Join the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu University Band, sing with the University Chorus, and play and sing mele Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian music) with the Hawaiian Ensemble at UH West Oʻahu this fall.
The UH West O‘ahu University Band welcomes new members as the band begins its third year at the University. 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.
Instruction begins Aug. 24 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition. For all other questions, contact UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at email@example.com.
View a video performance of the UH West Oʻahu band rehearsing for the UH West O‘ahu Winter Concert in fall 2015.
The UH West Oʻahu University Chorus (MUS 114), under the direction of Karol Nowicki, also welcomes new members for its fall 2016 season. Rehearsals begin on Aug. 23 with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. at UH West Oʻahu. The University Chorus welcomes community musicians in addition to UH West Oʻahu students, faculty and staff. Members will spend the term singing 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. A highlight of the fall semester is the holiday concert, an end-of-semester collaboration with the University Band and Hawaiian Ensemble.
For more information, contact Choral Director, Karol Nowicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or UHWO Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at email@example.com.
View a video performance of the UH West Oʻahu University Chorus performing in the 2016 E Himeni Kākou with the mass collegiate choir.
Now in its fourth year, UHWO Hawaiian Ensemble (MUS 211/MUS 311) is open to all students who can sing or play an instrument. Directed by kumu Kamuela Kimokeo, students work in small groups on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. to create arrangements in the nahenahe (sweet, gentle) style and practice group performances, honing their kani ka pila (style of Hawaiian music playing in an impromptu group jam session) skills as collaborative musicians. A highlight of the semester is the PIKO Project-sponsored Hoʻokani Kulanui sessions with local Hawaiian music artists and kumu Kimokeo. Community members are invited to join the students on the third Thursday afternoons of September, October and November, as they learn mele (Hawaiian songs) from the artists in a friendly talk-story format. Past artists have included Palani Vaughan, Raiatea Helm, Kawika Kahiapo, Jerry Santos and others.
For more information, contact Kamuela Kimokeo at firstname.lastname@example.org or UHWO Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen at email@example.com