Listen & Learn Concerts

The Hawaii Youth Symphony invites all educators and students to attend our annual “Listen & Learn” educational concerts. These 45-minute concerts are FREE and are the only live symphony concerts for youth by youth—and have been a part of HYS’s culture and community commitment for nearly 50 years!       

All concerts are SOLD OUT. No further reservations will be accepted. 

The Oahu concert schedule is: 

Youth Symphony I Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
9:30 am & 11:00 am
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Youth Symphony II Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
9:30 am & 11:00 am
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Concert Orchestra Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
9:30 am only
Blaisdell Concert Hall

Videos: Meet the HYS Performers

DOE Endorsed

HYS Listen & Learn concerts are endorsed by the Hawaii State Department of Education. Teachers are provided with Teacher’s Guides, CDs and student worksheets to help students prepare for the concerts. Collateral materials help teachers meet current GLOs and state arts standards. 


“Listen & Learn”  concerts are FREE; seating reservations are open to schools (private, public, charter or home school associations), not the general public. If you would like your child to attend a “Listen & Learn” concert, please pass this information on to their school teacher or principal. Transportation to/from Blaisdell Concert Hall is the responsibility of the school. 

Concert Content

The concerts are narrated by a professional emcee (usually a local TV or media personality), and assume no prior musical knowledge. Children learn basic concert etiquette, see & hear all instruments of the orchestra, listen to classical and popular music, and participate in sing-a-longs. One lucky child per concert might get the opportunity to conduct the orchestra!