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Pioneer of Korean Ethnomusicology

In Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

This past summer, Dr. Byong Lee was interviewed for his musical biography, to be released by the National Gugak Center of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Tourism and Sports of South Korea in two years, in book, video, and online format. He discusses his scholarly activities in the past 65 years. This one hour interview with the internet magazine, “Good …

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Life and Legacy- Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick

In Faculty News by General Entries

“This summer, Dr. Kate McQuiston was part of an international team of scholars that organized a workshop in the Netherlands on film director, Stanley Kubrick. With never-before-seen production materials still arriving at the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London, and a host of recent publications on Kubrick, the workshop fostered lively discussion about what we are still learning about the director …

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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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Dr. Abigail Fine presents at Stony Brook University

In Faculty News, Musicology by General Entries

Recently, UHM Musicology faculty Dr. Abigail Fine gave a presentation for the Sound and Secularity symposium at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. Here is what she has to say about the symposium and her presentation: “On April 12th, I presented at a symposium entitled Sound and Secularity at Stony Brook University. The interdisciplinary event brought together scholars from musicology, …

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Dr. Jace Saplan Shares His Groundbreaking Work Nationally

In Choirs, Faculty News by General Entries

Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jace Saplan is busy promoting his groundbreaking research and Hawaiian choral music across the nation. He recently returned from a conference titled “Transgender Singing Voice Conference” at Earlham College in Indiana. This is what Dr. Saplan has to say about his participation: “The conference is the first of its kind …

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Alumnus and Faculty Member Ben Fairfield Receives Fulbright

In Alumni Accolades, Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Ben Fairfield (PhD University of Hawaiʻi 2017) has received a 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. His project is to research Karen music, identity, and representation at the Karen Ecomuseum in Mae Sot, Thailand. He plans to be in Thailand from May-August 2020. An alumnus of the East-West Center, Ben is currently affiliate faculty with …

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

In Alumni Accolades, Composition, Faculty News by General Entries

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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Dr. Kate McQuiston Presents at New Zealand Conference

In Faculty News, Musicology by General Entries

This past December 3rd, musicology faculty member Dr. Kate McQuiston presented her research at the Waikato Institute of Technology’s School of Media Arts in Hamilton, New Zealand. For the conference titled “Playing Along” Dr. McQuiston gave a talk titled “The Musical Character of Michel Gondry.” Here is what she has to say about the conference and her work: “The conference …

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Professor Emeritus Barbara B. Smith Receives Prestigious Honor

In Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

On January 26, Professor Emeritus Barbara B. Smith was named the 2018 Hawai‘i Arts Alliance Preis Honoree. Named after Alfred Preis, founder of the Alliance, the honor is awarded annually to an individual who has had a significant impact on the arts and culture in Hawai‘i. With countless accomplishments to her name – including the founding of the UH Mānoa …

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The Music Department bids farewell to Dr. Frederick Lau

In Department News, Ethnomusicology, Faculty News by General Entries

This Spring 2019 semester, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Music bids farewell to long-time ethnomusicology faculty member Dr. Frederick Lau. Retiring after many years with the university, Dr. Lau has been very active inside and outside the university. During his stay at UHM, he was responsible for making ethnomusicology visible to the rest of the university by …