Steady Beat 2008-2009 Annual Report Our Year-End Message to Our Friends Roy E. King, Jr. President Henry Miyamura Selena Ching Music Director Executive Director Steady Beat: It’s not the most exciting part of playing music but it’s crucial to a well performed piece; a fundamental building block of music. And it was our mantra through‐ out the 2008‐2009 year. With economic woes hitting every sector of support for our organiza‐ tion, our main goal was to hold the line and stay a steady course. From the governance level to the front lines, everyone at HYS pulled together to keep the beat, avoiding layoffs and program cuts. Shifts were made in the way we approached our work and we focused on our business practices to ensure we would weather the financial storm. We took modest steps to maintain programmatic momentum, but we were cautious about pursuing overly aggressive goals that could throw off the beat. The end result was a year of sound financial health, moderate program growth and sensible forward movement. In a healthier economy, we would have gone to greater lengths to expand programming and create more accessibility. However, given the climate in which we were op‐ erating, we believe HYS’s deliberate strategy of careful, reserved steps forward—avoiding the loss of any ground—to be a great success for fiscal year 2009. Our music programs continued their boom, showing no decline in demand. We offered services to 505 students, ages 6‐18 years, from 108 schools on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. The numbers are fewer than last year because of a one‐year hiatus of our Pacific Music Institute, HYS’s summer intensive course, which usually serves 115 students statewide. Our Symphony Program ran with our three, full, 90‐plus member orchestras. It also hosted our free Chamber Music Program for 35 students from 13 schools. The three symphonies performed 18 concerts during the season. The chamber groups added two recitals to programming and also performed eight community service concerts at the State Capitol, memorial services for the Hon. Duke Bainum and Charles Cooke Spalding (the founder of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii), the Mayoral inauguration, and several retirement and recovery residences around town.