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Students Sing The Praises Of The Music Department

A video by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Department showcases the talented students, graduates and faculty of the vocal program.

The students include:

Caitlin Cavarocchi, who earned her bachelor of music in vocal performance in 2016: “I came from a musical theater background and so I wasn’t involved with classical training at all. But, under the direction of this amazing faculty here, I have gained skills that I never would have imagined for myself.”

Falefia Brandon Fuamatu Jr., who earned his bachelor of arts in voice in 2015: “The professors here have really helped me achieve my goals and pushed me farther than I expected myself to go. And I think that is something that’s unique to Hawaiʻi and to the culture—that we not only cultivate but expect from one another.”

Also featured on the video are faculty members Maya Hoover, a mezzo-soprano, head of voice and a professor of music; Miguel Ángel Felipe, director of choral activities and an associate professor of music; and tenor Laurence Paxton, department chair and professor of music.

“The video highlights the vocal area in the department, of which we are very proud,” said Paxton. “We wanted to emphasize the various genres of vocal music that are taught to our majors and the countless opportunities that these singers have to perform their acquired skills.”

The music department is the only music program in the state nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Caitlin Cavarrochi singing in front of an orchestra

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