Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Deposits Due Oct. 3rd for Chorus Trip

The Music Department is gearing up for its annual trip to O'ahu for the Ho'olokahi All-State High School Choral Festival. At this year's festival, Island School students will join more than 200 singers from high schools across the state to prepare for a culminating concert on February 14, 2015, at Central Union Church in Honolulu. 

Our students will have the exciting opportunity to sing under internationally known Venezuelan conductor and composer, Dr. Cristian F. Grases. Dr. Grases received his Master's Degree with honors in Choral Conducting from the Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela and completed his DMA at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is currently assistant professor of choral and sacred music and the conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir at the University of Southern California. Dr. Grases is widely-recognized as our country's foremost expert on Latin and South American choral music, and the experience of singing with him promises to be unmatched.

Island School Chorus members who have attended previous Ho'olokahi Festivals continue to speak highly of their experience, and many of our graduates list it among their most cherished high school memories. It promises to be an amazing adventure which, for many students, could end up being one of the most enriching musical experience of their entire lives.

While the Ho'olokahi Festival is not until February 13-14, 2015, Island School Alaka'i Chorus member are reminded that the deadline for turning in the “Authorization to Travel” form and the required $200 deposit to Mr. Steinbacher is Friday, October 3.

Over 250 high school singers perform in the Ho'olokahi Festival's final concert at Honolulu's Central Union Church in 2013.  Fifty-three Island School students participated that year.