Audiences won’t have to leave their couch to catch some of the most talented students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Department in the spotlight. The Music at Mānoa virtual concert features a wide array of performances which includes the Hawaiʻi Symphony paired with six-time Grammy nominee and 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Amy Hānaialiʻi (arranged by alumnus Michael-Thomas Foumai), a traditional Javanese music ensemble and a tumultuous Chopin sixteenth-note piano solo.

The 30-minute video collage recital is a fundraiser for the UH Mānoa Music Department. This year’s event is virtual and donations collected will provide scholarships and grants for students.

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Symphony orchestra takes virtual stage with Hānaialiʻi.

“As you will hear in the recital performance, the music department is full of talented musicians,” said Thomas Yee, a professor and chair of the UH Mānoa Music Department. “Many of our students are in need of financial assistance, especially during difficult times. We are proud of our students, and we want to acknowledge them by providing assistance in the form of scholarships. Grants allow the music department to showcase some of our finest students abroad.”

Donors can mail a check payable to UH Foundation, write Music Department Enrichment Fund, in the memo and send it to: University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa Music Department, c/o Larry Paxton, 2411 Dole Street, Honolulu HI 96822. Donations are also accepted online. For more information, contact Yee at

Music at Mānoa Recital

  • Queen’s Anthem by Denny Miyasato arr. Michael Thomas-Foumai (alumnus, UH Mānoa) performed by the UH Symphony with guest soloist, Amy Hānaialiʻi, Joseph Stepec, Director
  • Ladrang WILUJENG, pelog barang performed by the UH Gamelan Ensemble, Byron Moon, Director
  • Hawaiʻi Loa (traditional), arr. Les Ceballos performed by the UH Chamber Singers, Jace Saplan, Director
  • Delírio de Morel by Rafael Borges Amaral (PhD student, UH Mānoa)
  • Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4 by Frédéric Chopin performed by Irwin Jiang
  • Aloha ʻOe by Queen Liliʻuokalani performed by the UH Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey Boeckman, Director

The concert video was produced by UH Mānoa Music lecturer William Watson and Duane Padilla, a professional violinist and educator from Hawaiʻi.

This event is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

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The music department has offered grants for students to compete in national and international competitions and significant concerts.