Joy Nilo

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Joy Nilo
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Joy Nilo
Background information
Birth name Joy Tavas Nilo
Also known as Tony Val Josia
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 45)
Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Origin Philippines
Genres Choral Music, Orchestral, Pop Music
Occupation(s) Composer, Songwriter, Music Director, Pianist
Instruments Piano, Voice, Synthesizers, Keyboards
Years active 1986 - present

Joy T. Nilo (born January 11, 1970) is a Filipino composer who specializes in a cappella Choral Music. Also a sought after orchestrator, his works range from traditional to modern, ethnic to electronic, serious to popular. He is also a pianist, singer, conductor (music) and music educator.

Choral Music[edit]

His sacred composition Amami, a suite of 6 anthems based on the Lord’s Prayer, is a favorite among choirs of international renown, and so are liturgical music such as O Magnum Mysterium, Agtalnaca, Denggem, Apo, Isalacannacam, and Umawit Kayo Sa Panginoon. Philippine Choirs competing internationally sing his contemporary choral compositions and arrangements of folktunes Bongbongtit, Kaisaisa Niyan, Pakawanem Ti Basbasolmi, Duayya Ni Ayat,[1] Pakiusap, Malinac Lay Labi,[2] and Oalay Manoc Con Taraz.[3] His popular church choir works Make My Life a Prayer, Glory, Splendor and Majesty, and Come Live in Me are regular parts of church choir repertoires.

Compositions for Dance[edit]

His compositions for dance include “Pasyon, Death and . . .”, “Women Waiting” and “Reflections on the Death of a Princess”, “Ballet Pieces Based on Filipino Folktunes”, and “Filipinescas Suites”.

Theme Song Compositions[edit]

Dubbed as THE THEME SONG MAN, he composed various themes for movies such as KRISTO directed by Ben Yalung and MAGNIFICO directed by Maryo J de los Reyes. The latter’s theme Ang Aking Munting Bituin,[4] co-composed and interpreted by Gary Valenciano, garnered several awards and nominations from major award-giving bodies in the Philippines. This same song is being used by the soap opera Munting Heredera (TV series) as its theme song. We Thank You, God gave him the grand prize for Centennial Hymnwriting Competition sponsored by The United Methodist Church in 1998. This was followed by Mary Johnston College of Nursing Centennial Hymnwriting in 2007 for his composition A Century of Nursing Through God’s Faithfulness.[5] His compositions For The Lord's Day and Rejoice, The Lord is King[6] appeared in Singapore's MSM Choral Series.[7] To complete this title, you can hear his compositions being sung and played by different Schools and organizations in the Philippines – FEATI University Hymn, FEATI March, The University of the La Salette Hymn, PSHOA Hymn,[8] International College of Surgeons Hymn, Maternal and Child Nurses Hymn, Amway Philippines, and Caramel Pearl Incorporated.

Commissioned works[edit]

One of the most sought after young orchestrators, he has done commissioned works for The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, Manila Symphony and World Youth Orchestra. His choral works are sung by The Philippine Madrigal Singers, The Philippine Chamber Singers, The Ateneo College Glee Club, The Philippine Chamber Choir, The San Miguel Master Chorale,[9] The Loboc Children's Choir, Philippine Children's Choir from Mandaluyong,[10] The Ateneo Chamber Singers, University of the East Chorale, Central UMC Festival Choir, and his very own Chorus Philippines.


A product of many talents, he has studied under Dr. Francisco Feliciano, Prof. Martin Behrmann, Prof. Joel Navarro, Dr. Ramon Santos, Dr. Jonas Baes, Karl Hochreiter, and National Artist for Music Andrea Veneracion.