Join IHM! Auditions Are Coming Soon!

IHM Students With George Kahumoku at Beach Bums in Ma‘alaea, for our annual fundraiser

IHM Students With George Kahumoku at Beach Bums in Ma‘alaea, for our annual fundraiser

Are you interested in learning the craft of Hawaiian Music? Need to develop your instrumental, vocal, and technical skills, and learn from award winning recording artists and composers? You can do all of this and much more in the Institute of Hawaiian Music, which is recruiting new students who will begin in Fall 2016. We will be holding auditions during the summer of 2016 for interested individuals. The dates are not yet determine, but please contact Dr. Keola Donaghy so that you can be contacted when we will hold auditions again, or to schedule a private audition.

Prospective students will be expected to perform for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song(s), sing and play their instruments, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Reservations are required, and prospective students may select from the following time slots: 9-11am or noon-3pm. Attendance at the informational session is NOT required to audition. Private auditions may be scheduled for those unable to attend the scheduled audition on March 19, 2016.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music’s (IHM) is a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music. Formal university classes are supplemented with direct mentorship sessions led by professional Hawaiian musicians. Students selected for the IHM program will receive exclusive opportunities to receive personal training, guidance, and knowledge through these mentor-mentee relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals. Visiting mentors have included Keali‘i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakāne, Mailani Makainai, Keola Beamer, Kainani Kahaunaele, Aaron Salā, Raiatea Helm, Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan, Mark Yamanaka, and former IHM director and Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarist George Kahumoku, Jr.

The staff and students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music has produced two compilation CDs, “Pukana” in 2013 and “Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui” in 2015. The latter features all songs about Maui, some well known and others obscure. It has been submitted as an entry for “Best Compilation Album” in this year’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Faculty Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “Aspiring musicians are often left to their own devices to locate willing mentors and performance partners, receive personal training, find gigs, gain performance experience, produce a recording, and learn the steps necessary to break into the industry. Many don’t reach their true potential because they don’t receive career guidance from experienced, professional musicians.” IHM offers classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Students will be given training on their instruments, voice, and harmony. They will be directed in repertoire growth, stage presence, and recording techniques. Students will also complete courses in Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language to understand the cultural roots of their art.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an Academic Subject Certificate (A.C.S) in Hawaiian Music. Scholarship support is available for students in the program. Please email ihm@hawaii.edu or call (808) 984-3570 to receive additional information about the program and to reserve a spot in audition.