The HPU Chamber Orchestra, Chorale, and International
Vocal Ensemble brought HPU’s cultural diversity to life,
and reinforced the theme of its annual Intercultural Day, with
an inspiring performance of their own theme, Cultural Crossroads,
April 18 at the Central Union Church. Under the direction of
Dr. Teresa McCreary and Kala‘i Stern, their performances
were a celebration of international music as the groups continue
to ready themselves for their first trip to China in June.
The International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble began the evening
with a piece from East Africa entitled “O Sifuni Mungu” and
continued with music from Hawai‘i and all around the world.
The International Vocal Ensemble, whose members include both
undergraduate and graduate students as well as members of the
Honolulu community, makes up the vocal core of HPU’s International
The Chamber Orchestra under Dr. Teresa McCreary, director of
Instrumental Music Programs at HPU, performed arrangements such
as “Hoedown,” a piece from Rodeo composed by Aaron
Copland. An arrangement from Germany, Suite in A Minor, featured
flute soloist Franziska Roessy as well as violin and viola.
This is the chamber orchestra’s second year in existence
and since its inception in 2006 it has doubled in size. Adding
flute, violin, viola, cello, and double bass players with musicians
comprised of HPU students and members of the Honolulu community.
The concerts were free, with HPU’s orchestra and vocal
ensemble accepting donations for their trip to China in June.
For more inquiries about how to contribute, e-mail Kala‘i
Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Student Affairs