JJ – Aleron’s Artistic Founder
Full Name: Jesus Joseph D. Ignacio
Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Designation in Aleron: Tenor 2
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, Running, Swimming, Acting, Directing, Designing for Theatre
Likes: Food, Books, Plays, Running Events, Arts in general
Dislikes: Team Sports, Dishonesty, Corruption, Anything Tacky
Favorite type of music: Broadway Musicals, Ballads, Spirituals, OPM
Musical influences: Christopher Arceo, Ryan Cayabyab, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken
Did you know that Aleron’s Spotlight for this month is directed at a current member who just happens to be one of the founding members of the group? When JJ was still in high school, he was a very active member of the Ateneo High School Glee Club under Christopher Arceo. With such a strong musical influence bloomed a desire to continue singing in a choir. “On my last year in the glee club, I felt the need to continue singing with the same set of people. It was then when I thought of forming an alumni choir of the glee club,” he recalls fondly. This desire, coupled with the yearning to maintain the group of singers he had come to know as his second family, was what gave life to the first batch of Aleron.
Aside from being one of the founding members of Aleron, JJ is also an educator and formator, teaching Filipino at the Ateneo de Manila High School. He enjoys being in the performing arts, whether as a performer or a member of the production team, even in his free time. His graduate studies and teaching load keep him busy, but despite a blistering academic schedule, he still finds time to exercise and stay fit, and of course to sing in Aleron. He just recently finished his masters, and he hopes to be able to delve into other theater-related activities soon. How does he manage all this? “Art inspires me,” and that is where all this is rooted.
Like most choristers, JJ finds musical evaluations and memorizing scores difficult to cope with. “I can never get used to these two,” he says, though he more than manages to get by. As a founding member, JJ has retained his big dreams for the group — to see its reputation more defined in the world choral scene.