Symphony+ Online Learning

Learn what makes music “work,” take part in interdisciplinary music projects, study orchestral repertoire with members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, hone extra-musical skills, connect with community leaders, and attend performances by phenomenal artists who will perform especially for HYS+.

WHEN: Sundays, 9:30 am – 10:30/11:00 am HST

    • (11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET through March 14; then 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET start March 15, adjusted for DST. No DST observance in Hawaii). 

WHO: Middle & High School Students with at least 3+ years of ensemble experience or private lessons and an ability to read music. (Must be 10 years old by 12/31/19 and entering 6th grade.)

COST: $150/semester

SPRING Semester: January 10 – May 16, 2020


Instruments accepted:

Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp

Please note: Although no audition is needed to join Symphony+, our content is geared for students with 3+ years of orchestra or band experience or private lessons, and an ability to read music.

Spring Semester Overview:

The spring semester of Symphony+ includes many new activities that  will help strengthen your skills as a growing musician. 

We will be continuing our series of excerpt classes with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra. Students will have the opportunity to learn from instrumentalists from the Symphony in a series of sessions on orchestral excerpts. HSO guests include: Hung Wu (violin), Yuseon Name (violin), Colin Belise (viola), Cello Guo (cello), Sayuri Yamamoto (bass), Edna Jeon (flute), Leonardo Ziporyn (oboe), Jim Moffitt (clarinet), Tommy Morrison (bassoon), Jamie Sandborn (horn), Jo Ann Lamolino (trumpet), TJ Ricer (tuba), Constance Uejio (harp), and more!

We will also be welcoming Midori, famed concert-violinist, composer-performer Anne Lanzilotti and returning flutist with the Detroit Symphony Amanda Blaikie in a series of guest classes and concert performances; students will have the ability to engage with these performers in Q and A sessions as well.

New this semester is an interactive series of eurythmics and conducting. Eurythmics is a series of physical movements that are made to music. Conducting is a series of movements made to shape music. These two series will help students grasp deeper rhythmic structures and how they interact with movement. Joseph Stepec is leading conducting sessions and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Percussionist, Jordan Schifino, is leading sessions on eurythmics.

Finally, the spring semester of Symphony+ will also provide students additional interactive opportunities by the addition of two workshops lead by some of our local Hawaiʻi teachers. String sessions will focus on historical performance concepts and how to approach playing Vivaldi and Bach; wind and brass sessions will feature classes in warm-up and foundational concepts and, for double reeds, reed making. Guest clinicians include: Helen Liu (Violin); Alexander Pena (Viola); Anna Callner (Cello); Casey Tamanaha (Trumpet); Marie Lickwar (Horn); Don Palmire (low brass, Royal Hawaiian Band); Chris Cabrera (Percussion), Lynn Muramaru (Flute); Alex Hayashi (Oboe); Curtis Noborikawa (Clarinet); and Tommy Morrison (Bassoon). 


Director of Orchestral Activities, Youth Symphony I Conductor, & PMI Artistic Director

Conductor, Youth Symphony II

Conductor, Youth Symphony II

Conductor, BSE & ISE

Conductor, Concert Orchestra

Spring Special Guests & Performers

Pālolo Elementary Pākeke Ensemble & Music4Kids Instructor





Low Brass


Registration is now closed. 

From Maestro Stepec:

Music is much more than just a memorable tune: it is an organized language that speaks to our senses, our hearts. While in rehearsals we often spend a lot of time focusing on our ensemble playing, our online program provides a unique opportunity to discover and delve deeper into how music “works.” 

Our program will teach you concepts that are often only taught in collegiate programs. We at HYS are endeavoring to get you “ahead of the game” by offering you a richer understanding of music: how to listen to it and how to recognize how composers create stories through notes.