Sinamar Pascua 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 her master’s degree in choral conducting, magna cum laude, at St. Paul University-Manila (Philippines).
She is currently a DMA student in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music studying with Drs. Elizabeth Schauer and Thomas Cockrell. Her conducting mentors include Mr. Jonathan Velasco, Mr. Joshibiah Butch De Juan, Prof. Oliver Rodriguez, and National Artist for Music Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano. Currently, the Chancel Choir Director of Christ Church United Methodist, High School Music Director at Academy of Tucson, and serving as the World Music and Culture Board for the American Choral Directors Association Arizona Chapter. Recent positions include Graduate Teaching Assistants for Treble Glee, Film and Television Department and Vice President of the ACDA Graduate Chapter at the University of Arizona, also Alto Staff Singer at Our Saviours Lutheran Church.
Sinamar was awarded a Medici Scholarship Award, Donald G. Shropshire Scholarship, Marie M Meier Choral Scholarship, Lutheran Brotherhood Bach Scholarship, and a Fred Fox School of Music Scholarship from the University of Arizona. She was also awarded Founders Scholarship by Tucson Girls Chorus.
Prior to coming to Arizona, Sinamar 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 of the adjudicators for Mixed Choir and Youth Choir at the 2018 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (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.
Sinamar 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. Recently, she was invited to serve as an Honorary Member of the 2022 1st Gawad Manuel Luna Philippine International Violin Competition and part of the Artistic Committee for the incoming 2022 National Convention of Philippine Choral Directors Association.