Dan Forrest and the Requiem of the Living

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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

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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!

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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!

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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 […]

Nā Pu‘ukani in Japan

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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

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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 […]

It’s a Grand Day for Singing….

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It was, it was, it was on May 17th as the Kona Choral Society, under the inspired baton of Maestra Susan McCreary Duprey burst forth in “Riversong.” “Sing and dance,” urged the chorus, “let your hearts be gay, let the sound of the river take you away.” The 25th Anniversary Concert was a celebration, of […]