Christopher Ong Arceo
Christopher Ong Arceo is a baritone and choral director who just recently returned from his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, California. His operatic and oratorio repertoire include Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, and Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna, among many others.
Prior to his studies in the US, he served as assistant conductor of the Ateneo Chamber Singers from 2001-2007. His other choral stints include singing for the San Francisco Choral Artists under Magen Salomon and the Grammy award winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus under former Swedish Radio Choir Conductor, Ragnar Bohlin. In 2010, he was selected to perform the bass-baritone arias of George Handel’s Messiah with the Napa Valley Symphony, also under Bohlin. Upon his return to Manila, he played the role of Padre Damaso in Dulaang UP’s production of Noli Me Tangere.
Currently, he serves as a choral director at the Church of the Risen Lord. He also directs Aleron, a male choral ensemble that has been making waves in the choral scene, especially after garnering the First Prize at the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival in Manila in 2013, the Grand Prize at the 10th Busan International Choral Festival in Korea in 2014, and the 1st-Over-all Winner at the 31st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in Japan in 2015.
He studied voice with the renowned Mexican tenor César Ulloa and conducting with Jonathan Velasco and currently, with Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng.