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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.

Beginning String Ensemble (BSE)

Description
  • NO AUDITION
  • Students have NO experience OR less than 1 year of experience on their instrument.
  • Students will be introduced to the instruments on the first day of class and then get to choose the instrument they would like to learn if they do not already play an instrument.
Class Times

Saturdays from 8:00 – 9:15 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim 

Registration

Registration Opens: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 24

First Day of Class: TBA

 

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

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Intermediate String Ensemble (ISE)

Description
  • NO AUDITION
  • Students should have at least 1 year of experience on their instrument OR have successfully completed the BSE class and have been recommended to move up to ISE from the BSE instructor.
  • Performs music in the 0.5-2 level (out of 6 levels)
Class Times

Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:30 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

Registration

Registration Opens: Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 24

First Day of Class: TBA

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

String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)

Description
  • AUDITION REQUIRED and will determine if a student gets placed into this ensemble.
  • It is suggested, but not required that students have at least 3 years of experience on their instrument
  • Performs music in the 2-3.5 level (out of 6 levels)
Class Times

Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:00 am (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim 

SOE Audition Application and Music

Audition Application and Music goes live:

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Audition Application Early Deadline:

  • Monday, July 25, 2022
  • $40.00

Audition Application Late Deadline/Auditions Videos Due:

  • Sunday, July 31st
  • $65.00 (late fee)

First Day of Class: TBA

See more information at the Academy CSO/SOE audition page (starting July 5th): https://hiyouthsymphony.org/auditions/academy/

Concert String Orchestra (CSO)

Description
  • AUDITION REQUIRED and will determine if a student gets placed into this ensemble.
  • Most advanced ensemble for the Academy Program
  • It is suggested, but not required that students have at least 3 years of experience on their instrument
  • Performs music in the 2.5-4 level (out of 6 levels)
Class Times

Saturdays from 10:45 am – 12:45 pm (in-person)

Faculty

Instructor: Chad Uyehara

CSO Audition Application and Music

Audition Application and Music goes live:

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Audition Application Early Deadline:

  • Monday, July 25, 2022
  • $40.00

Audition Application Late Deadline/Auditions Videos Due:

  • Sunday, July 31st
  • $65.00 (late fee)

First Day of Class: TBA

See more information at the Academy CSO/SOE audition page (starting July 5th): https://hiyouthsymphony.org/auditions/academy/

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 2022 through April/May 2023 (subject to change)

 

Zoom Orientation: TBA

First Day of Class: TBA

Winter Break: TBA

Spring Break: TBA

Tuition

Tuition for the 2022-2023 season is expected to be around $500-600. Tuition prices will be determined in July.

If finances are an issue, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. The financial aid application will be included in the registration form.

Age Eligibility

Age and grade requirement: 8 years old by August 1, 2022 (or older) and entering grade 3-12.

Audition Music

SOE and CSO audition music can be found on the Academy Audition Page starting on July 5, 2022

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

*COVID-19 policies are subject to change and will be based on policies determined by HYS and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii.

Contact

Email: admin@hiyouthsymphony.org

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