By: Marion Kohchet-Chua, STC Batch 1983; Christine Marie Lim Magpile, STC Batch 1998
Himig Undaya, the alumnae chorale of the St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City (STC, Q.C.) will have its maiden concert entitled, “Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum: Sing to the New Lord a New Song.” The concert will be held on November 23, 2019 (Saturday at 7:00 p.m.) and November 24, 2019 (Sunday at 3:00 p.m.). The venue of the concert will be at the Grade School Chapel of St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City, 116 D. Tuazon St., Q.C.
The name Undaya was inspired by the word “unduja” which means warrior princess. The ICM nuns who have set up and run the school until now embody brave women with a strong commitment to their mission in bringing a Catholic education in different parts of the country.
At present, the choir has twenty-two members. Three of its members are music professionals. Himig Undaya’s musical director, is the renowned choral conductor, Janet Sabas Aracama who is also the artistic director of the UP Concert Chorus and a professor from the UP College of Music. Meanwhile, Patricia Brillantes Silvestre is the chair of the Musicology Department and a professor as well at the UP College of Music. Aji Manalo, who heads the Performance Arts Committee of the Alumnae Association is a sound engineer, musician, and audio instructor at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.
Apart from its maiden concert, Himig Undaya will also perform at the Ritmo Tribute Concert of the UP Concert Chorus on November 30 and December 1. Himig Undaya will have another audition in February 2020.