Fontelo ’13 Awarded Fulbright Grant to Conduct Research in Philippines

Filipino-American to study classical music composition under leading Filipino composers

May 22nd, 2013 by 


Image by John Buckingham

Paul Fontelo ’13, of Potomac, Md., has received a Fulbright grant to study classical music composition from leading Filipino composers and musicians at the University of the Philippines College of Music during the 2013-14 academic year. A Filipino-American, Fontelo is also interested in forming youth orchestras in the Philippines modeled after the famous Venezuelan El Sistema youth orchestra system.

“By gaining a deeper understanding on the process by which Filipino composers use heterogeneous culture to write music, my project aims to examine the manner in which music shapes and expresses everyday life in a multicultural Philippines,” he wrote in his statement of grant purpose.

This won’t be Fontelo’s first time in the Philippines representing Holy Cross. Last summer, the music and history double major interned for the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Cultural Affairs section under the umbrella of Public Affairs. Under the mentorship of Harry K. Thomas ’78, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, he learned the value of cultural exchange and understanding the importance of engaging in global dialogue, he says.

Fontelo is considering graduate school for music or a career in the foreign service, and hopes his Fulbright experience helps discern his vocation. “The field of ethnomusicology is burgeoning in the academic world, but I also have interests in composition and conducting. Holy Cross has helped me keep an eye out in these fields and I’ve been taught to appreciate the combination of the ethnomusicological and composition fields through professors Shirish Korde and Osvaldo Golijov. They’re leading figures in thinking about music through folk and ethnic traditions,” he says.

At Holy Cross, Fontelo is involved in the jazz ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, symphonic band, student-run Alternate College Theatre, College Choir, Schola Cantorum, and is the co-founder and co-chair of the recreational water polo club.

Each year approximately 1,700 U.S. college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, awards grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 300,000 participants — selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential — have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Related Information:

| More
Tags

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
10/17/14 Holy Cross Marks 25th Anniversary of El Salvador Murders With Series of Events
10/15/14 Grammy-Winning Holy Cross Professor to Give Talk on ‘The Birth of Stereophonic Recording’
10/15/14 ‘The Bottom Line: helping Worcester students obtain collegiate and professional success’
10/15/14 Lecture to Address Racial Bias in Context of Catholic Social Teaching
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Artist-in-Residence Cristina Pato and Renowned Composer Osvaldo Golijov to Lead Concert and Panel Discussion

Watch Video >
See video
Environmental Champion Slottje ’89 on Crusade to Protect America Against Fracking

Watch Video >
See video
Strong Alumni Support Makes for Record-Breaking Year in Giving to Holy Cross

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

10/23/2014

Celebrating 50 Years of Student Affairs at Holy Cross

See More >
10/25/2014

Craft Demonstrations by Refugee Artisans of Worcester

See More >
10/25/2014

Tableaux Vivants of the Italian Presepe

See More >
10/28/2014

Dinand in the Dark

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

10/10/14

‘Holy Cross’ Sean Gustin never rests’

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiled College of the Holy Cross student Sean Gustin ’16  as a stand out scholar- athlete who is a member of both the Crusader...

10/06/14

‘Any way the wind blows’

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently featured a photo gallery of the first annual New England Collegiate Marching Band Festival, hosted by the College of the Holy...

09/22/14

‘Tesla’s removal of patent restrictions a boost for electric cars’

Worcester Business Journal

In an op-ed for the Worcester Business Journal, Christine Fimognari ’15 discusses a decision by Tesla, a manufacturer of electric cars, to remove patent restrictions in the...