Issue No. 03 18 - 24 Jan 2010
Chapel Notes  
Quek Swee HwaThe chapel last week was led by Dr Quek our Principal himself. He spoke on the theme of "God will make a way for us" based on Psalm 114. He highlighted the beautiful images and metaphors used by the psalmist to bring out the wonder of God's delivery of Israel from Egypt. We all face problems in our lives, but how do we face those problems? Dr Quek reminded us that sometimes God keeps us in the dark and leads us one step a time. However, our God will always make a way for us as He did in the past. Then he did a quick survey of the use of the term "tremble" (v.7) in the Scriptures and he pointed out that the word has not only a negative connotation of fear, but also a positive sense of reverence that we must always keep in our Christian walk. Finally, whether in our devotional reading or in a serious study of the Word of God, he urged us to treat and handle it seriously with trembling and fear as well as with deep humility.
Courses commencing in January, Term 3, 2009-2010  

Biblical Studies OT & NT
The Gospel Of Isaiah (Isa 40-55) (OT363, 1.5cr);    
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 (New starting date) (Thu 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

The Parables of Jesus (NT216, 1.5cr); 
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 (Fri 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

Biblical Languages
*Greek Exegesis I (BG211, 3cr); 
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

Christian Education & Spiritual
Facilitating Adult Learning (ECF512, 1.5cr) (MTh 2cr);
Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, (5 sessions)(final session to be announced) (Tue 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Spirituality For Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr);
Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

*Counselling Skills: Working with Children (ECF515/CO235, 3cr);
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, (Mon 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

* Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.

Reminder on Course Fees Revision
As announced earlier in June 2009, the course fees will be revised w.e.f. 02 Jan 2010 to $110/credit i.e. $330 for 3 cr course; $165 for 1.5 cr course; for audit $230 for 3 cr and $115 for 1.5cr course. Visit http://bgst.edu.sg/pdf/fee_revision.pdf for full details.

Announcing ...

Chapel this Wednesday, 12 noon, Jan 20, 2010 at BGST will be a Music Chapel.
We shall have a Special Guest Singer from the Philippines:

will sing airs from Handel’s Messiah, operatic arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute,  Rossini’s The Barber of Seville,Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and Verdi’s Rigoletto as well as other songs. Dr Quek Swee Hwa will be giving a running commentary on the pieces to be sung and Dr Philip Satterthwaite will conclude with a homily on “God’s Gift of Music. Here is an introduction to our Guest Singer:

Ervin Notes Lumauag is a registered civil engineer. He finished his Bachelor of Music in Voice at the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Music, Magna Cum Laude, under the tutelages of college dean Dr. Ramon Acoymo, Prof. Eudenice Palaruan, and Dr. Raymond Leslie Diaz.

He had his early choral training in the West Negros College Glee Club under Mrs. Lily Cabahug in 1995-1998. He was a member of the Bacolod City-based church-oriented choral group, Afterglow Ministries Philippines, Inc. for 15 years (1994-2009). The group had its first international tour in 2000 in Singapore and Israel and had been the resident choir of the 17th Congress of the International Council of Christian Churches in June 2005 in Seoul, Korea under his baton.

A frequent soloist for various recitals, some of his most notable performances are Opera Now! with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the "Beast" in Vittorio Giannini's Beauty and the Beast, "Sam" in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, "Tamino" in Mozart's The Magic Flute, "Pedrillo" in Mozart's The Abduction From the Seraglio, “Arsamene” in Handel’s Xerxes, “Nemorino” in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and “Count Almaviva” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. He also had performed the role of Don Filipo in Felipe de Leon’s Noli Me Tangere and just recently, Juan Luna in Ryan Cayabyab and Fides Asensio’s Spoliarium. He was a featured soloist of the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music chorale under Mr. Jonathan Velasco in the 2006 Musica Sacra International in Marktoberdorff, Germany and in their

choral concerts and workshops held in Sweden, Holland and Bavaria, Germany. He was also a featured soloist of the Ateneo Chamber Singers, also under Mr. Velasco, in the 2006 Polyfolia in Normandy, France.

He joined the ACS in representing the Philippines in the 38th Certamen Coral de Tolosa in Tolosa, Spain where they won 1st place in the polyfonia or polyphonic category. He was a delegate and soloist for the 2006 Ylan Children's International Folklore and Folkgame Festival held in Ylan, Taiwan.

On home ground, the Philippines, Ervin was the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem at the Union Church of Manila on September 2006, in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music on March 9, 2007, and as the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the UPSOLAIR on October 11, 2009 . He was among the singers who had performed in EKONTRA: KONGRUO: IUNKTUM, the world premiere of new symphonic works of Filipino composers at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the Metro Manila Community Orchestra under Prof. Josefino Chino Toledo on February 2007. He was also the tenor soloist of the Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas 1, 2, 3 & 4 on December 2007 with the same orchestra (MMCO) at the Santuario de San Jose (for Parts 1 & 2), and at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo (for Parts 3 & 4).

Currently, he is a member of the contemporary chamber vocal ensemble AUIT of the College of Music, the classical ensemble, U.P. Entwined Voices, and of the international ensemble, Asian Voices which had its premiere performance and tour last June 2007 in Taiwan. Ervin was featured as tenor soloist in Haydn’s Great Organ Mass in E flat Major for the 34th International Bamboo Organ Festival on February 19 and 20, 2009 at the Las Pinas Church. He is now involved with the Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases, Inc. (FLEHD) in the local and national presentations of the lecture-musical by Dr. Adolfo Bellosillo, “How To Remain Young At Heart” with mezzo-soprano Janet Sabas-Aracama, tenor Jeremiah Calisang and the Philippine Ballet Theater.

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