A standing ovation and thunderous applause met the members of the John Van De Steen Male Choir as they took their final bow last September 8, capping off a beautiful evening of music and reverie at UA&P. The concert, entitled “Mary, Woman of the Eucharist: An Evening of Marian and Eucharistic Songs,” was held on the night of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the fully-packed Sancta Maria Stella Orientis Oratory.
Led by Choirmaster Engr. Conrado Diez and Assistant Choirmaster Bienvenido Policarpio, the 25-member John Van De Steen Male Choir earned the praises of those in attendance after their solemn renditions of 17 Latin hymns. The interlude, played on electronic pipe organ, was performed by Atty. Jose Flores, Jr. while UA&P student group Amberjive! with Choirmaster Johnjo Paje served as the opening act.
Originally established in 1958 by Fr. John Van De Steen as the Manila Cathedral Choir, the John Van De Steen Male Choir was the first boys’ choir to perform at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The choir also sang the Mass of Papa Marcelli as well as the Masses of the late Pope Paul VI at Luneta Park, Quezon Memorial Circle and the Manila Cathedral in 1970. Today, the choir continues to expand its repertoire and has performed at several major engagements in the Philippines and abroad. Its members range from top executives and business owners to working professionals and retirees.
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