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CONCERT CHOIRFormed in 1985, the BYU–Hawaii Concert Choir is the university's premier SATB ensemble. The choir performs a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from classical oratorio literature to international folk music, American musical theater selections, and art music of Europe, the Americas, and the South Pacific. Performances frequently incorporate traditional Hawaiian numbers, captivating crowds with customary dances and a variety of accompanying instruments.

The choir is currently under the direction of Michael Belnap. The choir puts on a full concert at the end of each semester in addition to performing often at university devotionals. In addition, the choir tours internationally every three years in the university’s target area. Past tours have included Japan and South Korea (2004), China and Mongolia (2007), Taiwan and Hong Kong (2010), and New Zealand and Australia (2013). 2016 is also a tour year, and the choir is currently preparing to return to Japan and South Korea at the end of Spring semester.

The choir consists of 45-60 university students often representing more than 10 countries, including South Korea, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Japan, Malaysia, Tonga, and Samoa.

The choir meets every weekday from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m.

Auditions: Auditions are held the first week of every semester. Interested students need to come to the music offices (McKay 191) to fill out an audition form and sign up for a time.

BROADWAY CABARET has created a buzz as one of the newest performance groups in the BYU–Hawaii Music Department. This Broadway-style company performs contemporary songs found in American musical theater and among the airwaves of pop music. Their upbeat and inspiring numbers express the roots of American culture and feature some classic show tune favorites that will strike a familiar chord.

Auditions: Auditions are held the first week of every semester. Interested students need to come to the music offices (McKay 191) to fill out an audition form and sign up for a time.

UNIVERSITY CHORALE The University Chorale invites all students to be a part of an excellent choral experience. As the universityʻs only non-auditioned choral ensemble, the University Chorale offers an education in the basics of singing technique and choral ensemble collaboration along with a fun experience and great camaraderie. The class meets weekly on Wednesday evenings under the direction of Mrs. Jacosa Ainuu. The Chorale prepares for one concert each semester and often performs for campus devotionals or other special events. Interested students should sign up for Music 110R, offered Fall, Winter and Spring semesters.

Instrumental Ensembles

The BYU–Hawaii BRASS ENSEMBLE was one of the first performing groups organized at the university. In the early days of the Church College of Hawaii, the band performed regularly in parades, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and other special events, including a reception for former President George Bush. Their first tour was an inter-island excursion in the late '70s. The tradition continues today as the Brass Band is still one of the university's most-talented ensembles, frequently performing throughout the Pacific for the last 35 years. The band's latest cross-cultural exchange included hosting the Tongan Army Royal Corps of Musicians, the official governmental ceremonial band of the kingdom of Tonga, during Golden Jubilee festivities in October 2005.

THE BYUH SALSA ORCHESTRA is a Latin-jazz ensemble or “little big-band” that performs music of Latin-America, the Caribbean, and Brazil. This ensemble morphed from a traditional American jazz band several years ago and it has become one of the showcase instrumental music ensembles on campus. The change to a salsa format has provided a more intensive experience for the instrumental music majors, involved more percussionists, included vocalists, and has become more reflective of BYUH diversity. Along with performances on campus and around the community, The BYUH Salsa Orchestra continues to do bi-annual performance tours on the neighbor islands and this past February they performed several times on Kauai. The class meets T,Th from 2:30-4:40. To join this ensemble, contact Dr. Duerden for an audition: darren.duerden@byuh.edu.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Since its inception in 2007, the BYUH Chamber Orchestra has garnered a reputation for stirring performances and exciting collaborations. The BYUHCO finds its roots in the orchestral works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th/21st Century periods. Founded by Dr. Daniel Bradshaw the BYUHCO has performed concerts each semester but in addition has also performed for special concerts such as a series of Children’s Concert and at Devotionals. Mr. Ernest Taniguchi served as interim music director during the Winter Semester of 2014 and has since assumed the position of musical director.

The BYUH Chamber Orchestra welcomes talented string, wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists to consider becoming a member. The BYUHCO rehearses in the Orchestra Room in the McKay Auditorium on Tuesday evenings during Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters. If you are interested in becoming a member and wish to receive more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Bradshaw (Executive Director) at daniel.bradshaw@byuh.edu or Mr. Ernest Taniguchi (Music Director) at etaniguchi.music@att.net. Please provide your name, instrument(s) you play, the previous ensembles you have performed in, and your best opinion of your musical proficiency. Membership is open to BYUH students (Music 247R) and faculty, advanced musicians of the Kahuku High School Band, and musicians who reside or work in the Koolauloa community.

THE BYUH POLYNESIAN DRUM ENSEMBLE specializes in the drum traditions of Tahiti, The Cook Islands, and elsewhere in the Pacific. Ka Pa Kāni Koʻele ʻo Lāʻie (the Drum Academy of Lāʻie) requires no previous experience in Polynesian drumming, but a strong practice ethic is expected. Directed by Kumu (teacher) Lloyd Chandler, the ensemble begins with basic beats but progresses quickly into complex rhythms and multivalent textures and "harmonies." Participants will prepare for a concert at the end of the semester which features dancers from a local Halau (dance troupe). In addition, students gain a broader education in other Polynesian cultural drumming practices. To participate, students should enroll in Music 241R. The class meets MWF 12:10-1:10pm.

NORTH SHORE SYMPHONIC WIND ORCHESTRA was founded in 2009 by Dr. David Kammerer and Mr. Ernest Taniguchi with three notable goals in mind. NSSWO’s first mission is to foster and perpetuate the performance of quality music literature within the Koolauloa community. Second, is to provide musicians in the Koolauloa area an opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances in as much a professional setting as possible. Third, to provide Koolauloa residents on a regular basis an occasion to hear and experience a diverse variety of music composed, transcribed, or arranged for woodwind, brass, percussion ensembles, and collectively as a symphonic wind orchestra. The NSSWO is comprised of talented wind and percussion musicians from Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Kahuku High School, and the Koolauloa Community.

The North Shore Symphonic Wind Orchestra welcomes talented wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists to consider becoming a member. The NSSWO rehearses in the Band Room (CAC 176) on Thursday evenings during Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters. If you are interested in becoming a member and wish to receive more information, please contact Mr. Ernest Taniguchi (Music Director) at etaniguchi.music@att.net. Please provide your name, instrument(s) you play, the previous ensembles you have performed in, and your best opinion of your musical proficiency. Membership is open to BYUH students (Music 247R) and faculty, advanced musicians of the Kahuku High School Band, and musicians who reside or work in the Koolauloa community.

SHAKA STEEL is the name of the university steel drum band and it is the premiere percussion ensemble on campus. With its roots in the steel pan music of Trinidad, Shaka Steel has become a favorite ensemble of BYUH audiences and there is a feeling of celebration whenever they play. Founded and Directed by Dr. Darren Duerden in 2001, the group has toured the neighbor islands on several occasions along with their on-campus performances each semester. To join, no previous steel pan experience is necessary but the ability to read music is a must and experience in collaborative ensembles is a plus. For enrollment information, email Dr. Duerden: darren.duerden@byuh.edu.