University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, The Philippines
Conductor: prof. Janet Sabas-Aracama
University of the Philippines Concert Chorus
The UP Concert Chorus, UPCC, or simply Korus, is the official choir of the University of the Philippines since 1962, based in the Diliman, Quezon City campus. It has a diverse repertoire of classical, folk, pop and Broadway musical genres with vibrant choreography. ChoreoCapella or choreographed a capella, is the ensemble's hallmark. In 2012 Korus received the first prize for the performance of a folk piece at the Festival Internacional de Cantonigros in Spain. In the same year the ensemble was the recipient of the prestigious Aliw Awards Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1999, Prof. Janet Sabas-Aracama, became the Artistic Director of the UPCC. and under her leadership, the group continues to perform internationally with great success. Prof. Aracama earned her Master’s degree in Music at the University of the Philippines College of Music in choral conducting, voice and ethnomusicology. Her mentors were Dean Rey T. Paguio in conducting, Josie Bailen, Fides Asensio and Elmo Makil in Voice. She is a versatile singer, not only singing opera, art songs and Broadway music, but crossing over to contemporary gospel, soul, jazz and Original Pilipino Music. She is also a vocal and choral trainer, performs the role of facilitator at music workshops in the Philippines and regularly serves as an adjudicator in choral competitions. She is currently a permanent faculty member of the University of the Philippines and Chair of the Conducting Department.
University of Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines