Musical Director Mark Conching

As a member of the Sounds of Aloha Chorus and the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 30 years, Mark Conching is truly a dyed-in-the-wool, homegrown Hawaii barbershopper. He served as SOA’s musical director from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2010, and now since 2015. Under Mark's artistic and comedic leadership, the chorus has had an impressive run of successful performances before, during, and now after the COVID pandemic. He also has directed the Hawaii A Cappella Academy for high school- and college-aged men and women.

Mark has benefited from great musical training, both in the barbershop world and through other master classes from world-renowned conductors. His experience and knowledge have made him a sought-after coach, director, choral adjudicator, and thought partner, both within and beyond the barbershop community.

A long-time quartet singer, Mark sings baritone with the quartet 19th Avenue.

When he is not creating and leading close harmony singing, Mark is an independent marketing consultant. He was raised in the Mo'ili'ili neighborhood of Honolulu and is a graduate of Maryknoll School and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Mark and his wife Stephanie make their home in Pālolo Valley.