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Academy String Program

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.

BSE violins sitting

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.

Class Times

Saturdays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.

Faculty

Instructor: Joan Doike

ISE pano

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.

Class Times

Saturdays, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

SOE pano

String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)

Audition required for placement. For children of advancing ability.

Class Times

Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.

Faculty

Instructor: Joan Doike

CSO with Chad Uyehara, conductor

Concert String Orchestra (CSO)

Audition required for placement. The Academy’s most advanced string orchestra.

Class Times

Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

Location

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH)

Spalding Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
1704 Waiola Street
(Behind Washington Middle School, Corner of Waiola & Lokahi St.)

Season

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

Minimum Age

BSE, ISE, and SOE: At least 8 years old by 8/01/18 and entering grade 3

Administrative Contact

Ms. Talia Turnbull, Academy Program Coordinator

Email: academy.strings@hiyouthsymphony.org

Future Leaders

Every time I hear HYS perform, I think how awesome Hawaii will be with these people as our future leaders.

Tammy J.

Concertgoer

Music for All

There isn't a single child who shouldn't be exposed to orchestral music, especially thanks to HYS.

Belinda C.

Former Parent

Life-changing!

Participating in HYS was an amazing, life-changing experience. I made lifelong friends and learned to respect myself.

Jason B.

Former Student