Pacific Music Institute (PMI)

Pacific Music Institute (PMI)

PMI is an intensive, immersive music program with ensemble experience at its core.

While some students who sign up to PMI are new to HYS, many others return each summer as they continue to forge friendships, build musical skills, and perform with fellow young musicians from the Pacific Rim.

Multiple program tracks make this program a popular summer opportunity for students of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Age & Instrument Eligibility

Solo & String Quartet Program

July 1-15, 2018

The new PMI Solo and String Quartet Program is an extended program designed for intermediate and advanced string students, who wish to further enhance their musical experience.

An emphasis is placed on chamber music, private lessons and performance opportunities. Students are encouraged to thrive under the guidance of a nurturing faculty composed of mainland and local professional chamber players.

Core Band & Orchestra Program

July 6-15, 2018

Daily sectionals, technique classes and large ensemble experiences make for a comprehensive, music-filled days!

For most students, the PMI Core will fit with existing summer school plans. On weekdays, the PMI Core classes start at 1:00 pm.

No audition is required to sign-up for the Core program, though a seating audition takes place on the first day. Seating audition music will be posted in June.

Junior Strings

July 7-14, 2018

By popular demand! We’ve tailored the core PMI experience for younger students and have created an exciting new division just for middle schoolers!


Dormitory lodging, meals, and other accommodations are available for students from the neighbor islands, foreign countries, Mainland, and US territories.

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 June 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 Hawaii islands are encouraged to audition and apply for travel assistance. 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.

More Details

Go to our separate website for more details,!

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