Sinamar Respicio finished her bachelor’s degree in Church Music at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM) and Trinity University of Asia (Philippines) and master’s degree in choral conducting, magna cum laude, at St. Paul University-Manila (Philippines).
She is currently in her second year as a DMA student in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Her conducting mentors include Mr. Jonathan Velasco, Mr. Joshibiah Butch De Juan, Prof. Oliver Rodriguez, and National Artist for Music Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano. She is currently under the tutelage of Drs. Elizabeth Schauer, Thomas Cockrell, and Miguel Felipe. She was recently awarded a Donald G. Shropshire Scholarship from the University of Arizona. She is also a newly elected acting Treasurer for the University of Arizona American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Graduate Student Chapter.
Prior to coming to Arizona, Respicio was the conductor and the music director of the Miriam College Middle School Chorus (Philippines) which won several awards from the Orientale Concentus Choral Festival in Singapore, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the 1st Tokyo International Choir Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. She has been invited as one the adjudicators for Mixed Choir and Youth Choir at the 2018 National Music Competitions for Young Artist (NAMCYA) held in Manila, Philippines. She has served a year of being a professor for Choral Conducting, Cantorship and Beating Techniques at The Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM), Philippines.
Respicio was invited as one of the guest speakers for the 2020 Summer Choral Topics Workshop by the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA), and organized a virtual workshop on choral literature for Filipino musicians, conductors, and singers.