A musical devotional hosted by the student music group Our Voice was held at the BYU-Hawaii Stake Center for Palms Sunday on March 25.
The group practiced every Sunday for two months to prepare for the event, according to its director Lawrence Laureano, a senior from the Philippines double majoring in piano and vocal performance. "Our Voice is an official group at BYUH directed by me and accompanied by Sister Duerden,” he said. “We will have more programs and concerts to come, and we invite everybody to watch our performance."
Soprano Kristi Krause, a Californian vocal performance major, did a solo performance of “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul.” According to Krause, singing this song was particularly meaningful to her because it reminded her of her 18 months as a missionary of the LDS Church. “It's a reminder that Jesus Christ is my Savior, he loves me, and all things are possible through him,” said Krause.
Kraus expressed her gratitude for being a part of Our Voice, which according to her was composed by “great people.” She said the purpose of Our Voice is to bring happiness to audience members by inviting the spirit into their lives.
The narration was conducted by Dr. Daniel Henderson, a BYUH assistant professor of music. He said, “Because the choir has chosen such a diverse array of holy Easter music for you tonight, I also got to branch up into some Christian traditions that we usually don't get to explore. Christ’s resurrection was celebrated every year in Christianity, in fact it was the only holiday celebrated the whole year.”
As Henderson recalled ancient traditions held by the Orthodox Church, he explained, “The first and fundamental principle of our religion is that we have the right to embrace all and every item of truth without limitation.”