The Filharmonic, an LA-based a cappella group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off, has much to sing about. The 6-piece vocal group made the semi-finals, joined The Sing-Off national tour, and were featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2, setting off a viral sensation after their Late Late Show appearances.

In 2016, The Filharmonic brings their unique blend of hip hop, pop and 90's nostalgia to more than 120 college stages nationwide. They consist of vocalists Vj Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, And Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, And Beat Boxer Niko Del Rey. 

“Sextet of superlative vocalists” - AXS

"A cappella masterpiece” - JUST JARED

“Absolutely fun and entertaining and grabbing from the first note” - TV GUIDE

“The Filharmonic style mixes hip-hop sound with 90’s nostalgia...linking their passion for a wide variety of performance styles”- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The Filharmonic wow audiences with their almost superhuman a cappella abilities” - SOULTRAIN

“The Filharmonic knows how to put on an effortless performance, dancing and just having a party” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"We would like to give a special thanks to our friends, family and last but not least to our God.  Thank you for all your love and support!"  - The Filharmonic


Name: Joe Caigoy Birthdate month: April Favorite Food: Lumpia & Pancit Bihon Parents Originally From: Iloilo & Manila Joe Caigoy is the big cuddly bear of the group! His voice has been given many nicknames during The Filharmonic’s journey on The Sing Off, ranging from “The Voice of God” to “Chocolate Covered Strawberries”. Joe brings a lot to the table in terms of vocal variety. Not only was he a part of Mt. Sac’s winning ICCA group in 2009 (Alongside Pentatonix’s Avi Kaplan), he also has merits in both vocal jazz and opera. However his diversity doesn’t stop there. Joe was born to perform and was even praised by Jewel for his sultry body roll choreography on the show. Studying vocal performance at Michigan State University, Joe hopes to become a music educator someday.

Name: Joe Caigoy
Birthdate month: April
Favorite Food: Lumpia & Pancit Bihon
Parents Originally From: Iloilo & Manila


Joe Caigoy is the big cuddly bear of the group! His voice has been given many nicknames during The Filharmonic’s journey on The Sing Off, ranging from “The Voice of God” to “Chocolate Covered Strawberries”. Joe brings a lot to the table in terms of vocal variety. Not only was he a part of Mt. Sac’s winning ICCA group in 2009 (Alongside Pentatonix’s Avi Kaplan), he also has merits in both vocal jazz and opera. However his diversity doesn’t stop there. Joe was born to perform and was even praised by Jewel for his sultry body roll choreography on the show. Studying vocal performance at Michigan State University, Joe hopes to become a music educator someday.

Name: VJ Rosales
Birthdate Month: June
Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza

Parents Originally From: Bataan & Cavite

Being the driving force behind The Filharmonic’s soothing melodic sound, the group is very fortunate to call Vj their “Musical Director”. Since graduating with a Bachelors of Music degree in Choral – Vocal, Jazz studies from Cal State, Long Beach, Vj has had a variety of accomplishments in the music industry such as being a contestant on Season 3 Of NBC’s The Voice.  In addition to that, he is considered to be an expert in the World of A Cappella and has a yearly mentoring position at the famed A Cappella Academy which is run by Ben Bram and Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix. Even though Vj is working round the clock on numerous projects you might be able to find him on his downtime watching Netflix or jamming out to Beyonce and Fifth Harmony.

Name: Niko Del Rey Birthdate: October Favorite Food: Carne Asada Fries Parents Originally From: Manila & Cavite His fat beats can only be rivaled by his long, luscious hair. You may have heard others call him "The Bad Boy" of the group but that is only because he marches to the beat of his own drum (pun intended). In actuality Niko isn’T a law breaker but an aspiring Law Enforcement Officer with his degree in Political Science that he earned from the University of California, Riverside. You can see his hip hop rooted personality through his unique style of beatboxing and his street inspired fashion choices. The group also considers him the best dancer which could be a result from his love of 90'S Hip Hop. When he isn’t working on his rhythms you can find him working it out at the gym. Protein Protein Protein!!

Name: Niko Del Rey
Birthdate: October
Favorite Food: Carne Asada Fries
Parents Originally From: Manila & Cavite


His fat beats can only be rivaled by his long, luscious hair. You may have heard others call him "The Bad Boy" of the group but that is only because he marches to the beat of his own drum (pun intended). In actuality Niko isn’T a law breaker but an aspiring Law Enforcement Officer with his degree in Political Science that he earned from the University of California, Riverside. You can see his hip hop rooted personality through his unique style of beatboxing and his street inspired fashion choices. The group also considers him the best dancer which could be a result from his love of 90'S Hip Hop. When he isn’t working on his rhythms you can find him working it out at the gym. Protein Protein Protein!!

Name: Trace Gaynor Birthdate Month: May Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip Cookies Parents Originally From: Bacarra Trace Is The Filharmonic’s prrsonal social media wiz and video editing savant. Although he is originally born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, these techy skills he acquired are from the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Prior to singing with The Filharmonic, he was holding the esteemed title of Musical Director for his a cappella group, the USC Troy Tones. Although he illustrates a boyish demeanor onstage, Trace is very business minded and takes a lot of pride in The Filharmonic’s social presence.  So if you ever get a heartfelt reply or a cute emoji, chances are you can thank Trace for that.

Name: Trace Gaynor
Birthdate Month: May
Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Parents Originally From: Bacarra

Trace Is The Filharmonic’s prrsonal social media wiz and video editing savant. Although he is originally born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, these techy skills he acquired are from the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Prior to singing with The Filharmonic, he was holding the esteemed title of Musical Director for his a cappella group, the USC Troy Tones. Although he illustrates a boyish demeanor onstage, Trace is very business minded and takes a lot of pride in The Filharmonic’s social presence.  So if you ever get a heartfelt reply or a cute emoji, chances are you can thank Trace for that.

Name: Barry Fortgang Birthdate month: April Favorite Food: In-N-Out Burger Parents Originally From: Southern Leyte Our Broadway inspired tenor, Barry Fortgang, is the youngest and most energetic in the group. You can most likely find him singing out loud and practicing his music anywhere he goes. These practice rituals might be traced back to his time studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, California.  Although Barry spends hours perfecting his craft, he always has time to make you laugh with a witty pun. Going out of his way to make people laugh and brighten up their day is just one of his many amazing qualities. His heart of gold, hard work ethic, and boyish charm has rightfully earned him the nickname of The Filharmonic’s resident “Sweetheart”.

Name: Barry Fortgang
Birthdate month: April
Favorite Food: In-N-Out Burger
Parents Originally From: Southern Leyte


Our Broadway inspired tenor, Barry Fortgang, is the youngest and most energetic in the group. You can most likely find him singing out loud and practicing his music anywhere he goes. These practice rituals might be traced back to his time studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, California.  Although Barry spends hours perfecting his craft, he always has time to make you laugh with a witty pun. Going out of his way to make people laugh and brighten up their day is just one of his many amazing qualities. His heart of gold, hard work ethic, and boyish charm has rightfully earned him the nickname of The Filharmonic’s resident “Sweetheart”.

Name: Jules Cruz Birthdate Month: November Favorite Food: Sushi Parents Originally From: Manila Every great team has an even greater captain. The Lakers had Kobe Bryant, the Avengers have Captain America, And The Filharmonic has Jules Cruz. Jules is the foundation of the group in terms of leadership and singing part which is vocal bass. Jules went to Mt. San Antonio College where he studied Environmental Biology. He too has performed alongside He too has performed with Avi Kaplan while singing for Mt. Sac’s Chamber Choir. Some even say that Jules skills as an entertainer are drawn from his upbringing in Henderson, Nevada, which is a stone's throw away from the western hemisphere’s biggest stage, Las Vegas. Before singing full time with The Filharmonic, some of his previous occupations consisted of a train conductor, wildlife sanctuary attendant, and sandwich artist.

Name: Jules Cruz
Birthdate Month: November
Favorite Food: Sushi
Parents Originally From: Manila


Every great team has an even greater captain. The Lakers had Kobe Bryant, the Avengers have Captain America, And The Filharmonic has Jules Cruz. Jules is the foundation of the group in terms of leadership and singing part which is vocal bass. Jules went to Mt. San Antonio College where he studied Environmental Biology. He too has performed alongside He too has performed with Avi Kaplan while singing for Mt. Sac’s Chamber Choir. Some even say that Jules skills as an entertainer are drawn from his upbringing in Henderson, Nevada, which is a stone's throw away from the western hemisphere’s biggest stage, Las Vegas. Before singing full time with The Filharmonic, some of his previous occupations consisted of a train conductor, wildlife sanctuary attendant, and sandwich artist.