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DLSZ Strings achieve an outstanding rating (4th place) in the 15th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival

Left to Right: Ms. Lynette Feliciano, Mr. Richard Calubayan., Antonio Jesus Tamayo, Himaya Calara, Gael Azure Ilano, Adeline Renee Corpuz, Nathan Benedict Catabian, Meithzan Javier,  Mayo Iñigo Pulgar, Armina Sophia Ascalon, John Dave Mindanao, Annika Marie Vito, Juliene Daiz Mindanao, Maria Josefa Carmela Santos, Carlos Gabriel Aquino, Juan Jaime Javier Arceo, Joaquin Gabriel Reyes, Sage Martina Espiritu, Mr. Daryl Galicia, Justine Cleo Arcillas, Jared Kenneth Galang, Mr. Leopoldo Sumera Jr., Juan Franco Gonzales, Frances Karol Go, Charles Sebastian Infante, Daniela Lirio, Benica Sophia Cruz, Cara Sabine Grageda, Kirsten Antoinette Pioquinto, Ysabella Sage Torres, Luis Peter Emmanuel Timbang, Anna Kristina Valero, Andre Paris, Elizabeth Bauyon, Cesar Gervasio Ascalon, Maxine Antoinette Tomas, Mr. Paul Benjamin Natividad, Ms.Leila Neyens, Ms. Shelly Ann Isaga

DLSZ Strings, together with Mr. Leopoldo Sumera Jr.  during their performance at Musikverein, Vienna  (Photo credit: Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival Facebook)

The Music Unit with the Cultural Affairs Office of De La Salle Santiago Zobel (DLSZ) is delighted to announce that the DLSZ Strings secured the 4th place award with an outstanding rating at the 15th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival. The festival took place on July 1, 2023, at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. 

In addition, DLSZ Strings bagged the Gold Award at the 2023 Bratislava Youth Music Festival Competition last July 7, 2023, at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Slovakia. 

Representing the Philippines as the sole ensemble, the DLSZ Strings performed the Holberg Suite by E. Grieg, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by W.A Mozart, Tryptch (a 3 part work for string orchestra by Alejandro Consolacion), and the traditional Filipino music, Tatlong Awiting Pilipino (arranged for strings by Rommel Camba), as their competition pieces. The group also had a festival concert at the Pfarrgarten Probstdorf and MuTh in Vienna with a repertoire that includes Symphony No.1, Sarabande (Second Movement)  from the Holberg Suite, Queen of the Night Aria for String Orchestra, Gabriel’s Oboe (for strings and solo cello), Sarabande by J.S. Bach (for solo cello), Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Jazz Pizzicato, and one of the most popular patriotic songs, Bayan ko. While in Bratislava, the group performed in St. Martin’s Cathedral, Klarisky Concert Hall, Primate’s Palace, and the Hviezdoslav Square to the delight of audiences.

The ensemble arrived in Prague, premiering at the beautiful Smetana Hall last June 28, 2023. A pleasant addition to the trip is a courtesy call to Ambassador Eduardo Martin Menez at the Philippine Embassy in the Czech Republic, Ambassador  Evangelina Lourdes Arroyo-Bernas at the Philippine Embassy in Austria, and an educational tour at Vienna International Center United Nations Office.

The DLSZ Strings’ participation in these events is a testament to the Filipino’s remarkable talent, rich culture, and pride in musical excellence.

The SCL International Youth Festival is a world-renowned international celebration for young musicians that offers a prestigious stage for music ensembles from across the globe. Choirs, bands, and orchestras from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Taipei, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, and the USA, participated in the event.

The DLSZ Strings, led by Mr. Leopoldo Sumera Jr. as the conductor, along with Ms. Shelly Isaga, Strings Teacher, Mr. Daryl Galicia, Music Unit Head, and Ms. Lynette Feliciano, Cultural Affairs Office Head, is a musical ensemble comprising of selected High School students enrolled in the Special Music program. Through this program, students develop their musical skills, deepen their sensitivity to music, and cultivate an appreciation for the art form. The group has participated in performances and competitions locally and internationally, namely, the Chicago International Music Festival in 2019 (Gold Award) and Singapore Raffles International Music Festival in 2019 and 2022 (Gold Award). 

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School is a member of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), a network of Lasallian schools committed to world-class education, progressive learning, and holistic formation. DLSZ is located at Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines. 

For further inquiries and information, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at

You may also view the following links, for additional references:

DLSZ Strings in Philippine Embassy in Czech Republic

Austrian Press

Bratislava Music Agency

Bratislava Festival Concert

Bratislava Competition Concert (24:30)