Category: Cathedral Music Blog

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.

Cathedral Music Scholars present “An Evening of Song”

Our wonderful Choral Scholars showed their talents at “An Evening of Song” on Friday, August 18, 2017. The event was a fundraiser to benefit the music department. Following are some photos from the event, all taken by Ann Hansen:

Sarah Steedman sings Misty

Phil Harrison sings Tosti

The Choir sings O Come Angel Band
Sienna Achong sings Bononcini
Phil Harrison and Jacob Prijoles perfom Hawaiian Song
John Alexander sings and plays an excerpt from his Requiem
Todd Beckham plays harpsichord while Jennifer sings
Everyone singing Da pacem domine

Iolani School Christmas Concert

iolani-chorus-ja201611Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Cathedral

The Chorus and Hokuloa Singers of Iolani School under the direction of John Alexander with pianist Joanne Watanabe and organist Kathy Crosier, will feature 108 voices from grades 5-12 in a beautiful candlelit atmosphere of reverence and Christmas joy.

Admission and parking are FREE!