As a soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), MPO and Las Pinas Bamboo Festival, Prof. Janet Sabas Aracama has sung with such international conductors as Piero Gamba, Ruggero Barbieri, Julian Quirit and Oscar Yatco. On the concert platform, she has performed in Handelâ€™s Messiah, Stravinskyâ€™s Les Noces, Beethovenâ€™s Symphony No. 9, Verdiâ€™s Stabat Mater and Requiem, Rutterâ€™s Gloria, Rossiniâ€™s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mahlerâ€™s Symphony No. 8, Bachâ€™s St Johnâ€™s Passion, Bachâ€™s Magnificat, Brucknerâ€™s Te Deum and DvoĹ™Ăˇkâ€™s Stabat Mater amongst others.
Opera and Broadway credits include the roles of Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivanâ€™s The Mikado, Bloody Mary in Rodgers and Hammersteinâ€™s South Pacific, Suzuki in Pucciniâ€™s Madama Butterfly, Mother in Jeffrey Chingâ€™s Rendezvous in Venice as well as major roles in Bernsteinâ€™s Candide and Tchaikovskyâ€™s Eugene Onegin amongst others. She is a versatile singer, not only singing opera, art songs and Broadway but crossing over to contemporary gospel, soul, jazz and Original Pilipino Music.
Prof. Aracama earned her Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™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 now a permanent faculty member of the University of the Philippines and Chair of the Conducting Department.
In November 26, 1999, she was elected and appointed by the University to be Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, filling the shoes of the late Dean Rey T. Paguio.
With great determination and musicianship, she has led the Chorus to win numerous festival awards. Under her leadership, the Chorus has also been on a number of international tours. She is also vocal and choral trainer and facilitator of music workshops in the Philippines and regularly serves as an adjudicator in choral competitions. She has acted as vocal instructor/coach in numerous musical productions, including Repertory Philippinesâ€™ productions of Into The Woods and Fiddler On The Roof, New Voice Companyâ€™s Chess and more.