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UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music Holding Fall Auditions

August 2, 2013, 11:44 AM HST
* Updated August 2, 12:47 PM
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Students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music playing at the Fairmont Kea Lani as part of the Aloha Friday Summer Concert series. Courtesy photo, UHMC.

Students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music playing at the Fairmont Kea Lani as part of the Aloha Friday Summer Concert series. Courtesy photo, UHMC.

By Wendy Osher

The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Institute of Hawaiian Music is now conducting interviews and auditions for new students seeking enrollment into the program for fall 2013.

University officials announced that the auditions are happening now through Aug. 16, 2013.

The program has already accepted 15 students, and can accommodate up to 10 to 12 more, according to the announcement.

The program was launched two years ago, providing a unique opportunity for students to be directly mentored by some of the legendary artists of Hawaiian music.

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“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Program Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy in a press release.

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“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,” he said.

The two year program offers students a chance to earn an Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Music.

To schedule an interview or audition, interested individuals can contact the following email and phone number: [email protected] or call (808) 984-3622.

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