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Aloha from Waikiki!

The College’s Senior Ensembles have just completed their 5th day of a 10 day itinerary that has seen them appearing in the Pacific Basin Music Festival at various venues around Honolulu.

The Senior Strings, Choir, Stage Band and Wind Symphony members have been performing and connecting with students from across the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Last night the Senior Choir performed at the beautiful Central Union Church in Honolulu. Following the choir performances the audience was treated to a workshop lesson on how to sing a traditional Hawaiian song and perform the expressive and gentle Hula dance movements that accompany the lyrics.

Today the Senior Strings and Wind Symphony have performed for a very appreciative audience in the Grand Ballroom at the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki. Both groups played their chosen repertoire with musicality, confidence and poise.

Earlier in the week the Wind Symphony had an exchange rehearsal with the 80 piece band who hail from West Salem High School in Portland, Oregon. Combined the two groups formed a 120 piece band. The band members sat side by side reading off each other’s music, playing each other’s pieces. During the exchange rehearsal there was time to chat and learn about each other’s lives, and at the end the musicians exchanged gifts and mementos of the exchange..... one of the West Salem students was 'fortunate’ to be introduced to, and given a jar of Vegemite!

Last Sunday, as part of the festival’s outdoor concert series the Senior Strings and Choir performed at the Ala Moana shopping Centre. Many shoppers stopped to enjoy their music and the students received great applause and compliments for their great work.

The music students and staff are having a wonderful trip and enjoying the beautiful and very consistent 27 degree days and balmy evenings in Waikiki.
Sending our friendly and laid back Hawaiian ‘vibe' home to our school community, friends and families,

- The students and staff of the Senior Music Tour - Hawaii 2018



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