Hawaii Youth Symphony

Maestro Miyamura Retires

Honolulu, Hawaii – After serving for 33 years as Hawaii Youth Symphony’s music director, Maestro Henry Miyamura will retire in June 2017, announced Richard Ing, president of the HYS board of directors.

Miyamura, who also serves as conductor of Youth Symphony I, Hawaii Youth Symphony’s most advanced orchestra, is scheduled to conduct his final concert — the annual Aloha Concert Luncheon — on May 7, 2017.

“That concert is typically a time we say ‘aloha’ to graduating high school seniors, and this year, the concert will also be our opportunity to say ‘aloha and mahalo’ to Maestro Miyamura,” Ing said. “It will be an emotional concert for many in our community. It will be hard to see him retire, but we all recognize Henry deserves a great retirement.”

“We are indebted to Maestro Miyamura for laying a great foundation for Hawaii Youth Symphony. It is a privilege for all of us — the board, conductors, parents, volunteers, students and other supporters —to build on his legacy,” Ing added.

Randy Wong, executive director of Hawaii Youth Symphony and a bassist, added: “Henry always challenged his students to go ‘beyond beyond.’ He followed his own advice, elevating the Hawaii Youth Symphony to a whole new level, inspiring thousands of local youth to pursue their dreams in music and other fields.”

“Hawaii Youth Symphony has reached an exciting zenith and we are definitely on the map. Just within the past year we have been able to expose our students to world renown musicians such as violinist Midori and showcase our talented local youth on programs such as National Public Radio’s From the Top, which taped a show in Hawaii last December,” Miyamura said.

“Hawaii Youth Symphony is in a very good place and it has been the result of the hard work and tenacity of so many who are dedicated to bringing out the best in Hawaii’s youth. It’s been a real privilege to work with great colleagues and talented, motivated students. As I pass on my baton, I’m confident others will continue this positive energy and momentum,” he said.

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