|The University has announced auditions for anyone
in the island community interested in participating in band,
orchestra, or both. The auditions are open to current and prospective
HPU students as well as community members and will be held March
11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Middle School’s band
room, 1302 Queen Emma Street, Building D, according to Dr. Theresa
McCreary, the new director of HPU Instrumental programs.
HPU already has a number of musical organizations. The Sea Warrior
Band plays a variety of music for athletic events, University
programs, and community concerts. Its performing ensemble features
instrumental musicians and occasional vocal solos and presents
music from contemporary styles including show, rock, swing, and
The Six O’Clock Band, a select jazz ensemble of top HPU
instrumental musicians, also performs at many University events.
The newly formed HPU Chamber Orchestra will be under McCreary’s
direction and will feature, McCreary said, “the music of
Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, and other great master composers
of the Baroque era.
The only other local college I know of that has an orchestra
program is UH-Manoa,” continued McCreary, who added that “The
new orchestra hopes to support both the the international chorale
and vocal ensemble as well as the theater program.”
McCreary is overseeing the addition of an academic component
to HPU’s so far co-curricular music programs. “We
fall under both Student Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts,” she
I forsee the instrumental and choral music programs at HPU blossoming
into a music minor and even a music major of some kind,” McCrary
Research suggests that students who participate in performing
arts are more likely to finish their degrees and graduate,” McCrary
said, continuing: “so I see this expansion not only as
a way of boosting retention of our students, but also of drawing
in even more international talent to HPU.
An instrumental music educator for 20 years, McCreary holds music
degrees from the University of Kansas (Lawrence), the University
of Texas at Austin, and the University of Hawai‘i (Manoa).
Her musical credits are extensive. She has been a cellist with
the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; the
Bel Canto Trio in Texas; the Honolulu and Maui Symphonies; and
the Kona Orchestra.
As a musician-educator, McCreary has served as guest clinician
and conductor for the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, the University
of Hawai‘i Orchestra, the Hawai‘i Department of Education,
the Kamehameha Schools, and the All-South Honor Orchestra Conference
at the University of Southern Mississippi.
McCreary also has extensive administrative experience. She has
served on the executive boards for the Hawai‘i Music Educators
Association, the Hawai‘i String Teachers Association, and
the Hawai‘i Arts First Partnership.
Currently, McCreary is assistant professor of Music and director
of Instrumental Music programs at HPU.
To schedule an audition or for more information, call Dr. McCreary
at 544-0887 or visit www. hpu.edu/band for audition criteria.