HYS Names Hannah Watanabe as Organization’s Programs Manager
HONOLULU (August 26, 2021) – Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) announces that longtime HYS conductor, Hannah Watanabe, has been named Programs Manager for the organization. Expanding her role at the nonprofit into a new administrative capacity, Hannah brings over 20 years of music instruction and education experience to her full-time post as Programs Manager. In conjunction with her new responsibilities, Hannah will continue to conduct the HYS Concert Orchestra.
As Programs Manager for the only statewide music education organization in Hawaii, Hannah will assist with coordinating and scheduling HYS’ various enrollment programs. She will additionally lend her expertise to coordinating HYS community events, such as the Listen & Learn Concerts developed in partnership with Hawaii State Department of Education. Hannah will continue to play an integral role in a conducting capacity as well for these “for youth, by youth” performances, offering school children across Hawaii a free opportunity to learn about various instruments and experience orchestral music.
“Hannah’s experience as an educator brings an invaluable perspective to the HYS administrative team as we continue to create the best experiences possible for our students,” said HYS Director of Operations, Aris Doike. “With a passion for music and community, Hannah embodies the spirit of HYS. We are fortunate to now have her leadership in both the administrative and educational foundations of our organization, and are delighted to officially welcome her to the HYS staff!”
Hannah grew up on Oahu, attending Kalani High School, and is one of the many HYS alumni on staff. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Over her extensive career inspiring young people, Hannah has additionally taught orchestra at Moanalua Middle School, Hawaii Baptist Academy, Moanalua High School, and Kalani High School.
“As someone who has benefited so much from my experience as an HYS student, it is an honor to do my part in aiding the young musicians of Hawaii on their own journeys,” said Hannah. “This dynamic new position allows me to fully dedicate my time to HYS, further supporting its vision to Make Music A Right, not a privilege, for all our youth.”