Conductors & Teachers

Symphony Program

Henry Miyamura

Music Director & Conductor, Youth Symphony I
A lifelong resident of Hawaii, Henry Miyamura is a McKinley High School graduate. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performers’ Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as well as a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University. His numerous credits include 14 years as band director at McKinley High School; principal clarinetist with the Honolulu Symphony; membership in the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Hillel Chamber Concert Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. Mr. Miyamura also served as Assistant Conductor for the Honolulu Symphony which gave him the opportunity to conduct concerts featuring Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; David Bar-Ilan, piano; Joshua Bell, violin;Charles Treger, violin; and Harvey Pittel, saxophone as well as other Hawaii entertainers. After 35 years, Mr. Miyamura recently retired as Professor of Music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and conductor of the UH Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as music director for HYS and has been since 1984. He conducts HYS’s top orchestra, Youth Symphony I, as well as directs HYS’s Pacific Music Institute during the summer. Mr. Miyamura was named as winner of the prestigious 2001 Alfred Preis Award by the Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education for his lifetime commitment to arts and education in Hawaii. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Governor’s Award for Fine Arts.  

Elton Masaki

Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II music_staff_elton
Elton Masaki holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master of Music in Education degree from Boston University. He is currently working on a PhD in Education with an emphasis in technology from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Masaki is the orchestra director at Mid-Pacific Institute where he has been conducting since 2005. He has also taught orchestra at Kamehameha Schools and Iolani School and the Hawaii Youth Symphony String Program. Mr. Masaki also serves as an orchestra clinician for a number of different camps and workshops and manages his own string quartet. Professional affiliations include American String Teacher Association and Association for Education and Communication Technology.

Susan Ochi-Onishi

Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II
Susan Ochi-Onishi has been with Kaimuki Middle since 1993, directing the Beginning and Advanced Concert Bands. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984 and a PDMUS Secondary Music Education degree in 1987. She received a Master of Music degree in 1985 from Northwestern University, where she studied the oboe under Ray Still (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the English horn under Grover Schiltz (CSO). Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is a member of the OBDA, HMEA, MENC, and is presently serving as President for the Hawaii Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association.

Hannah Watanabe

Conductor, Concert Orchestra
Hannah Watanabe is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education. She is also a former member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, in which she performed while a student at Kalani High School. She is currently teaching orchestra at Moanalua Middle School, and also taught at Hawaii Baptist Academy,Moanalua High School and Kalani High School. Mrs. Watanabe is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Hawaii Music Educators Association.  

Wayne Fanning

Assistant Conductor, Concert Orchestra Wayne Fanning
Fanning is a graduate of Hilo High School.  He received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Music Education.  He has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Royal Hawaiian Band, Kamuela Philharmonic, Kona Chamber Orchestra, Maui Symphony, and the Hawaii County Band.  He has served as a clinician and guest conductor for various middle and high school bands in Hawaii.  He has conducted several middle school honor bands as well as the Maui District High School Massed Band.  He has been teaching band and orchestra at Niu Valley Middle School since 1998, where the musical ensembles have performed for the Board of Education, the State Legislature, the Inauguration of Governor Abercrombie, and local and national conferences of the Hawaii Music Educators Association and American School Band Directors Association.  


Academy String Program

Charlotte Fukumoto

String Program Coordinator
Charlotte Fukumoto has been HYS’s String Program Coordinator since 1995. She retired from the Department of Education after 27 years of service. Thirteen of those years were spent working with the string orchestra program at Moanalua Intermediate. She has been a string repair technician at Music Center of Hawaii and an orchestra teacher at Kamehameha Middle School for three separate years. Ms. Fukumoto chaired the Senior Honor All-State Orchestra while teaching for the Kamehameha Schools Intermediate orchestra from 1995-1996. She has also taught English as a second language at McKinley Community School for Adults.

Chad Uyehara

Conductor, Concert String Orchestra & Intermediate String Ensemble
An alumnus of HYS, Chad Uyehara conducts the Intermediate String Ensemble and Concert String Orchestra. Mr. Uyehara received his Master’s of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii. He is also a graduate of Punahou School. Mr. Uyehara has performed on violin and viola with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Desert Springs Chamber Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. He has taught orchestra with the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, and the Hawaii Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimuki Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary. Mr. Uyehara served as interim conductor for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, he teaches orchestra at at Saint Andrew’s Priory and Hanahaouli School, and maintains a private violin/viola studio of thirty students. Professional affiliations include American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, and the American Viola Society.

Joan Doike

Conductor, Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble Joan Doike directed orchestras in the HYS program for fourteen years prior to moving to Indiana. While in Indiana, she taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Pre-College String Academy. Ms. Doike currently teaches the HYS Beginning String Ensemble, and gives private lessons. As a student, Ms. Doike was a violinist in HYS while at Kaimuki Intermediate and Kalani High schools and she continued on to receive her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hawaii. Her two daughters, niece and nephew are also HYS alumni and are currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in music.  

Helen Fong

String Program Sectional Coach
Helen Fong is the string coach of the Intermediate String Ensemble. She has been with HYS since 1992. Mrs. Fong has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She taught strings and chorus in the Scranton public schools from 1974-1992. She was a violist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and various chamber and community orchestras. Locally, Mrs. Fong has taught at McKinley High School, Le Jardin Academy, Aiea Intermediate School and Wheeler Middle School. She currently teaches AVID at Dole Middle School.


Music in the Clubhouse

Joy Waikoloa

Music4Kids General Music Teacher
Joy Waikoloa was born and raised in Honolulu.  As a vocalist, she is known for versatility in her song selections, but her deepest passions lie with blues, R&B and jazz.

Ms. Waikoloa graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Music. Prior to owning Hawai’i Audiology Consultants in 2009 and entering the hearing conservation profession, she taught music for fifteen years with the DOE and now continues to teach children through the Music4Kids program with the Hawaii Youth Symphony.

Matt Momohara

Clubhouse Band Director