Michael Dadap has been the artistic/music director and conductor of The Children's Orchestra Society since 1984. Greatly influenced by church, jazz, big bands, and folk music, Mr. Dadap first received his early training in solfège, theory, and composition from his older brother Jerry. After graduating from the University of the Philippines majoring in philosophy, he pursued music studies at Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School. In collaboration with the COS faculty and staff, Mr. Dadap has initiated and developed teaching and orchestral training programs, including solfège and ear-training for the young, chamber music for all levels, and an emphasis on reading music, which all have become permanent signatures of COS.
As a conductor, Mr. Dadap has collaborated with some of the world's most renowned artists.
In reviewing the Young Symphonic Ensemble (YSE) at New York's Town Hall on May 3, 1993, music critic Bert Wechsler dubbed Michael Dadap a "fine, sensitive musician: who is obviously also a mighty orchestra builder....a teacher. What drive Mr. Dadap's work is his faith in the children's capacity to learn and his energy, patience, and special talent in communicating his love for music to the children."
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As an accomplished classical guitarist, he made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1974 and has since performed internationally. As part of the Dadap-Ma duo, he has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Dadap's published solo guitar recordings include Lambingan, (Tenderness) Songs of the Visayans for Voice and Guitar, Himig Ng Puso (Songs from the Heart), Harana (Serenades for Solo Guitar), and Intimate Guitar Classics, which was featured as "album of the month" on WQXR in February 1990.
As a composer and passionate folklorist and advocate of music from his native Phillippines, his composition Handurawan Dance Suite won the Asian-American Alliance for the Arts Award and was premiered by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble in 1988. His Sinulog Suite for Orchestra, commemorating the Philippine centennial, was premiered by the YSE in the 1998 Discovery Concert and given its UK premiere in August of 2005. In March 1999, a collection of his works - including Four Visayan Serenades for Guitar and Song Cycle for Tenor, Cello, and Piano - were presented by the Felipe De Leon Foundation at Weill Recital Hall.
Despite his busy schedule, Mr. Dadap continues to involve himself in his homeland. In 2002, he opened the first International Guitar Festival in the province of Bohol and guest conducted the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He gives workshops on the Bandurria (a 14-string folk instrument), and continues to serve as a music arranger and consultant with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla (Philippine School Rondalla) of Boston, a folkloric ensemble he co-founded in 1984. In 2004, he was invited to speak on his new book, The Virtuoso Bandurria at the First International Rondalla Festival in Naga City. He has served as an artistic consultant for the Asia Society and was a featured presenter at Body and Power "The Politics of Culture in Nineteenth-Century Philippines," a symposium cosponsored by Asia Society and NYU. Currently he serves as a visiting professor of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.
Mr. Dadap was named the 2000 "Artist of the Year" by Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Mr. Dadap received from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the 2006 "Pamana Ng Lahi" Presidential Award, in recognition of his remarkable achievements as a virtuoso musician, composer, educator, and proponent of Philippine traditional music, culture and causes through his work.
Mr. Dadap resides in Queens with his wife, Yeou-Cheng Ma, and they have two children, Daniel and Laura.