Listen & Learn with Students of the Hawaii Youth Symphony 2023

Listen and Learn 2023

Listen & Learn is a by students, for students initiative. Each year, our Symphony Program students participate in Listen & Learn community concerts that are free for schools on Oʻahu. Our Hawaiʻi Department of Education-endorsed Listen & Learn concerts have been performed live at Honolulu’s famous Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall and other Oʻahu venues for over 2 decades. 

Listen & Learn 2003 Concert at Blaisdell Center
Listen & Learn 2003 Concert at Blaisdell Center

Since 2020, we have continued to serve our community with Listen & Learn concerts by producing a virtual concert. This production introduces keiki to the instruments and sounds of the orchestra, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue music and the arts. 

Student performances and demonstrations air on local TV through support from ‘Ōlelo Community Media, in addition to being posted to our Hawaii Youth Symphony website and social media platforms. 

To enjoy our students’ performances, watch the virtual concert below! We encourage you to watch with your kids- the total watch time is under 40 minutes.

To stay up to date on when our students’ performances will air on ‘Ōlelo and more, join Hawaii Youth Symphony’s mailing list!

What is Listen & Learn all about?

Serving our Hawaiʻi community with music education opportunities has been at the forefront of our non-profit organization’s mission since our incorporation in 1964.

We further committed to our community in 2019 when we launched our strategic vision of making music a right, not a privilege. In a state where many schools do not have comprehensive music programs, we committed to expanding our reach to different geographic areas and income brackets. We committed to offering accessible music programs so that all youth in Hawaiʻi can experience the benefits of a quality music education.

All of our programs are made possible through partnerships with schools and community organizations who provide classroom and rehearsal spaces for our programming. We send amazing music teachers and free instruments to these spaces, and provide a pathway for growth that our students can take from elementary school all the way through high school.

Listen & Learn concerts raise awareness of our introductory programming and inspire young students to join the instrumental music programs that are available in their local community. They also give our advanced students the opportunity to bring music to underserved communities and share their passion for music with others.

We hope you listen, learn, and share this virtual concert to help us continue to connect our Hawaiʻi community through music. 

Mahalo to all of our partner schools across the state!

Abraham Lincoln Elementary

ʻAiea Intermediate

Aikahi Elementary

Aliamanu Middle

Alvah Scott Elementary

Castle High

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Colburn Music Academy

Farrington High

Hahaʻione Elementary

Hawaii Baptist Academy

Hawaii Technology Academy

Hōkūlani Elementary

Home Schools (multiple)

Hongwanji Mission

Huakailani Elementary


Island Pacific Academy

Jefferson Elementary

Jarett Middle

Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter

Kahala Elementary

Kaʻelepulu Elementary

Kailua Elementary

Kailua Intermediate

Kaimuki Christian

Kaimukī Middle

Kaiser High

Kalani High

Kamehameha Schools

Kāneʻohe Elementary

Kapolei Charter

Kapolei High

Kauaʻi High

Kaunakakai Elementary

Kawānanakoa Middle

Keaʻau Elementary

King Kekaulike High

Koko Head Elementary

La Pietra

Le Jardin Academy

Liholiho Elementary

Maʻemaʻe Elementary

Mānoa Elementary


McKinley High

Mid-Pacific Institute

Mililani High

Mililani Middle

Moanalua Elementary

Moanalua High

Moanalua Middle

Molokaiʻi Middle

Momilani Elementary

Myron B. Thompson

Nānāikapono Elementary

Niu Valley Middle

Nuʻuanu Elementary

Pacific Gateway Center

Pearl City Elementary

Pearl City High


Pūʻōhala Elementary

Puʻu Kukui Elementary

Queen Kaʻahumanu Elementary

Roosevelt High

Sacred Hearts Academy

San Domenico

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College

Saint Louis

Salt Lake Elementary

SEEQS Public Charter

St. Anthony

St. Mark Lutheran

Star of the Sea

Stevenson Middle

Waiʻkele Elementary

Waikīkī Elementary

Wilson Elementary

Windward Nazarene Academy

University Laboratory Public Charter

Utah Online

Variety School of Hawaiʻi

Voyager Public Charter

Waiākea High

Waiākea Intermediate

Waiākea Waena Elementary