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Composer Donald Reid Womack awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

In Composition, Faculty News by General Entries

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Music Composition and Theory Donald Reid Womack was named a 2020 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the major competitions for the arts and other fields. Womack is among a diverse group of 175 writers, scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada to receive the achievement. The candidates were chosen through a …

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The Symphony of the Birds Performed by UH Wind Ensemble on Kaua’i

In Bands, Composition, Music Education by Mike Matrasko

The UH Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman, recently visited Kaua’i to perform three concerts of the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds. The first concert took place on Sunday February 23, 2020 and was a standing-room-only ‘ohana concert. The other two keiki concerts took place on Monday February 24th, 2020. Dr. Boeckman said about the concert series, “The Sunday …

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Music of composer Yoomee Baek to be featured by Korean orchestra

In Composition, Student Accolades by Mike Matrasko

University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa PhD composition student Yoomee Baek is composing three pieces of music to be performed in September 2020 by the Se-Jong Music Orchestra as part of its Ojakgyo Project. The Ojakgyo Project is a creative performance arts production created by the Korean Culture and Arts Council.  Baek said that the Council “supports exchanges and cooperation with …

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UH Composition Students Shine in Japan

In Composition, Student Accolades by General Entries

The UH Mānoa composition program continues to make its mark on the world. Four UH composition students, William Watson, Chris Molina, Andrew Filson and James Finamore were featured on the May 11 Chiba concert of Dolce Hogaku Ensemble (ドルチェ邦楽合奏団), a Tokyo-based Japanese instrument group, led by world-renowned shakuhachi performer, Seizan Sakata. The event was structured as a competition, with an …

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Faculty composer Donald Reid Womack’s works premiered in Korea

In Composition, Faculty News by General Entries

Faculty composer Donald Reid Womack recently had several premieres of new works in Korea. In April Womack’s Power Lines, a concerto for geomungo, was premiered by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and soloist Yoonjeong Heo at the Tongyeong International Music Festival, one of several works commissioned worldwide by the prestigious organization. Later that month, his Rippling Liquid Metal for piri and ensemble ...
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Graduate student Chris Molina composing in Japan

In Composition by Travis Shaver

As a doctoral fellow with the Japan Foundation, Chris Molina is spending the academic year in Japan, researching the use of traditional Japanese instruments in contemporary music. He is based in Kawasaki at the Contemporary Hōgaku Institute at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, collaborating with faculty members Kenji Yamaguchi (shakuhachi), Kōhei Nishikawa (fue), Tetsuya Nozawa (shamisen), Nobuto Yamanaka (tsugaru shamisen), …

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HSO to Premiere Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai’s ‘Raise Hawaiki’

In Alumni Accolades, Composition, Faculty News by Travis Shaver

Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai has been hard at work preparing for the world premiere of his new piece, Raise Hawaiki. “Raise Hawaiki” will be premiered by the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, Oʻahu Choral Society, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Choirs, Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, and the choral programs at Kapiʻolani Community College and Windward Community College on March 28, 2019 at 7:30 …

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UH Faculty Work Together to Create the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds

In Composition, Department News by Travis Shaver

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Dr. Takuma Itoh and other UH Mānoa faculty welcomed approximately 5000 young students to see the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds at Blaisdell Concert Hall. The project, initiated by Dr. Itoh and professors in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the College of Education, and involved composers, artists, scientists, educators from …

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UH Mānoa Hosts Korean Music Conference

In Composition, Department News, Ethnomusicology by General Entries

The UH Mānoa Music Department hosts a conference entitled New Traditions: An International Exchange in Contemporary Music for Korean Instruments, February 16–19, 2017. The event is produced with support from the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa. Visiting Korean instrument virtuosi from the US mainland and abroad will lead workshops on 21st century notational trends, traditional performance practices, and contemporary techniques. The conference …

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Shanghai International Art Music Collaboration

In Composition, Department News by General Entries

UH Mānoa Composition graduate student Chris Molina worked alongside composers from Shanghai Conservatory, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and from Poland and New Zealand to participate in the second annual Hearing China collaboration. From November 10–16, 2016, composers attended workshop training on Chinese instruments, an afternoon performance at the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Center, and daily interviews for a future …