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UH Welcomes Pro Musica Nipponia

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In March 2016 UH Mānoa hosted a weeklong residency featuring the exceptional musicianship of the renowned Tokyo-based Japanese instrument ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia. Each year the UH Mānoa Composition Area arranges for a residency of visiting performers of East Asian instruments, a project that has been one of the cornerstones of Music Department culture at UH Mānoa for the past …

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Two Conductors to Join Mānoa’s Music Faculty

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The University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, Music Department proudly announces the selection of two professors to join the music faculty this coming fall. Gabriel Arnold and Joseph Stepec were announced this week as the newest members of this world-class faculty of musicians, composers, and scholars. Joseph Stepec will become the director of orchestras and lead UH’s beloved symphony orchestra starting in …

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The UH Mānoa Chinese Ensemble Travels to Tahiti

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The UH Mānoa Chinese Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Frederick Lau, was invited by the University French Polynesia (UFP) to perform concerts in Tahiti for one week. Members of the group performed several concerts at venues such as the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia, the Sinitong Chinese Association New Year Celebration at the Kanti (Guandi) Temple ground, and the …

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Tyler Ramos, Division Winner in the MTNA Piano Competition

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TEMPE, ARIZONA—University of Hawai‘i Mānoa’s Tyler Ramos is the Southwest Division Winner in the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition and will advance to the National Finals of the competition. The Southwest Division Competition, held January 9–10, 2016, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, invites pianists who won their respective State Competitions representing Hawai‘i, California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and …

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UH Faculty Member Elected to National Post

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Mānoa’s own director of choral activities, Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe, was elected to serve as vice president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). The announcement was made on December 15 by Dr. Mitos Andaya Hart, outgoing president of NCCO and associate director of choral activities at Temple University. The Organization was founded in 2005 specifically to serve collegiate choral musicians …

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Friends of Jimmy Borges establish scholarship in his name

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Friends of local jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges have raised more than $300,000 for a vocal music scholarship fund bearing his name at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The needs-based scholarship will benefit Hawai‘i high school graduates. Borges was the featured special guest at the 2014 A Mānoa Christmas presented by the students of the UH Music Department and the …

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Byron Yasui’s ‘Ukulele Concerto Premiered by Jake Shimabukuro

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Music fans of multiple stripes were given a treat this past June with the world premiere of professor emeritus Byron Yasui’s Concerto for ‘Ukulele and Orchestra, Campanella. International superstar Jake Shimabukuro took the stage with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, to the thrill of the audience. Yasui’s exciting and intricately crafted score ranged from sublimely …

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Paintings Come to Life on Kennedy’s Mainstage

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The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Stephen Sondheim’s artistic masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George, directed by department chair and professor of theatre Paul T. Mitri, on the Mainstage at Kennedy Theatre. The musical follows Georges-Pierre Seurat, called George (played by Timothy Callais), as he creates his most famous work, …

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PhD Student Candi Steiner Published and Honored

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PhD student Candi Steiner is a third-year student in UH Mānoa’s ethnomusicology program who serves as a research assistant with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, where she assists with the Center’s publication program and in developing writing-focused workshops for CPIS students. This summer, she added two important accomplishments to her list of academic successes. Her article “A Sea of Warriors: …

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Music Department welcome conductor, Dr Alec Schumacker

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Dr. Alec Schumacker joins the University of Hawai‘i’s Music Department this fall as conductor of the University Chorus. Joining Dr. Miguel Felipe, director of choral activities, and Nola Nāhulu, Schumacker brings a wealth of experience to the choral area. Schumacker is the choral teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, a position he’d held since 2013, and previously served as the interim …