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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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Congratulations Music Graduates!

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The UH-Mānoa Music Department recognizes and congratulates all those graduating this semester and in the summer. Music Department Chairperson Laurence Paxton sends his warm wishes in a message to all 2020 music graduates: Congratulations to all the talented 2020 graduating students of the University of Hawaii Department of Music.  Your school and your community are proud of your accomplishments.  Nelson Mandela once said that ...
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Nā Wai Chamber Choir Performs at ACDA Conference

In Choirs, Department News, Faculty News, Voice by General Entries

This past march, the music department’s choral ensemble-in-residence, Nā Wai Chamber Choir, was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Western Region Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Known for the preservation, propagation, and innovation of Hawaiian vocal music, Nā Wai Chamber Choir was one of the first ensembles of its kind to perform at the ACDA …

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Voice program welcomes two distinguished artists for residencies

In Department News, Voice by General Entries

The UHM Music Department is pleased to welcome back José Meléndez and Michael Rafter for residencies in the voice program. As pianist and music director for the Opera Workshop under the direction of John Mount. Mr. Meléndez has worked with the students of the vocal area before and has played with and prepared the Opera Workshop for a concert last …

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Graduate Assistantships Available at University of Hawai’i Music Department

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The Music Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa announces the availability of graduate assistantships for qualified students entering graduate degree programs in Music. UH-Mānoa offers programs that accommodate a wide range of specializations within the field of music and affords access to the highest levels of study and training. All programs are accredited by the National Association of …

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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 …

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

In Composition, Department News by General Entries

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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The UH Mānoa Music Department welcomes Dr. Jace Saplan

In Choirs, Department News by General Entries

The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, Interim Director of Choral Activities. As an alumnus of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the first Native Hawaiian to receive a DMA in Choral Conducting, Dr. Saplan is excited to serve a community that is close to his heart. He states, “It is a gift to work for …

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In Memoriam: Edward Shipwright

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The Music Department of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Edward Shipwright. Dr. Edward Shipwright, 85, passed away on April 17, 2018 at St. Francis Hospice in Honolulu. He was born in Chicago. Before his appointment to the piano faculty at the University of Hawai‘i in 1970, Edward Shipwright was a member of the …

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The UH Mānoa Music Department welcomes Dr. Jennifer Blackwell to music education faculty

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Jennifer Blackwell is a Canadian music educator, saxophonist, and music researcher. Her research interests include applied teaching expertise (from behavioral, cognitive, social/cultural, and affective perspectives), music performance expertise, applications of Problem-Based Learning, and teacher training. She has published research and practitioner articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Performance, The Saxophone Symposium, Gender, Education, …