A typical caroling rehearsal. We can always find a good reason to wear caroling attire.

A typical caroling rehearsal. We can always find a good reason to wear caroling attire.

HOW WE BEGAN

Karol’s Karolers was formed in October of 2012 by the three Polish brothers: Karol Nowicki, Michał Nowicki, and David Del Rocco. 

In the beginning, the goal of our group was to spread Holiday cheer around the island of Oʻahu (while eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate, of course!). Living in a multicultural place and with a diverse group of strong singers, we wanted to present an unique program of Holiday music from around the world.

Our first concert in December of 2012 was met with great enthusiasm from the community and gave us the courage to say “let's do this again!

 
The Karolers in front of the Hilo Public Library after one of the performances on their Big Island tour in the summer of 2017.

The Karolers in front of the Hilo Public Library after one of the performances on their Big Island tour in the summer of 2017.

MUSIC BEYOND CHRISTMAS

After a couple seasons we decided to put together a non-holiday program. In 2015, we really stretched our schedules and produced our first spring and summer concerts, which became a new tradition that continued since.

In summer of 2017 we were thrilled to organize our first tour on Big Island – an exciting new step for us!  The tour was a memorable experience for our group and our thanks go out to the many friends who made it possible. 

With another Christmas season right around the corner, we look forward to our next musical journey and hope to share it – and many more – with you. 

 
The Karolers performed across Europe in June and July 2018. In this picture, part of the group is ready to sing at La Madeleine in Paris.

The Karolers performed across Europe in June and July 2018. In this picture, part of the group is ready to sing at La Madeleine in Paris.

GOING INTERNATIONAL

Another Christmas and Spring season behind us, many of the Karolers decided to embark on another journey – this time to Europe! Several of us visited many countries: England, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Iceland. For many of us, it was a trip and education of a lifetime.

In Austria and Czech Republic, we joined the Chaminade Masterworks Choir, directed by Timothy Carney. We thank Tim for creating the opportunity to sing in many amazing and historic venues.

We would like to make these kind of music tours common place for aspiring professional singers in Hawai’i and open more opportunities for musical travel and collaboration.

 
Taylor rushes into position as a timer goes off on the camera. Ross is not paying attention; Michał is not sure where the camera is.

Taylor rushes into position as a timer goes off on the camera. Ross is not paying attention; Michał is not sure where the camera is.

WHAT'S NEXT? 

We have reflected on our own musical journeys and would like to support the growth of young professional choral singers who are seeking a fast-paced, challenging, and positive environment in Hawai’i.  

We know it is impossible to do everything at once – especially on a shoe-string budget.  We are assembling paperwork to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and bring our efforts to support choral singers to a new level.