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eighth blackbird in residence at UH Music Department

In Composition, Department News, Faculty News, Student Accolades by General Entries

On February 9 & 10, 2015, the UH Mānoa Music Department, in partnership with the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, hosted the acclaimed three-time Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird for a series of workshops. Since their founding in 1996, eight blackbird has been on the forefront of commissioning and performing new works from some of the leading composers of today.  Their stay in Hawaiʻi also included …

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Composer Ian Dicke in Residence at UH Mānoa

In Bands, Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Composer Ian Dicke will be in residence at the Music Department Thursday–Sunday, February 26–March 1, in conjunction with the UH Wind Ensemble’s performance of his music on their March 1 concert. Praised for his “refreshingly well-structured” (Feast of Music) and “uncommonly memorable” (Sequenza 21) catalogue of works, Dicke currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Digital Composition at the University …

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UH Welcomes New Music Librarian Peter Shirts

In Department News, Faculty News by General Entries

Peter Shirts was recently hired as the music and audiovisual librarian at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. When asked about his new appointment, Mr. Shirts said, “I’m excited to be selecting materials for the UHM Music Department and look forward to meeting the music students here.” Shirts went on to say that he hopes to work one-on-one with students …

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UH faculty member finds music ‘key’

In Faculty News, Piano by General Entries

Music Department faculty member Bichuan Li was the subject of a recent profile in UH Mānoa’s student newspaper, Ka Leo, The Voice. In the article by staff writer Abbygail Sadoy, Ms. Li’s remarkable journey as a musician is explored from her birth in China and relocation to Hawai‘i in 1982, to her graduate study at UH in the 1980s and her present …

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Conductor Rodney Eichenberger Visits UHChoirs

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The UHChoirs welcomed famed conductor and pedagogue Rodney Eichenberger to the music department on Wednesday, September 17. Eichenberger led rehearsals for both the Concert Choir and Chambers Singers who are diligently preparing for a late November concert. Concert Choir alto Lucía Puente Trevino noticed how Prof. Eichenberger was able to elicit students’ best singing without relying on detailed technical explanations. …

Uyehara Returns to Lead the UHSO

In Alumni Accolades, Faculty News, Orchestra by General Entries

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate Chad Uyehara returns to the Music Department as conductor of the UH Symphony Orchestra for the 2014–2015 year. Mr. Uyehara joins the faculty after several years conducting the orchestras for St. Andrew’s Priory and as conductor with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony Association here in O‘ahu. Uyehara taught in the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, …

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UH Lecturer, Alumna, and Students Take the Stage at Opera NEO

In Alumni Accolades, Faculty News, Student Accolades by General Entries

Three Music Department members spent their summer singing with Opera NEO, a program for developing young artists in San Diego, California. Soprano Martina Bingham, lecturer in music, voice, and UH alumna, sang the role of Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in a production that transformed the ladies into figures from the Spanish Inquisition. Guarding the fortress as Armored Guard …

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Conductor Jeffrey Boeckman to Speak at WASBE Conference

In Bands, Faculty News by General Entries

Dr. Jeffrey Boeckman, director of bands and assistant professor of music, has been invited to speak at the World Association of Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference on the wind music of Mozart. WASBE is the premiere international organization for the wind band world, with prominent conductors, composers, and performers from around the globe. The conference will take Dr. Boeckman to San Jose, California, …

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Nāhulu Awarded 2014 Ho‘okele Award

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Faculty member and Hawaiian Chorus conductor, Nola A. Nāhulu, was recently awarded a Ho‘okele Award. The honor, given by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, “pays tribute to leaders from the nonprofit sector—the guiding forces in our community who strive to make Hawai’i a better place. Just as a steersman, ho‘okele, is key to guiding a canoe successfully to its destination, this award …

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“We’ll Meet Again” Wins Accolades

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UH Mānoa faculty member, Dr. Kate McQuiston, released “We’ll Meet Again”: Musical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick in October 2013 and was supported by the AMS 75 Subventions award. The publisher’s website describes the book as follows: Unique and often startling encounters between music and the moving image in the films of Stanley Kubrick are trademarks of his style; witness …