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.
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.
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.
String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)
Audition required for placement. For children of advancing ability.
Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
Register for SOE
SOE is open by audition only. A password is required to access the Online Registration Form. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed to the primary e-mail address on file on/before August 16. Please check your child’s acceptance letter for the password.
Concert String Orchestra (CSO)
Audition required for placement. The Academy’s most advanced string orchestra.
Saturdays, 12:45-2:45 pm. Special workshops, events, and concerts TBD.
Register for CSO
CSO is open by audition only. A password is required to access the Online Registration Form. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed to the primary e-mail address on file on/before August 16. Please check your child’s acceptance letter for the password.
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH)
Spalding Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
1704 Waiola Street
(Behind Washington Middle School, Corner of Waiola & Lokahi St.)
Every SATURDAY from September 8, 2018 through April 28, 2019
Winter Vacation: December 15, 22, and 29, 2018
Spring Vacation: March 23, 2019
BSE, ISE, and SOE: At least 8 years old by 8/01/18 and entering grade 3
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