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hallelujah-on-notes-smlOn Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm, the Tenth annual “Messiah” sing-along will be presented at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St., Hilo (opposite Hospice, click link to view location in Google Maps).

The Hilo Community Chorus and Christ Lutheran Church Choir will join the audience in singing the great choruses from Part I, the Advent/Christmas portion of the oratorio, with the addition of the Hallelujah chorus from Part II and Worthy Is the Lamb/Amen from Part III. The choral numbers will be conducted by Tom McAlexander, and the accompaniment will be provided by Walter Greenwood, organ; Rick Mazurowski, piano; and Armando Mendoza, trumpet. Soloist are Amy Horst, soprano; Andrea Christensen and Lucia Samuels, alto; Ian McMillan, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass.

So bring your own score if you have one, or borrow one as you enter the church. Or, if you prefer, just come and enjoy the music. You may sit with your section (look for the signs on the pews), or sit wherever you please. No rehearsals are required, but there will be an open rehearsal on Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 PM at the church. For more information, call 985-7192 or email .


Magnificat and Other Seasonal Songs


John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and Other Season Songs, presented by Hilo Community Chorus, Tom McAlexander, Conductor, and Walter Greenwood, Accompanist.  Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM, First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 (click for location on Google Maps) .

The Hilo Community Chorus will present “John Rutter’s Magnificat and other seasonal songs” in concert at the First United Protestant Church (above the Hospital and Kaiser) in Hilo on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Amy Horst will be guest soloist in the Magnificat. The Harmonizers from Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences in Pahoa, directed by Lisa Lilja Wells, will join with the chorus to sing “God’s Love Made Visible” by Dave Brubeck; and they will sing a set of songs on their own. Other guests will include Herb Mahelona, cello and violin, and Elan Kobel, clarinet.

The program will also include a set of Hanukkah songs and two choral favorites: Christmas Day by Gustav Holst with Andrea Christensen as soloist, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Allan Anderson as soloist. Holst and Vaughan Williams were contemporaries, born two years apart, friends, and colleagues; and both were deeply influenced by the English Folksong.

This concert is free as a gift to the community. Donations are accepted. Hilo Community Chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Spring Concert, Saturday May 28, 2016, 3 PM and UH Choral Scholarship Presentation

Spring 2016 Poster2Chorus to Perform Two Requiems

The Hilo Community Chorus will present Luigi Cherubini’s “Requiem in C minor” and Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” in concert on Saturday, May 28, at 3:00 pm at First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Hawaii 96720.  Click here to see location at Google Maps.

The Cherubini, which will be accompanied by Walter Greenwood, premiered January 21, 1816 at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his beheading during the French Revolution. It was admired by Beethoven and performed at his funeral. Schumann praised it as being “without equal in the world.”

The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, (2013) form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. It will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and will be conducted by Dr. Daniel Mahraun, who first conducted HCC last spring at the Palace Theater. Rachel Edwards, last year’s recipient of the Hawaii Concert Society’s scholarship, will be the guest soprano soloist.

Moriah Mathson, student at UH-Hilo, will be the recipient of the third annual Hilo Community Chorus Tom McAlexander Choral Music Scholarship award for 2016. According to her instructor, Amy Horst, “ Moriah is a Senior Psychology major with a 3.96 GPA. She has been an extremely dedicated alto singer in the University Chorus this past semester, and I look forward to her continuing with University Chorus in the Fall, and then joining the Kapili Choir in the Spring, next school year.”

Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased from chorus members or at the door. For more information, call HCC choral director Tom McAlexander (985-7192) or email

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

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

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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

“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.



“Old Chestnuts” Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00 PM; Palace Theater, Hilo HI

Poster HCC Old Chestnuts


On Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm, the 60-voice Hilo Community Chorus, with distinguished soloists and a special guest conductor, will offer its annual spring concert at the Palace Theater. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Benno Wang, a chorus member of HCC and the Kanilehua Chorale, and a beloved member of the Hilo community.

Tom McAlexander, longtime conductor of the Chorus, had this to say about his inspiration for the program: “I’ve been thinking about presenting a program of ‘old chestnuts’ for several years. Many of us who have sung in choirs for years have a list of favorites, and I am no exception. The songs we will sing most choristers have sung before in their lifetime – or if they haven’t, they should have! This program gives experienced singers a chance to sing some of their favorites, and new singers an opportunity to sing some of the greatest choral music ever composed.”

The Chorus invites all to come and hear “greatest hits” from five centuries of composers that will include Tallis, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Gounod, Steiner and Jenkins. Soloists will include local favorites Amy Horst, Jaime Juarez, Ian McMillan and Michael Hurkes. McAlexander will be joined on the podium by distinguished conductor and composer Dr. Daniel Mahraun, now of Kailua-Kona. The Chorus will be accompanied by two versatile and talented musicians, Walter Greenwood on piano and organ; and Karen Nogami on oboe for one number. The Chorus will also present two, first-ever, “Tom McAlexander Choral Music Scholarships” to two UH choral music students – in honor of their beloved conductor.

Concert location at Google Maps: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St, Hilo HI 96720