Carmela Sinco enjoys a career as a composer, pianist, music director and educator around the globe. While having spent 20+ years as a music professional based in New York City (USA), she currently moves musically around three continents.
A composer of music for the concert stage, film, television, video and the visual arts, she has received commissions and performances of her works in the USA, the Philippines, Europe and Africa, also recording, producing and engineering her own works for film and television. Most recently, Ms. Sinco finished composing the music for her second opera, Diwata ng Bayan, commissioned by the University of the Philippines College of Music (world premiere performance February 9, 2017; Cultural Center of the Philippines, main theater; Manila, Philippines).
Other composer credits include: original music for A Fool’s Idea (web documentary film series; Blight Productions; Los Angeles, California; USA; 2013-present); original music for the Philippine Red Cross fundraiser fashion show (in collaboration with fashion designer and Runway Philippines mentor Jojie Lloren; Manila, Philippines, 2014); My Favorite Time of Day (original song set for voice and piano, world premiere Kristiansand, Norway, 2014); Kampala Scenes (four pieces for piano solo; world premiere Visionary Africa Art Exhibit opening gala concert, 2012; orchestrated version for piano and orchestra at the 1st Bayimba Honours gala concert, 2016; Kampala, Uganda); original music for Régie Braun web advertisement (real estate company; Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010); The Love Story (film by Brian Bernhard, Blight Productions, NYC, 2010); original story, libretto and music for Raya and Sag-In (one-act opera with dance, commissioned by Golden Fleece Ltd., world premiere production 2009, New York City); original music for the 2006-2010 seasons of Great Decisions (TV series on global issues, Foreign Policy Association, New York City, PBS tv stations nationwide airings, USA); original music for the documentary film Riding in Stride (PremHart Pictures; national PBS stations airings, 2005-2008; The Sport TV & Film Festival screening, Mumbai, India, 2007); original music for Art or Something Like It (Season 2, TV series by Brian A. Bernhard, airings on CUNY TV NYC, 2006); music for Characters and Crossroads (both pieces for bass trombone and piano, commissioned by Michael Becker of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, world premieres 2006 and 2003, CD release 2010); Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, commissioned by Anthony Kniffen of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and numerous works for voice and piano, various music ensembles and original music for short, independent and comedic films, visual art and public service announcements in the USA.
Pianist, Music Director
As a pianist and music director, her focus initially started with solo piano repertoire, eventually moving on to collaborative piano work with a focus on classical artsong and opera (modern and classic). But finding NYC to be rich in the different music disciplines, she found herself also working as pianist, music director, band leader and/or orchestrator in musical theater and cabaret productions as well as playing and singing with original and independent rock bands in the NYC and New Jersey club scenes.
Her credits include: Music Director, Orchestrator and Pianist for the 1st Bayimba Honours concert (Kampala, Uganda; December 2016); Music Director, Pianist and Orchestrator for Much Ado About Nonie (Triple Threat, starring TV, film and theatre actor Nonie Buencamino; Cultural Center of the Philippines; Manila, Philippines; 2013); Keyboardist, Vocalist and Band Leader for Camel Club Sessions (guest artist Rachel Magoola; Kampala, Uganda; 2013); Pianist and Collaborator for Kura – Up Close and Personal (with Suzan Kerunen; Kampala, Uganda; 2013); Music Supervisor and orchestration adviser for Stageshow (Tanghalang Pilipino; Cultural Center of the Philippines, Little Theater; Manila; 2012); Solo Pianist and Orchestrator for Visionary Africa Art Exhibit opening concert (Kampala, Uganda; 2012); The Bayimba International Festival of Arts (Kampala, Uganda – solo classical piano recital, pianist with Live Classics chamber group, and orchestrator/arranger/keyboardist with Kampala Symphony Orchestra; 2011); Pianist, Assistant Music Director and Orchestrator for The Aquitaine Dialogues (modern opera by Golden Fleece Ltd production; Aryas Theater; New York City; 2011); Music Arranger/Keyboardist/Band Leader/Vocal Repetiteur for the off-Broadway musical production Honestly Abe (La Muse Venale Productions; The Mint Theater, New York City, 2011); Pianist for the New Jersey City University Chorale (Jersey City, New Jersey; 2010-2013); Pianist for the off-Broadway musical Piaf: Love Conquers All (Tone Poet Productions, LLC; SoHo Playhouse, New York City, 2007-2008; Piccolo Spoleto Festival Theater Series, Charleston, South Carolina, 2008; Teaneck Festival of Arts, Teaneck, New Jersey, 2008; Francisco Santiago Hall, Manila, Philippines, 2008); Pianist/Assistant Music Director/Opera Coach for The Annual Commissioned Opera/Music Theater Production (Golden Fleece Ltd; New York City; 2007-2011); Pianist/Music Director for Song New York contemporary vocal music concert (Golden Fleece Ltd; New York City; 2004, 2008, 2009); and other musical and opera productions in the New York City area. Additional credits include various solo and collaborative classical music concerts with operatic and cabaret singers and participation as vocal collaborative pianist in music festivals in Nice (France), Barcelona (Spain), St. Petersburg (Florida, USA) and East Montpelier (Vermont, USA). Additionally, she has also served as pianist for vocal and instrumental master classes as well as pianist for private vocal studios in both Honolulu, HI (USA) and New York City (USA).
Also a music educator, she has been a guest artist and master class clinician in piano performance, piano-vocal interpretation and vocal production and interpretation for musical theater around the USA, the Philippines and Uganda. She has run her designed vocal workshop for live stage performance multiple times in Manila for the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2014, 2016) and the Tanghalang Pilipino theater company (2015), targeting advanced and professional level stage performers. She ran a version of the same workshop for vocalists in Kampala, Uganda in 2015. In the same year, she served as a consultant for a New York City-based education company helping them develop a music academy curriculum in Vietnam.
Ms. Sinco has a Master of Arts in Music Theory and Composition (New York University), a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance (University of Hawaii) and years of private studies with composers and pianists in New York City, Hawaii and Europe.
Direct main influences include (but not limited to) –
Composition: Giampaolo Bracali, Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY; USA), Dr. Louis Karchin, New York University (New York, NY; USA), Dr. Armand Russell, University of Hawai’i – Manoa (Honolulu, HI; USA), Dr. Allen Trubitt, University of Hawai’i – Manoa (Honolulu, HI; USA)
Piano – Classical: Prof. Peter Coraggio, University of Hawai’i – Manoa (Honolulu, HI; USA)
Piano – Jazz and Pop: Tony Cedras (New York, NY)
Piano-Vocal Interpretation: Dalton Baldwin, l’Academie d’Ete de Nice (Nice, France), Concursos Francisco Viñas (Barcelona, Spain) and in various festivals in the USA (Montpelier, Vermont; St. Petersburg, Florida; New York City)