THE KAROLERS!

WINTER 2019

Brittani Alexander
Brittani is from Phoenix, Arizona where she was very active in the music community. Born to two music professionals, Brittani was involved in something musical from a very young age. She participated in local church choirs, as well as the choral programs at Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Spanish and English composition, Brittani sang with Valley Women's Ensemble in Phoenix for two seasons. In 2014, Brittani moved to Berkeley, California, to earn a Masters of Divinity at The Graduate Theological Union.

In August 2017, Brittani moved again–this time to Honolulu, Hawaiʻi–and was invited to join Karol's Karolers later that fall. She also sings with the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and the HPU Chorale. When she is not singing, Brittani works as a Pulpit Supply Preacher and Chaplain.
Meet Brittani

Brittani Alexander

Treble Maker

Brittani enjoys the simple things life has to offer, like holding a high b-flat for sixteen measures.

Mike Dupre
Bio coming soon.
Meet Mike

Mike Dupre

Baritenor

Mike's voice transforms one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

Scott Fikse
Scott is in his third season with the Karolers, joining in 2015 after relocating from Seattle. A singer with a great love of a cappella music, Scott has entertained audiences throughout the US and Canada and also at sea as a singer aboard several Celebrity ships. Equally at home in the concert hall or church, his interest in classical choral singing runs deep.

Scott serves as the Director of Music & Liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, though he has made guest performing and conducting appearances with numerous organizations including Hawai'i Vocal Arts Ensemble, Na Leo Lani, Hawai'i Pacific University, Early Music Hawai'i, and the Shomyo Ensemble.

When he's not singing or waving his arms around in the air, Scott can be found working in the garden, sampling fine whiskey, or hosting a German sparkle party.
Meet Scott

Scott Fikse

Bass IV

Scott spent his childhood killing crabs and studying voice with Russian octavists.

Clifford Hunter
A medical curiosity, Cliff emerged from the womb with white hair and cheery disposition while cooing the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Although today he has more degrees than a protractor, he is perhaps most famous for inventing the pronunciation of Worcestershire Sauce as toddler, forever changing our steak dinner experience. At the age of sixteen, after winning the European Bullfighting Festival championship, Clifford traveled from Madrid to Paris to pursue his childhood passion: fashion design.

As an adrenaline enthusiast and aficionado of all things punny, Cliff is a world-class rock climber and conquerer of Mt. Everest. Not one to shy from any challenge, he holds the Guinness-certified record for most hot dogs ingested in a 12000 foot skydive. He has also displayed his physical strength and unmitigated romantic side by becoming the Wife-Carrying Champion of Nimrod, MN, thrice–although he has not beenr awarded the medal due an ongoing technical dispute about whose wives are eligible for carriage.

Today, Clifford spends most of his free time practicing the accordion and listening to Nickleback. His more expensive time is reserved for other bands.
Meet Clifford

Clifford Hunter

Irish Tenor

Cliff speaks with a James Bond accent and drives a dangerous Tesla.  

Lena Ann Keanu-Reichel
Lena Ann Keanu-Reichel was born in Honolulu Hawai’i. The granddaughter of Marilyn Sullivan, a music teacher and pianist, Lena was constantly exposed to music as a child. She performed with The Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club at the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles, California in 2005.

After graduating from Kamehameha Schools in 2005, Lena went on to study voice at The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2010. Lena received her Master of Divinity in 2015. Lena is a core vocalist with The Nā Wai Chamber Choir, a treble ensemble dedicated to preserving, propagating, and innovating Hawaiian Choral music and celebrating treble voices; her voice can be heard on their debut album, Eō E Lili’uokalani.

Recently, Lena has toured Austria and Prague with The Hawai‘i Vocal Arts Ensemble in the summer of 2018. She has been enjoying singing and imbibing with the Karolers since the spring of 2017.

Lena is a clinically trained Chaplain who works with Pacific Health Ministry.
Meet Lena Ann

Lena Ann Keanu-Reichel

🍷🍷🍷

Fun fact: Lena's married name takes up almost as much space as her hair.  

Mitchell Moriwaki
Mitchell comes from the island of Oahu, and, apart from attending a mainland university, has lived here his entire life. He dabbled with the piano and violin before discovering choral singing at UC Davis where he sang under Albert McNeil and Paul Hillier.

After receiving his librarian degree from the University of Hawaii, he now works as a Youth Services librarian at the Ewa Beach Public and School Library.

Although technically a baritone, he has been known to sing low bass and second tenor (under duress). So far he has avoided singing the alto part.

He has had the honor of singing with many choirs, including the Symphony Chorus, the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Honolulu Chorale, and the church choirs of St. Mark’s, St. Andrew’s, and now the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. He has been with Karol’s Karolers since the beginning.
Meet Mitchell

Mitchell Moriwaki

Baritone

Some suggest Mitch works for the CIA. They couldn't be reached for comment.

Melinda Korte
Melinda is a new member of the Hawai’i community, having just moved to Oahu in June of 2018.

With a love for music and it’s power within the human experience, Melinda decided to pursue a career in music therapy; a profession that utilizes the healing potential of music for people across the lifespan with various clinical needs. She specializes in using music to facilitate healing with differently-abled individuals, geriatric/hospice patients, and mental health needs, such as substance use disorders.

Melinda received her BM from Marywood University (2013) and MS from Radford University (2018). As a part of large choirs, female a cappella, and chamber groups, she has performed all over the country. Melinda is thrilled to be with the Karolers for the 2019 season as well as her first choral experience in Hawai’i!
Meet Melinda

Melinda Korte

Mezzanine Singer

Melinda's favorite emoji are music notes and a glass of wine.

Yuko Nakagawa
Bio coming soon.
Meet Yuko

Yuko Nakagawa

ソプラノ

Yuko has many secrets.

Calista Ngati Au
Calista was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. She began to sing and perform in community choirs and theater productions at the age of 10. She performed in every choir her high school offered, under the direction of 4 time international Sweet Adeline champion conductor, Lori Lyford.

It was at Brigham Young University-Hawaii that Calista was introduced to and fell in love with classic music. She graduated with a BA in vocal performance in June. Calista currently sings with the Oahu Choral Society, in both the Symphonic and Chamber choirs.
Meet Calista

Calista Ngati Au

Contralto

Calista is a professional sleigh racer.
She sleighs at it.

Karol Nowicki
Karol moved to O'ahu in January 2012 after receiving his music degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Soon after his arrival he began singing under John Renke with the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir where he felt he completed his practical training as a musician. The experience had been formative, and it inspired Karol to always uphold the value of good craftsmanship.

Karol and Michał sang in a caroling ensemble organized by their voice teachers when they were in high school, and have been eager to recreate an environment of joy and camaraderie they experienced back then. They founded the Karolers in the fall of 2012 and have been spreading the christmas cheer ever since.

When he is not singing, Karol enjoys teaching singing to others, pretending to play the piano, and writing music. He also likes running, hiking, silly dancing, and blogging about his daily ponderings.
Meet Karol

Karol Nowicki

Beeritone

Karol enjoys salsa without chips, a world without emails, and bike paths with no gravel.

Michał Nowicki
Michał is one of the founders of Karol's Karolers, currently in its 8th season. Although he was technically a French major in college, Michał dabbled in theater and voice whenever he could – his shower concerts have traumatized many a housemate over the years.

For the last decade, Michał has managed to lead a double life working as a public school teacher and union activist during the day while devoting his evenings to rehearsals, musical, theater, and opera productions in Honolulu. He has sung with several choral ensembles, toured with Timothy Carney's Masterworks Chorus, and performed at private events (most frequently portraying Kristoff from Disney's Frozen.)

Today, Michał is a member of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu choir and sings with the HPU Chorale. Although he is no longer in the classroom, his heart is still in education. He is currently writing a book about teaching and public schools.
Meet Michał

Michał Nowicki

Barthusiast

Michał spends his days fighting pixels and his nights writing bios for his friends.

Bowe Souza
Bowe joined the Karolers during the Fall 2017 season. He graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a BA in Music and minor in Hawaiian Language. His love of choral music stemmed from his participation in the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club, and has been a member of groups such as the U.H. Chamber Singers, U.H. Voices of Aloha, LCC Kanikapila Singers, the Early Music Hawaii choir, and Nā Hulu Pīkake.

Bowe has a passion for Hawaiian choral music and has lent his skill of choral arrangements to the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, St. Andrew's Schools - The Priory, Nā Wai Chamber Choir (formally Colla Voce), Nā Hulu Pīkake, and Molokaʻi High School. He teaches at St. Andrew's Schools - The Priory as the Upper School Choir Teacher, works at Kamehameha Schools as the Evening Program Coordinator for the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center, and teaches as a music assistant for the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Special Events.

During his free time, he enjoys reading, video games, baking, and spending time with friends.
Meet Bowe

Bowe Souza

Altenor

Bowe's favorite brand of everything is Pro Shade.

Colby Walls
Originally from Illinois, Colby Walls comes to Hawaii by way of Alaska. Growing up in a large musical family meant get togethers often included impromptu performances of barbershop tags, local favorites and hymns. Singing with family instilled a life-long love of music and choral singing.

After moving to Alaska, Colby joined the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the UAA University Singers, and the UAA Jazz Ensemble. Colby continued to pursue her love of music after arriving in Hawaii in 2002, singing with church choirs and joining Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble.

The beauty of Hawaii continues to motivate Colby and is reflected in her hobbies that include photography, hiking and watersports. As a wife and mother, Colby spends as much time as possible with her family, including their beloved dog, Kira.
Meet Colby

Colby Walls

Soprune

Colby vegan singing when she was just a sprout. She's always bean grape at keeping the beet.

 
 
Jolene Nowicki
Jolene has taken a lot of pictures for the Karolers over the years! Most recently, Karol and Michał were able to twist her arm to shoot all of the headshots you see on this page–we could not have wished for a better sister-in-law!

Jolene's company, Jolene Kaneshige Photography, specializes in surprise engagement photo packages. Jolene also does corporate headshots, wedding, and real estate photography. Please support this very talented photographer.

You can visit Jolene's website at www.jolenekaneshige.com.

Jolene Nowicki

Photographer Extraordinaire

Jolene has taken all our headshots this season!
Please visit her website by clicking here.