Prody G. Bartholome
Uncle Prody, as he is affectionately called, has behind him a string of professional qualifications and vast professional experience. He is currently the orchestra conductor, arranger, choir master and violin teacher at the Tabernacle of David. Prior to this, Prody was the concertmaster for the Orchestra Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) from 1995-1999. He began his professional musical career at 20 as a violinist with theUniversity of Philippines Symphony Orchestra (1963-1969) and progressed to become the First Violinist and Assistant Conductor from 1977-82 with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received many honours and distinctions as a violin scholar and lecturer, and cultural representative of the Philippine Government. He has also performed with foreign conductors and soloists.
(Concertmaster, Leader 1st Violin)
An accomplished musician by the age of 17, You-Wei obtained his LGSMD (Violin) Licentiate from Guildhall School of Music & Drama and ATCL (Violin & Piano) Associate of Trinity College of London. He is currently pursuing his A-levels at TAR College and worships at the First Baptist Church Petaling Jaya. He has been playing with OPM since 2001 and for this production he serves as Concert Master and section leader for First Violins. He has performed at the Yamaha Junior Special Advanced Course Performances and the Trinity College Award Presentation Ceremony.
Yoshua Chua (Leader 2nd Violin)
Aged 23, Yoshua is pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Communications at the Monash University. He has completed Grade 8 in Violin from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Besides playing for OPM, Yoshua has also performed with the PJ Youth Orchestra and together with the Yin Qi Music Group played “Handel’s Messiah”. Besides music, his other passion is writing and currently writes for the Christian youth magazine “Phases Young Writers”. He worships at the Klang Presbyterian Church.
Claire Choo (Leader Woodwinds)
Claire is a full-time music teacher with versatile musical talents and plays the clarinet for this production and has been with the OPM since 2002. Apart from the clarinet she plays the piano, flute, oboe, saxophone, and is currently learning the cello when she finds time for it. Her highest music achievement is the ALCM (Flute- Performance). She is part of the Full Gospel Assembly KL worship team and has been a guest musician with Calvary’s Christmas Orchestra and played in the Breakthrough Rally. As the dedicated Orchestra Manager, Claire has kept the members “on their toes” throughout the practices and preparation for this production.
Janet Chai Koay Yean (Leader Percussion)
Janet made her first appearance with the OPM in the Rose of Sharon production. She is also the first timpanist of the orchestra! Credit is due to Janet, as the percussion sectional leader orchestrated the entire percussion score for “The Rose of Sharon.” She recently graduated from the Inti College with a degree in Computer Science, and has also just completed her Grade 8 Piano examination.
For 6 years she represented the Assunta School Band at the World Marching Band competition in Australia, the King’s Birthday parade, the Merdeka and Floral Parade. She also was the quadratomer with the Brass Band at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Bubbly and cheerful Janet hopes to pursue a career in event-management, which the OPM fully and whole-hearted support!