Kapolei Chorale Will Share Its Gift Of Music

Wednesday - December 08, 2010
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Kapolei Chorale soloists and Filipino Ensemble members (front, from left) Kioni Dudley, director Doris Sadako Dudley, Nellie Miller, Virgie Damaso, (middle) Pat Anderson, Danilo Ponce, Nanette Donaldson, Cristeta Ponce, (back) Lynda Kato, Rose Lyau, Virgil Hughes, Kapiolani James and Pamela Holley sing songs of the season this Saturday at Kapolei Library. Photo from Kioni Dudley.

The Kapolei Chorale, under the direction of Doris Dudley, helps ring in the Christmas cheer with a free performance of holiday favorites at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kapolei Library.

Dudley formed the community chorus in 2006, and the group currently has 25 singers ranging from teens to senior citizens. The chorale sings in four-part harmony, with Patricia Ossowski serving as accompanist.

“We sing in all languages, from English to Hawaiian, Filipino and Latin, and different genres from all ages, like contemporary, modern and Broadway,” explained Dudley, who has worked as a music teacher in West Oahu for the past 13 years.

Today, she directs her chorale’s weekly rehearsals and teaches private piano lessons - all from the comfort of her Makakilo home, which she shares with her husband Keoni.

Dudley also is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and has served as first vice president of the Hawaii Piano Teachers Association.

Next April, Dudley and the Kapolei Chorale will play host to the inaugural Leeward Music Festival in Kapolei. Though the location is yet to be determined, Dudley plans to feature at least nine talented Leeward-area student and adult music groups, as well as the Marine Corps Band.

“My mission is to have music continue to grow and prosper on the Leeward Coast and in West Oahu,” Dudley said, adding,“I want to focus on music and inspire children and adults to get involved with music.

“There are all kinds of music, from singing, to strings and band, instrumental. It’s really about heightening awareness of what is musically possible in our community.”

For more information on the Kapolei Chorale, call 672-8888.


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