Symphony Program

Three orchestras make up the Symphony Orchestra Program. These orchrestras are for woodwind, brass, percussion and string students.

Youth Symphony I (YSI)

Youth Symphony I is the most advanced of our seven orchestras, and is one of the finest youth symphonies in the country. Among its accomplishments, YSI has been a Finalist in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, performed with Midori, and was featured on From The Top with host Christopher O’Riley.

In the 2017-18 season, YSI was composed of 104 students, grades 9-12, from 23 public, home, and independent schools across Oahu and Maui. They rehearsed more than 130 hours and performed 10 concerts, including a Side-by-Side with the professional Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Conducted by Dr. John Devlin


Youth Symphony II (YSII)

Youth Symphony II is the second most advanced of our seven orchestras. In 2017-18, Youth Symphony II was composed of 109 students, grades 8-12, from 32 schools across Oahu and Maui. They rehearsed more than 120 hours and performed 7 concerts, including a joint collaboration with Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus!

Concert Orchestra (CO)

Concert Orchestra is the third most-advanced of our seven orchestras, and is the entry level to our Symphony Program. This year, Concert Orchestra was composed of 97 students, grades 6-12, from 33 schools across Oahu. They rehearsed more than 110 hours and performed 5 concerts, including one of our Listen & Learn concerts attended by nearly 2,000 school children!

Rehearsal Locations

Rehearsals are held every Sunday afternoon from August through May. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts. The 2017-2018 rehearsal schedule is outlined below:

OrchestraConcert OrchestraYouth Symphony IIYouth Symphony I
Rehearsal LocationNiu Valley Middle School
310 Halemaumau Street
Honolulu, HI 96821
Kaimuki Middle School
631 18th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
UH Music Department
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Rehearsal ScheduleWinds/Percussion Sectional
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Full Orchestra Rehearsal
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Strings Sectional
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Winds/Percussion Sectional &
Strings Sectional

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Full Orchestra Rehearsal
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Winds/Percussion Sectional
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Full Orchestra Rehearsal
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Strings Sectional
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Financial Aid

HYS believes in making music education affordable and equitable for all. Thanks to generous donations and grants, we are able to offer financial aid packages for qualified students. Scholarships for private lessons are also available. Financial Aid applications will be available at the HYS website and will be due by September 1, 2018. All financial information will be kept confidential and used only for financial aid decision-making purposes

Neighbor Island Students

Travel Assistance Available

Students from all islands are encouraged to audition and apply. In addition to Financial Aid and Scholarships, HYS has funds to assist with neighbor island students with travel expenses (airfare and ground transportation) for rehearsals and concerts.


Because we understand that coming every weekend to Oahu would be impossible, we will work with neighbor island students on a case-by-case basis to create reasonable attendance policies that minimize hardship, while maximizing learning, participation, and artistic excellence.

Future Leaders

Every time I hear HYS perform, I think how awesome Hawaii will be with these people as our future leaders.

Tammy J.


Music for All

There isn't a single child who shouldn't be exposed to orchestral music, especially thanks to HYS.

Belinda C.

Former Parent


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

Jason B.

Former Student