Mga Munting Tinig

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Tinig Choral celebrates Filipino culture through a cappella

"...Since its inception in 1988, the a cappella group has placed an emphasis on celebrating Filipino culture through music performed at events held by Filipino organizations on campus and in Los Angeles"

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Tinig, which means “voice” in Tagalog, is a student-initiated, student-run, a capella choir under the Ethnomusicology Department of UCLA. Formed in 1988 under the student direction of August Espiritu and Rex Sampaga, Tinig came together for the purpose of singing the Pilipino and American National anthems in UCLA's annual Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night.Since then, Tinig has gone on to perform in numerous venues, including the Filipino American Library Gala at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel, the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, UCLA's Pilipino-Graduation, the Los Angeles Premiere of the movie Mga Munting Tinig, Veterans' Hospitals, UCLA Worldfest, the Cathedral of our Lady of Angels, and UCLA's Spring Sing, catering to numerous public figures which include Randy Newman, Jennifer Paz (of Miss Saigon), Lou Diamond Philips, the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate and former President Bill Clinton. Tinig's awards include "Best Costume" at the 1994 UCLA Spring Sing, and "Best Ensemble" at the 1995 UCLA Spring Sing.Fall 2002, Tinig registered as an independent group of UCLA. By Winter 2003, under signatories Art Ambrosio, Richelle Chuatuan, and Amalia Millar, Tinig became an officially-recognized student organization, sponsored by the Ethnomusicology Department of UCLA. In Spring 2013, Tinig celebrated its 25th anniversary.From Tagalog to Latin to English, from cultural to contemporary pop music, we spill our hearts into the lyrics of our songs. We hold no auditions, and we invite all current UCLA students who have a love for singing.