Academy String Program


The HYS Academy’s Beginning Strings Ensemble accepts all-comers. If you have already learned the basics, and want to play in a string orchestra, there are three classes to choose from. 

REGISTER ONLINE for all Academy String Program classes


LOCATION:   Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH)

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

TIMES:   9:00 am – 10:15 amBeginning String Ensemble
(No experience necessary)
    10:45 am – 12:15 pmIntermediate String Ensemble
(minimum 1 year experience)
    10:30 am – 12:30 pmString Orchestra Ensemble
(by audition only)
    12:30 pm – 2:30 pmConcert String Orchestra
(by audition only)
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

BSE, ISE, and SOE: At least 8 years old by 8/01/17 and entering grade 3

Faculty:    Ms. Joan Doike and Mr. Chad Uyehara (see bios)



About the Academy

The HYS Academy is an extracurricular, weekend music program focused on string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) and ensemble playing. String pedagogy has been a focus of HYS since we were incorporated in 1964. 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. 

During the summer, the Academy offers Summer Strings, daily instruction over a five-week session for beginning and intermediate players. 

All Academy programs take place at Spalding Clubhouse, 1704 Waiola St., Honolulu, HI 96826. 

Enrollment in the Academy String Program includes registration (no additional fees necessary) to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH). To participate, students must become a member of BGCH. Parents will be required to fill out a BGCH application at the time of registration. Students’ registration will not be complete without it. HYS will process both the HYS registration form and the BGCH membership. Please do not send any forms directly to the Clubhouse.