Join the UH West O'ahu Band and University Chorus this fall

O'ahu high school juniors and seniors, UHWO affiliates, and community members encouraged to apply

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604
Public Info Officer, Communications Department
Posted: Aug 26, 2014

UH West O'ahu Band performs at Ala Moana Centerstage
UH West O'ahu Band performs at Ala Moana Centerstage

University Band

The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu University Band welcomes new members as the band begins its second year at the University this fall. Chadwick Kamei, Pearl City High School director of bands, and leader of the award-winning Pearl City High School “Charger” Marching Band, will teach the UH West O‘ahu University Band (MUS 419) course. Eligible band members include

  • UHWO students, faculty, staff, and community members with band experience,
  • O‘ahu high school band junior or senior students participating in the Department of Education Running Start program that offers simultaneous high school and college credit; or Early Admission program that offers college credit only and
  • Hawai‘i State Department of Education teachers taking MUS 419 for teacher reclassification credit.

All band members will receive UH West Oʻahu course credit for University Band MUS 419. Instruction begins Aug. 27 and will take place in the Pearl City High School band room on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. High school students interested in joining the UH West O‘ahu band should speak with their college counselor about applying for the Running Start or Early Admission program. All interested participants should contact Pearl City High School Director of Bands Chadwick Kamei at to schedule an audition.

“Playing in the band or singing in the choir is a great way to meet new friends and expand your community,” says UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen. “Although music-making has long been associated with improved mental focus and lower levels of stress, most people simply enjoy it because it feeds the soul as much as it feeds the intellect.”

View a video performance of the UH West Oʻahu band performing at Ala Moana Center Stage.

University Chorus

The UH West Oʻahu University Chorus (MUS 114), under the direction of conductor and baritone Jeremy Wong, welcomes new members for its fall 2014 season. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. in Room C225 at UH West Oʻahu. The University Chorus welcomes community musicians in addition to UH West Oʻahu students, faculty and staff. Members will earn UH West Oʻahu course credit and spend the term singing beautiful choral literature from the Renaissance to the present, improving vocal technique, musicianship, and listening
and ensemble skills. The ability to read music is not required.

Highlights of the University Chorus year include the Winter Concert in late November and the all-collegiate “E Himeni Kākou” spring choral festival, when more than 300 singers from college campuses all over the island unite to sing for and with each other. For more information, contact Choral Director, Jeremy Wong at or UHWO Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at

View a video performance of the UH West Oʻahu University Chorus performing in the UHWO Library.

UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,400 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit,, or call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.