E Hīmeni Kākou Collegiate Choral Festival • March 14-17, 2018


E Hīmeni Kākou, Hawai‘i’s collegiate choral festival, is sponsored by the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association (HI-ACDA). The event’s mission is to:

  • expand choral opportunities and experiences for college students in Hawai‘i;
  • connect the various choral programs and faculties of Hawai‘i’s colleges and universities;
  • and expose O‘ahu audiences to the vast range of repertoire and talent within Hawai‘i’s institutes of higher education.

During each year's festival week, our clinician visits each college and university campus to meet student and faculty, and to clinic choirs. At the end of the week, a mass choir of students from all participating campuses prepare a finale porgram to close the public concert—the event also features solo performances from each campus. The event is a production of HI-ACDA and proudly celebrated 40 years in 2015.

Next Festival
The 2018 edition of E Hīmeni Kākou will be held during the week of March 12, 2018. The closing concert—free and open to the public—will be Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 5:30p in Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Our 2017 clinician is Dr. Jeb Mueller from The University of Houston Moore School of Music.

Jeb Mueller is Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Houston Moores School of Music where he conducts ManChoir, ManCorps and Concert Women's Chorus; prepares opera choruses; and teaches choral music education courses. In addition to his teaching duties, Mueller is an active clinician, adjudicator and conference presenter throughout the United States. 

Mueller taught high school choral music in the Houston area for six years. His choirs consistently earned superior ratings at contests and twice won state and national festivals. He received recognition for teaching success on multiple occasions, including a selection as a state semifinalist for HEB's Excellence in Education awards. 

Mueller has also served as a church musician. He created the Camerata Concert Series at Austin's First English Lutheran Church, conducted the University of Miami Chapel Choir, and worked as the Assistant Conductor for Houston's Central Presbyterian Church. 

Dr. Mueller holds degrees from the University of Miami, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University. He has studied with Joshua Habermann, James Morrow, Karen Kennedy, Kenneth Davis, Donald Oglesby and Suzanne Pence. His training also includes master classes and/or lessons with such choral luminaries as Joseph Flummerfelt, Craig Hella Johnson, Ragnar Bohlin, Robert Porco, Vance George, Patrick Dupre Quigley and Weston Noble. 

Mueller is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the National Association for Music Education.

Recent History

2013: Week of March 4, 2013—Dr. Kathleen FitzGibbon, clinician—Program
2014: Week of March 10, 2014—Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, clinician—Program
2015: Week of March 9, 2015—Mr. Gabriel Crouch, clinician—Program
2016: Week of February 15, 2016—Mr. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, clinician—Program
2017: Week of March 13, 2017—Dr. Robert Istad, clinician—Program

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