Before college, Kamalu had already received two awards for composing music including the National PTA Reflections contest. Kamalu was accpeted into Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. After a year of attendance, he transferred to BYU to finish his education.
Writing a film score was at the top of Kamalu’s priority list. When he received an email that the BYU animation team was accepting composition submissions for their animation short, Papa, Kamalu was ready to go to work. The animation team loved Kamalu’s score and selected him to finalize the score for Papa. Kamalu went on to use the BYU Chamber Orchestra to record the score. As great as it was composing the music for Papa, it got even better when Kamalu was nominated for a Student Emmy in music.
He also worked with George Nelson to write and create the musical, Trailer Trash, later called Single Wide. This project was funded by a 2014 grant from the Laycock Center. The script was selected as a Next Link Project to be performed at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMTF). It is a tremendous honor, and Single Wide will receive a complete production at the festival with a budget, dramaturgy support, and access to workshops and agents. BYU graduate Jeff Whiting was chosen to be the director. In March of 2015, the musical was awarded the Blanche and Irving Laurie Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
The Student Emmy awards will be announced in May. In the meantime, Kamalu will graduate and continue composing. His goal is to create music for film, Broadway and pop music. For Kamalu, the sky is the limit.