Group performs at international children's choir festival in Hawaii

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008

With the sun slowly setting over the waters of Waikiki Beach, the Alaska Youth Choir sang "Aloha Oe" with 300 voices to end a phenomenal nine days of singing and education at the Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival held in Hawaii. Prior to leaving for the festival in July, AYC choristers learned 14 assigned pieces of music, in addition to their own repertoire which they performed at an evening concert at the Turtle Bay Hilton.

Courtesy Of Heather Miller
Courtesy Of Heather Miller

AYC also had the opportunity to learn about South Pacific Cultures at the Polynesian Cultural Center by participating in workshops that included music, language, and dance taught by the peoples of the South Pacific.

Under the direction of Henry Leck, professor of music at Indiana University, the festival culminated with two combined concert of choristers from the United States, Canada and the South Pacific held at BYU-Hawaii Cannon Center and the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Part of the concerts included performances by local youth groups including Taiko drummers; Keiki hula; Chinese fan dancers and Chinese dragons.

The AYC represented Alaska well sharing music games, making new friends and performing an exceptional concert on their own. Traveling with AYC were artistic director Missouri Smyth, tour director Annette Cordle, accompanist Jacque Farnsworth, chaperones Alyson Cooper and Jene Voss, and parents Janet Sanbei, Mary Ann Swendsen and Christine Bryson. The Holt family also joined AYC later in the tour.

You can see pictures of the AYC on tour at

The AYC, a nonprofit organization offering advanced choral opportunities for Juneau Youth ages 6 to 18 years old, would like to sincerely thank the community of Juneau for their generous and loving support.

AYC also is recruiting for new members, particularly boys. Call 790-3310 for more information.

Missouri Smyth

Artistic director, Alaska Youth Choir


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