Abe JO, Rosalina, Filipino-born American pianist and composer; b. Tagoloan, July 13, 1922; d. Fremont, Calif., June 5, 1991. She studied at the Philippine Women’s Univ. (M.M., 1957), with F. Labunski in Cincinnati, and with Barlow at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. She joined the Order of the Virgin Mary, and was the first nun to conduct a sym. orch. Among her works were various orch. pieces, including Tha-natopsis (1956), The Trilogy of Man (1971), the symphonic poem Guerrilla (1971), a Guitar Concerto, and a Marimba Concerto, chamber music, piano pieces, and songs.
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