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Symphony+ Online Learning

Learn what makes music “work,” take part in interdisciplinary music projects, study orchestral repertoire with members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, hone extra-musical skills, connect with community leaders, and attend performances by phenomenal artists who will perform especially for HYS+.

WHEN: Sundays, 9:30 am – 10:30/11:00 am

  • (12:30p.m. PT/3:30p.m. ET start time through November 1; then 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET through March 14, adjusted for DST. No DST observance in Hawaii). 

WHO: Middle & High School Students with 3+ years of ensemble experience or private lessons and an ability to read music. (Must be 10 years old by 12/31/19 and entering 6th grade.)

COST: $150/semester

FALL Semester: August 16 – December 13, 2020

SPRING Semester: January 10 – May 16, 2020

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: EXTENDED – Thursday, August 20th at 11:59 pm

    • Students & Parents will be required to watch a recording of the 8/16/20 orientation in addition to the registration forms.

Instruments accepted:

Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp

Please note: Although no audition is needed to join Symphony+, our content is geared for students with 3+ years of orchestra or band experience or private lessons, and an ability to read music.

Fall Semester Overview:

The Symphony+ music theory program will teach students basic concepts about musical form, meter and notation in addition to the fundamental principles of harmony and harmonic motion. These classes will be taught by Donald Womack, a member of the composition faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi and a recently named Guggenheim Fellow and Devin Ulibarri, a faculty member of the Preparatory and Continuing Education program at the New England Conservatory. As a part of this portion of our program, we have partnered with the MAP Family Learning Center. (“MAP” stands for Music, Art, and Programming.) The MAP Center teaches students basic theory skills by utilizing MusicBlocks, a free application that allows students to “compose” music with computer code thereby instilling musical and computational concepts. 

Symphony+ will also feature a series of masterclasses on orchestral repertoire taught by members of the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra. Students will have the ability to play for each other and be coached on these excerpts from members of their own hometown professional orchestra. These classes will be helpful in reinforcing the importance of rhythm, articulation, and musical expression, in addition to offering students an insider’s perspective into the world of ensemble playing and auditioning. 

Finally, our online program will be offering a series of online concerts for our students featuring artists from across the world including Paris-based baroque violinist, Augusta McKay-Lodge; Joseph Conyers, the Assistant Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Nathaniel Silberschlag, Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra and more! These concerts will specifically be tailored to our students and students will have the ability to participate in a Q and A session with all of our guest artists. 


Director of Orchestral Activities & PMI Artistic Director; Symphony+

Conductor, Youth Symphony II; Symphony+

Conductor, Youth Symphony II; Symphony+

Conductor, Concert Orchestra; Symphony+

Conductor, Concert Orchestra; Symphony+

Special Guests & Performers

Asst. Principal Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra

Music+Code Instructor, MAP FLC

Composition & Music Theory

Principal Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra

Principal Trumpet, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

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From Maestro Stepec:

Music is much more than just a memorable tune: it is an organized language that speaks to our senses, our hearts. While in rehearsals we often spend a lot of time focusing on our ensemble playing, our online program provides a unique opportunity to discover and delve deeper into how music “works.” 

Our program will teach you concepts that are often only taught in collegiate programs. We at HYS are endeavoring to get you “ahead of the game” by offering you a richer understanding of music: how to listen to it and how to recognize how composers create stories through notes.