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UH Mānoa Hosts Korean Music Conference

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The UH Mānoa Music Department hosts a conference entitled New Traditions: An International Exchange in Contemporary Music for Korean Instruments, February 16–19, 2017. The event is produced with support from the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa. Visiting Korean instrument virtuosi from the US mainland and abroad will lead workshops on 21st century notational trends, traditional performance practices, and contemporary techniques. The conference …

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HSO Features UH Mānoa Faculty

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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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Shanghai International Art Music Collaboration

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UH Mānoa Composition graduate student Chris Molina worked alongside composers from Shanghai Conservatory, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and from Poland and New Zealand to participate in the second annual Hearing China collaboration. From November 10–16, 2016, composers attended workshop training on Chinese instruments, an afternoon performance at the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Center, and daily interviews for a future …

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In Memoriam: Prof. Neil McKay

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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 Mānoa’s Appetite for Opera

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UH Mānoa’s Symphony Orchestra was well-received at the end of the fall semester as Prof. Joseph Stepec made his conducting debut. The evening opened with the Concert Band led by Dr. Gabriel Arnold and was followed by the Symphony, led by Prof. Stepec. During the orchestra’s performance, players accompanied faculty soloist Dr. Maya Hoover in an opera-themed program of works by …

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UH Musicologist Dr. Kate McQuiston at Davies Symphony Hall

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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 …

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Dr. Gabriel Arnold and the UH Mānoa Bands

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The level of quality and leadership continues this fall in the UH Mānoa Rainbow Warriors Marching Band with its new director, Dr. Gabriel Arnold. Dr. Arnold holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD in Music Education from Florida State University where his dissertation focused on music educators’ evolving self-awareness during initial years of teaching. A Marine Corps veteran, he honed his …

In Memoriam: Prof. Richard Lum

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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

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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 …