Susan McCreary Duprey
Location: Hawaii, USA
Susan M. Duprey was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from ‘Iolani School. While at ‘Iolani, she sang under her father, local organist and composer, John McCreary. She received her Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and studied conducting under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt.
As a singer, Ms. Duprey sang, recorded, and toured with the renowned 40-voice Westminster Choir. She has sung with leading orchestras; including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's and has sung under Maestros Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Helmut Rilling, and Zdenek Macal.
As a choral conductor, she has prepared choruses for such noted conductors as Joseph Flummerfelt, John Rutter, Timothy Sharp, and Sir David Willcocks. She has conducted members of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and has led performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. She has also served as choir director in both Hispanic and African-American churches and performed several years with Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo, an ensemble created to perpetuate Hawaiian choral music.
In January 2002, she founded the Hawai‘i Pacific University International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble, the state’s first choral program specializing in international choral repertoire. In June 2004, she prepared the International Vocal Ensemble for their Carnegie Hall debut in a musical tribute to composer Morten Lauridsen.
Ms. Duprey keeps busy serving as Artistic Director of the Windward Choral Society (a chorus she founded in 2008), Artistic Director of the Kona Music Society, and paddling with her outrigger canoe club, Lanikai Sunrise. She and her husband Bryan (an active duty Marine) live in Kailua, O‘ahu.