For nearly 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 more. Its members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and also comprise a number of quartets and small ensembles, including Resonance, Funny Bones, 19th Avenue, and Full Measure.
For many years, SOA has produced popular Annual and Christmas shows and numerous other public and private performances, frequently featuring the very best barbershop quartets in the world. 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 many high school choirs. SOA has performed at countless events, public and private, and is available for booking.
The group established the local young men’s barbershop chorus 8zero8 and in 2014 held the first annual Hawaii Honors A Cappella Academy for high school- and college-aged men. 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.