We have a very special duo performing on our stage… ukulele masters, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee.

They’ll be teaching two workshops, followed by a concert on Saturday, September 6th.

Sarah Maisel, hailed as the “Queen of Jazz Ukulele” by international music critics, has taken the world by storm and strum. She has performed at ukulele festivals in England and Australia and around the US. And she loves to teach ukulele as much as she loves to play.

Craig Chee of Hawai’i has studied under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. His lively style and impressive skill have made him a favorite among ukulele lovers. He loves to share his passion for ukulele through teaching workshops and through his albums.

Sarah and Craig will be performing together jazz classics, beautiful originals and feats of ukulele prowess that will send you off to another world.

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“American Sarah Maisel, one of the headline acts at this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival, is a notable exception – a ukulele whiz who demonstrates sublime touch and feel to showcase the four stringed instrument’s genre-spanning capabilities”

“A consummate and charismatic singer with an expressive voice that allows her to cover all styles of Jazz…”

-Rhythms, Australia


“Sarah Maisel has established herself as a solid presence on the local jazz scene following the success of her 2010 debut, Have Uke Will Travel (see March 2012 San Diego Troubadour). Her unique combination of almost astonishing skill on ukulele and expressive, charming vocals is something different, crossing genres and establishing a sound completely her own. ”

“This is more testimony to Maisel the ukulele whiz, without overdubs she makes the tenor uke sound like a hybrid somewhere between jazz guitar and piano.”

– San Diego Troubadour


Craig Chee collaborated with great musicians for his first album and  continued that tradition with the new album by including friends familiar to the ukulele world including Aldrine Guerrero, Aaron Nakamura (both from UkuleleUnderground.com fame!), Sarah Maisel, Ryan Imamura, Kahiwa Sebire, Ryo Montgomery.

From workshops to individual lessons, Craig has been teaching throughout the past 4 years and couldn’t be happier. Craig often remarks “if I’m not playing at any given moment, I hope to be teaching!” Playing at local venues to ukulele festivals around the world, Craig hopes to continue to travel and share his passion for the ukulele and expand on how people view the instrument.



Join us!

Saturday, September 6th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshops with Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee

‘Foundations 101’ and ‘Life After the Third Fret’ – 5:30pm $35 (includes concert)

Foundations 101
We will dive into many fun exercises to strengthen your fingers. These
will focus on coordination, speed, tone control and show how they are
implemented into more advanced techniques. This will help push
you to that next level! There will be a follow up video for this
workshop, accessible via email.
Life After the Third Fret
We all play in ukulele groups, and we all learn to play and strum the same thing. In this class, we will focus on different ways to change chords, so you can enhance the sound of the group. This is a great class for all skill levels. Let’s work together using substitution chords and possibly even chords up the neck to make your group sound
even better!

Maisel & Chee Concert- 8:00pm $12

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