Susan McCreary Duprey - Board of Governor
Susan McCreary Duprey was born to the land of music and the ‘aina of Hawai‘i nei. Under the tutelage of her late father, renowned organist and composer, John McCreary, and her mother, Betsy, a professional singer, she began her musical journey as a young child. After graduating from ‘Iolani School and Gettysburg College, she was accepted by the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., receiving a Master of Music degree and touring the world in the renown Westminster Choir, all while studying conducting under the late master chorale conductor Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt.
Throughout her 25-plus years of conducting over 300 live choral performances, Susan has embraced a multiculturalism of both her experiences and her home. She has effortlessly combined standard choral works with orchestra and Hawaiian compositions into her global repertoire, while making music invigorating and meaningful. Noted for her gift of bringing the joy of choral music out of her singers, Susan is guided by her mission to convey the profound impact of music through performance, while making it available, alive, and accessible to all.
Susan has prepared choruses for legendary conductors such as Joseph Flummerfelt, John Rutter, Timothy Sharp, and Sir David Willcocks, and her ensembles have performed throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the US mainland, Europe, Japan, and most recently New Zealand. She is the Founding Director of the Hawai‘i Pacific University International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble (2002), serves as the Artistic Director of the Kona Choral Society, and is Founder and Artistic Director of the Windward Choral Society (O‘ahu).
When Susan is not flying between islands for rehearsals and concerts, she is home in Kailua, O‘ahu, and can be found paddling in an outrigger canoe, hiking with her dogs in the mountains, or golfing with her husband Bryan.