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In Memoriam: Paul Barrett

In Department News, Faculty News by Thomas Osborne

With deep sadness, the UH Music Department grieves the loss of Paul Barrett. Paul served as our applied bassoon faculty since 1978, teaching and inspiring generations of bassoon students. This is a profoundly sad day for all of his current and former students, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (where Paul had served as principal bassoonist for forty years), and the wider …

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Mike Lewis Named Leader of UH Mānoa Jazz Band

In Bands, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

The Music Department of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is proud to announce jazz trumpeter and band leader Mike Lewis will join the UH Music ʻohana this fall as Director of the UH Jazz Band. Director of Bands at UH Mānoa Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman says,“we’re very excited to have Mike Lewis with us. Mike brings a wealth of professional …

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HSO Features UH Mānoa Faculty

In Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Faculty from UH Mānoa’s music department are featured in the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Beethoven 9th concert this weekend. The program, led by maestra JoAnn Falletta, includes Strauss’s Death & Transfiguration, Op. 21 (Tod und Verklärung) from 1889. The soloists are UH Mānoa faculty Rachel Schutz, soprano, and Jeremy Wong (MM, ’14), bass. Alongside them are Charlene Chi, mezzo-soprano, and Kip Wilborn, tenor. UH …

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In Memoriam: Prof. Neil McKay

In Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Dr. Neil McKay, professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa from 1965 until his retirement in 1987, has died at the age of 92. He passed on Thursday, December 8, 2016. McKay began his musical career as a jazz arranger-performer in 1940 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in composition at the renowned Eastman School of Music. His catalogue …

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UH Musicologist Dr. Kate McQuiston at Davies Symphony Hall

In Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

UH Mānoa’s Dr. Kate McQuiston’s research on Stanley Kubrick’s films has distinguished her as a scholar of film music. October 2016, she gave pre-concert talks for the San Francisco Symphony’s 2001: A Space Odyssey shows. Dr. McQuiston’s talk, “The Musical Imagination of Stanley Kubrick,” set the stage for the musical tour of styles that underscore Kubrick’s narrative. The opening night …

In Memoriam: Prof. Richard Lum

In Bands, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Prof. Richard S. Lum, UH Mānoa’s director of bands from 1960 to 1985 and professor of music, emeritus, passed the week of September 18th. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a man who profoundly impacted our university. Prof. Lum parts with a 90-year life well lived and rich musical legacy. Prof. Lum played an integral …

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UH Faculty Invited as Keynote Speaker

In Department News, Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

Dr. Frederick Lau of UH Mānoa’s Music Department presented a keynote-speech at the symposium “Sounds, Images, and Texts on China’s Periphery” held during the week of September 18th, 2016, at Hong Kong Baptist University. The symposium sought to forge new grounds for the study of Chinese literature, visual and performing arts as encountering its various forms of Otherness. The title of …

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UH Music Bids Farewell to David Blon

In Bands, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Professor David Blon left the UH Mānoa faculty at the end of the 2015–16 academic year. David Blon served UH Mānoa with a clarity of vision and dedication to excellence akin to former directors of band Richard Lum, Grant Okamura, and Tom Bingham. During his five years Mr. Blon lead the UH Mānoa Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, took on …

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Voices of Aloha: From Montréal to Manhattan

In Choirs, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Voices of Aloha, UH Mānoa’s touring choir, looks forward to their biennium trip abroad with performances along the East Coast of Canada and continental United States this year. An ensemble of ambassadors, Voices of Aloha exist to bring their song to international audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Miguel Felipe, they provide augmentation of UH Mānoa student experiences and an …

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Two Conductors to Join Mānoa’s Music Faculty

In Bands, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

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 …