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. Mark served as SOA’s musical director from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2010, returning most recently to direct in May of 2015. Under his leadership, the chorus has had an impressive run of successful performances recently, including its return to competition for the first time in a decade. He also has directed the Hawaii Honors A Cappella Academy for high school- and college-aged men on Oahu.
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, and choral adjudicator, both within and beyond the barbershop community.
A long-time quartet singer, Mark currently sings baritone with the quartet 19th Avenue.
When he’s not creating and leading close harmony, Mark is an independent marketing consultant. He was raised in the Moiliili neighborhood of Honolulu and is a graduate of Maryknoll School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mark and his wife Stephanie make their home in Palolo.