Mark Anthony Carpio was personally chosen by National Artist of the Philippines, Andrea O. Veneracion to succeed her reins as choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2001. Since then, Mark has taken the group to even greater heights, leading them to win first prizes in the Habanera and Polyphony categories in the Certámen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia (Torrevieja, Spain, 2004), the Grand Prix in the 35th Florilege Vocal de Tours, France (2006), the Grand Prize in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Arezzo, Italy, 2007) and just recently for winning top prizes at the 64th Guido D’Arezzo International Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy (2016). Under his leadership, the choir continues to fulfill a grueling schedule of annual international tours, national outreach programs and its regular concert season as the resident choir of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
Mark also conducts the Sing Philippines Youth Choir, which draws its fifty members biennially from all provinces of the country, in honor of the Madrigal Singers’ founder who established the vision of a nation singing together in harmony and united in song. Mark also directs the other Sing Philippines projects that include choral music workshops, and conductor/singer development initiatives.
Known for his collaboration with emerging composers, innovative programming, and approachability, Mark is a much sought-after choral clinician and coach, frequently giving extensive and in-depth workshops all over the Philippines and around the world. He is also frequently invited as adjudicator in choral competitions and as guest conductor of several choirs around the world, including the first batch of the Indonesia Youth Choir (2015).
Mark is a faculty member of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music, where he earned his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and his Bachelor’s degree in Piano.
Nurturing young singers is a personal passion of Mark. With this, he also directs the Consortium of Voices, a youth choir society consisting of the Kilyawan Boys Choir, Kilyawan Male Choir and the Voces Auroræ Girls Choir.