Nobleza Garcia Pilar

Lecturer

Phone:
(305) 595-5425
Locator Code:
7610
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 130
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

Quote

“Music is God’s sublime gift to men. Music expresses life’s noblest thoughts, purest emotions and loftiest aspirations, understood in any language. Music is mercurial, an elusive muse. Love her lavishly, commit to her totally, open your heart, mind and soul and serve her devotedly. Search out and learn her excellent riches and she is yours for life.”

Biography

A professional singer and pianist, a music educator, and a passionate and dedicated voice teacher at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Dr. Nobleza Garcia Pilar has built a reputation for achieving the highest musical standards possible in each of her students.

Dr. Pilar is the winner of a number of prestigious awards and international scholarships, has sung on various stages in America, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Latin America and taught in some of the best programs in the country.  Dr. Pilar is also known and respected for her successful work with the guidance of young voices and for the success rate of her students’ acceptance into leading conservatories and universities such as, Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School of Music, University of Southern California and Northwestern University, among others. She specializes in Voice  (Graduate and Undergraduate), Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Techniques, Lyric Diction  (Italian, German, French), Stage Director for Opera Scenes Program (Fidelio, Faust, La Bohme).

In addition to a full teaching schedule, Dr. Pilar maintains an active role as a clinician and adjudicator, regularly serving on various panels of voice competition, including FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC at Salzburg Scholarship Audition, FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC Concerto Competition, Florida International University Concerto Competition, the New York City Opera Theater, the YOUNG/ARTS, NFAA Vocal Category (where she was preliminary judge for 15 years), the Florida Vocal Association  State and District Competition, the Classical Singer Competition, and, for the past three years, as Voice faculty and audition judge of Miami Music Festival.

Along with her formal training and performance experience, Dr, Pilar’s devotion to teaching has always been on par with her search for artistic excellence. Prior to joining the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Dr. Pilar taught at several universities and colleges where she came to realize that teaching imparts not only the skill of technique and interpretation, but also the importance of communication, the joy of singing, and the courage to explore one’s artistry to the fullest extent. As a teacher, she possesses a keen sense of a student’s individual needs and has much to offer young singers.

Dr. Pilar’s teaching philosophy and her expectations from her students are straightforward “I expect the student to travel with me down a two-way exchange. To give my best, I expect no less from a student. The teacher is there to share, listen, advice and guide, to teach and challenge, and to encourage. The student is there to learn, hear, absorb and grow with the courage to take risks, to expect change and have the confidence to believe in one’s talent and in turn, to give back and share.”

Dr. Pilar comes from a family of amateur musicians where she grew up with siblings, aunts and cousins who played in an all All-Girl rondalla (string ensemble), and a grandmother who chanted epic poems for bedtime stories. Her musical training started in Philippine Women’s University where she received the Bachelor degrees in Piano and Vocal Performance. A recipient of the London Opera Centre of Advance Training& Development Study Grant and a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, she completed the Master and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance with ‘High Distinction’ and a ‘Certificate for High Scholastic Achievement’.

After graduating, Dr. Pilar was engaged in the successful pursuit of a career in opera and concert work, where she performed for various musical organizations in America and the Far East. Over 50 solo concerts and recitals have taken her to the West Coast, the Midwest, Toronto, the Hawaiian Islands, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Along with regional solo engagements, she was guest soloist with the University of Western Michigan Orchestra, Western Piedmont Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chamber Orchestra, the Bahamas Chamber Ensemble, Florida International University, and the Miami Chamber Orchestra.

Dr, Pilar has been the featured soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem, Bach’s Solo Cantata, Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and several Messiah Christmas concerts. She also performed in extended soprano solo works of Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Ravel’s Sheherazade, and Villalobos Bacchianas Brazileiras. She has sung with the Indiana University Opera Theater in various operatic roles, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote as (both Queen of the Night and Pamina), Die Fledermaus (as Rosalinde), Falstaff (as Nannetta), Manon (as Pousette), as Mimi in La Boheme with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the lead in the concert premier of Wynn York’s contemporary American opera, The Bostonians.

Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Performed over 50 solo concerts and recitals, operatic roles in full production, extended soprano solo repertoire with instrumental ensemble, and as soprano soloist in choral works 
  • Guest artist for Hawaiian-Filipino Cultural Heritage Concert Series
  • Engaged in recruitment over 30 years of teaching at FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC.
  • Former students are among the notable ‘Canes making headlines out in the opera world and Broadway, recipients of numerous awards and accolades    

Honors/Awards/Grants

  • Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, London Opera Centre of Advance Training and Development, International Peace Scholarship, Altrusa International Foundation Grant
  • Academic Awards from Indiana University, “Certificate for High Scholastic Achievement”, Honor graduate for Doctor of Music, “With High Distinction.”
  • Inducted into Alpha Tau Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Indiana University Music Educators’ Association
  • University of Miami Recognition for 25 Years of Teaching Service