The fall semester is almost upon us, and we are offering a wide variety of performance, academic and technology focused classes at UH-Maui College. Please see the list of available courses and feel free to contact any of our faculty and instructors if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing YOU in a music class this fall!
Kahului, Hawai‘i – Virtuoso guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Ray Zhou, Arash Noori will perform a free noon concert at UH Maui College on Friday, July 25. The program, sponsored by the UH-Maui College Music Department, will include baroque guitar, classical guitar, and ‘ukulele, and will take place in the science building lecture theatre (‘Ike Le‘a 144) at 12:00 PM. The concert is a special event in the week-long guitar masterclass taught by the renowned American guitarist and chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, Benjamin Verdery. This year marks the 15th year that Mr. Verdery has held a guitar masterclass on Maui. Over that time, over 125 guitarists have come from across the United States and around the world to Maui to study with Mr. Verdery, many of them returning multiple times. The class includes one-on-one instruction not only with Mr. Verdery but also with world-famous guest teachers, including this year John Dearman of the acclaimed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The class also includes the performance of ensemble music, with the 15 to 20 guitarists in the class performing as a guitar orchestra. Each year, the orchestra performs at least one piece of music written by a Hawaiian composer. This year, that piece will be Bailey Matsuda’s “Born and Raised,” in an arrangement by Ian O’Sullivan.
The concert at Maui college will feature three extraordinary young performers, all of whom have studied with Mr. Verdery, either on Maui, at Yale, or both. Ian O’Sullivan grew up on the north shore of Oahu, where became proficient at a young age on the ukulele. After being introduced to the classical guitar at UH Manoa by Hawaiian classical, jazz and slack-key guitarist Jeff Peterson, Ian […]
A number of students in our inaugual Elementary Hawaiian Steel Guitar class peformed at the Maui Steel Guitar Festival this past Saturday at the Ka‘ānapali Beach Hotel. Mahalo to their kumu Joel Katz for preparing and accompanying them during the performance. Many in attendance were suprised but delighted to learn that steel guitar is a regular course at Music at UH Maui College, and will be offered again next semester.
We will be offering a combined Elementary and Intermediate steel guitar class in the fall. Please stay tuned for details!
For the first time, UH Maui College has offered a class in Hawaiian Steel Guitar – an important milestone in perpetuating this beautiful Hawaiian instrument and playing technique. Along with instructor and steel guitar performer Joel Katz, we expect to have 12 students representing our program performing at 11:30 this Saturday April 12, 014 at the Kaanapali Beach hotel for the annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival. Having this many students performing is unprecedented! Joel is a featured solo performer this year, and will be performing at 2:30 on Friday and other times throughout the weekend. We hope that you can attend and enjoy our students’ performance, and that of the many other practitioners that will be at the festival.
UH-MC Open Mic Nights are back in the Student lounge. The first will be February 27, 2014 From 5 to 8 PM . All talent are welcome, Sing, Skits, Dance, Drama, Slam Poet, Hula, Hawaiian Music, Stand Up Comedy, whatever talent you wish to show is welcome! Free admission for UH-MC students with ID, $2 donation for the general public. Free food!