Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Alicia Walker


Composer Lucrecia Roces Kasilag (1918-2008) is a National Artist for the Philippines and a UNESCO International Artist of the World. Though she has many more accolades and triumphs to note, both national and international, Kasilag is not well known outside of her native Philippines. One factor that obscures this composer from the world is that much of her work is unpublished, as are other historical Filipino composers’ works.

Kasilag composed her first Misang Pilipino in 1965 to commemorate the 400th year of Christianization in the Philippines, but multiple editions of the work were written and used for different occasions. While the exact number of editions is unknown, research located three surviving editions thus far: one for treble chorus and organ; one for congregation, mixed chorus, and organ; and one for mixed chorus and organ.

Because Kasilag and Misang Pilipino are seldom studied, there are no conductor’s analyses for Misang Pilipino to aid in the preparation and presentation of the work. This document is a conductor’s guide for the mixed chorus and organ edition of Misang Pilipino. The document also includes a short biography on Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, information on known extant editions of Misang Pilipino, and context for the piece itself and how it came to fruition.


© 2023, Denise Ysabel Ellis