Academy of Our Lady of Guam presents a ‘Cantata, The Body of Christ’


For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

The Academy of Our Lady of Guam will present “The Body of Christ, a Cantata” by Pepper Choplin in the AOLG Ysrael Auditorium of Fine Arts. Performances will be on Friday, Apr. 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

Pepper Choplin brilliantly and ingeniously constructed this musical masterpiece telling of the final days of Jesus’ life, focusing on the meaning of his words and actions, culminating to the meditative and stunningly powerful path to the cross.

With striking melodies and a powerful orchestration by Michael Lawrence, the audience is able to reflect on God made man as the feet that walked the earth, the hands that touched and healed, the voice that spoke the Word of God, and the head that bore a crown of thorns.

From the worshipful opener, “We Behold His Glory,” to the meditative and stunningly powerful path to the cross, “O Sacred Journey,” the importance of Christ’s body remains the center point of this work. The final number, “We Are the Body of Christ,” is a benediction presented, “For Christ is our head and though we are many, his Spirit will make us one…Go now as the body of Christ” (Lorenz Corporation, Review of “The Body of Christ” by Pepper Choplin).

Under Academy’s talented music director Nina Terlaje, the students, through their melodious and artistic performance, allow the audience the opportunity to reflect and contemplate on the meaning of the Lenten season as we prepare to celebrate the meaning of the Christian faith, the resurrection of Christ. As with Jesus, relief comes after the trial and temptation of our faith: “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Ps 23:4).

Entrance is free; however, donations are encouraged to help with the AOLG Music Department needs. Please join us for a wonderful performance and experience as we journey into the joyous Paschal Season.  For more information, please call AOLG at 477-8203 or visit