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Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra plays student composers’ works

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From UH News University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa music composition students are required to compose several original pieces spanning different genres, including orchestral works. Having a live orchestra perform those works is an integral part of the learning experience, however, some students do not get to hear their creations played by live musicians, much less a professional orchestra. In late June 2021, four UH Mānoa …

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Ethnomusicology graduate Yuan-Yu Kuan joins Academia Sinica

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Former Asian Studies Lecturer Dr. Yuan-Yu Kuan has been appointed Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Academia Sinica, the premier research institution of Taiwan. This prestigious and highly competitive award supports research and publication for emerging young scholars. The appointment (July 2021-June 2023) provides access to the vast and comprehensive archives of the Academia Sinica and other archives throughout the nation. His …

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New Merrie Monarch features UH Music faculty, students, and alumni

In Department News, Ethnomusicology by General Entries

From UH News From ʻōlapa (dancer), competition judge to television host, numerous University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff, students and alumni are among participants at the upcoming 58th annual Merrie Monarch Festival set to return to Hilo, Hawaiʻi June 24–26. Anticipation of the world-famous hula competition has continued to grow after organizers canceled the event in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic first started to grip the …

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In Memoriam: Barbara B. Smith, ethnomusicology program founder

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Reposted from UH News Long respected as a champion for the study of music and dance from Hawaiʻi, Asia and the Pacific, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Emerita Barbara Barnard Smith, who founded the university’s ethnomusicology program died on the evening of July 3. Colleagues and former students gathered to virtually celebrate the veteran professor’s 101st birthday on June 10. Loved ones released this statement:“She …

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End of year updates from the musicology program

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The Musicology area shares an update on what’s been happening in that program as we end the academic year: Despite all of us tuning into class home and working on academic work from a variety of different places, the musicology area thrived in the academic year of 2020–21. Throughout the year there were many notable moments as we sat behind …

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UH Mānoa Music Education department ranks among nation’s top ‘best value’ programs

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Reposted from UH News The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Music earned top rankings in a national survey of music education programs. UH Mānoa’s MA in Music Education ranked fourth out of the 15 top programs in the U.S. in the 2021 edition of Best Value Schools. The evaluation is based on tuition and estimated completion time. “We are proud to offer a high quality master’s program that is …

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HS band students perform in virtual concert thanks to UH Mānoa program

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Reposted from UH News Giving back to the community is at the core of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa band program and its generosity was on full display in March 2021. With many school band programs unable to meet in person for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UH Bands organized the first-ever Hawaiʻi high school virtual honor band, which released two video …

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E Hoʻokani Kākou: Insights for the advancement of early childhood multi-cultural music education during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong.

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Dr. Chet-Yeng Loong, a native Malaysian Chinese, serves as Chair of the music education area at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education and is certified in the Kodály Method. As a conference speaker, Dr. Loong has presented at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. She has also presented internationally, …

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The Ethnomusicology Association at UH Mānoa 11th Annual “Words on Music: Speaker Series” presents: Professor Brian Diettrich

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The Ethnomusicology Association at UH Mānoa is proud to invite Prof. Brian Diettrich for the Words on Music Speaker Series. Dr. Diettrich is a senior lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and is a UHM alumnus. His research focuses on the music and dance of Micronesia with particular interest in Indigenous performance, imperialism and decolonization, environment …

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Music on Maui: Advancing the arts in the midst of hardships with Dr. Jonathan Korth

In Department News, Faculty News, Piano by General Entries

We all understand the limitations imposed on performers by the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in. However, these physical restrictions are providing musicians worldwide with opportunities to innovate and find alternative ways to share their music with others.  On January 30th, pianist virtuoso and educator Dr. Jonathan Korth streamed a piano concert directly from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s …