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A Holiday Tradition at the Oahu Country Club

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus capped off its 2017 performance season with a return to an audience with whom we've had a whole lot of fun annually for years now: the members of the Oahu Country Club at their Candlelight Christmas Dinner, hosted by our friend and past collaborator, the always entertaining Shari Lynn. This engagement has become a tradition for us as well as for them, and we're grateful for this opportunity to share music, joy, and laughter with these families.

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A Great Big Bundle of Singing!

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus is known for putting on original comedies for its annual and Christmas shows, and we love making people laugh. But this Christmas we tried something a little different: just a whole lot of good singing, featuring the chorus, quartets, audience participation, and some special guests!

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Monstrous Musical Misadventures at the Hawaii Theatre!

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus returned to the Hawaii Theatre on October 7, 2017, with its latest original musical comedy, Monsters in Our Neighborhood! Written by bass member/in-house playwright Scot Izuka and musical director Mark Conching, the production told the story of how a scientist, called simply the Doktor, tries to create his own monstrous bass for the upcoming village quartet contest. His scheme goes terribly awry when his assistant Igor makes a mistake in the recipe that results in *gasp!* a tenor! The rejected monster wanders the woods befriending other sppoky creatures, while the Bürgermeister, his cronies, and the townsfolk rise up to the confront the perceived menace.

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Topping Off the Ice Cream with Harmony and Fun!

This year the Sounds of Aloha served up Sundaes on a Saturday with their popular annual ice cream party, held this year at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Wide-eyed kids and other patrons were treated not only to all-you-can-eat Dave's Ice Cream, but also to great singing, at first up close and personal and later on stage, by five quartets and the full chorus.

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Helping Introduce New Singers to the Barbershop Art Form

One of SOA's two sister choruses, Na Leo Lani, helped introduce more women to barbershop harmony in a special Summer Music Program Showcase that culminated in a free concert this past Sunday, July 23, 2017. Guest singers were invited to learn three songs with the chorus over a six-week period and perform together in the concert. Coaching was provided by two international quartet champion singers, Sean Devine of OC Times and Tim Waurick of Vocal Spectrum.

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Oahu Chorales Raising Things to the Next Level!

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus deeply appreciates the chance to perform for our fellow Oahu choristers at the Community Chorus Festival, which is hosted each year by the Honolulu Chorale. This year marked the 15th annual festival, and the April 30, 2017, event at Kawaiaha‘o Church just might have been the strongest one yet, with ambitious and moving performances by all the participants.

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Sending Our Fellow Barbershoppers Off With Cheers and Songs

The Sounds of Aloha had a grand time cheering for one of our sister choruses, Honolulu Blend Show Chorus, and its newest quartet, Bella Makana, at their April 8, 2017, Friends and Family Night. The event gave the groups a chance to practice their compeition performance packages before an enthusiastic live audience as they prepared to travel to Phoenix for the Spring Regional Convention and Competition of Region 21 Golden West of Sweet Adelines International, April 20-23.

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SOA Bids A Hui Hou to the Incomparable Ralph Brandt

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus ended its weekly rehearsal a little early on February 16, 2017, so we could have a special send-off for a member who has left his mark on barbershop, nationally and locally. Ralph Brandt and his wife Robbie are off to San Antonio this month, and we wish them all the best.

Ralph sang bass in one of the foremost powerhouse quartets of the 1950s, the Play-Tonics, from Teaneck, New Jersey. You can read all about the Play-Tonics, who were the 1956 International Silver Medallists, here.