50 States of Guitar Class

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Aloha NAfME members! Today we will visit Honolulu and the classroom of Darin Au who has also served on the NAfME Council for Guitar Education as the Western Division Representative since 2015. Darin has held teaching positions at Sacred Hearts Academy and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Darin currently is a faculty member of the Academy Music Department at Punahou School.

Over the past several years, he has made many contributions to arts education by presenting workshops on teaching creativity at the Schools of the Future Conference, the Hawaii Music Educators Association (HMEA) Conference, and to teachers and parents at Punahou School. Darin received his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of North Texas. His most recent book is Beginning Ensembles for the Next Generation of Guitarists. In addition his compositions and arrangements have been performed across the United States, throughout Europe and in Asia, including a world premiere of his published work “Chasing Dragons” at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Festival in San Antonio. (This work will also be performed by the NAfME All-National Guitar Ensemble conducted by Dr. Michael Quantz at the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando this November.)

Most recently, his composition for guitar ensemble, “Bailarina en un paisaje abstracto,” was premiered at the HMEA Conference in a combined effort of the Maryvale High School (Phoenix, AZ) Touring Guitar Ensemble and the Classic Guitar Ensemble II of Punahou School. Darin has performed extensively throughout the U.S., and among his local credits are concerts and CD recording with rock/reggae band Thick Tubes and radio and television appearances with Kapono Beamer. Thank you, Darin, for sharing your thoughts!

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