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In Memoriam: Barbara B. Smith, ethnomusicology program founder

In Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

Reposted from UH News Long respected as a champion for the study of music and dance from Hawaiʻi, Asia and the Pacific, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Emerita Barbara Barnard Smith, who founded the university’s ethnomusicology program died on the evening of July 3. Colleagues and former students gathered to virtually celebrate the veteran professor’s 101st birthday on June 10. Loved ones released this statement:“She …

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E Hoʻokani Kākou: Insights for the advancement of early childhood multi-cultural music education during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong.

In Department News, Faculty News, Music Education by Thiago Cossi

Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong, a native Malaysian Chinese, serves as Chair of the music education area at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education and is certified in the Kodály Method. As a conference speaker, Dr. Loong has presented at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. She has also presented internationally, …

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Music on Maui: Advancing the arts in the midst of hardships with Dr. Jonathan Korth

In Department News, Faculty News, Piano by Thiago Cossi

We all understand the limitations imposed on performers by the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in. However, these physical restrictions are providing musicians worldwide with opportunities to innovate and find alternative ways to share their music with others.  On January 30th, pianist virtuoso and educator Dr. Jonathan Korth streamed a piano concert directly from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s …

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Oral History: Byong Won Lee

In Department News, Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

The Music Department congratulates Dr. Byong Won Lee, Professor of Ethnomusicology, on the release of a new book dedicated to his lifetime of scholarship. Oral History: Byong Won Lee, published by the National Gugak Center (Gungnip Gugagwon), presents a history of Dr. Lee’s life and musical activities and recognizes his contributions to Korean musicology over the past 60 years. Dr. …

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New book by Musicologist, Kate McQuiston: Music and Sound in the Worlds of Michel Gondry

In Department News, Faculty News, Musicology by General Entries

UH-Mānoa Professor of Musicology Dr. Kate McQuiston – a leader in the study of music in film and media – has had her latest book published, an examination of director Michel Gondy’s use of music and sound. Michel Gondry’s directorial work buzzes with playfulness and invention: in a body of work that includes feature films such as Eternal Sunshine of …

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Symphony orchestra takes virtual stage with Amy Hānaialiʻi

In Faculty News, Orchestra by General Entries

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Symphony Orchestra members are not letting COVID-19 restrictions stop them from sharing the gift of music. Under the direction of Director and Assistant Professor Joseph Stepec, the fall 2020 ensemble presented a virtual performance of “Queen’s Anthem” by Denny Miyasato and arranged by Michael-Thomas Foumai, a UH Mānoa music lecturer. The piece features six-time Grammy nominee and 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner …

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UH-Mānoa Composer Donald Reid Womack’s “Labyrinth”

In Composition, Faculty News by General Entries

Although the world has drastically changed over the past few months due to the Coronavirus pandemic, musicians and organizations have adapted and found creative ways to share music with audiences. In response to the cancellation of live performances, the top institution for Korean music, the National Gugak Center, held a competition for performing ensembles, in which two different groups entered …

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The UH Mānoa Music Department welcomes Dr. Elina Hamilton

In Announcements, Faculty News, Musicology by General Entries

The Music Department is excited to welcome musicologist Dr. Elina Hamilton, whose research explores the history of music theory in fourteenth-century England, as Assistant Professor of Musicology. Before arriving in Hawaiʻi, Dr. Hamilton taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is also an editorial board member of the East Asian Journal of …

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Barbara B. Smith: The legacy of a long life in music

In Department News, Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

In honor of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith’s 100th birthday, Arlene Abiang shows why Prof. Smith is a cherished member of the UH-Mānoa music ʻohana “A celebration of a person’s 100th birthday is not unusual when a person reaches that milestone in life; however for me, though I never expected to reach it, the year 2020 is more important as …

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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 …