Category: Cathedral Music Blog

Music Events: Easter Season 2019

The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Todd Beckham, has scheduled the following special music events for the balance of Lent and the Easter Season: April 7, 10:30 am Eucharist: the HPU International vocal ensembleContinue reading

Evensong Honoring Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor and Ecumenist

St. Tikhon (Тихон Московский) was a Patriarch of Russia, Confessor, and Ecumenist. A Russian Orthodox Priest, he was assigned to work in America in 1898. He participated in many ecumenical events with other denominations, particularly the Episcopal Church. He was held in such esteem that he was made an honorary citizen of the United States. Tikhon later established warm relations with the Diocese of California. He returned to Russia in 1907, and died there in 1925.

The Cathedral will celebrate this little-known saint with a Choral Evensong on April 7 at 5:30 pm, with the Cathedral Choir and Choral Scholars.

2019 Schedule of Ali‘i Sundays and Evensongs released

The Cathedral has released its schedule of Ali‘i Sunday services and Evensongs.

The Ali‘i Sundays honor members of the royal family of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, with particular emphasis on King Kamehamena IV and Queen Emma, as they were the founders of this Cathedral. They donated the land on which it stands, and Queen Emma personally supervised the building of the Cathedral edifice. On each of the Ali‘i Sundays the Hawaiian Royal Societies and other ahahui (Hawaiian clubs) join us for the 8:00 am Hawaiian service, and the front pews are reserved for them. A special reception follows. Their processions in and out add an extra note of pageantry to the Hawaiian service.

Choral Evensong remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani, who died Nov. 11, 1917

This Choral Evensong, November 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Cathedral, commemorates the death of our beloved Queen Lili’uokalani, Nov. 11, 1917. It will feature the Cathedral Choir with special guests, the Nā Wai Chamber Choir, with music by Queen Lili’uokalani, the Hawaiian setting for Evensong by John McCreary, and an anthem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Established in 2009, Nā Wai is a women’s vocal ensemble that celebrates the works of women, preserves and propagates Native Hawaiian music, and champions repertoire for treble voices. Their singers are an incredible group of women who gather together to empower, inspire, and thrive through the highest level of artistry. Hear some music from their recent album!

Choral Evensong for St. Mary the Virgin

The Cathedral celebrated the liturgical Feast of St. Mary the Virgin (August 15) on Sunday, August 19, with a special Choral Evensong starting at 5:30 pm. This lovely service featured the Cathedral’s Men’s Schola, ToddContinue reading

Policy for Use of the Cathedral Organ

The Cathedral Organ is an instrument of huge value both historically and financially. For the protection of the organ, its usage has to be strictly controlled. The Director of Music has the ultimate jurisdiction onContinue reading

John Starr Alexander’s Requiem to be featured by Windward Choral Society

Windward Choral Society presents its 10th annual spring concert, featuring local composer (and Cathedral Choral Scholar) John Starr Alexander’s Requiem. The concert takes place at St. John Vianney Parish in Kailua on Sunday, May 6, 4:00-5:15pm. The concert features the 100-voices of Windward Choral Society, WCS conductor and founder Susan McCreary Duprey, accompanist Tommy Yee, and a small orchestra of local musicians. Admission and parking is free, but there will be a calabash offering. For more information, see the Windward Choral Society’s web site.

John has provided the following comments on his Requiem, which will be of interest to many of you:

John McCreary

Susie McCreary Duprey, Founder and Director of the Windward Choral Society, has chosen my Requiem as the centerpiece of her spring concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the passing of her father, Canon John McCreary, choirmaster-organist at St. Andrew’s Cathedral for 35 years. Although John McCreary was a very prolific composer (we sing his Hawaiian Mass and his arrangement of the Queen’s Prayer every Sunday at St. Andrew’s Cathedral), Susie still finds it too difficult to program her father’s music.