Hawaii Youth Symphony gives small in-person and on-line programs

Hawaii Youth Symphony announces a revamped return of its Pacific Music Institute (PMI), which will offer both small in-person and online courses in 2021. Students from Hawaii and around the world will learn from prestigious faculties and connect with new friends at the global summer music camp this July.

The study areas include solo & string quartet, double bass workshop, wind, brass and percussion clinics and the Summer Jazz Intensive, from July 5th to 11th. New for 2021: A ukulele workshop with the legendary Jake Shimabukuro from July 14th to 17th. Small personal courses follow strict safety protocols. Instructions take place in the spacious Hawaii Convention Center.

Online options hosted through the PMI + platform are available to students from Hawaii, mainland US, and overseas. All PMI students – including those who choose to take personal tuition – are encouraged to take these online master classes. PMI + offers an intense 6-day learning experience with courses from famous musicians from around the world as well as insights into managing performance anxiety, improvisation and building a social media presence as a budding musician. Students will also take part in online rehearsals for a newly commissioned work inspired by Hawaii, and those outside the islands will have an opportunity to learn more about Hawaiian culture. PMI + access is included in all personal programs.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of our community and the perseverance of our students and educators,” said Randy Wong, president of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. “Through the constant commitment and positive action of our employees and the community, we keep our students clinging to the art of music in these unconventional times. Our hybrid PMI system is designed with the health of our students and faculty in mind, and we look forward to following the development of the summer program. “

For more than 30 years, PMI has defined first-class musical experiences for young musicians. HYS will continue to expand its partnership with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, bringing together some of the world’s brightest and most famous artist faculties for PMI and PMI +. Under the artistic direction of Maestro Joseph Stepec, who also serves as director of orchestral activities at HYS, PMI 2021 has a list of prestigious faculties from Hawaii and beyond, including:


· Drew Forde – A fulfilled string player from Los Angeles, known online as ThatViolaKid


· John Gallagher – assistant solo bass, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra; leading PMI double bass workshop

· Iggy Jang – Concertmaster Hawaii Symphony Orchestra; leading PMI Solo & String Quartet program

· Toby Oft – principal trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; PMI alumnus


· Jake Shimabukuro – ukulele virtuoso and composer; leading PMI ukulele workshop

· Dean Taba – director HYS Jazz & Combo I; leading PMI Summer Jazz Intensive

The full list of PMI faculties can be found at: www.pacificmusichi.org/faculty.

PMI students should have at least two years of experience with their respective instruments (some exceptions may be possible for the ukulele workshop, although space is extremely limited). HYS is now accepting applications for grades 6-12 students for the following PMI programs:

· · SESSION 1, July 5-11, 2021: Student cohorts will be given a single trainer, room, and toilet for teaching at the Hawaii Convention Center. The local faculty will assist with in-person tuition and the mainland faculty will assist with the online programming. All PMI students can attend the online sessions.

o SOLO & STRING QUARTET PROGRAM: For violin, viola and cello students to learn and perform chamber music. No previous knowledge of chamber music is required to participate.

o DOUBLE BASS WORKSHOP: This workshop offers orchestral bass students the opportunity to play in a small chamber ensemble under the direction of John Gallagher, Acting Principal Bass of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

o WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION CLINICS: In small chamber ensembles, the students learn techniques for advanced students that are unique to their instrument. Open to all band instruments.

o SUMMER JAZZ INTENSIVE: Students develop skills for improvising and playing in a jazz combo. Open to piano, guitar, bass drum, saxophone, trumpet and trombone students. No jazz experience required.

· · Session 2, July 14-17, 2021::

o UKULELE WORKSHOP WITH JAKE SHIMABUKURO: Students learn fingerboard navigation, rhythm and strumming, how to achieve a good note, and basic music theory concepts. Performance video for the 51st Ukulele Festival Hawaii.

PMI 2021 will culminate in a joyful celebration of music with a virtual e-festival scheduled for Saturday July 31, 2021 (Sunday August 1, 2021 in Asia) featuring performances by students and faculty.

HYS strives to make music a right rather than a privilege. Financial support and scholarships are available to qualified families. Interested parties should download the application for financial support from the HYS website and submit it by May 3, 2021. While typical security houses are currently unavailable due to security protocols, HYS is pleased to announce a partnership with the new ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach for PMI 2021 to provide accommodation options for families. An exclusive PMI participant rate is generously offered, provided space permits. More information can be found at https://www.pacificmusichi.org/accommodations/.

To sign up and learn more about what PMI can do for every student this summer, visit: www.pacificmusichi.org

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