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OLA (Orchestral Learning Alliance)

OLA (Orchestral Learning Alliance)

In 2020, Hawaii Youth Symphony proudly enters the second year of its partnership with the National Orchestra Institute + Festival (NOI+F)known as the Orchestral Learning Alliance (OLA), exclusive to the Pacific Music Institute.

The acronym OLA is also the Hawaiian word for “life” and for members of HYS and NOI+F, music is life, a livelihood and a common bond that brings people together. The OLA partnership between HYS and NOI+F is anticipated to empower students to become better musicians and individuals while giving teaching fellows the means to improve their skills as educators. At the upcoming 2020 PMI, the Orchestral Learning Alliance will serve students in all large ensemble programs—String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Students have the opportunity to work with renowned guest artist faculty, collegiate teaching fellows and other celebrated artists from NOI+F along with additional support from HYS staff and faculty members.

About the National Orchestral Institute+Festival

Founded at the University of Maryland College Park in 1988, NOI+F has been a leader in training and mentoring young orchestral musicians from across the nation. For nearly three decades, young artists have attended this month-long festival to further hone their skills by studying, rehearsing and performing alongside leading musicians and conductors.

OLA Leadership

Director of Orchestral Activities & PMI Artistic Director

Joseph Stepec came to Hawaii from Cleveland, OH in 2016. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Music Department. Under his direction, the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra has premiered […]

OLA Faculty Conductor

Richard Scerbo is Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival where he leads one of the nation’s most prestigious training programs for young orchestral musicians. For over ten years, Scerbo has worked in various capacities to oversee the artistic growth of […]

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