International Vocal Ensemble (IVE)

Made up of 16-24 talented and hard-working singers who are recruited, auditioned, and awarded scholarship money for their participation, IVE’s mission is to perform a diverse array of music from around the world. The group has toured internationally, most recently traveling to Japan with the HPU Orchestra. IVE is one of the few choral groups in the world made up of non-music majors who receive scholarship for their participation. This ensemble makes up the vocal core of the International Chorale.  Partial tuition waivers are available for qualified students.  


IVE Audition Packet 


International Chorale (IC)

The International Chorale is comprised of talented choral enthusiasts from the HPU community of students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff, as well as singers from the community, who perform choral repertoire taken from a variety of styles, cultures and languages. Individuals must audition in a “no stress” situation to qualify for the International Chorale. Rehearsals take place once a week. Academic credit for participation is available. 


IVE Performs Dominus Vobiscum

IVE Performs ‘Akaka Falls

Streetlight Cadence Rehearsal

Director of Choral Activities Alec Schumacker, DMA

Alec Schumacker is the Director of Choral Activities at Hawai‘i Pacific University where he conducts the International Vocal Ensemble and the International Chorale. He presently serves as the president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He completed his DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, where he studied with Joshua Habermann and Karen Kennedy. His master’s degree in Choral Conducting is also from the University of Miami. He graduated cum laude with honors in music from Williams College.

An award-winning composer and arranger, Alec’s choral music is published by Alliance Music Publications and Earthsongs. His works have been performed around the country by prestigious ensembles such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New World Symphony, the University of Delaware Chorale, the Frost Chorale, the Voices of Aloha, all-state choruses across the country and even at the NFL’s Pro Bowl in 2016.

An active educator and sought-after presenter, Alec delivered lectures at the 2017 National ACDA conference in Minneapolis, the 2016 Asia Kodály Symposium in Taiwan, the 2015 and 2016 Hawai‘i ACDA Professional Development Days, and at the 2013 and 2016 HMEA Conferences. He is also the past chair of Nā Leo Hou: Hawai‘i’s All-State Choral Festival, a festival that brings together several hundred high school students from across Hawai‘i for a weekend of mass choral singing with a nationally-renowned clinician. He serves as a national board member of National Collegiate Choral Organization.

For more information regarding the International Vocal Ensemble scholarship and the audition process, call, write, or email:

Dr. Alec Schumacker
Director of Choral Activities
Phone: (808) 268-9652