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
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.