Emmanuel de Leon Jr

DMA - Conducting

Emmanuel de Leon Jr. is one of the promising conductors from the Philippines. A former Lecturer in the Conducting Department and Extension Program of the University of the Philippines College of Music. Eman believes in choral music education as a tool for social healing and personal development. He finished his master’s degree in Music (Major in Choral Conducting), Bachelor of Music, and Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts (Major in Music Education) from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Music. Emmanuel served as the Music Director of the University of the Philippines Manila Chorale (UPMC) from 2012-2019. During his undergraduate studies, Eman served as Assistant Conductor and Resident Arranger of the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC). Emmanuel sings bass-baritone and is an alumnus of the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. Currently, he is in his third year as a Doctor of Musical Arts conducting student at the University of Notre Dame.

Representative Works

Under his baton, the UPMC went on five international tours and won several awards, including First Prizes in the 61st Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain, and the 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition in Tokyo, Japan. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts also recognized the group and was awarded "Ani ng Dangal" (Harvest of Honors) in 2015. Through his leadership, the group has given hundreds of concerts to raise funds for different institutions like Habitat for Humanity and Virlanie Foundation, to name a few. The group donated the funds to assist the less fortunate students and people affected by the different natural calamities in the country. He has traveled all over the Philippines to teach and give workshops to choirs and conductors and adjudicate in national choral competitions. Internationally, he has served as a jury in competitions and conducted workshops in Indonesia, Germany, and Poland.

Emmanuel got accepted as a conducting fellow both in Chorus America and the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, auspices by the Yale School of Music in 2020. In 2021, he was one of the selected conductors for the Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Maestra Sarah Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma. His conducting performance of "Flux" was chosen and featured online in the work's world premiere.