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Dr. Frederick Bayani Mabalot is a Filipino-American composer and choral conductor from Southern California currently based in Washington state. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle. His doctoral dissertation entitled "A Path to Song: The Incorporation of Aboriginal and Environmental Influences in 20th and 21st Century Australian Choral Music" explores the diversity and unique characteristics and elements found in Australian choral music. It also examines the devastatingly traumatic impact of Australia’s colonial history on generations of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal societies and how this generational trauma manifested and continues to manifest in varying degrees and forms in Australian choral music. With this comes the issue of cultural appropriation and identifying a path towards respectful cultural referencing and respectful ways to engage with Indigenous influences in choral music and performance while honoring Indigenous communities who are indeed the sole and original custodians of their artistic, cultural, and musical heritage. During his two-year residency at UW, Dr. Mabalot taught Glee Choir, Recital Choir, and Chamber Singers. He studied under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers; who was also the Chair of his Doctoral Supervisory Committee. Service and transformative connection are at the very core of his teaching and performance style and approach. He passionately believes in the power of music to heal and transform the human spirit.

 

Dr. Mabalot completed initial composition studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia where he graduated with First Class Honours. At Sydney Conservatorium, he studied composition with Dr. Michael Smetanin, Dr. Matthew Hindson, and Dr. Paul Stanhope. In addition to composition, he studied voice with soprano Anke Höppner and was mentored in choral conducting by Dr. Neil McEwan who also became a foremost advocate of his choral music. In Sydney, he sang with the highly acclaimed Sydney Chamber Choir and the Choir of Christ Church Saint Laurence where he was given opportunities as a tenor soloist in concerts and liturgies, and as assistant conductor in McEwan's absence. In addition, he sang with the Conservatorium Large and Chamber choirs and served as choir manager assisting McEwan with rehearsals, performances, international tours, and other choral events on and off-campus. He was also featured as a tenor soloist in some of the Conservatorium Choirs' concerts. Furthermore, McEwan commissioned him to compose new works for the Conservatorium Choirs which were performed in Australia and all over Europe and were broadcasted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Classical radio station. During his time in Sydney, his various compositions were performed in the recital and concert halls of the Conservatorium and at the Sydney Opera House.  

Dr. Mabalot completed graduate studies in composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with internationally renowned Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen, Niels Rosing-Schow, and Jeppe Just Christensen as his teachers. He continued classical voice study with Helene Gjerris and Jan Lund and Conducting with Maestro Jørgen Fuglebaek. In Copenhagen, he conducted the Royal Danish Academy of Music Voices and Coro Latino Copenhagen and sang with RDAM's Chamber Choir whose membership was exclusive to undergraduate and graduate voice majors. While living in Copenhagen, his various compositions were performed in Copenhagen's PULSAR Contemporary Music Festival and were performed by ensembles such as the Paris-based Ensemble Alternance, Esbjerg Ensemble, RDAM Sinfonietta, RDAM Symphony, RDAM Voices, and Tourdion Chamber Choir. He continues 

 

Dr. Mabalot holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge. He studied voice with Dr. David Scott, and piano with Dr. Charles Fierro and Dr. Jeanine Jacobson. He was initially admitted as a piano performance major, but after two years, he switched to full-time voice studies and continued private piano studies simultaneously. While at CSUN, he also studied choral conducting with Paul Smith, and orchestral conducting with Gary Pratt. He participated in Opera Workshop classes with OperaWorks founder Ann Baltz, an experience that would shape the trajectory of his approach to some of his more dramatic and theatrical works. It was during his time at CSUN that he began to explore composing vocal and choral music. Dr. Mabalot has worked as Director of Music and Liturgy, collaborative pianist, and organist for various churches within the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Over the years, he has taught piano and voice to a small group of private students and has also worked as a private musical coach to opera and musical theater voice students. In Washington, he currently serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy at Church of the Assumption, a position he has held since 2016, and the Artistic Director and Conductor for Bellingham Chamber Chorale, a position he has held since 2018. He loves collaborating with other creative artists and musicians and frequently incorporates theatrical concepts, poetry, movements, and dance in choral concert projects.

 

There have been performances of Dr. Mabalot's music in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A revised version of his Stabat Mater, an oratorio-chamber opera premiered at Copenhagen's PULSAR Contemporary Music Festival, will be performed in 2023. US and European performances of his song cycles for soprano and chamber ensemble are also in the works for 2022-2023. The Bellingham Chamber Chorale will give the world-premiere performance of his new work Incarnations for choir, two soprano soloists, and a large orchestra in their 2022-2023 concert season. Dr. Mabalot's choral music is published by Walton Music Publications. He is immensely grateful to be part of Walton and for the opportunity to share his choral music to an even wider audience worldwide.

 

Dr. Mabalot is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, ASCAP, and Denmark's KODA.