Nā Leo Hou  • Hawaiʻi’s All-State Choral Festival • February 15-17, 2018

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 2018 edition of Nā Leo Hou will be held from February 15-18, featuring clinician Susanna Saw. The closing concert—free and open to the public—will be 
Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 5:00pm in Central Union Church’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Beretania and Punahou Streets in central Honolulu.

Our Clinician: Susanna Saw

Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She is currently a lecturer and choir director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM), University Technology MARA (UiTM), and the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), where she conducts the MIA Ladies Chorus, which has won many Gold Medals from various international competitions. 

In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about choral education.She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching.

From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed a Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). She is the Organizing Chairperson for the 24th International Kodály Symposium 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Asia Region. 

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, 2017Dr. Karen Kennedy, clinician—Program

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