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Jace Kaholokula Saplan

Jace Saplan Indigenous Composer Series

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Learning & Teaching and Choral Conducting at Arizona State University and oversees the graduate program in choral conducting, conducts the ASU Concert Choir, and teaches courses in choral literature and pedagogy that weave decolonial and critical theories with communal vocal practice. As a Kanaka Maoli advocate, artist, and culture bearer, Dr. Saplan is also the artistic director of Nā Wai Choral Collective, a vocal ensemble based in Hawai’i dedicated to the preservation, propagation, and innovation of Hawaiian choral music. 

Dr. Saplan’s research focuses on the performance practice of Pasifika choral traditions and Queen Lili’uokalani’s choral compositions; decolonial approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the choral classroom; intersections of choral pedagogy, gender, and sexuality in communities of color; and trauma-informed practice and boundary building with BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) music educators. Dr. Saplan received their Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Music from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, their Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University-Portland, their Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and their Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with cognates in Music Education and Ethnomusicology from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

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