Mission of Windward Choral Society
“For the Joy of Music”
The primary purpose and mission of the Windward Choral Society is to promote the joy, love, appreciation and value of multi-cultural choral music within the Windward O‘ahu community through a non-auditioned community-based chorus made up of mixed voices (SATB) from high school ages and up who are residents throughout the Island of O‘ahu.
WCS seeks to achieve this mission by serving the Windward O‘ahu community through the performing arts, engaging in community outreach and service, and pursuing musical excellence among the non-auditioned community-based choral membership. The vision of WCS is to have a fun, dynamic and inclusive choral community in Windward O‘ahu that is bonded through the universal language of music. The organization was founded in September 2008.
As part of our efforts to support our community, our singers have not only offered free spring and fall concerts on the windward side, but are also proud to have collaborated with several other organizations, such as;
- Kona Choral Society,
- with joint concert tours to Europe and Hawaiian Islands (and a Japan tour planned for June, 2016)
- Yale University Glee Club
- Lehigh University Choir
- Japan’s Chorus Without Borders
- with an orchestral concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, “Ode to Joy”
- University Chorus from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
- Pacific Aires Chorus, San Diego
- Honolulu Chorale
- First Chinese Church
- Annual O‘ahu Community Chorus Festival
- Pohai Nani Retirement Community
- Marine Forces Pacific Band, Kāne‘ohe Bay
- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Hale Koa Lu‘au Gardens concert
- First Church of Christ, Scientist’s Centennial Celebration
- American Cancer Society Relay For Life
- Bank of Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival
- Forth of July patriotic concert in Kailua, O‘ahu
Concerts are comprised of music from many genres, including African, Asian, Latin American, Polynesian, American Folk, Black Gospel, Spirituals, as well as master choral works from Europe and America.
The challenging repertoire includes music in many different languages: African languages including Bemba, Swahili, and Zulu; Hawaiian; Hebrew; Korean; Ladino; Latin; Mandarin; Norwegian; Serbian; Spanish; Samoan; Swedish, a Taiwanese Mountain People dialect; Ukrainian; and various dialects of English.