Hear the Voices of Aloha on tour!
Montréal to Manhattan — June 1–15, 2016
Montréal to Manhattan — June 1–15, 2016
Fri, Jun 3, 7:30p, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
UH Mānoa Aloha Concert
Wish the Voices of Aloha bon voyage in this send-off concert at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. They’ll sing their entire program including a full compliment of Hawaiian and Pacific Island repertoire along with Western choral works. The program, in UH Mānoa’s Orvis Auditorium, is free although a goodwill offering will be taken to support the VoA.
Mon, Jun 6, 3:30p, Montréal, Quebec
The Voices of Aloha present this Canadian premiere performance in the monumental Basilique. The short, open performance will offer a pastiche of the VoA’s repertoire suitable to the gorgeous space and to reflect their Pacific Island home. Don’t miss this free performance in a striking space… and then hear their whole show the next day at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.
Tue, Jun 7, 7:30p, Montréal, Quebec
In their first feature program of their 2016 tour, the Voices of Aloha present For You, A Lei, their full program featuring Western works alongside traditional Hawaiian and Pacific Island surprises! The performance will include hula and ‘ukulele as well as a performance of Tribulationes (2010) by Montréal composer Vahram Sargsyan. Join us for this special performance!
Wed, Jun 8, 7:30p, Burlington, Vermont
First Baptist Church
In their second feature program of their 2016 tour, the Voices of Aloha present For You, A Lei, their full program including Western works alongside traditional Hawaiian and Pacific Island surprises! The performance will include hula and ‘ukulele—a special treat for Vermont audiences.
Thu, Jun 9, 7:30p, Portland, Maine
State Street Church
In their third feature program of their 2016 tour, and their first of two in Maine, the Voices of Aloha present For You, A Lei, their full program including Western works alongside traditional Hawaiian and Pacific Island surprises! The performance will include hula and ‘ukulele—a special treat for Maine audiences.
Fri, Jun 10, 7:30p, Gorham, Maine
First Parish Church
In their fourth feature program of their 2016 tour, the Voices of Aloha present For You, A Lei, their full program including Western works alongside traditional Hawaiian and Pacific Island surprises! The performance will include hula and ‘ukulele in Gorham’s First Parish Church… a place with very special ties to the choir. Join us for this special performance with family ties.
Sat, Jun 11, 8:00p, Cambridge, Mass.
First Church in Cambridge
In their fifth feature program of their 2016 tour, the Voices of Aloha present For You, A Lei, their full program including Western works alongside traditional Hawaiian and Pacific Island surprises! The performance will include hula and ‘ukulele. This evening promises to be a very special evening in historic Harvard Square.
Sun, Jun 12, 11:00a, Boston, Mass.
Marsh Chapel @ BU
The Voices of Aloha, serve as the musicians for the weekly, Sunday Interdenominational Worship at Marsh Chapel, the non-demoninational house of worship at the center of Boston University’s Charles River campus. The services are broadcast live on WBUR and via WBUR.org.
Tue, Jun 14, 1:00p, Manhattan, NYC
Trinity Wall Street
Note the venue change
The Voices of Aloha present this NYC premiere performance in Trinity Wall Street’s stunning St. Paul’s Chapel. The short, open performance will offer a pastiche of the VoA’s repertoire suitable to the gorgeous space and to reflect their Pacific Island home. Don’t miss this free performance in a striking space… and then hear their whole show Thursday night at Our Saviour NYC with hosts The Manhattan Choral Ensemble.
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Thu, Jun 16, 8:00p, Manhattan, NYC
Our Saviour New York
Don’t miss this final program of the VoA tour as their offer a full, feature program just a few blocks from Columbus Circle. The program features everything from traditional choral repertoire through to hula, ‘ukulele, and traditional Hawaiian & Pacific selections. VoA is thrilled to share the stage this evening with The Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Tom Cunningham, conductor. Aloha, MCE!
More about the Voices of Aloha
The Voices of Aloha
The Voices of Aloha (VoA) was founded in 2013 in preparation for their first tour. The ensemble includes current and former students of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa who are or have been in the school’s premiere choral ensemble, Chamber Singers. Know as UH Mānoa or, simply, UH, The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the flagship institution of a 10-campus, 57,000-student public university with campuses on six of the eight Hawaiian islands. VoA’s mission is to serve as musical ambassadors for the University of Hawai‘i, City of Honolulu, and State of Hawai‘i. We are proud of our diverse heritage and are excited to share it through music and dance. VoA’s first tour ventured to the Philippines in June 2014. This inaugural tour connected UH students to the Philippine islands where many trace their own family trees. The tour visited Manila, Los Baños, and Cebu City in a 10-day tour that included concerts, school visits, and exchanges with local choirs. The tour was a fantastic success and began a new tradition of choral touring at UH. Not long after the 2014 tour returned, students elected eastern Canada and the American Northeast as their 2016 destination. The tour, known as “Montréal to Manhattan,” visits one Canadian province and five American states in a 13-day whirlwind tour. With even more concerts than in 2014, the VoA will bring their unique aloha to audiences from Boston to Burlington, and Montréal to Manhattan.
Who We Are
Sopranos Naomi Puanani Irene Castro Caitlin Cavarocchi Taylor Rei Ishida Vanessa Gabrielle Maldonado Jerilyn Kylie Ornellas Erin Keakealani Richardson Severin
Altos Karyn Althea Elin Ho‘olameka‘anolani Castro Amy Allyssa Johnson Aida N. I. Moala Megann Ho‘opilikeolamaikalanimekealoha Salā Mykaela Rose Lokenani Sterris Jennifer Sutton
Tenors Miguel V. Cadoy, III Geoffrey Nalua Satoshi Kahapea Justin Ali‘iolani Ka‘upu Jonathon-Michael Palompo Steven Richardson Severin Bowe Makana‘akua Souza
Basses Stephan P. Kane, II Kevin Morita Charles Wellington Hideyuki Mukaida Miles Provencher Aaron Joseph Ikaika Scholtz David J. Webb Jeremy M. Wong
More about the Faculty
Miguel Ángel Felipe, DMA
Associate Professor of Music Director of Choral Activities
Miguel Ángel Felipe was appointed Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2011. Felipe is also active in the US, Asia, South America, and Europe. Upcoming and recent engagements include leading choirs in the Philippines, Canada, and US East Coast; presenting masterclasses in Sweden, China, and California; and adjudicating choirs in Indonesia, Greece, and Arizona. Felipe’s choirs have performed internationally and domestically, often to high praise: “the [ensemble], under the direction of Miguel Felipe, has progressed to the point that it is simply a fine vocal instrument in absolute terms.”
As devoted supporter of new music and lesser known masterpieces, Felipe has commissioned extensively and spoken at national events about the composer-conductor relationship. His programs often meld adventurous repertoire with the traditional, helping audiences and singers explore an evolving, global choral tradition. His research focuses on choral innovations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, on concepts of the influence of choral societies in cultural development, and on conducting pedagogy. Felipe has served on the faculty of Oberlin College & Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Brown University, and Mount Holyoke College. He has led choirs at Harvard University; the Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (Brazil); and in various churches including the Lutheran Church of Honolulu where he served as the Director of Music and Liturgy from 2011–14. A frequent guest conductor, Felipe has been described as “a dynamic young conductor who had clearly committed himself to bringing the best” of his ensembles. He’s also active as the president of the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, as vice president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and as a member of Chorus America. Felipe is a proud member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. Felipe earned his BM, summa cum laude, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his MM and DMA at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt. Visit his faculty page…
Professor of Music Area Head for Vocal Studies
Praised for her vocal beauty and warm middle range, mezzo- soprano Maya Hoover enjoyed a diverse 2015–16 season, featuring concerts on O‘ahu and Maui with renowned soprano Sumi Jo and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO); Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (Colorado); a recital in Vernon, France with pianist Mary Dibbern; The Magic Flute (Second Lady) and Il Trovatore (Inez) with Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (HOT); a gala concert with Opera NEO (San Diego); a chamber music tour of China; and a recital with longtime partner, pianist José Meléndez.
Other highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos (HSO); Der fliegende Holländer (HOT); Verdi’s Requiem (Tuscia Operafestival, Viterbo, Italy); Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner Society of Hawai‘i); Respighi’s Il tramonto and Simon Sargon’s Shemà (Chamber Music Hawai‘i); and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Chamber Music Hawai‘i), in a production staged by Henry Akina. International appearances include Festival Mozart y Beethoven, Festival Internacional Bach, and Festimúsica Internacional (Peru); Songs Across the Americas Festival (Bolivia); Bellingham Festival of Music; Bloomington Early Music Festival; Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica; Auditorio Fabio Lozano (Bogotá, Colombia); and Teatro Municipal (Trujillo, Peru). As a recitalist, she has performed regularly with pianist José Meléndez for almost two decades in innovative programs frequently highlighting Latin American, Spanish, and other outstanding lesser-known works. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Italian Language and Literature from Binghamton University. She has studied with Mary Burgess, Laura Brooks Rice, Patricia Havranek, Virginia Zeani, and Andrea DelGiudice. Her publications have appeared in Classical Singer, The Mentoring Connection, and the Philosophy of Music Education Review, and her book Guide to the Latin American Art Song Repertoire: An Annotated Catalog of Twentieth-Century Art Songs for Voice and Piano (Indiana University Press) was released in March 2010. In August 2007, she joined the distinguished faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she serves as Professor of Music with a world-class faculty. Visit her faculty page…
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