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“ JAI ”, as she is fondly known, earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from the University of the Philippines as a Choral Conducting major, Voice and Ethnomusicology minor. In 1984, she served as lecturer – faculty in the Conducting Department of the College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman. She was appointed as Department Chairman from the year 2000 up to 2005 and now teaches as an Associate Professor V, full – time faculty in the Conducting and Voice departments.

First stage experience was as a dance member with “Dance Theater Philippines” under Felicitas Radaic at the age of 15. In 1975. She was part of the first Philippine cultural delegation to the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Scotland.

Vocal Soloist/Music Theatre Artist. In 1982, she won as the "Best Alto Soloist" in the Manila Symphony Society-sponsored choral competition performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony "Ode to Joy." She continued her vocal studies with the late baritone Elmo Makil and developed into the country's premier Mezzo Soprano. Her first taste with musical theatre and opera was as part of the cast in the Cultural Center of the Philippines' production of the San Francisco Opera Company performance of "Tosca," with no less than Placido Domingo and Eva Marton in the leads. After this, her she was discovered and her star shone in numerous musicals. She was chosen to play lead roles as Bloody Mary in "South Pacific," Katisha in "Mikado," Suzuki in "Madame Butterly," Tchaikovsky's "Onegin", Leonard Bernstein's operetta "Candide" (translated to Filipino), Jeffrey Ching's "Rendezvous in Venice,". She also proved her prowess not only as a vocal soloist but as an actress in playing the role of a mother in C.C.P.’s Tanghalang Pilipino production of “Himala”. Her recent lead opera role was playing the part of “Dido” in Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas” in the University of the Philippines College of Music 91st Anniversary held at the Phil-Am Life Theatre.

Versatile Vocalist. Jai has a wide and varied repertoire ranging from classical, Broadway, gospel, jazz, Philippine and foreign pop music switching from different styles without difficulty. She has been featured as a solo artist many times for the Las Piñas Bamboo Festival and the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Filipino Artist Series. She sang as soloist for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestros Piero Gamba, Julian Quirit, Francisco Feliciano, Ryan Cayabyab, Oscar Yatco, Ruggiero Barbieri. Some of the works she did as soloist were Handel's "Messiah," Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," Verdi's "Requiem," Vivaldi's "Gloria," Feliciano's "Te Deum" and Cayabyab's "Misa" to name a few. Jai was selected to perform as part of the cultural mission sent to Morocco and Rome. She represented the country in the ASEAN Pop Song Festival with Nanette Inventor, Louie Reyes and Douglas Nierras in Singapore performing the premiere of Cayabyab’s pop song composition “Hibang Sa Awit” under the direction of Joey Reyes. She was a member of the Performing Arts International (PAI) for four years gracing the stage alongside with the country’s top soloists such as Nolyn Cabahug, Elmo Makil, Aileen Espinosa – Cura, Andrew Fernando, Rachel Herodias, Jonathan Badon and many more. She has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Basil Valdez and Pilita Corrales and also guested as solo artist for one of Gary Valenciano’s international tour to the USA and Canada.

Musical Director and Vocal Coach of many musical productions for Repertory Philippines' "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Into the Woods," New Voice Company's production of "Chess," Chase International's "Tribute to Boublil and Schonberg" (the composers of "Miss Saigon" and "Les Miserables"), "Once on this Island" and "Fantastiks." She coached the cast of "Miss Saigon" sent to Germany, Australia, London and the Netherlands as well as personalities from the classical music, theater and pop scenes.

Jai is also a church music ministry worker and has directed the Greenhills Christian Fellowship’s Chancel Choir and the “Harvest” evangelistic music team. She is currently music director of the church. She has led the UP College of Music Chorus Classes with classic performances together with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. She also conducted “The Learning Tree – ts” Children’s Choir.

Soloist and Assistant Conductor of the world – renowned U.P. Concert Chorus from 1976 – 1986. During that time, she has traveled six world tours under the mentorship and baton of the late Dean Rey T. Paguio. She took over the position of Artistic Director and Conductor on November 1999, leading the chorus in four (4) major international tours to the USA, Europe, England and Scotland and New Zealand in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Under her leadership, the Concert Chorus participated in prestigious choral festivals performing 4 times before Queen Elizabeth and 11 times at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. She led the chorus to choral competitions winning 3 golds in the Mainhausen Choral Competition in Germany, Premio Primo di Publicco in Arezzo, Italy and First Prize (all male category) at the 45th International Seghizzi Choral Competitionin Gorizia, Italy.

Orchestra Conductor. She conducted the U.P. Symphonic Orchestra with the official choirs of the University of the Philippines performing excerpts of Handel’s “Messiah” and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with the U.P. Concert Chorus in the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s outreach concert series at the “Salcedo Nights” in Salcedo Village, Makati and the Bel Air Community Concert Series along with Maestros Oscar Yatco and Eurgene Castillo. In addition to her other talents, she is also a composer and arranger for solo voice and choral works.

Outreach performances. Jai has also performed nationwide through various performances with the UP Concert Chorus as conductor in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines outreach program and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. As soloist, she has also performed in partnership with The Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases, Inc. (FLEHD), under the leadership of Dr. Bellosillo. A rare blend of incorporating the medical arts and the classic solo vocal arts performances together, educating the masses with facts and information on coronary heart disease in places like Pangasinan, La Union, Los Banos, Baguio, Roxas City, Ilo – ilo, Davao City and many other cities.

Family Person. She is married to physical education instructor, production specialist and baritone Joey Aracama. They have two children, Tiara Monina(13) and Mishael Daniel(8).

Various life roles as wife, mother, teacher, singer, conductor, composer and arranger, music minister and many more, Jai recognizes that all of these talents come from God and offers each and every performance for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.







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