Voices of Aloha is the new name for the Gleemen Plus of Honolulu which evolved out of the original group, the Gleemen of Honolulu, a men’s chorus, established in 1916.
Voices of Aloha is a non-audition, community choir of men and women, open to all who have an interest in choral singing, regardless of skill or experience. For many, Voices of Aloha is their only music experience. Great pains are taken to help novices who may have never sung in harmony, to gain some facility so that they can experience the rich benefits of making beautiful choral music.
Most of the singers are not music readers so Director Mark Yasuhara arranges many of the songs so that they are accessible to beginners and still engaging for the more experienced singers. Recordings of each part of every song are made available. A music-reading seminar is held every July.
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 9:00, September through the middle of June at the Annex of the Community of Christ Church in Makiki.
Singers are encouraged to learn their parts at home so that rehearsals can be spent putting all the parts together to actually create music. Rehearsals are challenging and productive, yet affirming and filled with joy and good-will. They are never boring.
Voices of Aloha presents many uplifting, inspiring performances throughout the year in nursing homes and retirement centers without charge or for a modest honorarium. A major public concert is given each Spring and Christmas in a large public venue with no admission charge.