The auditions were held
in the 1060 Bishop St. (LB) building Penthouse and are combined
with a rehearsal for choral members. The audition aimed to
verify vocal ranges, such as sopranos or altos for the female
parts and tenors or basses for the male parts.
HPU’s International Chorale plans several events this year,
including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York next summer.
Christmas Around the World will be held Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at St.
Andrew’s Cathedral, on the corner of Beretania and Alakai
About 50 students participated in the Chorale program this
year. They are from 10 different countries, including Sweden,
Malaysia, Saipan, Japan, and the United States. About 65 percent
of the members are female and 35 percent male. Director of Choral
Activities Susan Duprey said they are still looking for more
male vocalist this year.
The choir manager for both the International Vocal Ensemble
and the International Chorale is Scott Shaub, a public relations
major and theater minor.
Shaub, who sings bass, explained to those trying out that the
chorale audition would be simple. When he first auditioned, Duprey
played some scales on the piano
and he just repeated them, going as high and low as he could sing. “I
always get nervous when auditioning, even if I am sure that I will get a part,” he
said, but he admittd that Duprey’s audition “was very relaxed and
Soprano Kate Sarff, from Seattle, Wash., a marine biology major,
said auditioning for the group and being accepted is a great
opportunity for her. Being a member
of chorale is one of the reasons she decided to attend HPU.
Though my major is marine biology, I didn’t want to give up singing all
together, and this way I can do both,” Sarff said. She said she enjoys
singing with this talented group of diverse people.