“The first time I saw an orchestra was with my fourth grade class. I must have sat on the very edge of my seat, because I can't remember even being in contact with it during the hour or so that the Indianapolis Symphony played. I have no idea what they played that cold winter day, but I remember being transported from that seat to someplace else. It was exciting, and it was good.” —Jim Bray, KCA President
The Board of Directors, Kauai Concert Association
Jason Blake, Local Insurance Agent, President
James Bray, Teacher, Island School, Vice President
Robert Springer, Head of School, Island School, Treasurer
Cathy Sancious, The UPS Store Kukui Grove, Secretary
Libby Arrigo, Retired, Board Member
Nancy Golden, Founder of Nana's House, Retired, Board Member
Greg Shepherd, Professor, Kauai Community College, Board Member
Richard Porto, Business Owner, Board Member
Ellen Ventura, Retired, Board Member
Joseph Figaroa, General Manager, Hotel Coral Reef, Board Member
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About the Kauai Concert Association
The Kauai Concert Association (KCA) began in 1974 with a mission to bring world class music to Kauai. The organization started with two or three concerts per year and currently presents between three and ten concerts per season for the enjoyment and edification of Kauai residents and visitors. Though KCA generally offers a diverse repertoire, this year in honor of our 40th birthday, we are returning to our classical roots, offering three classical concerts, our beloved Berklee College of Music and KCA's now famous Red Clay Jazz Festival.
Over the years, KCA has hosted such performers as the San Francisco Opera, Oakland Ballet, Hiroshima, Bela Fleck, Ernie Watts, Black Grace, and Chanticleer. Performances are held primarily at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center Theater, Kauai's most modern and acoustically superb venue. However in the past, KCA has presented at the Coco Palms Hotel and the Kauai Convention Center and smaller venues. The Red Clay Jazz Festival is usually held outside in the summer, presenting jazz greats under the stars with the County of Kauai's portable stage, including tent and lawn seating.
In recent years, KCA has added Scholarship and Educational Service components to our mission. The current mission of Kauai Concert Association is to provide quality classical and modern performing fine arts and to provide musical education opportunities.
Each year the KCA awards scholarships to talented and worthy students of the musical arts. Past recipients have included students of piano, violin, sax, trumpet, drums, tap, ballet, and modern dance. Recipients are encouraged to participate in our events and are invited to attend concerts and receptions to witness and meet first-hand the outstanding artists that perform on Kauai under the auspices of the KCA. Our Educational Service component has grown over the past several years. During this coming season, we plan a total of five educational performances to be held at schools. Educational services provide an opportunity for students and adults on Kauai to interact personally with world class artists in various genres of the performing arts. Many times, KCA provides the first opportunity for the community to see professional musicians from all over the world perform and speak to them on a one to one basis.
Kauai Concert Association has been administered for the past thirty years by an all volunteer staff. Volunteers have selected performers, arranged transportation and hotels, hosted after concert dinners, advertised and sold tickets along with all other aspects of the performance. In the last two years, staff positions have been added to the organization. Volunteers remain integrally involved in the organization; however, in order to maintain its planned growth, KCA has recognized that a staff provides consistency and excellence in meeting the needs of the organization and its mission to the community.