Listen & Learn Concerts

Next Concerts: 2018-2019


Listen & Learn Evaluation Form 2018


Each September, Hawaii Youth Symphony invites public, private, and home schools to RSVP for our annual “Listen & Learn” educational concerts, held in December (Oahu) and February (neighbor islands).. These 45-minute concerts are FREE and are the only live orchestral concerts for youth by youth. Listen & Learn concerts have been a part of HYS’s culture and community services for over 50 years!


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DOE Endorsed

HYS Listen & Learn concerts are endorsed by the Hawaii State Department of Education. Teachers are provided with Teacher’s Guides, CDs and student worksheets to help students prepare for the concerts. Collateral materials help teachers meet current GLOs and state arts standards.


“Listen & Learn”  concerts are FREE; seating reservations are open to schools (private, public, charter or home school associations), not the general public. If you would like your child to attend a “Listen & Learn” concert, please pass this information on to their school teacher or principal. Transportation to/from Blaisdell Concert Hall is the responsibility of the school.

Concert Content

The concerts are narrated by a professional emcee (usually a local TV or media personality), and assume no prior musical knowledge. Children learn basic concert etiquette, see & hear all instruments of the orchestra, listen to classical and popular music, and participate in sing-a-longs. One lucky child per concert might get the opportunity to conduct the orchestra!

A typical Oahu concert schedule:

OrchestraWhat to ExpectDate & TimeLocation
Youth Symphony IClassical music selections (6-9 minutes each); best for students gr. 4+Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
9:30 am & 11:00 am
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Youth Symphony IIClassical & popular musical selections (4-6 minutes each); instrument demonstrations from the stage; sing alongsTuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
9:30 am & 11:00 am
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Concert OrchestraClassical & popular musical selections (3-5 minutes each); instrument demonstrations from the stage; sing alongsWednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
9:30 am only
Blaisdell Concert Hall
How Do I RSVP?

Thank you for your interest in the Listen & Learn Concerts, at this time we are No Longer accepting reservations.

Who's Eligible to Attend?

Any public, private, or home school grades K-12 may submit a reservation request. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Because seating is extremely limited, HYS regrets that not all requests will be possible to accommodate.

Can We Lunch on the Lawn?

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to lunch on the lawn, due to venue policies.

Is Admission Really FREE?

Yes! Admission to the concerts is FREE, however you will need to be responsible for your own transportation and chaperones. The concerts are supported by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the City & County of Honolulu, private foundations, and individual donors. We respectfully ask that you make every effort to attend the concerts for which you register, out of fairness to the many others who wished to attend.

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