Founding Fathers of Singing Societies

In the early 19th century, there was a group of people in the United States called the “Founding Fathers of Singing Societies.” These were men who were passionate about singing and choral music, and they formed singing societies as a way to promote the art form and bring people together through song.

One of the most well-known of these singing societies was the “Handel and Haydn Society,” which was founded in Boston in 1815. The society was named after two of the most famous composers of the time, George Frideric Handel and Joseph Haydn, and it was dedicated to performing and promoting their works, as well as the works of other classical composers. The Handel and Haydn Society was one of the first and most influential singing societies in the United States, and it is still in operation today.

To save the Hawaiian culture and people…

To save the Hawaiian culture and people from disappearing, Kalākaua, the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom, went on a world tour in 1881, and travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and he became the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He met with Edison during that tour and because of that meeting Hawai’i had relatively early adoption of the phonograph. This allowed for recordings of Hawaiian songs from as early as the 1900s/1910s.