Festival Rehearsals
Singers rehearse the Festival repertoire with Artistic Director Henry H. Leck in preparation for two public concerts. The literature is selected from outstanding choral music of Asia, Polynesia and other Pacific Rim countries. The Hawaiian choral literature will be presented by Host Choir Director Nola A. Nahulu.

Polynesian Explorations

Participants spend mornings on the village grounds of the Polynesian Cultural Center learning ethnic dances, making Polynesian musical instruments and dance implements,
and learning language and chants with native speakers and teachers from various Polynesian countries.

The Festival repertoire is selected by Artistic Director Henry Leck. This list is sent to each director in the Fall prior to the Festival. Each choral organization is required to order the concert program music from their own supplier. Original manuscripts of commissioned arrangements will be sent to each Director to copy. Students are expected to have the Festival repertoire musically prepared when they arrive. All Festival concerts are presented from memory.

Conductors Roundtable
Informal lunch roundtable discussions are held for conductors and chorus managers to share repertoire, techniques, curriculum and organizational management issues. Discussion leaders include Artistic Director Henry Leck, as well as other outstanding choral conductors and clinicians.

Festival Concerts

The Festival presents two major mass choir concerts open to the public: Saturday night at the Brigham Young University Cannon Center and Sunday night at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. In addition, two evening concerts held at the Turtle Bay Resort Ballroom provide participating choirs an opportunity to perform their own concert repertoire.

Social Events
An aloha sunset beach cookout dinner is planned at the Turtle Bay Resort lagoon on the first night. All participants and companion tour associates gather for welcoming ceremonies and hula greeting with our host choir, the Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus. Throughout the nine days, many activities are designed to have students from different choirs interact with one another to learn and share music. A farewell aloha sunset event will bring our Festival to a colorful close.

Each participating choir is obliged:

  • To participate in the planned schedule for the entire Festival period.
  • To waive all rights associated with Festival photography, radio or television broadcasting, or audio and video recordings
  • To waive all rights to any form of financial compensation
  • To adhere to the dress code requirements of the Brigham Young University Campus. click here



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