THE KAROLERS

Brittani Alexander
Born to two music professionals, Brittani was involved in something musical from her earliest memory. She majored in music for a time, but ultimately got her BA in Spanish and English Composition from Arizona State University in 2013.

All the while, Brittani continued to participate in the music programs of local churches, Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University. Brittani also had the privilege of two seasons with Valley Women's Ensemble in Phoenix, Arizona.

Brittani moved to Berkeley, California in 2014 where she acquired her Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in May 2017.

Brittani came to Honolulu, Hawai'i in August 2017 to pursue a Chaplain Residency with Pacific Health Ministry. Serendipitously, Brittani found Karol's Karolers and was invited to join their Krazy Karoling Krew!!
Meet Brittani
Gregory Bietz
More info coming soon!
Meet Greg
Carson Carlson
Carson spent her first 10 years on O’ahu and then moved with her family to Arizona, all the while having a passion for music making. After many years of school choirs, musicals, and relentlessly forcing her family to watch her perform in the living room, her parents finally auditioned her for the Phoenix Girl Chorus.

After traveling the world with PGC and other international choirs, Carson attended the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and graduated with a BA in Psychology, a Minor in Music, and a Certificate in French. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hawai’i Pacific University, where she received a tuition scholarship to sing in the International Vocal Ensemble.

Carson currently works as a Behavioral Health Specialist for the Department of Education and lives on the North Shore of Oʻahu with her husband and two cats.
Meet Carson
Naomi Castro
Naomi, one of the original members of the Karolers, is a lover of all things related to choral arts. She grew up singing with the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and graduated with a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She is a core member of the Nā Wai Chamber Choir and frequently performs as a soloist with many vocal ensembles around the state.

Naomi is the director of choral music at the St. Andrew's Schools, an assistant director of HYOC, and the director of music at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Ainahaina. She is in her 14th season with the Hawaii Opera Theater chorus and is one of the newest members of the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio.

When she is not buried under scores of music, Naomi loves relaxing at home with her cats, Tiger and Fatty.
Meet Naomi
Carlyn Costales
Carlyn Costales has been singing with choirs since before she could read and is overjoyed to be singing alto with the Karolers this season. In her spare time, Carlyn is a high school piano and leadership teacher.

When she’s not busy teaching the future leaders of the world, Carlyn enjoys an eclectic range of hobbies including playing softball, reading fantasy and historical fiction novels, making jigsaw puzzles, binging on Netflix, listening to “Welcome to Night Vale”, lifting heavy objects with proper form, and opihi picking.
Meet Carlyn
David Del Rocco
Along with the two Polish brothers, David is one of the founders of the Karolers, currently in his 6th season with the group. In college, David majored in Spanish but also studied several other languages, while keeping up with his singing.

David has been singing in choirs since age seven, and in addition to the Karolers, has also been a member of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu choir and the Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre chorus.

He loves the camaraderie of the Karolers, and the chance to combine his love of languages with his love of music.
Meet David
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
Clifford Hunter
More info coming soon!
Meet Cliff
Taylor Ishida
Taylor started formally singing at the age of seven when she joined the Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus. Through the group she has had the opportunity to take part in multiple productions with Hawai‘i Opera Theater. After graduating from High School, Taylor studied music at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN but decided it was a bit chilly and came back home to paradise.

Since she came back, Taylor has been singing with the UH Chamber Singers, The Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir, and Karol’s Karolers. She also sings for weddings and helps families find care options for their senior loved ones with Care Sift.

Taylor is excited to be back with the Karolers for her third year!
Meet Taylor
Keane Ishii
Keane Ishii is the Director of Choirs and Guitar teacher at his Alma Mater, Mililani High School. He received various degrees from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

Keane is a longtime member of the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus, and has several appearances in television and film.

He is ever grateful for the education in sacred repertoire and Christianity he received at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, particularly thanks to Carl and Kathy Crosier. Keane continues that legacy at the Makiki Christian Church, where he serves as the Director of Music.
Meet Keane
Sarah Lambert Connelly
Sarah Lambert Connelly is a mezzo-soprano, pianist, and yoga instructor whose parents enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of two, after she perched herself on the bench beside the church organist. After receiving a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, she lived in NYC for nine years pursuing an operatic career.

While working at Palm Beach Opera in 2006, she discovered a new passion: yoga, and in 2009, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through YogaWorks. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband in yoga class and came to Hawaii through his military career.

From their creative hive at the Anchor House in Kailua, she thrives developing new singers, pianists, and yogis, singing in the Mae Z. Orvis Studio Program, teaching yoga at the Windward YMCA, paddling on an OC-6 recreational team, and recently making her mainstage debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre as The Voice in Tales of Hoffman, then as Mercedes in Carmen.
Meet Sarah
Mitchell Moriwaki
Mitchell comes from the island of Oahu, and, apart from attending a mainland university, has lived here his entire life. 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). He has had the honor of singing with many choirs, including the Symphony Chorus, the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Honolulu Chorale, and Karol’s Karolers.
Meet Mitch
 
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. He currently instructs chorus and voice classes at Kapi'olani Community College. In the summer of 2017, he became the music director at the Parish of St. Clement and the artistic director of Honolulu Chorale.

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 together with their Polish brother David back in the fall of 2012 and have been spreading the Christmas cheer ever since.

In his spare time Karol enjoys hiking, salsa dancing, and pondering the meaning of life.
Meet Karol
Michał Nowicki
Michał is one of the original members of the Karolers, currently in his 6th season with the group. Michał was a French major in college, but dabbled in theater and voice whenever he could.

A teacher during the day, Michał has managed to lead a double life and since 2010 has performed in a number of musical, theater, and opera productions in Honolulu. He has sung with several choral ensembles and performed at private events, most frequently portraying Kristoff from Disney's Frozen.

When he is not hassling the Karolers to fill out their conflict forms or to submit their bios, Michał enjoys learning more about print and digital media and he schemes how to change the group's name to Michał's Minstrels.
Meet Michał
Lena Sullivan
Lena Ann Ewalena Sullivan is a 2005 graduate of The Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus. While attending KS, she performed with The Kamehameha Dance Company, Orchestra, and Concert Glee Club. She received her BA in Music, and minor in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2010. She earned her Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015.

Lena Ann currently serves as a Hospital Chaplain Resident with Pacific Health Ministries. She hopes to become a Board Certified Chaplain so that she may continue to provide spiritual care to the people of Hawai‘i.

Lena is a core vocalist with the Nā Wai Chamber Choir. She made her debut with the Karoler’s last spring! She enjoys drinking “coffee” and watching Netflix in her free time.
Meet Lena
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, Nā Wai Chamber Choir, Colla Voce (now Nā Wai), Nā Hulu Pīkake, and Molokaʻi High School. He teaches as a music assistant for the Kamehameha Schools Special Events, and is a guest accompanist for the Concert Glee Club.

During his free time, he enjoys reading, video games, baking, and spending time with friends.
Meet Bowe
Ross Taosaka
A native of Hilo, Ross ventured out to obtain his undergraduate and graduate degrees and eventually settled in Honolulu.

After 25 years in the legal field, an itch to try new things led him first to the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and onward to a number of other choral groups including the Hawaii Opera Theatre and Kawaiolaonapukanileo, an a capella ensemble focusing on Hawaiian choral music. It was Ross’s good fortune to eventually meet Karol Nowicki in the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir which ultimately led to singing with Karol’s Karolers.

Ever thankful to be singing alongside some of the best voices in the state, it is Ross’s hope that the beauty and richness of choral singing can be shared with and appreciated by everyone.
Meet Ross