MAESTRO GEORGE G. HERNANDEZ, director of the GEORGE HERNANDEZ ACADEMY OF MUSIC in Walnut Creek, California.
VOICE and PIANO TEACHER, an OPERATIC BASSO, VOICE COACH and accompanist, choral conductor, organist, choral arranger and composer. http://www.pavanepublishing.com/Site/36/
George Hernandez, voice and piano teacher, bass opera singer, choral composer and arranger and conductor. George is a published choral composer and arranger with Pavane Publishing, a division of Hal Leonard Publishing Co. One of his most popular folk song arrangements is “Rosas Pandan”. It has been sung by countless choirs around the world. He continues to arrange Philippine folk songs as well as Philippine popular songs to share the Philippine cultural arts with the world community. George is also a voice and piano teacher. Many of his students have won awards and competitions in opera, Broadway, and pop categories locally as well as nationally. His students have performed professionally with companies like the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, New York City Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival Opera, Broadway by the Bay, The Mountain Play, touring production of “Rent”, “Miss Saigon”, and “Les Miserables”.
As a bass singer, George has sung with the San Francisco Opera as a chorus member since 1990. He has sung operatic roles with Townsend Opera Player, West Bay Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera. He has sung as bass soloist with several symphony orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sung with the Redwood Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s “Eighth Symphony” singing the bass solo and Pater Profundis in 1999.
George received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Composition, and Choral Conducting from the University of the Philippines. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Maestro George Gemora Hernandez; Bachelor of Music degree in piano, voice and choral conducting; University of the Philippines,1981. He formed Saringhimig Singers ,1974. choir won international awards: First prize in XXVII Concorso Polifonico Internationale, Guido d’ Arezzo, Italy ,1979; Grand Prix; Lehiateka Certamen Cancion y Polifonica Vascas;Tolosa, Spain, 1980; Third prize; LLangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held in Wales, UK,1980;
Top prize in XXIX Concorso Polifonico Internationale, Guido d’ Arezzo,1981 First prize;choir category; XXVIII Concorso Polifonico Internationale, Guido d’ Arezzo, Italy. 2003;voted “Best Choir”in the World Choral Festival in Puebla, Mexico. 2004; LLangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, 2004, TOP prize;Certamen de Habaneras y Polifonia, Torrevieja, Spain
FIRST PLACE WINNER at Kathaumiwx International Choral Competition, Powell River, BC, Canada ,2006.
He also received a California State Recognition in Music Excellence 'CHORAL MUSIC" in 2005.
2007, TOP winner; First California Choral Competition in San Luis Obispo, California He moved to San Francisco to continue his studies in choral conducting with Byron McGilvray, piano with William Corbett-Jones, organ with Alexander Post Voice with Dewey Camp and Kathrine Harvey at San Francisco State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music where received another music degree in Voice Performance and accompaniment under Hermann Leroux and Donald Stenberg. He won First place in the Abramowitsch Lieder Competition in 1989.
As an OPERATIC BASSO, he has sung with San Francisco Opera as a chorus member since 1990. He also has sung operatic roles with Townsend Opera Player, West Bay Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera inthe following operas: Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote”, “La Finta Simplice“, and “Le Nozze di Figaro“, Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Il Trovatore and “La Traviata“, Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors“, Offenbach’s “Bridges of Sighs“, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and “Gianni Schichi” to name a few. He has sung as bass soloist for several symphony orchestras in the bay area. One of his memorable performances was with the Redwood Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony singing the Bass solo and Pater Profundis in April 1999.
He currently teaches voice and piano in his music studio. Several of his students have won awards and competitions in opera, broadway, and popular categories locally as well as nationally. His students have performed professionally with companies like the San Francisco Opera, Opera companies in New York Area, Bear Valley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Broadway By The Bay, The Mountain Play, touring broadway companies of “Rent“, “Miss Saigon“, and “Les Miserables.
George Hernandez founded Philippine Saringhimig Singers in 1974 during his studies at the University of the Philippines College of Music. As the director and conductor of the Philippine Saringhimig Singers, George has received recognition and awards from distinguished international choral competitions and festivals. He has also received THE STATE RECOGNITION AND AWARD twice from the State of California for his excellence in music awarded by Senator Torlakson in 2005 and by Senator Milton Marks in 1994.
He also received THE 2003 CALIFORNIA PAMANA ART LEGACY AWARD for his excellent contribution in music in the cultural arts from the Filipino American Arts Exposition in San Francisco, California.