We were selected from a wide range of choirs, so we are very
lucky,” said Interim Conductor Kala‘i Stern. The
group prepared eight pieces to perform at the event, including
Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
I feel more than privileged to have been a part of this celebration,” said
ensemble member Chanel Shiraishi, an international relations
major. “I will never forget the sound and emotions that
resonated through the cathedral on the day of our performance,” she
We have been so excited to share our music and our hard work,” added
ensemble member Angel Husher, a biology major.
The students, along with faculty and staff chaperones, were treated
to guided tours of historic Salzburg. They visited Mirabel Palace
and Gardens, Mozart Square, the Dom Cathedral, University Church,
the Mozarthaus (Mozart’s birthplace), the Leopoldskron
and Hellbrunn castles made famous in The Sound of Music and took
a cable car ride up to the Fortress.
While in Vienna—considered the music capital of the world—the
HPU ensemble toured the Ringstrasse, Kärnerstrasse, the
State Opera, Rathaus, Stadtpark, Schönbrunn Palace, and
St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
In addition to the performances and tours of the historic cities,
the ensemble attended and performed at an HPU alumni reunion
held in Vienna.