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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.

Spots are limited due to limited class sizes and evolving COVID-19 restrictions. Availability will be on a first come first served basis.

For the safety of our students, staff and faculty, all students 12 & older will be required to have received the COVID-19 vaccine to participate in the Academy Program.

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, start reading music, and learn to follow a conductor.

Class Times

Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:15 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim 

Registration

BSE Registration Form (Click Here)

Registration Deadline: 9/7/21

First Day of Class: 9/18/21

 

Spots are limited due to limited class sizes and evolving COVID-19 restrictions. Availability will be on a first come first served basis.

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 from 9:30 – 10:45 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

Registration

ISE Registration Form (Click Here)

Registration Deadline: 9/7/21

First Day of Class: 9/18/21

 

Spots are limited due to limited class sizes and evolving COVID-19 restrictions. Availability will be on a first come first served basis.

SOE pano

String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)

Audition required for placement. For children of advancing ability.

Class Times

Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:45 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim 

SOE Audition Application and Music

Click on the link below to access the CSO/SOE Audition Page:

Protected: Academy String Program Auditions

CSO with Chad Uyehara, conductor

Concert String Orchestra (CSO)

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

Class Times

Saturdays from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

CSO Audition Application and Music

Click on the link below to access the CSO/SOE Audition Page:

Protected: Academy String Program Auditions

Location

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii 

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

Schedule Overview

SATURDAYS from September 2021 through April 2022 (subject to change)

 

Zoom Orientation: 9/11

First Day of Class: 9/18

Winter Break: 12/18, 12/25 and 1/1

Spring Break: 3/19

Tuition

Tuition for the 2021-2022 season is $525.00.

If finances are an issue, we encourage you to apply for financial aid on the registration form.

Age Eligibility

At least 8 years old by September 1, 2021 and entering grade 3.

Audition Music

SOE and CSO audition music can be found on the Academy Audition Page

Health and Safety Requirements and Expectations
  • COVID-19 Vaccine
    • All students 12 & older will be required to be vaccinated to participate.
  • Masks that cover the nose and mouth will be required at all times
  • Students will remain socially distant
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