For over 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.
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, 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, and its annual Singing Valentines event is especially popular.
The Sounds of Aloha Chorus has organized the Hawaii A Cappella Academy for high school singers and in the past also sponsored a young men’s barbershop chorus, 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 and compete 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, which as of 2022 are starting again after a long hiatus during the pandemic. 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.