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by Franziska Roessy, student writer


The HPU International Vocal Ensemble rang in the holidays with the annual Winter Concert held Nov. 30 at the Central Union Church. The 6 p.m. performance combined the HPU Chamber Orchestra, The Marine Forces Pacific Band under the direction of Warrant Officer Bryan Sherlock, and Sacred Hearts Academy Choir under the direction of Mia Evaimalo. The Church was packed with students, parents of the performers, and others who just wanted to come and enjoy the performance.

The ensemble previewed several songs they expect to sing on their upcoming China trip. Featured soloists included juniors Chloe Rivas and Jocelyn Gonzales.

Director of Choral Music Susan Duprey said she was thrilled by the performance. “I thought the students did a wonderful job, and we had a terrific turnout,” Duprey added.

Senior Julian Hilario, Jr., who has just completed his first semester with the ensemble, said he thought “the concert went well. All of us did a very good job.”

Hilario added that the ensemble will leave for China May 29. The return date, he said, is tentative, but to raise funds for the trip, the group has held carwashes, extra performances such as the Moonlit Serenade Benefit Concert, and done recycling and Christmas caroling.

The HPU Chamber Orchestra performed after the Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Director of Instrumental Music Dr. Teresa McCreary. The orchestra performed several arrangements including the English Capriol Suite, the Italian Concerto Grosso La Follia, and the American carole Let it Snow.

“ I am always amazed by the amount of support HPU gives through attendance at our concerts,” said McCreary. “I felt a genuine sense of gratitude and appreciation from the audience.

“ Choral Manager Nick Walters and Orchestra Manager Renee Stewart went above and beyond to keep everyone organized and on task. All the performers carried off a delightful evening of great music and music making,” McCreary added.

Featured soloists were Mia Allen and Tara Schwartz on the violin, Paul Judd on the viola, Lindsay Crosby on the cello, and HPU associate Professor of English Dr. Phyllis Frus on the organ.
The orchestra concluded with “And the Glory” from George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, sung by the ensemble.


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