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.
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.
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
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.
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
Each participating choir is obliged:
- To participate in the planned schedule for the entire Festival
- 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