Conductor, Concert Orchestra
Hannah Watanabe works for the Hawaii Youth Symphony as Programs Manager and conductor for the Symphony Program’s Concert Orchestra. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in K-12 Music Education with an emphasis in Secondary Instrument Music. Ms. Watanabe is an alumnus of the Hawaii Youth Symphony where she performed under the direction of Mr. Michael Nakasone and Mr. Henry Miyamura. Prior to working at HYS, she taught orchestra for 16 years as an educator at Moanalua Middle School. While at Moanalua Middle School, she took the orchestra on several trips including Boston to work with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Disneyworld where the orchestra won Best in Class, the Gold Award, and received a superior rating twice at Festival Disney, Disneyland to perform and participate in the Disney Workshop, and to the neighbor islands where her students performed and taught elementary school students about music and the orchestra. Prior to teaching at Moanalua Middle School, Ms. Watanabe also taught K-6 general music and choir at Hawaii Baptist Academy, orchestra, piano, and music theory at Moanalua High School, and while still in college, she taught orchestra at Kalani High School part time. Ms. Watanabe is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Hawaii Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, and the Hawaii Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
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