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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 Chorus generally performs two 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 participates in a Messiah sing-along. Also, members of the Chorus are regular participants of concerts in New York sponsored by DCINY. 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 concerts in China, South America, and Turkey with the Jonathan Griffith Singers. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University rehearsal room. For the December concerts, rehearsals begin in late August; rehearsals for the spring concerts begin in mid-January. Contact music director Tom McAlexander (phone 808-985-7192; email for more information.


The first rehearsal for spring 2018 will be Monday, January 22, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the UH-Hilo rehearsal room (click link to open Google Maps window).

Our Spring program will be a May joint concert with the University choruses. The exact date of the concert is not confirmed yet, but it will most likely be in the early part of May 2018. Jointly we will perform Requiem by John Rutter.  The second half of the concert (or perhaps first half) will be both of the University choruses and our chorus singing fifteen minute programs. Ours will be “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson and “My Heart Is Inditing” by Handel.

New singers are welcome. There is no audition, and no previous choral experience is required.  The only requirement is a commitment to attend Monday rehearsals each week and to practice one hour a week outside of rehearsal if needed.

Requiem scores will be available for purchase at the rehearsal for $10. Dues remain at $45 per semester, so make your check out to Hilo Community Chorus for $55 if you need a copy of the score; or $45 if you already have your own score.  (No singer will be turned away due to inability to pay, ask our treasurer about scholarships when you arrive.) The additional two pieces can be printed at home; email for pdfs.

For more information email Tom McAlexander at or call (808) 985-7192




Jesus-Christ-The-MessiahHilo Community Chorus will host Hilo’s annual Messiah sing-along at 2:15 PM, December 10, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo HI, 96720. (click link to go to location in Google Maps)

YOU ARE THE CHORUS.  Scores will be provided for use by the singing public, or bring your own score.  Listeners also welcome.

From Wikipedia: “Messiah was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.”

The sing-along will consist of Part 1 plus the famous Hallelujah chorus.  Soloists for the event will be Amy Horst, Gerdine Markus, Ian McMillan and Barry Brandes.

Hilo Community Chorus presents free concert “An Olde World Christmas” Saturday, December 2, 2017, 2:00 PM

Poster by Greg

The Hilo Community Chorus will present its annual holiday concert of carols and seasonal music at 2 PM Saturday, Dec. 2, at First United Protestant Church.

Tom McAlexander, the group’s longtime musical director, will conduct the performance and Walter Greenwood will accompany on organ and piano. Admission is free.

The concert features the hauntingly beautiful new “Magnificat” for chorus and soprano soloist by up-and-coming Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen. HCC is excited to present the work of such a young composer.

Arnesen was born in 1980 and already is receiving worldwide recognition. His “Magnificat,” written and first performed in 2010, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016.

The soprano solos will be sung by Amy Horst, who is well known to Hawaii audiences for her frequent recitals and concerts and for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in the Palace Theater’s recent musical production. Horst also is director of choral studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The second half of the concert features seven chorus members as soloists in the “International Carol Suites” by American composer Mark Hayes. The three suites are newly composed for 2017. They compile various traditional and seasonal songs from Western and Eastern Europe and the British Isles in inventive and surprising ways.

The First United Protestant Church is located at 1350 Waianuenue Ave. above the Hilo Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic . (click above link to go to location in Google Maps).

An interview with composer Kim Andre Arnesen can be seen here .  An interview with composer Mark Hayes can be seen here

In addition to the First United concert, the Hilo Community Chorus will host Hilo’s annual Messiah sing-along at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St. Soloists for the event will be Horst, Gerdine Markus, Ian McMillan and Barry Brandes. Singers and listeners are welcome.

The Hilo Community Chorus is a nonprofit organization. Members are not auditioned. Anyone interested in singing with the group can contact McAlexander at  (some text copied from Hawaii Tribune Herald article here , no author attributed)

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2017 University Holiday Card to Hilo, “The Festive Season,” Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 PM


From dressing up at Halloween to ringing in the New Year, this time of year brings excitement and joy.  Join UH Hilo’s Kapili Choir and University Chorus, the Orchid Isle Orchestra, the Hilo Community Chorus, and and special guests for a concert celebrating the festive season.  This annual concert, beloved by Hilo audiences, welcomes all – e komo mai!

Fall 2017 Rehearsals Start August 28, All Welcome

Aloha everyone,

The music is here and we are ready to begin rehearsals for the fall. All we need is for the time to pass, as our first rehearsal will be Monday, August 28, at 6:30 pm at the UH-Hilo rehearsal room (click link to open Google Maps window). They’ve been working on the room during the summer, so the A/C shouldn’t blow directly on singers any more. The concert will be on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2, at First United Protestant Church (above Kaiser) in Hilo.

There will be NO REHEARSAL on Labor Day, September 4, and rehearsals will resume the following Monday, September 11.

The program will include Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen’s Magnificat (with Amy Horst as soprano soloist) and Mark Hayes’ International Carol Suites –Nos. I – III (with soloists from the Chorus). You can listen to the Arnesen here:, and the Hayes here: (Kim is one of my Facebook friends. Although he doesn’t really know me from Adam, it was through my Facebook friendship with Joe Martin that we got him to come and conduct us in concert. Who knows what the future may bring with Kim?)

The semester dues remain at $45 and the music cost is $25. Please pay by check ($70) made payable to “Hilo Community Chorus.” Since we only had 42 singers for our spring semester, I only ordered 50 copies of the music (I usually order 60). So the music will be on a first come/first served basis. We will not save music, but if you have to miss the first rehearsal(s), you may have a friend purchase the music for you. We will order any extra copies we may need, but it may take a few weeks to receive it. Incidentally, the dues are waived for full-time college and high school students.

For those of you going with me to New York in January, I am still awaiting word from DCINY, and I’m sure that they are still awaiting word from Sir Karl. I assure you that we will have sufficient rehearsals to learn the music before we go. Meanwhile, the second $200 payment is due in mid-August, so please send me your checks made payable to “Hilo Community Chorus,” with memo note “DCINY.” My address is PO Box 383, Volcano, HI 96785. I will send them in bulk to our treasurer so he can send one check to DCINY.

I’m looking forward to a great season with some great music.