: 1999
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  • Side A:
    • Passion Sunday:
      • "Osana sa Kahitas-an"
      • "O Cristo among Hari"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo"
      • "Gospel Acclamation"
    • Holy Thursday:
      • "Maghimaya Kita"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo"
      • "Gospel Acclamation"
      • "Washing of the Feet"
      • "Offertory Antiphon"
    • Good Friday:
      • "Salmo Responsoryo"
      • "Veneration of the Cross"
  • Side B:
    • Holy Saturday:
      • "Si Cristo, ang atong Kahayag"
      • "Exultet"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 1"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 2"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 3"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 4"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 5"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 6"
      • "Salmo Responsoryo 7"
      • "Alleluya"
Arranged and Performed by Arnold Zamora
Recorded at Franz Music Studio, Tagbilaran City

Singles

Publications and music engraving

Imprimatur: Most. Rev. Leopoldo Tumulak
Compilation and music engraving: Arnold Zamora
Cover Design. JoeMari Polo
Printed by: Vibal Publishing House, Inc., Quezon City, Philippines

Wedding songs

Choral (a cappella) arrangements

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Music notation of "Written in the Sand"

Music samples

Music notation of "On Wings of the Spirit"