Honolulu, HI, (December 27, 2013)—QSC and Quilter Labs founder Patrick Quilter, a 1964 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, will donate $1.6 million to his former high school across the next five years to fund the construction of a new recital hall and the purchase of stringed and native Hawaiian instruments.
“My Punahou physics course taught me everything I needed to know to get started in electronics and laid a foundation that allowed me to begin building my first crude circuits in college,” says Quilter. “Punahou was the first school where I really blossomed and as a ‘science geek,’ I enjoyed my science classes, particularly my physics class because it tended to be about ‘how things work.’ I can still recall the many ‘aha’ moments as basic principles were explained, and it was from these beginnings that I was able to forge such a long and rewarding career in professional audio.”
The Patrick H. Quilter Concert Hall, which is in the preliminary planning stage and is expected to break ground in the next five to six years, will provide a new, acoustically treated performance venue for students. The facility will allow Punahou to host a variety of more intimate performances such as guitar recitals, jazz ensembles, Junior School children’s choirs, and other small and mid-sized events. The gift also supports other needs of the Punahou music program, which may include student access to fretted stringed instruments and Hawaiian music.
The son of a Marine aviator, Quilter enrolled at the University of Rochester after graduating from Punahou where he studied Physics and Mechanical Engineering. After two years in New York, Quilter relocated to Southern California to be with this family, where he completed his formal studies at Cal State Long Beach. In 1968, Quilter, along with business partners Barry Andrews and John Andrews, formed Quilter Sound Company and began building power amplifiers and guitar amplifiers to meet the needs of local musicians and artists. Today, QSC is located in Costa Mesa, CA with additional locations in Boulder, CO and Hong Kong, and a worldwide staff of over 400 people. In 2011, Quilter founded Quilter Labs where he designs and builds guitars amplifiers for some today’s biggest artists in music.
“Punahou is deeply grateful for Pat Quilter’s generous leadership gift, which will benefit students for decades to come,” says Punahou School President James K. Scott. “Our vision is to be recognized as one of the finest music programs in America, one that emphasizes creativity, collaboration and a deep understanding of Hawaiian culture. This gift will help Punahou realize that goal.”
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