E Hīmeni Kākou Collegiate Choral Festival • March 13-18, 2017


E Hīmeni Kākou, Hawai‘i’s collegiate choral festival, is sponsored by the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (HI-ACDA). The event’s mission is to:

  • expand choral opportunities and experiences for college students in Hawai‘i;
  • connect the various choral programs and faculties of Hawai‘i’s colleges and universities;
  • and expose O‘ahu audiences to the vast range of repertoire and talent within Hawai‘i’s institutes of higher education.

During each year's festival week, our clinician visits each college and university campus to meet student and faculty, and to clinic choirs. At the end of the week, a mass choir of students from all participating campuses prepare a finale porgram to close the public concert—the event also features solo performances from each campus. The event is a production of HI-ACDA and proudly celebrated 40 years in 2015.

Next Festival
The 2017 edition of E Hīmeni Kākou will be held during the week of March 13, 2017. The closing concert—free and open to the public—will be Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 7:00p in Central Union Church’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Beretania and Punahou Streets in central Honolulu.

Our 2017 clinician is Dr. Robert Istad from California State University, Fullerton, and the Pacific Chorale.

Dr. Robert Istad is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival. Under his leadership, the Long Beach Camerata Singers have performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Long Beach Opera. Istad’s innovative programming and dedication to musical excellence has propelled the Long Beach Camerata Singers reputation “as arriving in the forefront of Long Beach performing ensembles” (Jim Ruggirello, Long Beach Grunion Gazette-1/2/13). Istad is also Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton where he conducts the University Singers and Women’s Choir in addition to teaching courses in conducting, advanced interpretation and literature. He and his singers were featured at the 2013 ACDA National Conference in Dallas, Texas and the 2012 ACDA Western Division Conference in Reno, Nevada. This year, Istad’s University Singers have been invited to perform for the 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference in Charleston, SC. Istad and the CSUF University Singers have performed all over the world, including engagements at the 2012 Ottobeuren Festival of Music in Germany, the 2012 Eingen Festival of music in Germany, a performance for UNESCO in Pisa, Italy, and in the world-famous Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Istad has prepared professional choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Esa–Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as conductors Vasilly Sinaisky, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, Thomas Wilkins, John Williams, Richard Kaufman, Eric Whitacre, William Lacey, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton, Case Scaglione, Robert Moody, John Alexander, William Dehning, and David Lockington. Istad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning, John Alexander and Dr. Jon Hurty. Istad also serves as Assistant Conductor and Artistic Director designate of Pacific Chorale, and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and guest clinician throughout the nation.

Recent History
2013: Week of March 4, 2013—Dr. Kathleen FitzGibbon, clinician—Program
2014: Week of March 10, 2014—Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, clinician—Program
2015: Week of March 9, 2015—Mr. Gabriel Crouch, clinician—Program
2016: Week of February 15, 2016—Mr. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, clinician—Program
2017: Week of March 13, 2017—Dr. Robert Istad, clinician—Program

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