Want to learn an orchestral string instrument? Our Academy String Program is the place to start! Approximately 200 students from more than 70 schools participate in the Academy programs each year. Since 2010, the Academy has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.
Beginning String Ensemble (BSE)
For children ages 8 & up. No prior musical experience needed. In this class, students will choose an instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass), learn basic instrument care, and start reading music. Students will perform twice in a concert setting and learn to follow a conductor.
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
Intermediate String Ensemble (ISE)
For children ages 8 & up, with at least 1 year of prior experience. Building on the Beginning String class, the Intermediate String Ensemble introduces fundamentals of orchestral playing.
Saturdays, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)
Audition required for placement. For children of advancing ability.
Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
Concert String Orchestra (CSO)
Audition required for placement. The Academy’s most advanced string orchestra.
Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH)
Spalding Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
1704 Waiola Street
(Behind Washington Middle School, Corner of Waiola & Lokahi St.)
Every SATURDAY from September 2, 2017 through April 22, 2018 (September 16 rehearsal is cancelled. BGCH is hosting a large event)
Winter Vacation: December 16, 23, and 30, 2017
Spring Vacation: March 24, 2018
BSE, ISE, and SOE: At least 8 years old by 8/01/18 and entering grade 3
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