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Academy String Program

Want to learn an orchestral string instrument?

Our Academy String Program is the place to start! Approximately 200 students from more than 70 schools participate in the Academy programs each year.

Since 2010, the Academy has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

Please note that for the 2024-2025 season, we have made some changes to the classes in the Academy Program.

Please read the description for each class so you understand the level and expectations for each one before you sign-up.

Beginning String Ensemble (BSE)

Description

NO AUDITION REQUIRED

 

Students have NO experience OR have less than 1 year of experience taking private lessons.

 

Students will be introduced to the instruments in the string orchestra (violin, viola, cello & bass) and then get to choose the instrument they would like to learn if they do not already play an instrument.

 

Students will be split into classes based on the instrument they choose. There will be a Violin & Viola Class, Cello Class and Bass Class that all meet in different rooms from 9:15-10:30 am. This will allow students to have the most time each week to learn about their instrument and get more individual attention during class time. Students will also have the opportunity to join together as they learn their instruments and play as a full string orchestra when the teachers feel they are ready.

Class Times

Rehearsals:  Saturdays 9:15-10:30 am

Faculty

Instructors: TBA

Registration

Registration Opens: Friday, July 5, 2024

Financial Aid Deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2024

First Day of Class: Saturday, September 14, 2024

Tuition: TBD (will be posted when registration opens on 7/5/2024)

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Intermediate String Ensemble (ISE)

Description

NO AUDITION REQUIRED

 

Students should have just completed a beginning level class on their string instrument (Example: Took beginning orchestra at school for 6th grade) OR if they are taking private lessons, they are in the middle/ending part of Suzuki Book 1. 

 

Students should already be able to read whole note, half note, quarter note, paired eighth note, quarter rest, half rest, and whole rest rhythms and at least read notes for a D-Major 1-Octave Scale starting on open D string in their instrument’s clef AND the notes on their G-string for violin, viola & cello and A-string for Bass in first position.

 

Students who were in the Beginning String Ensemble (BSE) for the 2023-2024 school year OR in the Summer Strings Beginning class need to be recommended by their teacher to get into ISE.

 

Performs music in the 0.5-1 level (out of 6 levels)

Class Times

Rehearsals: Saturdays 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Faculty

Instructor: TBA

Registration

Registration Opens: Friday, July 5, 2024

Financial Aid Deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2024

First Day of Class: Saturday, September 14, 2024

Tuition: TBD (will be posted when registration opens on 7/5/2024)

String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE)

Description

AUDITION REQUIRED and will determine if a student gets placed into this ensemble. This year, the SOE audition will be DIFFERENT from the CSO audition music.

 

It is suggested, but not required that students have at least 2 years of orchestra experience on their instrument OR are in Suzuki Book 3 and up. Students should be able to read notes in 1st position on all strings on their instrument and are learning how to tune their instrument with the fine tuners. They may also be starting to learn vibrato and shifting to upper positions, but it is not required for the class. Shifting and vibrato will be practiced and introduced in the class.

 

Violins who demonstrate proficiency in 3rd position during the audition will most likely be placed in the 1st violin section, and students who are not yet playing in 3rd position will most likely be placed in the 2nd violin section.

 

Violas and Cellos are not expected to know how to shift but should understand extended patterns and starting to learn how to shift.

 

Basses should be able to shift from 1st through 3rd positions.

 

Performs music in the 1.5-2.5 level (out of 6 levels)

Class Times

Rehearsals: Saturdays from 8:00-9:15 am

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim 

SOE Audition Application and Music

Audition Application and Music will be available starting on July 5, 2024 on the SOE & CSO Audition Page – https://www.hiyouthsymphony.org/auditions/academy/

Audition Application Early Deadline:

  • Friday, July 12, 2024
  • $40.00

Audition Application Late Deadline:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • $65.00 (late fee)

First Day of Class: September 14, 2024

Tuition: TBA

Concert String Orchestra (CSO)

Description

AUDITION REQUIRED and will determine if a student gets placed into this ensemble.

 

Most advanced ensemble for the Academy Program

 

It is suggested, but not required, that students have at least 3 years of experience on their instrument.

 

Students should be able to maintain good hand positions, posture and instrument positions while they play and are able to read music well. They should be able to tune their own instruments using the fine tuners for violin, viola, and cello, or tuning pegs for basses. Students should have a basic understanding of vibrato and be able to vibrato on at least the longer notes in music.

 

Violin & Viola students are able to play from 1st through 3rd position comfortably, and violins who are placed in the 1st violin section should be able to play beyond 3rd position up to 5th or 6th position.

 

Cello students are able to play in 1st, extended, 2nd, 3rd & 4th positions.

 

Basses are able to play comfortably in all positions up to the harmonic G on the G-string.

 

Performs music in the 2.5-4 level (out of 6 levels)

Class Times

Rehearsals: Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 am

Faculty

Instructor: Michael Lim

CSO Audition Application and Music

Audition Application and Music will be available starting on July 5, 2024 on the SOE & CSO Audition Page – https://www.hiyouthsymphony.org/auditions/academy/

Audition Application Early Deadline:

  • Friday, July 12, 2024
  • $40.00

Audition Application Late Deadline:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • $65.00 (late fee)

First Day of Class: September 14, 2024

Tuition: TBA

Location

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii 

Spalding Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
1704 Waiola Street
(Behind Washington Middle School, Corner of Waiola & Lokahi St.)

Schedule Overview

SATURDAYS from September 2024 through the end of April 2025 (subject to change)

Mandatory Zoom Orientation: TBA

First Day of Class: September 14, 2024

Tuition

Tuition for the 2024-2025 season: Will be posted when registration begins on July 5, 2024.

  • Beginning String Ensemble & Intermediate String Ensemble: TBA
  • String Orchestra Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra: TBA

If finances are an issue, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. The financial aid application will be included in the registration form and if you are applying for financial aid, please note that you will need to register by Wednesday, August 14, 2024.

Age Eligibility

Age and grade requirement: 8 years old by August 1, 2024 (or older) and entering grades 3-12.

Audition Music

SOE and CSO audition music will be found on the Academy Audition Page starting on July 5, 2024.

Health and Safety Requirements and Expectations

*COVID-19 policies are subject to change and will be based on policies determined by HYS and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii.

Contact

Email: admin@hiyouthsymphony.org

Phone: (808) 941-9706

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