Your Coach, Ben Noynay
Ben is a vocal music teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. He
teaches music passionately and takes care of his students personally.
Ben says "Music is not just something that I do... it's my life."
Ben's musical career started when he was appointed Assistant Music
Director of the school where he studied. He was also a member of the
school special choir which won grand prize awards in various choral
Even during his student years, Ben was sought after as a Vocal Music
Coach and a Choir Trainer and Director by different colleges,
universities, and parishes in Cebu City, Philippines.
After completing studies, Ben started working as a university teacher.
After his school commitments, he was also training and directing choral
groups in various establishments. Below is a list of different
choral groups Ben has taught over the years.
Mining Corporation Choir -
Parish Choir - Basak, Cebu City
Parish Choir - Carcar, Cebu City
Institute of Medicine Choir (CIM)
Bank of the Philippines
Chorale (CBRO) – Cebu City
of Former Seminarians (CFS
Inc. Choir –
East Bank & Trust Company
– Cebu City
Parish Choir - Basak Mandaue
Choir of St. Francis
Parish Choir - Kasuntingan,
Parish Choir - Guadalupe,
Tondena, Inc. Choir
Parish Choir -
Minglanilla, Cebu City
Praise and Worship Team
– Narre Warren,
Manpower and Youth Council
– Cebu City
Parish Choir - Pardo, Cebu City
Long Distance Company Choir
– Mandaue City
Durano Foundation Chaplaincy -
Supermarket, Inc. Choir (RSI)
Isidro Parish School Choir -
Miguel Corporation Choir (SMC-GSD)
Vicente Ferrer Parish Choir - Bogo
Children's Village-Cebu Choir
University (SWU Nursing)
Francis Choir – Box
Joseph Parish Choir - Mandaue City
Martin de Porres Parish Choir -
Theresa’s College Glee
– Cebu City
Therese Parish Choir - Lahug, Cebu
Nino Village Youth Choir
Parish Choir - Tabunok,
Parish Choir - Talisay City
Philippines – Lapulapu
Parish Choir - Toledo City
Craft Company Choir
– Mandaue City
of San Carlos (USC - REED)
of San Carlos (USC-Girls
– Cebu City
of San Carlos (USC-Nursing
– Cebu City
of the Philippines College
– Cebu City
College of Nursing –
Over and above his commitment to different choral groups, Ben was also
directing/producing concerts and musical shows among which were:
WINGS OF SONG”
by the Central Bank
Regional Office (CBRO) Chorale...
’88” by the Community
of Former Seminarians (CFS) Choir...
TRIBUTE TO DR. HERMAN MEINER" a
performed by CFS & SOS Children's Village Children...
SA BISAYA- A
GMA-7 and DYSS AM Anniversary performed by DULCE AMOR, MAX SURBAN,
JAIME SALAZAR and other local artists...
THRU THE EYES OF
two-night concert which featured a 7-year old blind pianist, together
with the CFS Choir, UV Dance Troupe and many other performers...
OTHER SIDE OF MAX
two-night concert featuring a Cebu artist Max Surban performing
classical love songs...
Halad sa CEBU" a free
by C.E.B.U. - Cebu Entertainers and Bands United as fundraising for
One of the highlights of Ben’s career in the field of music
his winning participation in the Cebu Popular Music Festival as a
composer, lyricist, and interpreter.
In 1981, he submitted a song entry entitled "IKAW, CEBU" as
composer/lyricist. "Ikaw, Cebu" (You, Cebu), was chosen as one of the
12 Finalists among hundreds of entries into the First Cebu Popular
Music Festival which is the most prestigious music composition
competition in Cebu City. In 1983, Ben submitted "BARUGANAN SA
KINAADMAN" as composer/lyricist/interpreter. "Baruganan Sa Kinaadman"
(Principle of Knowledge), was chosen as one of the 12 Finalists among
hundreds of entries into the Third Cebu Popular Music Festival.
The most rewarding year was 1985 when Ben submitted his song entry
entitled “PANUMPA” (Promise) as composer/lyricist.
the year of the Fifth Cebu Popular Music Festival and "Panumpa" was
chosen as one of the 12 Finalists among hundreds of entries. The Cebu
Pop Music Foundation in cooperation with the provincial government of
Cebu decided to organize a concert tour featuring all the songs,
composers, singers, arrangers, musicians involved in the Fifth Cebu
Popular Music Festival. The concert was so successful that all the 12
song entries became very popular. And that also made "Panumpa" popular.
In fact, the song is still being heard in the local air waves of Cebu
City up to the present.
Ben has written more than 100 songs to date. His songs are varied in
genres, from ballad, to folk, to blues, jazz, pop and rock. One thing
is consistent though with all of Ben's songs. All of them have themes
that inspire the listeners, positive messages to lift up one's soul,
songs of love, hopes and dreams, struggles and victories.
Click here to listen to
some of Ben's songs.
In 1992, Ben and his family migrated to Australia where he is presently
residing. Again, Ben successfully established himself in the field of
music starting with an invitation of the former president of the
Filipino Community Council of Victoria, Inc.(FCCVI), to direct a
9-night show as part of the celebration of the Melbourne International
FolkFest in 1993 and 1994.
Shortly after the second FolkFest, Ben started teaching vocal music to
individual students within metropolitan Melbourne. It was also during
this time that Ben started training and directing St. Francis Filipino
Choir that sings regularly at St. Francis Church in the city of
Melbourne until today.
The chaplain of the Filipino Choir of St. Francis church is Father Ed
Wood. As an observer, Here's what Father Ed said about Ben:
"The Filipino Choir of St. Francis,”
Melbourne, was founded
1992 and, as all choirs, has had its periods of growth and development.
The beginning was marked with much enthusiasm and generosity but there
was a felt need for a more professional leadership and, at the same
time, instruction on breathing, voice production and other techniques
to bring the best out of the latent talent and possibilities of the
dedicated choir members. The arrival of Ben Noynay was a real gift to
the choir as he had the musical talent, leadership skills and
background required for a good choir director. The Filipino Choir
profited from his expertise and achieved a high level of performance
under his direction. Eventually Ben Noynay moved on to follow his
career but his legacy remains with the older choir members who still
follow his methods and, to some extent, help newcomers to appreciate
what it means to be dedicated to singing in a choir. He is on all
accounts an excellent teacher and his skills and discipline bring out
the best in a choir."
During that time, the president of the Filipino Choir of St. Francis
was Noel de la Pena. Here's what Noel said about Ben:
"The first time I've joined the Filipino
Choir of St. Francis in
Melbourne, months before Ben joined, I didn’t see the
of the members on putting in their best efforts to improve the quality
of their singing as they had different singing backgrounds and had
their own style of singing. But, when Ben came and taught new
contemporary songs, some of which he personally arranged "on the spot"
beautifully with several voices, the choir was transformed into a
"world class" choir with committed and inspired members. Everyone
learned the proper breathing, quality of voice, phrasing, harmony and
blending, and we started hitting the right tones with the right volume!
Never have I met such a professional with a lot of knowledge,
experience, and, a passion for excellence in his undertakings. Truly,
he is a remarkable maestro with a lot of wisdom for teaching!"
Click here to read more testimonials from
Ben's students over the years.
Since his arrival in
Australia, Ben continues to teach music specializing in piano, guitar
To find more
Ben Noynay, visit his website at www.bennoynay.com.