University Chorus

Sing beautiful choral music from all over the world. Bring a friend and de-stress with your University Chorus ʻohana. No experience necessary!

The University Chorus (MUS 114), under the direction of Justin Kaʻupu, is open to UH West Oʻahu students, faculty, staff, and community musicians including Early College high school students. The ensemble performs choral literature from the Renaissance to the present, including Hawaiian mele, and members improve vocal technique, musicianship, and listening and ensemble skills. The ability to read music is not required.

The University Chorus participates in the annual spring collegiate choral festival, E Hīmeni Kākou. Here is UH West Oʻahu’s first mass performance in 2013 with 300+ collegiate voices from Oʻahu performing Rheinbergerʻs “Abendlied”.

Thursday evening rehearsals start on August 23

Fall 2019 instruction starts on Monday, August 26 at 6:30-8:30pm in Campus Center Room C-225 and continues through December 14. Highlights of the University Chorus year include the annual Winter Concert with the University Band, University Strings and Hawaiian Ensemble, Fall and Spring Commencement ceremonies, the “E Hīmeni Kākou” spring collegiate choral festival, when more than 300 singers from campuses all over the island unite to sing for and with each other, and the annual Kapolei Choral Festival of Hawaiian choral music in April.


Take Advantage of the Benefits of Music!

  • Cognitive–– Helps your brain function better, giving you an edge in the classroom. (“…children and adults with extensive musical training show enhanced executive function when compared to non-musicians, especially for cognitive flexibility, working memory, and processing speed.”– Psychology Today, 6/25/14)
  • Career–– Helps you develop a talent that distinguishes you from the pack, and helps reinforce positive character traits sought by employers such as discipline, perseverance, teamwork, patience, self-control, problem solving, and empathy;
  • Social–– Offers opportunities to meet new people who are often interesting, and reconnect with old friends;
  • Psychological–– The weekly rehearsal/class improves your mood, decreases stress, and reduces depression and anxiety by helping express what words cannot express.

For more information, contact UHWO Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at jonmagnu at hawaii dot edu.  MUS 114 “University Chorus” is repeatable unlimited number of times, but credit is limited to twelve (12) credits. Beginning in Spring 2019, this course helps fulfill the Diversification Arts Requirements (DA) of the UHWO General Education Core Requirements.