9th Annual Messiah Sing-along, Sunday December 20, 2015, 2 PM, Christ Lutheran Church


The 9th Annual Messiah sing-along will be on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2 PM at the Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720 .


concert location at google maps: 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720

University Christmas Concert “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” Sunday, Dec 13, 2015, 2 PM, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center


On Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM, volunteers from the Hilo Community Chorus will participate in the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s annual Christmas Concert.

This year’s concert is titled “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and will include performances by the UH Hilo Kapili Choir and University Chorus under the direction of Amy Horst, the Orchid Isle Orchestra under the direction of Cathy Young, the Hilo Community Chorus under the direction of Tom McAlexander, and the Mountain View Elementary Chorus under the direction of Jennifer Tsuji.  There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs Claus.  Tickets prices range from $7 (advance student) to $25 (general admission, day of show) and can be ordered by phone at (808) 932-7490 or online at arts center.uhh.hawaii.edu.

The Hilo Community Chorus will perform 3 songs independently, and join the University Chorus for additional songs.

The concert location is the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center at 342 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720.  Click here to view Concert location at Google Maps

Christmas Cantata at Christ Lutheran Church, Sunday December 13, 2015, 10:30 AM

home-imageOn Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM, volunteers from the Hilo Community Chorus will join the Christ Lutheran Church choir to reprise Joseph Martin’s “Ceremony of Candles” Christmas cantata.  The general public is welcome to attend the service, which will include open communion. There is no admission fee.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 595 Kapiolani Street, Hilo Hawaii 96720.  Click here to see the church location on Google Maps

“Candles and Carols,” Saturday December 5, 2015, 2 PM, First United Protestant Church

ceremony of carols Poster Fall 15

On Saturday December 5, 2015 at 2 PM the Hilo Community Chorus will present Joseph Martin’s “Ceremony of Candles” and Benjamin Britten’sCeremony of Carols”  at the First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI, 96720.

Mountain View Elementary Children’s Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Tsuji, will be featured guests.

Joseph Martin’s imaginative new work “Ceremony of Candles” uses carols and candlelight to embody the hope of Christ. Featuring orchestration by Brant Adams and narration by Pamela Martin, carols featured include: In the Bleak Midwinter • Silent Night • O Come Little Children • What Child is This? • O Little Town of Bethlehem • and many others.

“A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28”, is a choral piece by Benjamin Britten, scored for chorus, solo voices, and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett. It is sung in Middle English, and will include accompaniment by harpist Tatyana Shapiro Leiste.

THIS IS A FREE CONCERT.  (A calabash will be available for those wishing to make a donation to the chorus.)

concert location at google maps: 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720

Veterans Day Ceremony, 3 PM, Wednesday November 11, 2015, Kilauea Military Camp


On Wednesday November 11, at 3 PM, volunteers from the Hilo Community Chorus will provide music for the Kilauea Military Camp’s Veterans’ Day Ceremony in Volcano HI.

A buffet lunch  following the service at KMC Crater Rim Cafe is free for all veterans, and is also available for purchase by general attendees and non-veteran chorus members.

It is a “Fee Free Day” at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park so park entrance fees are waived to all.

photo credit, with permission from Ron Johnson and Ka‘u Calendar Newspaper

ceremony location at google maps: KMC front lawn by flag pole

“Concert of Peace ” 7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center


At 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening, October 27, 2015, the Hilo Community Chorus joins with composer Joseph Martin and his “Peace in the Pacific” Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, and the UH Hilo Kapili Choir to present “Concert of Peace” at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.

The first half of the concert will be presented by Joseph Martin and his wife Susan Martin, with special guest Nancy Price.  The second half of the concert will be performed by the Vocal Tapestry Tour Choir, Hilo Community Chorus, and UH Hilo Kapili Choir.

Choral selections will include arrangements of “Change the World with Love (A Parting Blessing),” “You Raise Me Up,” “God Bless America,” “Pathway of Hope,” “The Awakening,” and “The Lord Will Be My Shepherd.”

JOSEPH MARTIN has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular; over one thousand compositions are currently in print and the list continues to grow. His music has been heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri; and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. In recent years his concert itinerary has taken him to Canada, Italy, Scotland, England, France, Germany and Austria.

SUSAN MARTIN was discovered by legendary choir director Fred Waring and toured as principal soloist with “The Pennsylvanians.” Later she began an almost twenty-year run as an actress and performer at Walt Disney World. She has sung for millions of people as a member of the “Voices of Liberty” at Epcot Center and appeared in numerous musicals and shows including Broadway at the Top, The Hoop-de-doo Revue, and many lead roles in regional theatre. Her credits include The Music ManA Little Night MusicIt’s a Grand Night for SingingPhantom of the Opera, and many others. She has sung at The White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and in numerous churches and concert halls across the country. She was a featured performer on the inaugural cruises of the Disney Cruise Line and is perhaps most recognized for her portrayal as Ariel from The Little Mermaid for the stage show version of this Disney classic.

NANCY PRICE holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College and, for several years, was a high school choral director. She now works as a free-lance music engraver, editor and proofreader. She is a member of the prestigious Lyric Chorale and frequently performs as a soloist. She has also gained wide recognition as a choral clinician and festival conductor. Nancy is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and ASCAP, and is the recipient of several ASCAP Plus Awards.

The UH HILO KAPILI CHOIR is conducted by Amy Horst (most recently seen onstage at Hilo’s Palace Theater as Mary Poppins). The Kapili Choir gathers and unites students from all majors at UH Hilo, representing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and backgrounds.

concert location at google maps: 200 West Kawili St Hilo HI 96720

tickets are $10 general / $5 student and can be purchased at Basically Books, Most Irresistible Shop, and at the door.