Institute of Hawaiian Music announces audition date

For the first time since the program’s launch, the University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music is accepting new students starting in Fall 2013.

A general information session is scheduled Saturday at the UH-Maui College campus in room 109 in the Ka’a’ike Building. Attendees will learn more about the history of the program, the audition, entry and graduation requirements, and availability of financial aid.

Auditions will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Ka’a’ike room 105 CD. 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: 8-10 a.m., 10 a.m. – noon, Noon-2 p.m., or 2-4 p.m.

The Institute of Hawaiian Music 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 relationships with performers, composers and other industry professionals, a release said.

“Starting a career in Hawaiian music can be a challenge,” said IHM Program Coordinator 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 will offer 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 who successfully complete the two-year program will receive an Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Music.

To reserve a spot in the informal session and audition, email or call 984-3622 to receive additional information about the program and to reserve a spot in the informational session and audition.

For information on the program see