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Talking Turkey

At our Wednesday rehearsal before the Thanksgiving holiday, we took time to express our gratitude for the gift of song . . . and have a little turkey-themed fun while we were at it. See below for photos of Na Leo Lani members strutting our stuff for turkey-style warm-ups and putting the “dressing” in dressing up for Thanksgiving.

(Photos courtesy of Chris W. & Suzanne N. — thank you!)

We really put our necks out for our physical warm-ups!
No one in this group is afraid to look like a turkey.

In the spirit!

Guests and members (some dressed up in honor of “National Fast Food Day”)

Our rehearsal last night was graced by the presence of five ! guests, including two visiting Sweet Adelines from Australia — Marg Cox and Justine Cox, both of Southern Cross Region 34 Headliners Chorus in New South Wales. We had a grand time and lots of laughs, including some crazy costumes in honor of Fast Food Day (who knew?!) and an audition by quartet Loco Moco.

Rehearsing Silent Night in Japanese
Loco Moco auditioned to make official our new lead, Coralyn!

Guests are the best!

Tonight’s rehearsal was extra special thanks to the presence of visitors Sandy and Ruthanne from Heart of Michigan Chorus, SAI Region 2. They took time out of their vacation to join us for a full night of song — and they enriched our bari and tenor sections in the process!

Also returning were old hands, SWUFTH participants, and repeat visitors Yoko, Lissi, Allison, and Pamela. Thank you for joining us, ladies! Can’t wait to see you next week.

Ruthanne and Sandy, all the way from Heart of Michigan Chorus in Breckenridge, MI
Sporting a fitness theme at tonight’s rehearsal

More Krazy Kwartet fun!

See below for more clips of our high-spirited members hamming it up for Halloween 2022.

The Leads relish turkey (and ham!) with “How We Ate Today”
Pure Nerves invite you to “Take My Hand” — or a bloody glove?
The Vamps (aka tenors) take a stand for dental hygiene with “Please Don’t Give Our Kiddies No More Sweets!”

Krazy Kwartets for Halloween

At our October 26 rehearsal, we celebrated Halloween a few days early with a Krazy Kwartet night filled with musical hijinks and silly costumes. See highlights from the comic lineup below.

Three-quarters of Friends quartet perform “Something in the Way She Moos”
Loco Moco hams it up with “Mr. Pumpkin”
Four basses sing “All I Have to Do (Is Be a Queen)!”

Back on line but having a good time

Thanks to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, we went back on line in January and will continue holding online rehearsals on Zoom on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. through February 9.

Please contact naleolanichorus [at] gmail.com for Zoom link:

  • When we do return in person (hopefully from February 17 onward!), our rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In keeping with state public health guidelines, we require all attendees of our in-person rehearsals to show a one-time proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and sing masked (a singer’s mask, N-95, or KN-95 mask is preferred if you have one). Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure that all of our members, young and old, can sing together in the safest feasible conditions.

Until then, we are having a good time online. In addition to working on the songs that we will be singing for our SAI International contest recording in May, we enjoy lots of laughs competing with each other for the best interpretation of our weekly themes. This week’s theme was “what’s your Chinese Zodiac animal?”

We look forward to welcoming visitors and prospective members again, so please email us at naleolanichorus@gmail.com if you would like to join us. 

Sheep, monkeys, rabbits, tigers, horses, and more!

Christmas cheer

At our last rehearsal before our holiday break, the chorus enjoyed an impromptu performance by the Friends quartet. The pandemic has made it hard for Friends to get together over the past couple of years, so they had a great time hamming it up with “Let It Snow.” (Excerpt below.) Afterwards, the chorus did a few lightning rounds of Christmas favorites, from “Veni Veni” to “Ovah Da Pali.” Warmest wishes to all for a safe and healthy holiday season. We look forward to resuming rehearsals in January.

Friends quartet: Vera, JoAnne, Rosie, and Carole
Decking the halls, or at least our heads, with holiday finery.

Rehearsing “in the mask”

After twenty months on Zoom, the ladies of Na Leo Lani are thrilled to be back together live and in person! Rehearsing with masks on wasn’t so hard for us to get used to — after all, as any fan of Darlene Rogers’s “Sing, Baby, Sing” warm-ups knows, singers are supposed to “stay in the mask”!

Here’s what singing “in the mask” looks like from warm-ups to sectionals, plus one group photo with our actual smiling faces. 🙂

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Harmonizing again

Na Leo Lani has begun rehearsing in person again! For the past several weeks, our singers have been gathering for special weekend rehearsals on the front lanai of Director Christine Wee’s house in preparation for a live recording in support of the Hawai’i Theatre. The recording will be part of a benefit concert organized by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, and will feature SOA, multiple quartet performances, and a special guest performance by Na Leo Lani. Stay tuned for details about when the benefit concert will be aired and how to watch.

In the meantime, here’s what live rehearsals look like in November in Hawai’i — masked up and in the open air:

Masked but marvelous — baris and basses hard at work.
Leads and basses, mostly off-paper!

Our last rehearsal before lockdown

This video from our chorus rehearsal on February 19, 2020 was just supposed to help us gauge our progress on “If I Give My Heart To You,” a song we were intending to sing in competition. Now it is rare footage. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to sing together in person since March 2020. Instead, we have adapted and carried on by gathering on Zoom every week for our Tuesday night rehearsals. Despite the difficulties that Zoom poses to harmonizing, our virtual get-togethers make sure we keep learning new tunes, practice old ones, and keep our voices in good shape! Most important of all, we are staying connected. Come join us!