Hawai'i's premier youth chorus, the HAWAI'I YOUTH OPERA CHORUS, (formerly the Honolulu Children's Opera Chorus) is the oldest and largest youth chorus in Hawai'i. Since 1961, HYOC has provided singers for all Hawaii Opera Theater productions requiring the participation of children. Their outstanding performances under its current artistic director, Nola A. Nahulu, since 1986 has been of such highcaliber that HYOC has been invited to perform nationally, internationally and throughout the State of Hawai'i.
Originally, HYOC existed only to provide children performers for opera roles. HYOC has since developed its own mission with music education in the forefront while keeping its involvement with opera. It is the mission of HYOC to: build a firm foundation of excellence in choral performance; to educate, nurture and guide Hawaii's youth to establish a life-long appreciation of performing arts in Hawai‘i's youth; and provide leadership in music education in Hawai‘i. Today, there are over 175 members ranging in age from 5 - 18. The nine vocal ensembles serve Hawai'i's children from 45 public schools and 25 private schools. Today our members represent the communities of O'ahu from ‘Ewa to Hawai'i Kai and the Windward side of the island. Its musical repertoire encompasses Traditional Western European, Sacred, Secular, traditional Hawaiian, as well as other ethnic choral literature representative of the diverse cultures found in Hawai'i. HYOC also serves an average of 1500 students annually through its various festivals, elementary school project and tours.
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