Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Plans Underway to Attend All-State Choral Festival in February

The Music Department is gearing up for its annual trip to O`ahu for the Na Leo Hou All-State Choral Festival. At this year's festival, Island School students will join more than 250 singers from high schools across the state to prepare for a culminating concert on February 18, 2017 at Central Union Church in Honolulu. Our students will have the exciting opportunity to sing under the widely-recognized Karen Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy is the associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony and was director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Island School Chorus members who have attended previous all-state choral festivals continue to speak highly of their experience, and many of our graduates list it among their most cherished high school memories.

Since the festival's inauguration in 2010, the Island School Alaka`i Chorus has been the only Kaua`i school to participate in this festival and one of only two neighbor island schools to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Go Voyagers!

Families of Island School Alaka`i Chorus members will be contacted by Mr. Steinbacher with specifics about the festival in the near future.

NEWSFLASH! The Music Department is proud to announce that Island School is officially the latest school in the country to receive a charter to initiate a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for high school student musicians. There are more than 1,775 chapters across all 50 states, involving more than 75,000 students. Mr. Steinbacher will be releasing information about applying for membership in the near future. High school musicians - be on the lookout!