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 […]

In the News: SPARK!

by admin

The Kona Choral Society is in the news with a nice write-up about our SPARK! Music Camp! You’ll find the article printed in the Big Island Entertainment Scene supplement of today’s (April 28th 2017th) West Hawaii Today newspaper. You can also read the article here or in the e-edition of the publication here on page 10.  Mahalo […]

Spring Break SPARK! Music Camp 2017

by admin

This past spring break the Kona Choral Society’s youth and children’s chorus program held their 2nd ever SPARK! Music Camp for children grades K-8. The free three-day camp was held from 8am to 12 pm each day at Kealakehe Intermediate School. The 64 child participants represented twelve different local schools: Kealakehe, Konawaena, KPPCS, Innovations, Holualoa, […]

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 […]

Front Page News!

by Susan Leonard

Susan Duprey and many of our KCS singers gathered to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held on Sunday January 15th at the Old Airport Pavilion. It was exciting to see KCS pictured in this West Hawaii Today feature about the concert right there on the front page of the paper! (Here’s a link […]

Our Holiday Concert Successes!

by Susan Leonard

Our fall season was a huge success! The Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah concert on December 4th ended-up with a full-house audience. Katherine Crosier, who played the organ for the concert, and who is not only an amazing musician but a skilled writer of the well-known blog “Another Year of Insanity: Musings From Behind the […]

SPARK! Music Camp

by Susan Leonard

On October 13th and 14th the Kona Choral Society held their first ever music camp for children ages 4-14. SPARK! Music Camp was so named because the goal was to spark an interest in music within the children of Kona. The two-day camp featured a variety of musical experiences, including ukulele, keyboard, band, percussion, dance, a performance by […]