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The Hilo Community Chorus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-auditioned chorus. Anyone who loves choral singing and is willing to devote two hours each week in rehearsals is invited to join.

The full Chorus generally performs two major concerts a year: a concert of seasonal songs and carols in December, and a classical music concert in the spring. Each December, in addition to their concert of seasonal music, the Chorus presents a Messiah sing-along.

Volunteers from the Chorus may also participate in various community musical events throughout the year at the University, local churches, and public events.

Rehearsals are on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University rehearsal room PB-8 (location at Google Maps), enter from Kapiolani Street. For the December concerts, rehearsals begin in late August; rehearsals for the spring concerts begin in mid-January.  Chorus members pay modest dues each season (currently $30/semester) which help to pay the accompanist. Chorus members also purchase their own music at cost from the chorus at the start of each semester (music cost varies, ranging from approx. $5 – $30 depending on program).

Members of the Chorus are regular participants of concerts in New York sponsored by Distinguished Concerts International New York. This includes several Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concerts at Carnegie Hall, and Thanksgiving weekend Messiah concerts at Lincoln Center. Members have also participated in DCINY concert tours in China, South America, and Turkey with the Jonathan Griffith Singers.

The Chorus provides an annual scholarship to the UH Hilo choral programs. One student is selected from a pool of applicants to receive the Hilo Community Chorus Tom McAlexander Scholarship.

For more information, contact music director Tom McAlexander (phone 808-985-7192; email tommac@hawaii.rr.com) for more information.

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