Honolulu Symphony Chorus

The Honolulu Symphony Chorus was organized in 1978 by the Honolulu Symphony to provide the Symphony with a chorus of the size and caliber needed to perform major choral works with the orchestra. In 1995, the Chorus reorganized as the Oʻahu Chora Society (OCS), and remains an independent, non‐profit corporation.

About the Choristers

Our singers (listed here) are representative of the Honolulu community. They come from many professions and several of Hawaiʻi's ethnic groups, and are united by their talent and love for choral singing. Membership is open to experienced singers from high school age through senior citizens, and requires passing an audition and paying membership dues.

Honolulu Symphony Chorus in concert, photo

Selected Performances

The Chorus has performed such choral masterworks as Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast," Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky," Haydn's "Creation," Handel's "Messiah," and requiems by Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Fauré, and Duruflé. They have performed under conductors Timoth Carney, Sergiu Commissiona, Katsuhisa Hattori, Skitch Henderson, Donald Johanos, Karen Kennedy, Nola Nāhulu, Aaron Mahi, Eiji Oe, Scott Speck, Samuel Wong, Sir David Willcocks and renowned choral conductors Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Page, and Robert Shaw.

Our 2011/2012 season featured a commemorative performance of Mozart’s Requiem (Levin completion), with orchestra, for two performances at St. Andrew’s Cathedral September 10 and 11. We received special commendation from state and civic leaders, and Governor Abercrombie attended the 9/11 performance. We further commemorated the 9/11 attacks by joining in a community concert at Kawaiahao Church. In November, we observed Veterans’ Day with a performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass, with orchestra, at St. Andrews. Our Christmas Concert featured Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and a companion piece, Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies. Our Spring concert on April 27 included Liszt’s Missa Choralis and a unique compilation of Mass texts from contemporary American composers including Leonard Bernstein, Karl Jenkins, and others, at St. Andrew's Cathedral.