AN ALUMNA OF Silliman University (SU) College of Performing and Visual Arts (COPVA) performed in a pre-Valentine concert entitled “Songbird: An Affair to Remember” last Jan. 27 and 28 at the Luce Auditorium.
Katrina Marie Saga took a degree in music major in voice and became a faculty member of COPVA from 2010-2013. She was also a member of several performing groups in the campus such as SU Campus Choristers, Ating Pamana, Inc., Silliman Jazz Band, Silliman Concert and Marching Band, and SU Women’s Ensemble.
During her concert, Saga performed various foreign opera pieces, two Visayan songs, and a Filipino song. According to Saga, Silliman has been a wonderful home for her and in her development as an artist.
“I believe Silliman and Dumaguete [are] a perfect match. Wherever I may go, I am always drawn back to where I was born, where I grew up and established a career in music,” Saga said.
Saga added that the exposure to several formal and informal productions, and the support of her friends led to her growth in performing and in creating a network of clients.
Saga also stated that the support of her family contributed to who she is now.
“From my own home, up to my graduation as a music major, they have given me nothing else but selfless love, admiration and encouragement which fires up my passion for my craft,” Saga added.
Saga stressed that she “sincerely hopes to have started a flicker of inspiration in the hearts of every new and budding musician for generations to come” through her concert.
As a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, which recently won the Grand Prix at the 64th International Choral Competition Polifonico Guido d’ Arezzo, she will be joining the group in competing for the European Grand Prix against four world champions in Tolosa, Spain on Nov. 1 this year.