Play Strings With A New West Side Ensemble

Calling west side violin, viola, cello, and bass players! If you want the chance to play your instrument on stage again, and to learn from one of West Oʻahu’s most accomplished musicians, consider joining the new UH-West Oʻahu University Strings.

UH West Oahu University Strings. Jon Magnussen conductor. Community members welcome to join!
Conductor Jon Magnussen has taught at UH West Oʻahu’s music department since 2012. Before that, he was Artist-in-Residence at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study — which was also once the workplace of an amateur violinist named Albert Einstein.

As a kid, Magnussen played with the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony. He went on to earn masters and doctorate degrees in composition at The Juilliard School. His music for concert hall, dance, and film have been performed around the world, and recorded as albums.

And Magnussen’s a stellar professor, too. He was one of 15 winners of the 2018 Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. A student of his wrote:

The most significant factor to teaching is passion: passion for the subject, and passion to help others become better. Dr. Jon’s passion for what he does was obvious from the very first course I’ve taken from him.

Magnussen told us he’s excited about leading the new string ensemble, because playing classical music was such a big part of his early years as a musician.

The string ensemble practices once a week, on Thursday nights. Anyone with performance experience playing the bass, cello, viola, or violin is welcome to join.

If you’re interested in joining the University Strings, contact Professor Magnussen to set up an audition time. You’ll be asked to play scales, a few pre-chosen pieces and sight-read a few others.

The string ensemble’s public debut is December 5th at Ka Makana Aliʻi. Follow the UH-West Oʻahu music department on Facebook to stay up to date.