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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 Mānoa’s Appetite for Opera

In Department News, Orchestra by General Entries

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

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 Mānoa Graduate Presents Japan Fusion Concert

In Composition, Department News, Ethnomusicology by General Entries

Star performers from UH Mānoa present a one-time-only concert fusing Japanese bamboo flute with Chinese and Japanese zithers at the Doris Duke Theater September 17th at 7pm. Chris Molina (shakuhachi) is joined by Darin Miyashiro (koto) and Yi-chieh Lai (guzheng), as well as shakuhachi experts Steven Taizen Casano and Robert Herr. The program mixes pop, rock, and art music with …

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Voices of Aloha Return

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Voices of Aloha, UH Mānoa’s touring choir, returned from their biennium trip abroad this summer with performances along the East Coast of Canada and continental United States. An ensemble of ambassadors, Voices of Aloha (VoA) exists to bring their song to international audiences and to provide UH Mānoa’s top students an elite artistic experience. In 2016, UH Mānoa sent students …

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UH Music Bids Farewell to David Blon

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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

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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 …