Rhodora Yangco-Santayana
At age 13, Rhodora Yangco-Santayana, became the youngest member of the University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra as a French Horn player. At 14, she joined the world famous Philippine Madrigal Singers touring the world and winning international choral competitions. At 16, she won in the prestigious Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Manila Symphony Orchestra and was featured as French Horn soloist in series of concerts with Manila Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Herbert Zipper. In 1968, she was awarded the JDRockefeller 3rd scholarship to study the French Horn with Donald Thompson. At 16, she became the youngest regular member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. At 19, as a horn player, she represented the Philippines in the World Symphony Orchestra sponsored by the United Nations where all the 164 members came from different parts of the world and performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the Inauguration of Orlando, Florida’s Disneyworld, conducted by Maestro Arthur Fiedler. In the same year, she was featured as Contralto soloist with 150-member choir and the Manila Symphony Orchestra at the Philippine Cultural Center with Maestro Sir Frank Callaway in a performance of Qui Sedes ad Dexteram - Vivaldi (Gloria). As a Cecile Yulo Locsin scholar, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Philippines where she became a faculty member until she moved to the United States. In 1974, she was invited by the famous Horn Master Philip Farkas to participate in the International Horn Festival held at Indiana University. Since coming to the U.S., Rhodora became an active member of the New York Consort, New York Madrigal Ensemble and the Long Island Consort choirs. She was featured Alto soloist in New York Consort’s performance of Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Seans. She was also featured Alto soloist by the Long Island Consort in their performance of Dvorak’s Mass in D at Merkin Hall. Ms. Santayana is an active church choir singer. She has been teaching the Jubilee Youth Choral Residence Choir since 2008. She is married and has two sons who are also members of the Jubilee Youth Chorale.

Edwin Santayana
Music Director of the church choir of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center in New York for the past 20 years. He is the founder and music director of the New York Madrigal Ensemble, a semi-professional 20-member a cappella choir, that performed in the New York area from 2003 – 2007. Mr. Santayana studied voice and music in the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music. He was a member of the renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers which has won the European Choral Gran Prix twice. He is a member of the National Chorale, a premier professional choir that performs regularly in Lincoln Center. He has been featured as tenor soloist for Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B-minor, Haydn’s St. Cecilia Mass, Dvorak’s Mass in D, Saint-seans’ Christmas Oratorio, and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. He has also been featured in a Three Tenors concert in Alice Tully Hall in New York as well as in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition he performs as a tenor “ringer” for various choirs in the NY tri-state area.

He is married with two sons who are also members of the Jubilee Youth Chorale.