Nā Leo Hou  • Hawaiʻi’s All-State Choral Festival • February 13-15, 2020

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.

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Next Festival
The 2020 edition of Nā Leo Hou will be held from February 13-15, 2020, featuring guest clinician Dr. Andrea Ramsey. The closing concert—free and open to the public—will be 
Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 5:00pm in Central Union Church’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Beretania and Punahou Streets in central Honolulu.

Our Clinician: Dr. Andrea Ramsey

Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children's voices to high school and collegiate voices. She enjoys regular opportunities to conduct all-state and divisional level honor choirs, festival events at Carnegie Hall, and serves as a principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women's Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions in music education and conducting at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, respectively.

An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea believes strongly in the creation of new works. Her compositions are available with traditional publishers and also through MusicSpoke, a digital sheetmusic marketplace. She enjoys residency collaborations with ensembles and festival choirs, some of which have included: the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.

As a scholar, she has presented for state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the 6th Annual Symposium on Sociology in Music Education, as well as The Phenomenon Singing Symposium in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. She has co-authored articles published in the Choral Journal, as well as the Journal of Research in Music Education. A native of Arkansas, she has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity, and rich opportunities for self-discovery.

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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