The Combo

The Combo

Find Your Groove

Join other serious music students and elevate your ability to play a variety of popular, commercial, and jazz styles. The Combo is for intermediate and advanced students, ages 13-18 (grades 8-12), who play Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone.

How to Apply

While no prior jazz or improvisational experience is necessary, admission to The Combo is by audition only. Up to 3 students of each instrument will be selected.

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 are available at the HYS website and are 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 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