Summer Rehearsals in Progress for December 2016 Concert

Optional summer rehearsals began on June 13 and continue every other (alternate) Mondays throughout the summer (June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22). Summer rehearsals are optional and are specifically for John Rutter’s Magnificat to get a head start on this rather challenging music. Rehearsals are at the usual UH rehearsal room (click here for location on Google Maps) from 6:30- 8:30PM.  Summer dues will be $15 and music fee is $8. The music fee is just for the Rutter.  Interested singers can join the summer rehearsals at any time.

Our regular Fall rehearsals for the December concert will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016.


Rehearsals Begin January 25, 2016 for Spring Program, New Singers Welcome

Hilo Community Chorus Rehearsals Begin January 25

The Hilo Community Chorus will present a choral concert featuring two requiems this spring. Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, January 25, at the UH-Hilo rehearsal room (next to the Performing Arts Center) and continue each Monday until concert time. Music for the concert includes Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor. 

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), whose works have been hailed as “…magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Since its first publication in 2001, Dan’s music has sold more than a million copies, and is already firmly established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad. Dan’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, a Meet The Composer grant, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His Requiem for the Living has quickly become his best-known work, having received overwhelming acclaim since its 2013 premiere, and is receiving hundreds of performances in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances in Carnegie Hall.

Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor was commissioned by King Louis XVIII of France for a memorial service for King Louis XVI who was beheaded during the Revolution. It was admired by Beethoven and performed at his funeral. Schumann praised it as being “without equal in the world.”

The Hilo Community Chorus is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-auditioned community-based chorus directed by Tom McAlexander and accompanied by Walter Greenwood. Anyone who loves to sing choral music and is willing to devote two hours each week for rehearsals is welcome to join. Dues for the spring semester are $35 and music is $17 for a total of $52 payable by check (no cash please) to Hilo Community Chorus on registration.  Financial assistance available upon request.  A 3 ring binder will be needed for the Cherubini; a limited number of binders will be available for purchase.  Practice parts for the Cherubini can be accessed at Cyberbass here. For more information, call McAlexander on 985-7192 or email

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Preview Spring 2015 Program “Old Chestnuts”

Here’s a preview of our upcoming Spring 2015 choral program featuring “Old Chestnuts.” Click on the title to go to a Youtube link for the piece. Rehearsals begin Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. New singers welcome… come join us !

1. Tallis; 1505-1585; If Ye Love Me 2:09
2. Vivaldi; 1678-1741; Gloria 8:43
3. Handel; 1685-1759; Thine Be the Glory 2:57
4. Handel; 1685-1759; Hallelujah Amen 1:57
5. Bach; 1685-1750; Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring 3:42
6. Bach; 1685-1750; O Sacred Head Now Wounded 2:46
7. Haydn; 1732-1809; The Heavens Are Telling 4:52
8. Mozart; 1756-1791; Ave Verum 3:30
9. Mozart; 1756-1791; Laudate Dominum 3:56
10. Beethoven; 1770-1827; Hallelujah 4:35
11. Mendelssohn; 1809-1847; He Watching Over Israel 3:49
12. Mendelssohn; 1809-1847; And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth 3:11
13. Mendelssohn; 1809-1847; How Lovely Are the Messengers 3:15
14. Gounod; 1818-1893; O Divine Redeemer 5:24
15. Franck; 1822-1890; Panis Angelicus 5:16
16. Brahms; 1833-1897; How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place 5:52
17. Stainer; 1840-1901; God So Loved the World 3:27
18. Thompson; 1899-1984; The Last Words of David 4:07
19. Jenkins; 1944- ; Ave Verum 4:34

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