For more than 70 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 the direction of Mark Conching, SOA performs a diverse repertoire of barbershop standards, hapa haole favorites, Broadway and jazz numbers, holiday music, patriotic songs, and and other songs from the Great American Songbook. Its members range in age from teenagers to nonagenarians and also comprise a number of quartets and small ensembles, including Resonance, Funny Bones, 19th Avenue, and Full Measure.
SOA has produced its own popular shows, frequently featuring orginal comedy scripts and the best barbershop quartets in the world, and has given countless other public and private performances. The chorus also has collaborated with many local groups, including the Honolulu Chorale, the Windward Choral Society, the BYU Hawaii Concert Choir, the Honolulu Boy Choir, the Kapolei Chorale, the Honolulu Blend Show Chorus, Na Leo Lani Chorus, the Honolulu Symphony, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Hawaii National Guard 111th Army Band, DeShannon Higa’s Big Band Orchestra, the Diamond Head Theater Shooting Stars, the Castle Performing Arts Center, the USS Missouri, and high school choirs. The chorus is available for booking, as are its quartets. The group offers quartets for singing telegrams, and its annual Singing Valentines event is especially popular.
In the past the Sounds of Aloha have organized a young men’s barbershop chorus, 8zero8, as well as several Hawaii Honors A Cappella Academies for high school- and college-aged singers. SOA was influential in planting the seeds of barbershop harmony in New Zealand and Japan and initiated the Pan-Pacific Barbershop Convention by organizing and hosting the first one in 1995. Over the years the chorus has traveled to perform and compete in California, Oregon, Australia, and New Zealand.
SOA is always 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.