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by Kalamalama staff

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 jazz.

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 explained.

“ I forsee the instrumental and choral music programs at HPU blossoming into a music minor and even a music major of some kind,” McCrary added.

“ 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.


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