Posts by karyn castro

5 Items

A Message from the Artistic Director

by karyn castro

Greetings from the Kona Choral Society Artistic Director! I’m listening to a recording of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living as I ponder what I’d like to share with all of you, our Kona Choral Society audience. Why this work? Why did I choose this work for KCS? Last summer, as I have done for the last 30 […]

Dan Forrest and the Requiem of the Living

by karyn castro

Since it’s composition in 2014, up-and-coming composer Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living has been performed all over the world. In preparation for our May 13th concert, here are the program notes for the mostly-traditional work. Overall, the work is a prayer for rest (“Requiem”) for the living, as much as for the deceased. It’s […]

Chorus America Impact Study

by karyn castro

Have you heard the latest? Chorus America, “the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers,” has come out with a study recently on How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses. Here are some of the key findings: 1. Choral singing continues to be the most popular form of participation in […]

Nā Pu‘ukani in Japan

by karyn castro

This summer, KCS joined sister choir, the Windward Choral Society (WCS), under the name Nā Pu‘ukani, on a tour of Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. The name, Nā Pu‘ukani, means, “The sweet voiced singers and merry music makers,” which was gifted to the combined touring choir by Kumu Hula Ka‘anohi Aipa, who sings with WCS. Paul Lam, founder of Perform International, had […]

The Healing Power of Music

by karyn castro

There is no doubt, music can touch the soul. However, there is more and more actual research about the effects of music on ones person these days. Our very own Artistic Director Susan McCreary Duprey is featured in an article in Well-Being Hawai‘i, talking about her personal experiences with the Healing Power of Music. Click […]