The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) is pleased to host a new concert series featuring the University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) students. The first concert will take place on Thursday, May 10, in the McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m.
The institute is a two-year course of study that offers a one-of-a-kind musical mentorship program dedicated to perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music in all its forms. Through mentor relationships with professional Hawaiian musicians, these courses in Hawaiian music provide an exclusive opportunity for students to receive personal training, guidance and knowledge with experienced Hawaiian musicians that would normally not be available in the community.
UHMC Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto said, "Hawai'i is filled with talented musicians ranging from beach 'ukulele players to rock stars. Maui has its share of gifted young musicians who require stronger support to join the profession. The college secured U.S. Dept. of Labor funding, built a recording studio and appointed George Kahumoku to serve as the first IHM director to meet this need."
George Kahumoku, a four-time Grammy Award winner for his slack key music compilations, mentors and trains 20 musicians in performing, singing, composition, repertoire development, recording and marketing Hawaiian music at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music.
The talented and motivated aspiring musicians selected for the institute are trained to become performers who specialize in Hawaiian music by way of courses that are designed to improve the likelihood of successful music careers.
Kahumoku, a four-time Grammy Award winner for his slack key music compilations, mentors and trains 20 musicians in performing, singing, composition, repertoire development, recording and marketing Hawaiian music. The students are taken from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut.
Classes are offered in guitar, 'ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, the music industry business and recording. In addition to receiving training on their instruments and in voice, students are given direction in stage presence and recording techniques. Part of the stage performance training is the series of tri-annual concerts held at the MACC.
Show your support by attending one of the student showcases.
Tickets are available for $20 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and free to kids 12 years and under (but they must be ticketed).
Call the MACC Box Office 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.