THE PHILIPPINE OPERA CENTER for the Performing Arts (Pocpa), which is under the Philippine Opera Company (POC), will hold a performing arts workshop this summer.

POC will be offering lessons in voice, piano, guitar, basic theory, violin as well as a totally new program called ?Buddy Lessons,? which offers voice and instrument lessons designed for couples or friends who may want to study voice or the same instrument, together.

Teachers of the Philippine Opera Center for the Performing Arts are seasoned professionals?all graduates of the country?s most renowned and respected music conservatories.

?In this age of communication we need to have complete, healthy tools to effectively get our message across. Voice lessons keeps us in control of our vocal chords to express colors that help us emphasize points. Whether in the board room or in social events such as singing or public speaking, voice lessons certainly provides us with the edge we need,? said Pocpa faculty head, Nolyn Cabahug.

Voice students also have the option to choose from varied repertoires such as classical, pop, broadway/musical theater, jazz and standards.

The school will likewise offer ?Music and Movement? workshops, which are especially designed for toddlers, children, preteens and teens from April 3-May 8.

Music and Movement for Toddlers includes singing and movement activities, story-telling, instrument playing, games.

Music and Movement for children, teens and adults is an introduction to the basics of musical theater, which focuses on acting, singing and performance skills.

Theater professionals under the supervision of the Philippine Opera Company?s faculty will head all workshops.

All of the summer classes and workshops will have a culminating recital on May 9 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater at the RCBC Plaza.

Enrollment for the summer classes and workshops are ongoing. Call 8928786 or visit