Assoc. Prof. Herminigildo Ranera, PhD of the Conservatory of Music was the recipient of the inaugural Best Musical Director award in the first-ever Live Entertainment Arts and Festival (LEAF) Awards, held on February 8, 2020.

Ranera, Principal Conductor of the UST Symphony Orchestra, was recognized for his work as musical director of Noli Me Tangere, the Opera. At the Conservatory, he teaches trombone, conducting, theory, and composition. The three-time winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) has led the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, California State Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, San Miguel Philharmonic, and Manila Philharmonic.