For 75 years, the Sounds of Aloha Chorus (SOA) has been entertaining Hawaii and Mainland audiences with its unique a cappella sound, off-beat humor, and heartfelt presentation. The chorus is the Aloha Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Under Interim Musical Director Bryce Irvine and Interim Assistant Director Rob Hartley, SOA performs a diverse repertoire of barbershop standards, hapa haole favorites, Broadway and jazz numbers, holiday music, patriotic songs, and other songs from the Great American Songbook. Its members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and also comprise a number of quartets.
SOA produces its own popular shows, frequently featuring original comedy scripts and the best barbershop quartets in the world, and has given countless other public and private performances, on its own and in collaboration with many of Hawaii's outstanding performing arts organizations. The chorus is available for booking, as are its quartets. The group also offers quartets for singing telegrams, including for its well known Singing Valentines program.
The Sounds of Aloha Chorus periodically holds a Hawaii A Cappella Academy for high school singers and in the past even sponsored a young men’s barbershop chorus called 8zero8. SOA was influential in planting the seeds of barbershop harmony in New Zealand and Japan and has hosted the Pan-Pacific Barbershop Convention with barbershoppers from other Pacific nations. Over the years the chorus has traveled to perform in California, Oregon, Australia, and New Zealand.
SOA is recruiting new members to experience the joy of singing and has a standing invitation for prospective members and other guests to visit its weekly rehearsals. The group is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors, the Friends of Four-Part Harmony.
For more information on the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, please visit www.soundsofaloha.org.