Academy String Program Director; Conductor ISE & CSO; MITCH Nanakuli
An alumnus of HYS, Chad Uyehara conducts the Intermediate String Ensemble and Concert String Orchestra, and has recently been appointed Academy String Program Director. He received his Master’s of Music in Music Education and Viola Performance from Northwestern University where he studied viola with Roland Vamos. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, studying with LaVar Krantz, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Additional studies include the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, the Conductor’s Workshop of America, Mimi Zweig’s Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers, and many Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher training courses.
Mr. Uyehara has performed on violin and viola with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Desert Springs Chamber Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. He currently performs with the Maui Pops Orchestra and as part of a violin-piano duo/piano trio. He has taught orchestra for the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, the Hawaii Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimuki Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary, and Hanahauoli School. Mr. Uyehara also served as interim conductor for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, he directs orchestras for the Hawaii Youth Symphony, the Pacific Music Institute, and St. Andrew’s Schools – The Priory. He is a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola Teacher, and maintains a studio of about thirty students.
Mr. Uyehara serves as president of the Hawaii chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and also organizes the Solo & Ensemble Festival and Junior Festival Orchestra, two of the chapter’s biggest events. His other professional affiliations include Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Viola Society. He has been honored with the 2018 Teacher of the Year award from the Hawaii Music Teachers Association.
Our students exude a wonderful enthusiasm for learning and performing. As a HYS educator, I am fortunate to share that joy of music with the students and happy to give back to the organization that helped nurture my own passion for music. I’m looking forward to furthering our incredible program in this new role.
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