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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. Classes held over Zoom until further notice.

Faculty

Instructor: Joan Doike

Registration

We are unable to accept new students into BSE for 2020-2021.

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, 9:00 am – 10:15 am. Classes held over Zoom until further notice.

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

Registration
SOE pano

String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)

Audition required for placement. For children of advancing ability.

Class Times

Saturdays, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm. Classes held over Zoom until further notice.

Faculty

Instructor: Joan Doike

Register for SOE
CSO with Chad Uyehara, conductor

Concert String Orchestra (CSO)

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

Class Times

Saturdays, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm. Classes held over Zoom until further notice.

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

Register for CSO
Location

Remotely over Zoom

All classes are being held remotely over Zoom until further notice.

Pre-pandemic, our classes were held at the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

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

Season

To Be Announced

Minimum Age

BSE, ISE, and SOE: At least 8 years old by 8/01/20 and entering grade 3

Upcoming Events

We are essential to the military’s morale and bring a spirit that cannot be replicated by pre-recorded music. Our music helps to soften the fears and anxieties of our bravest citizen soldiers and airmen.

Dr. Brent Rubio

Hawaii National Guard and 111th Army Band

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

Life-changing!

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

Jason B.

Former Student