The Sounds of Aloha Chorus (SOA) is led by one of Hawaii’s home-grown local barbershop talents, Bryce Irvine. Bryce assumed the role of Interim Musical Director early in 2023 when longtime Musical Director Mark Conching, also a home-grown leader, had to step back to attend to professional obligations.
Bryce first learned about the Sounds of Aloha Chorus at the tender age of nine, as a member of the Honolulu Boy Choir when a barbershop quartet came to sing for its retreat. He attended the next SOA Annual Show in 2003, and the showcase of barbershop singing he heard there convinced him he wanted to try barbershop himself someday. He eventually joined the chorus at age 17. In the years since then Bryce became a lead section leader and assistant director, and he sings lead in the with the quartet 19th Avenue.
Bryce grew up in Kailua and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. When not engrossed in barbershop harmony, he is the Assistant Musical Director for the youth program Hawaii Education of the ARTS (HEARTS) and a staff member for the Windward Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club. After performing as a kid for the Honolulu Boy Choir, in SOA’s former youth barbershop group 8zero8, and at Kamehameha Schools, as an adult Bryce went on to perform in six community musical productions directed by the legendary Ron Bright, for three years with the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Chamber singers, and for 11 years in the traveling musical “Honu By the Sea,” with which he toured worldwide.