The Baao Children & Youth Choir (BCYC) is an experimental choral group formed in 2014, whose members are chosen from the Baao Children’s Choir National Music Competitions for Young Artists’ (NAMCYA) Children’s Choirs Champion (2010 & 2013), Grand Prize winner in the 18th Certamen Juvenil de Habaneras in Torrevieja, Spain (2012) and from the Baao Youth Choir NAMCYA Youth Choirs National Champion (2008 & 2012).
Under the musical direction of its present conductor, Mr. Hermelino B. Briones, the group performs a wide array of repertoire spanning different musical genres and styles and exclusive performances of commissioned and original works of noted Filipino Composers and Arrangers. The group had been handpicked by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to render musical numbers in various national music and arts activities and festivals such as PASINAYA Festival (2013 & 2014), Sining ay Buhay! Buhay ang Sining! 2014 (Visayas Tour), UGNAYAN SA SINING 2015 (Luzon Tour) and UGNAYAN SA SINING 2016 (Mindanao Tour) sponsored by Cultural Center of the Philippines Cultural Exchange Department.
They had their international concert tours in Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain in 2012 as well as in San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and Los Angeles, California, USA in 2014.
They also participated in several international festivals and competitions namely: 1st International Children Culture & Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011), 9th Busan Choral Festival & Competitions where they bagged Bronze Prize (Youth Choir), Bronze Prize (Ethnic Category), Audience Prize Award and Grand Prix Finalist (2013), 15th Festival Mundial de Coros in Puebla, Mexico (2014) & Daegu International Choir Festival in Daegu, South Korea (2015).
And most recently, they won the Gold Prize (Youth Choir), Silver Prize (Ethnic Category), Audience Prize Award and was a finalist in the Grand Prix Competition during the 11th Busan Choral Festival and Competitions last October 14 – 17, 2015 in Busan, South Korea.