“Psalms for the King” in the Philippines and Malaysia
The Genevans, the student choir of Geneva College, are at currently the pinnacle of the group’s historic 76th concert season on a 21-day international tour. The ensemble continues its quadrennial international travel tradition with a 16-concert tour, performing in Philippines venues of Manila, Davao, Malaybalay, Cagayan de Oro, Batad Ifugao, Baguio, as well as in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Echoing the college’s Reformed Presbyterian Heritage, second-year conductor Dr. David Kenneth Smith, who was raised in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam by missionary parents, chose a repertoire that explored the major themes of the Book of Psalms. The program features compositions by Dr. Smith, Professor of Biblical Studies and musician Dr. Byron G. Curtis, and previous director Dr. Robert Copeland. The ensemble’s concerts also include a collection of national anthems and folksongs from the Philippines and Malaysia.
Some of the places where The Genevans are performing include Makati’s International Baptist Church of Manila, Faith Academy Performing Arts Center, the school at the Ifugao tribal village of Batad in the rice terraces, the Association of Ifugao Bible Churches, and the Benguet State University Center for Culture and the Arts. In addition to the concerts, the group will contribute to a seminar for the Indigenous Christian Youth Groups and work with choir classes at Cainta’s Faith Academy. Along the way, they will experience homestays with missionaries and Reformed Church members.
But the tour isn’t all work. Group members also have the pleasure of spending a day at the beach on Samal Island, visiting Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and choosing to climb to the 13,435-foot peak of Mount Kinabalu, hike to Poring Hot Springs, or relax and refresh on a beach near Kota Kinabulu.
Members of The Genevans are sharing their experiences—and photos—from the Philippines and Malaysia on the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thegenevans.