Woodside, New York
JOSE I. ALVAREZ
Mr. Jose I. Alvarez, better known in his nickname "Toti", started teaching piano back in the Philippines until 1988 when he came to accompany to New York his talented pupil who got accepted at the Manhattan School of Music. He basically is a multi-faceted musician, for even as he majored in composition under the tutelage of the Philipine National Artist, the late Dr, Lucrecia Kasilag, he was advancing piano studies with the prominent Filipino Vienese-trained artist, Carmencita S. Aspiras, while at the same time enjoying a personal scholarship in voice of the late Maestra Isang Tapales. He received a scholarship grant from the Music Promotion of the Philippines and studied at the College of Music & Fine Arts of the Phlippine Women's University (PWU). He won several national competitions in composition sponsored by the League of Filipino Composers and the Cultural Center of he Philippines, namely: "Ito Ang Iyong Bayan" and "Sadyain mo ang Umaga" in art songs, and "Toccata Kalatugtog" for solo instrument (piano), which likewise won a place at the Mu Phi Epsilon
International Fraternity Composition Contest in the U.S.. While in college, his "Musica, Tanglaw ng Puso" was awarded the winner of the PWU College of Music Hymn Contest.
Besides music, he earlier graduated in two other college degrees, namely, Political Science and Accounting from the Ateneo de Naga University. Currently, he is a board member and a treasurer of a distinguished music professional organization in New York City, the Associated Music Teachers' League, Inc. (AMTL).