Free concert to shine light on UH-MC music program

A trio of virtuoso guitarists is set to perform a free noon concert at the University of Hawaii Maui College on Friday to help shine a light on opportunities to study music at UH-MC and inspire the next generation of musicians, according to an announcement.

The concert features students of world-renowned classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery, who serves as chairman of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music: Ian O’Sullivan, a Kamehameha graduate and UH alumni who became the first guitarist from Hawaii to earn a Master’s degree in guitar from Yale University; Arash Noori, who is pursuing a doctorate from the Yale School of Music; and Ray Zhou, who will begin Yale School of Music’s highly competitive Artist Diploma program.

Sponsored by the UH-Maui College’s Music Department, the program will include baroque guitar, classical guitar and ukulele.

It will take place in the science building lecture theatre (‘Ike Le’a 144).

“We’re thrilled to have these gifted guitarists appear at UH-MC, and demonstrate the depth and variety of music that can be heard here on Maui,” said UH-MC music studies coordinator Keola Donaghy. “Maybe the next Ian O’Sullivan will be in the audience and find inspiration to take a music class at UH-MC.”

UH-MC is offering a variety of hands-on music classes starting Aug. 25, including piano, Hawaiian steel guitar, beginning ukulele, voice class and digital recording techniques.

To learn more about music opportunities at UH-MC, visit or to fill out an online application.