The Colors of Christmas

The Kauai Chorale continues its tradition of a glorious holiday concert this season with “The Colors of Christmas.”  Two concerts will be performed; one at KCC Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm and the second performance at the St. Regis Grand Ballroom on Sunday, December 18th at 5:00pm.  Box office will open 30 minutes prior to concert time.

Directed by Lois Ricciardi and accompanied by Virginia Shepherd, music will consist of a wide range of great holiday music; some familiar with new arrangements, some with exciting rhythms, some beautiful and inspiring, as well as a little humorous. Also performing with Kauai’s island-wide community chorus will be instrumentalists Dan Spriggs, Kauai Chorale String Ensemble: Taylor, Daniel, Katherine Welch, Jane Albrecht; and a brass ensemble including Barry Toy and Mitchell Ouye. Jill Simonsen will join Virginia Shepherd for a 4-handed piano piece.

Tickets may be purchased in advanced for $12 from any chorale member and $15 at the door. Students’ tickets are $5.00. Call 822.5633 or 337-1882 for more information.

Music is Forever

Before we are even born we are surrounded by the music of our mother’s heartbeat, the sound and rhythm of her breath, the tempos of her strides, and the rich vibration of voices. There’s also a rhythm of sun and moon, time and tides. Melodies play in our minds and in nature. We are always surrounded by music! The Kaua’i Chorale Spring Concert celebrates the eternity of music by performing songs that reflect the music of life in its many expressions.

The concert will commence with “Let there be Music!” by Linda Spevacek that celebrates music itself with various rhythms, tones, melodies, and mixtures of voices. The music of nature will be celebrated with songs entitled “The Ground”,“The Ocean”, “I Believe in Springtime” with St. Theresa’s chorus, and the Hawaiian “Ka Wailele O Akaka” revering Akaka Falls on the Big Island. Poetry, a cousin of song, is honored with “A Jubilant Song” based on Walt Whitman’s “A Song of Joys”. This is also a virtuoso piano piece for our accompanist Virginia Shepherd. “Sway” is a Latin American dance song guaranteed to raise your body temperature. Other songs in the concert include the foot stomping gospel song “Joyful Joyful” from the movie “Sister Act 2”, the comforting ode to friendship “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and the immortal “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” first sung in 1939 by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”, and then remade and repopularized by Bruddah Iz fifty-four years later and still going strong. The concert’s sacred music includes an African Kyrie section of a mass and “The Lord is My Shepherd”. The Chorale will also sing a plea: “Don’t let the Music Stop”.

Lawrence Cole, songwriter and philosopher lectures that it is important for children “to hear their people sing.” Babies that are sung to sing to themselves, even to sleep sometimes, feeling the love that was shared in the initial singing. Remembering and singing a person’s favorite songs after they have passed away helps keep their memories alive for us. So if you’d like a major musical fix, come celebrate music with the Kaua’i Chorale. People have smilingly referred to it as Kaua’i’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The eighty- member choir will be joined by Marty Leonard on Drums, Joan Yamaguchi on oboe, Jane Albrecht, Taylor, Daniel and Katherine Welch on strings, and Mike Odo on bass guitar.

Performances are at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 14th at KCC, and at 5:00pm at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Student tickets are $5. See Ticket Outlets for places to buy your ticket.

(article by Annaleah Atkinson)

52nd Fall Season Membership Drive September 14, 2015


EDF 2013 - Put a little love!
Chorale “Puts A Little Love” in their hearts at 2013 Zontas’ Eat Dessert First Fundraiser

Plan now to join us!  Kauai Chorale starts into the fall semester of its 52nd year with its Membership Drive and Registration on September 14, 2015.  Sign up at right for our newsletter for advanced information and email updates on membership registration, concert ticket sales and special announcements! Registration and music pickup starts at 7pm followed by our regular rehearsal from 7:30-9:30pm at Island School, behind Kauai Community College. Please sign up for our newsletter (at right) for updates and announcements of membership drives, rehearsals and performances.

The Chorale offers community service through providing high quality choral music concerts with a wide range of musical styles that have entertained and delighted audiences on Kauai for over 50 years. Performance opportunities abound, whether you read music or not, have musical training or just love to sing.  From singing with the whole group to solos, duets and small ensembles, there is a place for everyone.  Our members have ranged in age from 7 to over 80 years young! We hope to reach 200 singing members in the next few years.

HOW TO JOIN:  There are no auditions required and all ages are welcome to join. Membership in the Kauai Chorale is open to anyone who enjoys singing. Musical training, or the ability to read music while helpful, is not required. Some of our members learned to read music after joining the group, while some have formal musical training – and are always happy to help, and most are somewhere in the middle.  Just fill out our simple registration form, bring it and $30 dues in cash or by check made out to Kauai Chorale with you and attend one of our first three rehearsals.  Bring a pencil in hand and a song in your heart. See our calendar for dates and times for new member registration.

As a performing organization, it takes consistency of attendance to create a polished performance.  Therefore, we do request a responsible, consistent commitment to attend 2 hours each Monday evening from 7:30-9:30 during each of our semesters. We do not rehearse in the summer.

Mike Odo assists Rheana during rehearsal
Mike Odo assists Rheana during rehearsal


Time:  Every Monday night during each semester (see calendar) from 7:30-9:30

Rehearsal place: Island School Cafetorium, behind Kauai Community College campus in Puhi on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Registration for new members is held the first month of each semester, September and January.  Registration begins 7PM, followed by a rehearsal from 7:30-9:30pm.

Fall 2015 semester music will include John Rutter’s “The Reluctant Dragon,” and many great songs of the Christmas and Holiday Season. Our Winter/Holiday Concerts will be held: Saturday, December 19, 7:30 pm, at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center and Sunday, December 20  5:00 pm at the St. Regis Hotel Ballroom, Princeville.

SEE YOU SEPTEMBER 14th at Island School, 7pm!

Spring 2016 semester starts in mid-January with rehearsals every Monday night through our two concerts in May, 2016.

COST:  There is a small dues payment of $30 payable at registration for each semester to help cover the building and maintaining of our choral music library.

577701_452319331452249_1155516392_nPERFORMANCES:  Typically we present 2 concerts each semester, back-to-back in two different locations in December and May. We also sing each December for the “Lights On Rice” at the Kauai County Courthouse. We have occasional extra performances and events, some less formal in nature than our typical concerts, such as singing for the annual “Lights on Rice” Christmas celebration and suprise “flash mob” performances.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity if you love to sing and enjoy like-minded fellowship with fellow musicians!

We are a fun group, but we are serious about always presenting a well-rehearsed and performed musical experience for our audience. Come share in our fun! Watch the upcoming events calendar or email us for further information.

Welcome – E Komo Mai

Welcome to Kauai Chorale, the oldest community choral music organization on Kauai! We celebrate 51 years of concerts of high quality chorale music.  It’s a lot of fun, and a great opportunity for singers on Kauai to sing and audiences to hear serious – and sometimes not-so-serious choral musical works from many cultures and many ages.

Our next appearance will be on the courthouse steps for the December “Lights on Rice Street” Christmas lighting and parade.  Soon on its heels will be our annual Christmas Concerts, December 13 at KCC and December 14 at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville.  This year we will be singing a selection of our members’ favorite Christmas arrangements, along with two stirringly beautiful pieces, Bach’s Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake!) and a 20th Century piece by Randall Stroope, Hodie (This Day).  Be sure to join our email list (at right) to receive notification when tickets go on sale.  You won’t want to miss this traditional part of Kauai’s Christmas family celebrations!

Do you love to sing?  We would love to have you join us.  You can join either at the start of our spring semester rehearsals each January, or our fall semester rehearsals in Septembers. No audition is necessary.  Any age is welcome, and we’ve had singers as young as 7 years old and well into their 80s.  Although it is helpful, music training is not a prerequisite. All we ask is that you love to sing, be able to commit to our weekly Monday night rehearsals, and pay a small semester membership fee to help defray costs of building and maintaining our library of choral literature.

Our next semester rehearsals and membership drive starts in January 2015. Stay tuned for more information, or sign up for our newsletter to the right of the website pages! Cost is only $25 per semester.

If you would like to help support the Chorale financially, we are now a part of the Smiles donations program.  Just click on the banner below, and at no cost to you, Kauai Chorale will receive a portion of every Amazon Smiles purchase!  Click below to get started!

Whether you sing with us, appreciate us from the concert hall, or support us in other ways, we want to welcome each of you to our concerts, and thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all your support for 51 years!

53 Years of Choral Music on the Garden Island!