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Winter 2016
In this Edition:

President's Message
Nola's Notes - AD's Message
La'ieikawai; Princess of Paliuli
Midsummer's Night Dream
Community Collaborations
E Mele Kakou
Spring Concert Invitation
Support HYOC
Mahalo for your support
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Akaka Foundation
Aloha United Way
Cooke Foundation, Ltd
Foodland Ltd
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Hawaii Bowl Foundation
Hawaiian Music & Dance            Foundation
Hawaii Theatre
Kawaiaha'o Church
NFL Foundation
Macy's Foundation
Mayor's Office on Culture and    the Arts
Arthur & Mae Z. Orvis  Foundation
Sacred Hearts Academy
St. Andrew's Cathedral
University of Hawaii Manoa  Music Department
Jhamandas Watumull Fund
Collene Wong Foundation

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HYOC celebrates its 55th Season this year
The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus continues to provide excellent  and high quality music education and serves as a leader in music education.  This season we anticipate by season end in serving more than 1200 students grades K - 12.  We keep busy with weekly core instruction to 120 students grades K-12 in chorus and additional optional classes of piano and voice.  Our students have had many wonderful learning and growing experiences.  We wanted to take some time to showcase a few recent highlights. 
Leadership Messages
President's Message

Here we are nearing the end of a very busy season which seamed to fly by. Before we know it our final concert of the season will be over and another amazing group of young men and women will graduate and move on into a new world for them, whether they are college bound, joining the military or working a full-time job. We believe that we have helped them develop the skills they will need to succeed!

A major highlight this Winter was the Opera "A Mid-Summer Nights Dream" by Benjamin Britten presented by the Hawaii Opera Theater. HYOC's Chorus of Fairies were the feature in the program with their amazing voices. Our children worked harder than ever to learn the music so that every performance was nearly perfect! It was a fabulous opportunity for HYOC to show off our program and our choristers to the community.

The HYOC Board has been busy working behind the scenes to help support the staff and singers on the business side of things. Our financial position seems to be steady, mostly because our staff has had to make do with less. We are in the process of looking for corporate and individual partners who can provide resources which will help grow HYOC in the years to come.

Looking forward, HYOC is celebrating it's 55th year, which we hope to start off with a BANG! There is so much to celebrate, including Auntie Nola's 30th anniversary here. The Board and Staff are starting to do some planning on an exciting event during this summer to kick-off this milestone anniversary.
Please know we are open to suggestions and would love to discuss our needs and hopes with anyone who may be interested. Please feel free to email suggestions, concerns and ideas to me. I will do what I can to pass it along.

Mahalo for ALL that you do for HYOC! We do greatly appreciate you!

Jean Lilley
Board President
Nola's Notes!  

55th Anniversary . . . WOW!  What an accomplishment for any organization.  YES, we were founded by the forward thinking of both Richard Vine & Eileen Lum in the 1960's, who felt that our Hawai'i's children would benefit from musical experiences beyond their daily classroom.  YES, we are still very much involved with the Hawai'i Opera Theatre's Productions.  We started with La Boheme 55 yrs ago . . . LOTS of Carmen, Turandot, Pagliacci, Othello, Hansel & Gretel, just finished our FIRST Midsummer Night's Dream AND will sing in La Boheme, October of 2016!!  YES, We have the GREATEST staff on earth . . . YES, EARTH!  Not only their skills but, their commitment to our keiki and HYOC is a testament to the quality of our staff.  Who do you know in HYOC?  Really, there's more than "just the music" being taught/learned at HYOC.  YES, our alumni:  International Opera Star, Editors, Financial Planners, Arts Organization Administrators, Head of the UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies, Neuro-Surgeon, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Naturopath, Mothers & Fathers of healthy singing children with the world at their feet!!  Just to list a "few" . . . I recently walked into a college music class where the students were learning how to read musical notes on the musical staff. . . . hmmmm.  They should have joined HYOC!  We are extremely Grateful for ALL who support HYOC.  The significance of our 55th Anniversary Theme . . . "Okagesama de"!!

Aunty nola
2015-2016 Season.  55th Anniversary. 
A Season of Firsts
La'ieikawai; Princess of Paliuli
Professor Emeritus of Composition from UH Manoa Dr. Neil McKay was commissioned in 1995 to compose a youth opera for HYOC's Landmark OPERAtunities program.  Based on the Hawaii island legend of the same name.  This fall we celebrated this opera's 20th Anniversary.  For the first time we used ALL our core students grades K - 12 for this special performance.  It was a one day only event with 2 performances at the beautiful and historic Hawaii Theater last Veteran's Day November 11th, 2015.  We also had students from our Ka'iulani Elementary School's Outreach Programs come to sing as a prelude to the opera.  It was no small feat to be in the theater less than 48 hours with 150 students plus chaperones, volunteers and staff.  The production received high praise from all who attended.  We hope to return to Hawaii Theater next fall for another production.  Stay tuned.  'Olelo filmed both performances and created an edited version for public broadcast on Olelo53.  It can also be viewed on demand from the Olelo.com website.  Check out our HYOC website for a link and instructions to find the broadcast.
Midsummer's Night Dream!  Magic Flute! - A Magical Season!
HYOC was established in 1961 to provide students for productions with the Hawaii Opera Theater requiring children.  This relationship continues.  This year, HYOC's Sophia Sansano was one of the 3 spirits in Mozart's Magic Flute. 
This season was a first for HYOC and HOT.  Benjamin Britten's adaption of Shakespeare's classic tale requires a chorus of Fairies and 15 principal adult singers.  The chorus is a youth choir.  There are NO adults in the chorus.  HYOC had 21 students representing 3 ensembles and grades 4-12.  The music is challenging.  Our students did an AMAZING job.  The maestro was extremely pleased at how well the students were prepared and performed under the tutelage of Aunty Nola and Beebe Freitas of HOT.  They brought light, color and the magic to the production.  The production received high praise all around and our students were the "stardust and twinkle" to the production.  We are extremely grateful for HOT's confidence in our organization to prepare and execute such an ambitious undertaking.  The students worked extremely hard, many many long days and nights, but had an amazing lifetime experience.  You can read the review printed in the Honolulu Star Advertiser Here.
20th & 21st Annual Choral Festivals & Joint concert with Hawaii Youth Symphony II.
On Saturday February 20, 2016 HYOC hosted for the 20th & 21st years the annual E Mele Kakou Children's Choral Festival and Na Leo Pili Mai Advanced Treble Choral Festival.  For the 3rd year, the final concert was a collaboration concert with HYOC's Festivals and the Hawaii Youth Symphony II ensemble.  This concert featured 250 of Hawaii's most musical youth.  HYOC and HYSA are very excited for this partnership to continue!  Festival participants included Maryknoll Elementary and Jr. High, Sacred Hearts Academy Elementary After School Choir, St. Andrew's Priory Jr. High choir as well as our own Coro & Cantilena Ensembles.  Each participant choir was invited to present a musical selection of their own.  The collaborative musical selection for both the festival  chorus and orchestra was the Pali'uli Suite arranged by Dr. Neil McKay based on the youth opera of the same name and debuted in 2006.  Also featured at the concert was a wonderful selection "Nella Fantasia" by Ennio Moricone performed by the Orchestra and 4 male vocalists from HYOC's Kuho'okahi Ensemble.  This was a highlight of the concert.
E Mele Kakou - "Let's Sing"!  HYOC's School Outreach Program
This season HYOC is serving 8 elementary schools in music education.  Now in our 15th year.  This 12 session, 1 month program, meets State and Federal SOL's and is designed for grades 4 or 5.  Classes include Teaching:  Healthy "Bel Canto" Singing technique, Music Theory, Hawaiian History, Establishing a sense of place through hula unique to the district and  supporting healthy living concepts.  The final session is a field trip to 'Iolani Palace to visit Hawai'i's Palace and to experience and perform with the Royal Hawaiian Band.  We are so very thankful for our continuing partnerships with the Royal Hawaiian Band, 'Iolani Palace, the Hawai'i State Library, the Hawaiian Music & Dance Foundation and The Cooke Foundation.  This year the program will service almost 1000 students.  School's serviced this season.  Ka'iulani Elementary 5th grade, Kalihi Elementary 4th & 5th grades, Haha'ione Elementary 5th grade, Royal School 4th & 5th grade (NEW), Maryknoll Elementary 4th grade, Nu'uanu Elementary 4th & 5th grade, Wai'anae Elementary 4th & 6th (NEW), St. Andrew's Priory School 4th grade (NEW).
55th Annual Spring Concert - Sunday May 15, 2016.
Plan now to join us for our 55th Annual Spring Concert.  Kawaiaha'o Church.  4:00 PM.  FREE Concert.
This annual spring concert showcases all of our core program singing participants featuring 120 students grades K - 12.  This year's theme is  "Okage sama de" We Are Thankful.  We are thankful for everything and everyone who has contributed to HYOC.  Our Greater Ohana is who has helped us to blossom into the HYOC we are now!  Fifty Five years of support from our:  community, artistic staff, rich island culture, students and families, supporters, island home.  Debut of "Okagesama de" a composition of Haiku poetry written and composed by members of our Kuho'okahi Ensemble will be presented by ALL of our singers.  Help us bid aloha to our Class of 2016 seniors.
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We thank you for your continuing support and interest in HYOC.  Only with your partnership can we continue to touch more than 1500 youth each season.  We hope to see you at one of our upcoming concerts and events. 
Malia Ka'ai-Barrett
Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
Hawaii Youth
Opera Chorus

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