Monday, December 11, 2017

The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus believes strongly in the value of community singing.  The musical growth it brings to various public, private and community groups, the ability to expand our musical knowledge both as singers and as conductors, the value to meet new students to share in the mutual enjoyment of singing, the opportunity to learn new music.  Therefore HYOC as part of its core values and curriculum hosts 4 major festivals each season.


HYOC also participates regularly in other festivals hosted by other community organizations.

 

HYOC Hosted Festivals Info:

Feb 2015 Concert

 

  • E Mele Kakou-- Each Spring, HYOC hosts a Festival designed specifically for elementary students grades 3 to 8. Participants are invited from schools representing both the private and public sector. This Festival focuses on four to five musical pieces, which includes one Hawaiian piece. The intent of the Festival is to help strengthen vocal music education in the schools. The children gain the experience of singing in a large ensemble (typically between 250 and 400 participants) and the camaraderie of making new friends from new schools. The concert is free and open to the public.   The HYOC is the host choir and our staff serves as festival clinicians. This festival has been presented annually for 17 years and counting.

 

  • Na Leo Pili Mai-- Each year HYOC hosts a festival designed for advanced middle school students grades 6 - 8.  Participants are invited from schools representing both the private and public sector.  This Festival focuses on 6-8 advanced festival pieces working with a nationally or internationally known clinician.   HYOC serves as festival hosts and the staff serves in a support capacity.  This festival has been hosted annually for 15 years and counting.  This year we are featuring clinician Dr. Miguel Felipe of University of Hawaii Manoa.

 

  • Lokahi-- A time for sharing for High School ensembles from both the public and private sector, this festival is a non-competitive, adjudicated performance festival. Each school is invited to perform a 10-minute program of their own choosing. The concert is concluded with the singing of a mass song, which is typically Hawaiian. This event is sponsored by Hawaii-ACDA.  HYOC serves as host and the staff serves in a support capacity.

 

  • Ho’olokahi Hawaii All-State Choir-- Although HYOC is not the host for this festival, each year HYOC’s High School ensemble Gioventu Musicale are participants in this Festival Choir, held in January. The students work on 8-10 mass numbers working with a nationally or internationally known choral clinician.  The HYOC staff serve in a support capacity.