Nā Leo Hou  • Hawai’i’s All-State Choral Festival • February 16-18, 2017


Logo Design: Eileen Rocco, Mililani HS ‘16

About
Nā Leo Hou: Hawai‘i All-State Choral Festival, is cosponsored by the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (HI-ACDA) and the Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus (HYOC). The event’s mission is to:

  • provide local high school singers with a high quality choral experience with a nationally renowned clinician;
  • create a venue for adjudicated individual school choir and mass ensemble performances;
  • foster collaboration, socialization, and cooperation between singers


Singers spend two and a half days in rehearsal and communion with an outstanding clinician that culminates in a free public concert.  Singers also learn a hula, complete an adjudicated sightreading experience, and have the option of performing as an individual school choir for adjudication. For a sample of the sightreading and performance adjudication sheets, please click here.

Contact: naleohou@hawaiiacda.org

Next Festival
The 2017 edition of Nā Leo Hou will be held from February 16-18. The closing concert—free and open to the public—will be 
Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 5:00pm in Central Union Church’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Beretania and Punahou Streets in central Honolulu.

Our 2017 clinician is Dr. Karen Kennedy from The University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Dr. Karen Kennedy is associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida.  She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony, director of choral activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and director of choral activities at Towson University. She earned a D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University, a M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University and a B.M. in Music Education from DePauw University. Dr. Kennedy regularly conducts choral festivals featuring major works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Rutter’s Gloria, to name a few.  She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the University of Hawai`i Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Arizona State University’s Manzanita “Top Prof” Award and Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award. Dr. Kennedy is well known as a choral clinician and adjudicator for all-state and festival honor choirs. She has presented workshops at ACDA and MENC conventions and served as the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair and as a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Recent History
2014: January 17-18, 2014 (as Ho‘olokahi)—Dr. Ron Kean, clinician—
Program
2015: February 13-14, 2015 (as Ho‘olokahi)—Dr. Cristian Grases, clinician—Program
2016: February 11-13, 2016—Mr. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, clinician—Program
2017: February 16-18, 2017—Dr. Karen Kennedy, clinician—Program

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