Dr. Robert Wehrman (personal website)
Dr. Robert Wehrman (A.K.A. “Dr. Bob”) studied composition with Aaron Copland, Donald Erb, Donald Reid Womack, J. Mark Scearce, Aurelio de la Vega, Byron Yasui, Takeo Kudo, and Daniel Kessner. He holds four degrees in music composition including the Ph.D. conferred by the University of Hawai‘i. His music has been performed in such venues as the Brevard Music Festival, the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall, National Geographic Theatre, and Chicago’s Symphony Hall where his Second Symphony was premiered by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His film scores have received international acclaim.
He is also an internationally renowned expert on MIDI and digital music composition. He has penned many articles for Keyboard Magazine and worked for such electronic musical instrument manufacturers as Moog Music, Sequential Circuits, and Ensoniq Corp. He is also the first person known to walk alone, cross country, away from all roads and trails, from Badwater in Death Valley (lowest point in North America) to the summit of Mt. Whitney (highest point in the continental United States).
Dr. Bob is currently head of the Music area at Maui Community College.
Dr. Keola Donaghy (personal website)
Dr. Keola Donaghy holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies and M.A. in Hawaiian Language and Literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, a Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications and Information Resource Managmement from UH-Mānoa, and a Ph.D. in Music (ethnomusicology focus) from the University of Otago in Aotearoa (New Zealand). His is a member and former governor of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, an active member of The Recording Academy, Society of Ethnomusicology, International Council of Traditional Music and The British Forum for Ethnomusicology.
Keola is a prolific haku mele (composer of Hawaiian poetry), whose compositions have been recorded by Keali‘i Reichel, Kenneth Makuakāne, Kainani Kahaunaele, The Pandanus Club, The De Lima ‘Ohana, O’Brian Eselu, Patrick Landeza, and Steven Espaniola. His co-composition “Aloha Keauhou” (with Makuakāne) was performed by the senior women at the 2012 Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. He has received numerous nominations for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards as a composer, producer, and liner note annotator.
Keola is the Faculty Coordinator of the Institute of Hawaiian Music, and teaches Hawaiian and world music, music theory and applied music.
Joel Katz, M.S. Ed., BA, Psychology (personal website)
Joel Katz been performing professionally on Maui for 25 years. Joel operates the award winning Seaside Recording Studio and is music director of the popular Maui band “Jimmy Mac and the Kool Katz”. He is also one of the foremost practitioners of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and is passionate about carrying on the tradition of this instrument and style.
Joel teaches guitar, ‘ukulele, recording, and audio technology programs at UH Maui College.
Anne Ku (personal website)
Born in Brunei of Hakka mother and Shanghainese father, Anne Ku lived in Taiwan and Okinawa before winning a full scholarship to Duke University. Her senior piano recital of works of Ravel, Debussy, and Poulenc was inspired by her first encounter of French impressionist music at Oxford University the previous summer. After earning her doctorate from London Business School and working in the energy sectors in US and Europe, she turned her attention to music, obtaining a degree in composition and wrote her piano teaching diploma on sightreading at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She has performed widely as a chamber musician and accompanist, launched new concert series, produced concerts, and conducted business skills workshops for musicians. She writes previews, reviews, and blogs about cultural economics at http://concertblog.wordpress.com.
Anne teaches elementary and intermediate piano classes at UH Maui College.
Karyn Sarring (personal website)
Karyn Sarring has worked with Grammy winning acts, up and coming talent, independent and major label acts and singers and musicians of all styles of music. She is known for her very personal approach, pinpointing needs, inspiriting and discovering the true creative direction of a talent and how to manage all of this in the world of music.
Karyn teaches piano, voice, theory, world, popular and rock music at UH Maui College.
Dr. Stephen Fox (personal website)
Dr. Stephen Fox holds a BA in music and a Master’s degree in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Doctorate in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand. His doctoral research focused on ways participation in traditional arts such as hula and taiko influence well-being, and his ongoing research investigates these well-being influences across musical settings.
Fox has played extensively with African musicians including bala master Lansana Kouyate and kora master Boujou Sisoko, with taiko master Kenny Endo, as well as numerous others from the British Isles and Europe, South America, Egypt, the Carribean, and New Zealand. On returning to academia, Fox studied Okinawan sanshin with National Living Treasure Harry Nakasone and Indonesian gamelan with emeritus pimpanan Hardja Susilo. Fox actively composes, primarily for film, and performs most frequently on santur with guitarist Michael Tanenbaum.