If you are interested in learning an instrument of the Philippine Rondalla, or would like to request the ACPA Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble for a community or private event, please contact Herna Cruz-Louie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Director & Instructor
Jaime Barrairo Cuba
The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) Rondalla (string ensemble) was established in 2009 as one of the organizations’ ongoing programs, led by executive director and music director, Herna Cruz-Louie. The ACPA Rondalla started as music accompaniment to the Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Program, as well as performing for local community organizations such as Barangay Dance Company, KulArts, Parangal Dance Company, Asian & Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (AYPAL), and creative projects of ACPA’s Artistic Director, Jay Loyola.
The ACPA Rondalla eventually expanded to providing ongoing Beginner Rondalla Music workshops at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in 2011. In 2013, they began collaborating with the Filipino Organizations of University of San Francisco and University of California, Davis to provide Rondalla Music Workshop intensives to instruct students how to play the instruments of the Philippine Rondalla for their annual Pilpino Cultural Night presentations.