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Symphony Program Sunday, December 3, 2017 I Blaisdell Concert Hall Listen & Learn Concerts December 4–6, 2017 Academy Program Saturday, December 9, 2017 I Kaimuki High School Very Special Guest David Shifrin, Clarinet

David Shifrin is a Backun Artist, sponsored by Backun Musical Services


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Welcome from the Executive Director Welcome! Dear Friends, usic plays a special role in all of our lives. Whether you’ve attended a fun concert, have a favorite band or album, or just sing in your car, you have acquired a taste for music. The students who will perform for you tonight have done more than acquire a taste for music: they’ve taken a deep-dive into learning its nuances and developing their skills. Music is a special discipline: through it, students become better, more well-rounded people. They improve their listening comprehension, their empathic intelligence, their cognitive and linguistic skills and so much more. These are lifelong skills that blossom as they mature. Across the state, more than 10,000 children benefit from the music our students create. For many students, HYS is their only opportunity to make music and meet friends who enjoy doing so also. So on behalf of all of us at HYS, thank you very much for coming tonight to support these students. Music plays an important role in their lives—and tonight, you will play a very special role in theirs. Thank you, and aloha!


Randy Wong Executive Director

2017–18 Board of Directors & Staff BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard K. Ing, President Patti Look, President-Elect Sharon R. Himeno, Secretary Jean Tsukamoto, Treasurer Alan Arizumi Gladys Hirano Nathan Hokama Martin Hsia Roy E. King, Jr. Malcolm Lau Tina Lau Erica Mau Orejel Daniel Momohara Michael Onofrietti Geoffrey Sewell, MD

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MUSIC STAFF Symphony Program Joseph Stepec, Interim Conductor, Youth Symphony I Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Hannah Watanabe, Conductor, Concert Orchestra Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor, Concert Orchestra Academy Program Joan Doike, Conductor, Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble Chad Uyehara, Conductor, Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra Aris Doike, Coordinator, Academy Program Talia Turnbull, Academy Program Assistant

Music in the Clubhouse Joy Waikoloa, Instructor, Music4Kids Matt Momohara, Conductor, Clubhouse Band ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Randy Wong, Executive Director Carol Tsang, Finance Manager Aris Doike, Operations Manager Ann Doike, Programs Manager Janet Morita, Programs Associate Rory Onishi, Programs Assistant & Music Librarian

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Winter Concert Program

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4:00 pm

I Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Concert Orchestra

Hannah Watanabe, Conductor Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Before the Frost Tales of Vandosar

Johannes Brahms arr. Louis Bergonzi William Camphouse Richard Meyer

Start Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams Sean O’Loughlin

Youth Symphony II

Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co-Conductor Light Calvary Overture

Franz von Suppe

Hungarian Dances No. 4 Introduction, Theme and Variation for Clarinet David Shifrin, clarinet

Gioachino Rossini Ed. by Jost Michaels

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley

Koji Kondo arr. AndrĂŠs Soto

Johannes Brahms

Youth Symphony I

Joseph Stepec, Conductor Symphony No. 2, D Major, Op. 43 IV. Finale

Jean Sibelius

Concertino for Clarinet David Shifrin, clarinet

Carl Maria von Weber

The Mannheim Rocket

John Corigliano

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Master of Ceremonies

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HYS Artist-in-Residence David Shifrin


ne of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Shifrin has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as the the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A sought after a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic

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director from 1992 to 2004. He has toured extensively throughout the US with CMSLC and appeared in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has also been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981. David Shifrin joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008. He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China’s Central Conservatory in Beijing. Mr. Shifrin’s recordings on Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI have consistently garnered praise and awards. He has received three Grammy nominations – for a collaborative recording with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center of the collected chamber music of Claude Debussy (Delos), the Copland Clarinet Concerto (Angel/EMI) and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with Nancy Allen, Ransom Wilson, and the Tokyo String Quartet (Angel/EMI). Continued on page 7

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Winter Concert Residency


e are very fortunate to have David Shifrin as this season’s HYS Winter Concert Artist-in-Residence. In addition to his Sunday afternoon performances with Youth Symphony I & II, Mr. Shifrin’s residency includes:

• Masterclasses with HYS and UH students • Sectionals for schools on Maui and Hawaii Islands • A visit to our Music in the Clubhouse program • Cameo performances at both YSI & YSII Listen & Learn school concerts

Previous artists-in-residence presented by HYS have included the violinist Midori, pianist Conrad Tao, and trombonist Toby Oft. Hawaii Youth Symphony sincerely thanks our partner, the UH Manoa Music Department, and our sponsors—Honolulu Cookie Company and Backun Musical Services—for their support!

Shifrin Continued

His recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially built basset clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. His latest recording, Shifrin Plays Schifrin (Aleph Records), is a collection of clarinet works by composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin. Both the recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto and a 2008 recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott have been released on iTunes via Angel/EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Shifrin continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including, among others, John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. In addition to the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. At the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. Mr. Shifrin resides in Connecticut with his wife and is the father of four children – Henry, Olivia, Sam and William. David Shifrin plays on MoBa cocobolo wood clarinets by Backun. David Shifrin is represented by CM Artists New York.

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Concert Orchestra Roster Violin I Kayleen Asuncion Ylang Guo, Concertmaster Leila Hijii Cynthia Kawaiaea Erika Kwee Keanna Lau Trinity Myers Kylee Robinson Sakura Saito, Assistant Concertmaster Anna Shikuma Nicole Sison Lyllica Takahashi Kate Wong Jason Yee Violin II Ashlyne Collado Elise Danko, Principal Rafael Elham Elliott Fujinami Reid Graham Ashley Kelleher Mia Kim Meenakshi Kutty Alexandra Lecher Koshiro Leonzon Clara Li Jacob Matsuda Anisa Segovia Andy Siu Eunice Son Belise Swartwood Rylee Toma

Viola Konwoo Cho Rinny Fan Trevor Hyun Amy Kaku, Principal Ashley Kaya Naiya Lim Justin Pascua Nathaniel Yoshimoto Cello Andy Au Jared Hsieh Matthew Huo Lauren Kim Celina Lim, Co-Principal Tony Ou Jeremy Pang Brian Park Kira Prescott Jolien Tran, Co-Principal Emily Uetake

Oboe Jaclyn Bregman Lindsey Fujimori Xun He Reggie Kaiaokamalie, Principal Akiko Tajima Clarinet Megan Ibara, Principal Eileen Liu Keeli Maeda Melia Marguleas Maree Medeiros Jack Vann Bassoon Natasha Loh Jaedi Tamura, Principal Jake Yoshimura

Bass Megan Loh Adrian Tran, Principal

Horn Gabrielle Chun, Principal Jason Hee Jonah Miyashiro Ethan Sanekane Kevin Yim

Flute Brin Jaffe, Principal Tiffany-Ryan Kusano Maxwell Lee Iris Sim Lorraine Sim Cody Tanaka

Trumpet Derya Hanusz-Soguk Joe Karasawa Courtney Lee Kiana Tangonan Alexander Tomomitsu, Principal Chloe Yoshihiro

Piccolo Michelle Woo

Trombone William Lam Keith Maki, Principal Brianna Pak Evan Sakuda Moka Sato Hunter Yokoyama Baritone Kasen Wong Tuba Aries June Reyes, Principal

About Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra is the third most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras. This year, Concert Orchestra is composed of 97 students, grades 6-12, from 33 schools across Oahu. This season, they will rehearse more than 110 hours and perform 5 concerts. Ylang Guo, a seventh grade home school student, is this season’s concertmaster


Percussion Roice Galapon Macie Ho Tyler Kam Malia Monaco Tristan Toma, Principal Harp Kaitlyn Tokunaga, Principal

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Concert Orchestra Hannah Watanabe, Conductor


annah Watanabe is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education. She is also a former member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, in which she performed while a student at Kalani High School. She is currently teaching orchestra at Moanalua Middle School, and also taught at Hawaii Baptist Academy, Moanalua High School and Kalani High School. Mrs. Watanabe is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Hawaii Music Educators Association.

Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor


ayne Fanning is a graduate of Hilo High School. He received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Music Education. He has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Royal Hawaiian Band, Kamuela Philharmonic, Kona Chamber Orchestra, Maui Symphony, and the Hawaii County Band. He has served as a clinician and guest conductor for various middle and high school bands in Hawaii. He has conducted several middle school honor bands as well as the Maui District High School Massed Band. He has been teaching band and orchestra at Niu Valley Middle School since 1998, where the musical ensembles have performed for the Board of Education, the State Legislature, the Inauguration of Governor Abercrombie, and local and national conferences of the Hawaii Music Educators Association and American School Band Directors Association.

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Program Notes by Ruth Komatsu

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 German composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) is sometimes grouped with Bach and Beethoven as one of the great “Three Bs.” The son of a seamstress and musician, Brahms showed musical talent at an early age. He eventually became popular and influential across many musical genre—piano, chamber music, orchestral, solo voice, and choral. Brahms was a devout student of the Bible and described his musical ideas, themes, harmonies and orchestrations as coming directly from God. Academic Festival Overture was written in 1880 for the University of Breslau (in Poland), who awarded the composer with honorary doctorate degree, expecting a composition in return. Brahms mischievously used themes based on familiar student drinking songs and displayed his mastery of counterpoint in this popular overture. Arranger Louis Bergonzi makes orchestral repertoire accessible to younger students. Listen for: • constant tempo (speed of beat) throughout the entire piece • a succession of light-hearted tunes • the graduation hymn “Gaudeamus Igitur” near the end of the piece

Before the Frost Before the Frost is an adapted orchestral setting of the old Celtic poem and melody The Last Rose of Summer. Like many sentimental ballads from the “old world”, the tune made its way across the Atlantic with immigrants of the 1800’s. Composer William Camphouse, a member of the Sangamon Valley (Illinois) Community Orchestra, dedicated Before the Frost to his friends and fellow musicans who gave their time and talents as members of the orchestra. Listen for: • a solemn introduction • the Celtic tune played in different meters; in the original 3/4 by the strings, then in 4/4 by the full orchestra • a development section made up of fragments of the melody • the song played three times, correlating with three verses of the poem • the return of the introductory theme

Tales of Vandosar Composer/arranger Richard Meyer (b. 1957) is a full time public school music teacher in California. Besides teaching, Meyer has composed and arranged over 100 pieces for young ensembles. His arrangments make difficult orchestral pieces accessible to developing musicians.


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Before writing Tales of Vandosar for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Meyer sought input by members of the student orchestra. Students composed original themes of their own. Four of those themes were selected and then woven together by Meyer. The result is a fascinating and high-spirited overture that explores a myriad of emotions. “Vandosar” in the title is a combination of the names of the student composers Vania, Dorene, and two Sarahs. Listen for: • a brief introduction that presents fragments of all four student themes • short instrumental solos and featured sections • mood changes • the heroic ending, recalling the four themes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens American composer John Williams (b. 1932) is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time. His most notable works are scores for the films Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Schindler’s List, the Indiana Jones series, three Harry Potter films, and Jurassic Park. Williams has also composed works for four Olympic Games and several television shows. He served as principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993. The Force Awakens (2015) is Episode VII, the latest installment in the Star Wars saga. The story takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi (1983), and introduces the character Kylo Ren. He is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, and nephew of Luke Skywalker, who were the heroes of the original 1977 Star Wars film. Sean O’Loughlin’s arrangement of Star Wars: The Force Awakens features the Star Wars Main Theme, Rey’s Theme, March of the Resistance, The Jedi Steps and Finale. Listen for: • the triumphant main theme • turmoil and conflict • good vs. evil

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Youth Symphony II Roster Violin I Justin Chen Micaela Diaz-Paez Valentina Diaz-Paez Remi Furuto, Concertmaster Marissa Kwon Cameron Morgan Bao Nguyen Ellie Ochiai Zoe Oda Megan Ogasawara Sunwoo Oh Angelina Pablo Joshua Park Max Womack Violin II Vanya Alvarado Mia Caliri Tea Caliri Kenney Chan Katelyn Chong Kiana Ejercito Mayuko Ikeda Cyrus Kelawala Mackenzie Kop, Principal Alexander Lau Christine Lau Luke Matsumoto Kristyn Miyamoto Pieter Nauwelaerts Tyler Oribio Samantha Saruwatari Jordan Wong Brandon Yee Leon Yoshida Kimberly Zheng Viola Gabriel Agno Jewel Amrich Kelly Chen, Principal Emma Chun Ana Danko Jihyung Do Andrew Kim Kainoa Maruoka Seth Nixon Noah Taniguchi

Cello Aubrey Danko Jackson Evans, Principal Lily Evans Megan Goh Jonah Johnson Katelyn Ko Julian Kwon Kaileen Lardizabal Matthew Li Elijah Shimabukuro Cara Tan Joshua Vierra Christian Yamada

Bassoon Hayden Hawkins, Principal Ryder Kaya Melissa Munemitsu Noelle Nakakura

Bass Matin Boulos, Principal Marlon Velasco

Trumpet Michael Englar, Associate Principal Kanai Fu Gento Fujiki Riki Haraguchi David Kimura, Principal Noriko O’Shea Joshua Romero

Flute Sejin Park, Associate Principal Michelle Shuai Chinatsu Takizawa Karen Watarida, Principal Michelle Woo Erena Yamatsu Piccolo Michelle Woo Oboe Emily Fujii Lauren Higa, Principal Kayla Kanemori Krystal Spear Clarinet Caitlyn Kadooka Jessica Li Shlok Maharjan Natalie Narito Kaitlyn Nohara Aaron Omon Tyler Takemoto, Principal Bass Clarinet Jessica Li

Horn Jacob Fetterman Andrew Hayashi Raquel Hernandez, Principal YouJin Kim Michelle Leano Ashley Nakazaki Breverly-Ann Wiemer

Trombone Christopher Feeney Alyssa Lo Anthony Mills Paul Nocon Levin So, Principal David Young Baritone Robert Wiemer Tuba Kenso Kume Cora Lau, Principal Percussion Maya Arakaki Jesse Cumpston Joel Himphayvanh Justin Sato, Principal Nanami Yokoyama Harp Lily Lockwood

About Youth Symphony II

Youth Symphony II is the second most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras. This year, Youth Symphony II is composed of 109 students, grades 8-12, from 32 schools across Oahu and Maui. This season, they will rehearse more than 120 hours and perform 7 concerts. Remi Furuto, an eighth grader at Iolani School, is this season’s concertmaster.

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Youth Symphony II Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor


lton Masaki holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master of Music in Education degree from Boston University. He is currently working on a PhD in Education with an emphasis in technology from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Masaki is the orchestra director at Mid-Pacific Institute where he has been conducting since 2005. He has also taught orchestra at Kamehameha Schools, Iolani School and the Hawaii Youth Symphony Academy String Program. Mr. Masaki also serves as an orchestra clinician for a number of different camps and workshops and manages his own string quartet. Professional affiliations include American String Teacher Association and Association for Education and Communication Technology.

Susan Ochi–Onishi, Co-Conductor


usan Ochi-Onishi has been with Kaimuki Middle School since 1993, directing the Beginning and Advanced Concert Bands. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984 and a PDMUS Secondary Music Education degree in 1987. She received a Master of Music degree in 1985 from Northwestern University, where she studied the oboe with Ray Still (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the English horn with Grover Schiltz (CSO). Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is a member of the Oahu Band Directors Association and the American School Band Directors Association. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is proud to be an alumnus of the Hawaii Youth Symphony program, where she served as principal oboist for both the Junior Orchestra (1976–1977, under the direction of Norma Parado), and the Hawaii Youth Symphony (1977–1980, under the direction of Peter Mesrobian and Grant Okamura).

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Program Notes by Ruth Komatsu

Light Cavalry Overture Franz von Suppé (1819– 1895) was an Austrian composer born in Croatia, best known for his four dozen operettas (light opera). While his authoritarian father did not have music planned for his son’s future, the young Suppé mastered the flute by age 11. Suppé was later sent to the University of Padua to study philosophy, but his musical drive simply would not be quieted. He somehow found time every day to compose, even if it was only a few measures, while meticulously studying in the fields chosen for him by his father. After his father’s death, Suppé moved to Vienna and pursued his passion of composing. The purpose of an overture is to get the attention of the audience and set the scene before the start of an opera. The descriptiveness of Suppé’s overtures has earned them frequent use in animated cartoons. Light Cavalry Overture, composed in 1866, is the main subject of Disney’s cartoon “Symphony Hour,” where Mickey Mouse conducts the overture, comically played by an orchestra of animals using broken instruments. Listen for: • the call to “Charge!” by a trumpet fanfare, echoed by other instruments • a tension-building melody by the strings • horse riding music • a mournful clarinet solo • a Hungarian gypsy-sounding melody by the strings • the return of past themes, leading to a grand, triumphant ending

Hungarian Dances, No. 4 German composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) completed Hungarian Dances (21 dances in all) in 1869. The dances range from one to five minutes in length and were originally written for piano, four hands. Only Dances Nos. 1, 3 and 10 were scored for orchestra by Brahms himself. All other dances were scored by other composers. Brahms was known to be a perfectionist who destroyed his works he felt were unsatisfactory. Listen for: • tempo (speed) changes, characteristic of Hungarian gypsy dances • the slow, melancholy opening section • the faster, boisterous second section • a middle section of a totally different character • the return of previous themes

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Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet Italian composer Rossini Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792–1868) is primarily known for his popular operas The Barber of Seville, The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Thieving Magpie and William Tell—and especially for their overtures. Lesser known are his cantatas, sacred and chamber music, and music for voice, piano, and solo instruments. Rossini composed Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet in 1819. Rossini often borrowed melodies from his other compositions. The clarinet’s theme is from the aria “Mura felici” from his opera La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), also written in 1819. Listen for: • the introduction by the soloist, reminiscent of an aria (song from an opera) • the clarinet’s main theme, based on “Mura felici” • variations of the theme in various styles and tempos (speeds) • notes that span the entire range of the clarinet • high notes punctuating quick passages • scales and arpeggios (broken chords) displaying the soloist’s skills

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda video quest game has kept millions and millions of gamers glued to their screens as they helped Link destroy enemy statues, creatures, warriors, plants, ghosts, and finally evil Ganon. They helped Link save Princess Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. Originally released in 1986, the game evolved over the decades and has spawned sequels, spin-off games, and a TV show, making Zelda one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises. In 2011, Nintendo commissioned an original symphony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Zelda’s release. Koji Kondo (b. 1961), composer of the music for The Legend of Zelda (as well as the Super Mario series) gathered musical themes from the various Zelda games and the result was The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley. Listen for: • contrasting music that describes different worlds and adventures • a train on which questers travel in the Overworld (Spirit Tracks game) • strong, gale-force winds (Wind Waker game) • a solo violin introducing Zelda’s main theme • driving quest music in the Dark World (A Link to the Past game) • a suspenseful empty space, after which the quest continues • the heroic end to the game

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Youth Symphony I Roster Violin I Nadine Alcantara Ian Chang Chelsea Cline, Concertmaster Megan Ganeku Mika Ishii Kurumi Kawata Alex Kobayashi Yudai Leonzon Evan Liu Lauren Llantero Darius Soo Hoo Kylee Takanishi Ryder Tanaka Jinny Wang Stephanie Yoshida Charles Yung Violin II Alizah Chao Kenneth Chee Marianne Garcia Stella Hung Leilani Ikeda Brooke Kumasaka Lauren Kwee Kenny Kwock Allyson Kwong Lilian Lu Josiah Matsuda Sabine Mejia Erin Nishi, Principal Justin Okumura Eunice Park Ryan Park Kauai Paule Lauryn Takanishi Alex Tam Nicolas Tanaka Viola Sophia Ellis Brandon Hong Queenie Huang Yukiko Hughes Preston Ku Sean Kwon, Principal Austin Lau Dane Mizuno Michael Murakami Sewon Park Fiona Sievert Frank Sun Nashya Yoshimoto Charles Zhang

Cello Abigail Austria Ryan Fielding Mira Hu Shawn Jun Christopher Kwock Chloe McCreery Dylan Merkel Dong-Woo Seo, Principal Eugene Son Uriel Sung Alexa Wong Gradon Wong

Bassoon Everett Amemiya Chanelle Junio, Principal Mark Ushiroda Austin Young

Bass Sage Guo, Principal Elliott Hee Maysa Segovia Peter Wiggett

Trumpet Micah Nishimoto, Principal Davan Sagara Isaiah Takahashi

Flute Kiana Kawahara Margaret Nakayama Sherry Tanaka Hana Yoon, Principal Piccolo Margaret Nakayama Oboe Tabitha Hiyane Daniel Huang, Principal Erin Matsushita Koko Tamai Clarinet Kento Francisco Kassi Hatakenaka Maxwell Miyasato Tani Takushi, Principal Bass Clarinet Kento Francisco

Horn Kai Abergas, Principal Kamuela Akeo Kai Le Chang Fuma Fujiki Grace Kim Kyle Maki

Trombone Nicole Fontanilla Cody Lee, Principal Jungwoo Park Rachael Yamamoto Baritone Cuyler Murata Tuba Ryoma Sears Lucas Toor, Principal Percussion Daniel Kam Kiva Nguyen Tevin Takata Shayn Toothman, Principal Aiden Woodard Harp Marcy Tokunaga Piano Jonathan Korth, Guest

About Youth Symphony I

Youth Symphony I (YSI) is the most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras, and is one of the finest youth symphonies in the country. In its history, YSI has performed with renowned guest artists, and was a Finalist in the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Last season, the orchestra had the special honor of performing on From The Top, a nationally-broadcast radio show. For the 2017–2018 season, Youth Symphony I is composed of 104 students, grades 9–12, from 23 public, home, and independent schools across Oahu and Maui. They will rehearse more than 130 hours and perform 10 concerts on Oahu and Hawaii islands. A recent collaboration with the professional Hawaii Symphony Orchestra put Youth Symphony I As of November 7, 2016 side-by-side with many of their teachers and role models. Chelsea Cline, a senior from Punahou School, is this season’s concertmaster.

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Youth Symphony I Joseph Stepec, Conductor


oseph Stepec has recently been featured as music director for various collaborations with the Indiana University Opera-Ballet program and Cinema. He recently gave the North American premiere of Neil Brand’s score to Hitchcock’s silent film, Blackmail, to great acclaim. As a ballet conductor he has collaborated with Michael Vernon and Constance Dinapoli in productions featuring the work of Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Mr. Stepec has worked with the Rochester Philharmonic and has served as assistant to the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia and the Indiana University Philharmonic. In 2011, he was chosen as music director of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra and oversaw successful collaborations with the Lakeshore Ballet and various soloists throughout his tenure. As a violinist, Mr. Stepec has participated in festivals in Maine, Texas, Vermont, and North Carolina. He has performed recitals in Cleveland, Nashville, Cincinnati, and abroad in Slovenia. He was the featured soloist for a celebration of Slovenian Independence in 2013 in Cleveland’s City Hall and has extensive experience as a freelance musician in that city. He has worked with and assisted Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Carl St. Clair, Andrea Quinn, and Daniel Boico. Mr. Stepec studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and conducting at the Eastman School of Music with master teacher, Neil Varon. He studied additionally with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and pursued doctoral studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

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Program Notes by Ruth Komatsu

Symphony No. 2, D Major, Op. 43 IV. Finale – Allegro moderato Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, is Finland’s most well-known composer. Sibelius was born to Swedish parents in the Grand Duchy of Finland, which was part of the Russian Empire at the time. He took on the name Jean, the French form of Johan, during his university years. He became an accomplished violinist in his teens, thanks to his musical family, especially his mother’s brother. Despite his musical background, Sibelius began studying law after high school. That didn’t last long. He decided to study composition instead at the Helsinki Music Institute, now the Sibelius Academy. Sibelius’ second symphony was well received at its 1902 premier. Due to the popularity of the inspiring symphony and an earlier patriotic work Finlandia, the composer was considered a national hero at a time of Russian oppression. Listen for: • a heroic ascending three-note theme, with heavy accompaniment by low brass • the haunting, mysterious contrasting section, introduced by the oboe • undulating (wave-like) accompaniment • play between minor and major modes • development of and interplay between the ascending and other themes • return of the opening section and themes • pizzicato (plucking) by low strings • finally, a fourth note added to the three-note theme that rises higher, offering a feeling of hope

Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26, J. 109 Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) was a German composer best known for his operas Oberon and Der Freischütz, and works for solo wind instruments. Weber was a brilliant pianist and composed many piano pieces, but his compositions for horn, bassoon, and especially the clarinet are most regularly performed today. Concertino was composed for clarinetist Heinrich Baermann in just three days! Its debut in 1811 was so successful that Weber continued to compose for Baermann and the clarinet—two concertos with orchestra, a clarinet-string quintet, and works for clarinet and piano. Weber composed his most popular operas after his “clarinet period.” Working on the opera Oberon probably hastened his death at age 39. Weakened by

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tuberculosis, Weber continued to honor his performance commitments. He died just six weeks after Oberon’s premier. Listen for: • a slow, solemn introduction • the clarinet’s entrance above pulsating strings • a shift in mood in preparation for the lilting main theme • variations of the theme • scales and arpeggios that display the soloist’s virtuosity • the slow, quiet section that features the clarinet’s low (chalumeau) register • the quick tempo and lightness, leading to an energetic ending

The Mannheim Rocket John Corigliano (b. 1938) is an American composer of symphonies, operas, solo and chamber music, film scores, and works for string orchestras and wind bands. He has received a Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for his work. As a college music student, Corigliano learned about a term “Mannheim Rocket.” It’s a musical technique of speeding up and growing louder, as scale or arpeggio pitches rise higher and higher. This technique was perfected by the Mannheim Orchestra in the 18th century. However, the composer could not get the image of THIS rocket out of his mind: in his own words—“that of a giant 18th century wedding-cake-rocket, commandeered by the great Baron Münchausen, and its marvelous journey to the heavens and back.” So sit back and enjoy the adventure. Listen for: • actual and adapted quotes from 200 years of German music • acceleration • the rocket’s ascent • unusual sounds from the percussion section • the moment the rocket breaks through to the heavens • music to float by • what goes up must come down • how even Richard Wagner can’t stop the rocket • the recollection of the heavens • an actual Mannheim Rocket

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Winter Concert Program

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:00 pm

I Kaimuki High School Auditorium

Beginning String Ensemble Joan Doike, Conductor

Ant Song D Major Scale Hot Cross Buns

Traditional English

Merrily We Roll Along

Classic Children’s Song

Au Clair de la Lune

French Folk Song

Good King Wenceslas

Welsh Folk Song

Twinkle Variations

French Melody Lyrics by Jane Taylor

Intermediate String Ensemble Chad Uyehara, Conductor

Cripple Creek “The Winds on Big Hill” from Three Scenes from a Green Valley Basque Dance from Tunes for My String Quartet

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American Traditional arr. Edmund Siennicki

William Harbinson Sheila Nelson

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String Orchestra Ensemble Joan Doike, Conductor

Sleigh Ride

Leopold Mozart

Suite for Strings Little March

Robert Washburn

Trepek from “Nutcracker Suite”

Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky

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Georges Bizet arr. Merle Isaac


Richard Meyer

The Sound of a Sound Katherine Course, guest vocalist

Richard Meyer

Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi arr. Larry Moore

Jingle Rock: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock”

arr. Bob Phillips

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HYS Academy Rosters Beginning String Intermediate String Orchestra Ensemble String Ensemble Ensemble Violin Athena Alvarez Pimada Areeyaphan Alex Cao Sean Choi Molly Fitzgerald Brad Giang Raylie Iwamoto Chloe Lee Emily Lim Evan Lim Kelsey Litz Isaac Milford Clara Ontal Hikari Scott Zephyr Tanigawa Nadan Tsang Viola Zachary Dang Trevor Dugay Luke Kauffeld Shayna Ohta Alina Sung Cello Nicole Buyukacar Kyla Caneso-Bantolina Raewyn Groves Jayden Hashizume Heejoon Hyon Elijah Perreira Paisely Sagadraca Bass Aiden Chang Nikko Scott

Violin Ty Ader Shalita Areeyaphan Chloe Bessey Nicole Buyukacar Nahokulani Dennis Ava Ferchoff Bella Ferchoff Paul Garcia Saydie Hannemann-Frondozo Kai isono Lena Kimura Nicholas Kunihiro Caleb Lee Henry Lee Eva Lehnertz Callie Maclay Lucy Maclay Lily Nomura Kelly Ou Taylor Rojas Aaron Ruhaak Nathanael Shuai Antonio Shyu Elle Sugimoto Miles Sugimoto Tobias Watanabe Viola Taylor Capps Kelani Kephart Lulu Wang Spencer Yamamoto

Violin Skye Aoki Allan-Jacob Castillo Nicholas Chi Kristina Domiingo Flora Elham Isabelle Furuto Sofia Garcia Jacob Hsieh Jonathan Hsieh Rachel Huang Kai Im Aileen Kang Sara Kang Mira Kubo Gloria Lau Aily Miyake Hannah Moses Madison Murakami Winter Reanne Ramilla Shota Yamada Viola Shalem Asano Annika Merkel Hikaru Sugiyama Cello Darnell Flora Eugene Lee Ella Williams Bass Micah Branner

Cello Leah Asano Audrey Branner Zion Doucettperry Kaitlyn McLeod Gabrielle Murray Logan Wee Bass Carson Capps Ethan Gochu Joshua Wung

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HYS Academy Joan Doike, Conductor Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble


oan Doike directed orchestras in the HYS program for fourteen years prior to moving to Indiana. While in Indiana, she taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Pre-College String Academy. Ms. Doike currently teaches the HYS Beginning Strings and String Orchestra Ensemble classes, and gives private violin lessons. As a student, Ms. Doike was a violinist in HYS while at Kaimuki Intermediate and Kalani High schools and she continued on to receive her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hawaii. Her two daughters, niece, and nephew are also HYS alumni and are currently pursuing master’s degrees in music.

Chad Uyehara, Conductor Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra


n alumnus of HYS, Chad Uyehara conducts the Intermediate String Ensemble and the Concert String Orchestra. Mr. Uyehara received his Master’s of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii. He is also a graduate of Punahou School. Mr. Uyehara has performed on violin and viola with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Desert Springs Chamber Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. He has taught orchestra with the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, and the Hawaii Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimuki Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary. Currently, he teaches orchestra at Saint Andrew’s Priory and Hanahauoli School, and maintains a private violin/viola studio of forty students. Professional affiliations include American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, and the American Viola Society. Mr. Uyehara served as interim conductor for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014–2015 school year.

Talia Turnbull, Academy Program Assistant


alia Turnbull is a professional cellist and string music teacher. She received a Master of Music degree in cello performance with an emphasis on string music education from the Ohio State University, where she worked with cellist Mark Rudoff and world-renowned string pedagogue Robert Gillespie. Prior to Ohio, she completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, where she studied with cellist Steven Pologe and graduated summa cum laude in music education and cello performance. She previously served as a music coach and operations coordinator for the Columbus Youth Symphony Chamber Strings orchestra, and was a regular teacher at the Ohio State University Summer String Student Workshop. She was on the strings faculty at the American Conservatory of Paris in France.

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HYS Academy Rosters Concert String Orchestra Violin Pyotr Alvarado Xelhuan Anderson-Martinez Kai Asakura Miya Chang Narissa Chen Preston Chi Mana Chun Ymin Guo Yxing Guo Emi Harstad Angus Huang Sooah Jang Erica Kim Gigi Lee

Alila Nguyen Max Shinno Kaitlyn Sim Kyle Siu Heather Smith Elizabeth Swan Sevastyan Swan Gwyneth Tenn Liliko Ueda Elishia Yeh Viola Rylie Ann Hashizume Taylor Ohta Cassidy Sakamoto

Cello Carson Davis Corey Lehnertz Zoe Oda Katelyn Sung Jodie Wung Abigail Yi Bass Lily Nell Zoe Wiechmann

About the HYS Academy

The HYS Academy is composed of four string ensembles with entry points for students of beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Academy provides children ages 8 and up the opportunity to learn an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass), develop fundamental skills necessary for musical success, and perform in concert settings. Students perform twice per season and also participate in special workshops taught by professional musicians and other music educators. This season’s Academy students represent 59 public, independent, and home schools. During the summer, the Academy offers Summer Strings, daily instruction over a five-week session for beginning and intermediate players. All Academy classes are held at the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s Spalding Clubhouse.

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Music in the Clubhouse Music4Kids Roster

Joy Waikoloa, Instructor Music4Kids


oy Waikoloa was born and raised in Honolulu. As a vocalist, she is known for versatility in her song selections, but her deepest passions lie with blues, R&B and jazz.

Ms. Waikoloa graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Music. Prior to owning Hawai‘i Audiology Consultants in 2009 and entering the hearing conservation profession, she taught music for fifteen years with the DOE and now continues to reach children through the Music4Kids program with the Hawaii Youth Symphony.

Ryuto Izumi Wilson Kuong Zeak Higa Ryker Nakayama Rio Nakajima Bruce Fujita-Simmons Minami Kawagishi Sierra Kawagishi Paige Choi Joshua Walter Kapua Amina-Lorenz Kotaro Haneo Minh Chau Nguyen Harry Song Emrylle Padigos Tracie Nguyen

Clubhouse Band Roster

Matt Momohara, Conductor Music in the Clubhouse Band


his is HYS alumnus Matt Momohara’s first year as instructor of the BGCH Band. A saxophonist, violinist, and guitarist, Mr. Momohara brings nearly 15 years of music education experience to the program. He has taught at Aiea High School, Kalani High School, and Niu Valley Middle School. He has also performed in the UH Saxophone Choir. Mr. Momohara is a graduate of UH Manoa and Kauai High School.

Nyssa Baldomero Peyton Choi Jace Furuto Mehana Kaaialii Leyna Ko Carter Kuong Sable Love Rayden Nakayama Corey Wilber Cherise Yan Terence Yan Nicholas Yos Robert Yos Andrew Yos

About Music in the Clubhouse

Music in the Clubhouse is a joint initiative of Hawaii Youth Symphony and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. Now in its eighth year, Music in the Clubhouse features low-cost programming designed to fill gaps left by cuts to arts programs in public education. Classes take place on weekdays (afterschool) at Spalding Clubhouse in McCully/Moʻiliʻili. The classes are open to any interested students. Children ages 7–9 may participate in the general music class, Music4Kids, while children ages 10-13 may participate in Clubhouse Band. All music, instruments, and supplies are included. A defining feature of the program is that no prior experience is required, and no tryouts or auditions are necessary! Nearly 98% of the operating costs are subsidized by HYS, with thanks to grants from multiple foundations and donors. Signups for the Music in the Clubhouse program begin in August of each year. This year’s Music in the Clubhouse students represent 14 public, home, and independent schools. More information can be found at our website,

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HYS Administration Randy Wong, Executive Director


andy Wong was appointed Executive Director in February 2012 by the HYS Board of Directors, and is the first alumnus to serve in that role. Mr. Wong oversees all administrative, strategic, fundraising, financial, and operational aspects of the organization.

Previously a Program Director for the Music-in-Education National Consortium, Wong developed portfolio assessment tools and professional development curricula for emerging teaching artists and in-service teachers, and was appointed to the faculty of New England Conservatory in 2009. As a double bassist, Wong performs professionally in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and The Waitiki 7, an ensemble inspired by the music of Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and Les Baxter. (HYS performed with The Waitiki 7 in 2013; the concert recording The Golden Ages of Waikiki was a finalist for a Na Hoku Hanohano award). Mr. Wong holds a CFRE credential, an EdM in Arts In Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BMus in Performance from New England Conservatory. He’s also an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Program (League of American Orchestras), the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (Stanford Graduate School of Business), and the American Express Leadership Academy (Center for Creative Leadership). He serves on the board of the League of American Orchestras’ Youth Orchestra Division, chairing its Professional Development committee.

Carol Tsang, CPA, Finance Manager


erforming music in youth orchestras has played an important role in Carol Tsang’s life from an early age, and to this day, music remains her passion. Carol started playing violin at the age of 8 and performed with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to perform alongside world-renown musicians including Jennifer Koh, Julian Rachlin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and members of the San Francisco Symphony. She continued to play violin at Cornell University, where she was a member of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for all four years. Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cornell University, and her Master’s degree in accounting from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Hawaii. She volunteered for three years with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca, NY helping individuals in the community file their income taxes. She spent past summers teaching English to students in Hong Kong and working as an intern with Southwest Airlines in their tax department filing sales/use tax returns. From 2013 through 2016, Carol worked as an external auditor with Deloitte and Touche, serving clients in various industries including banking, state, construction, retail, and insurance. Now, as Finance Manager of HYS, she is thrilled to be able to combine her background in accounting with her passion for music and music education.


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HYS Administration Aris Doike, Operations Manager


ris Doike, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Moanalua High School and is an alumni of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. He received his musical training with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Performer’s Diploma from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with renowned soloist, Andres Diaz, and principal of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Adkins. He has nationally performed recitals in Hawaii, Colorado, Texas, and internationally at Kaohsiung and Ping Tung, Taiwan. Aris was also the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship from National Public Radio’s From the Top and of the Theodore Presser Scholarship. Most recently, Aris was a cello teacher for the Dallas Symphony’s Young Strings Program, various schools within the Dallas metroplex and also a member of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, TX. At HYS, Aris was promoted to Operations Manager, from Academy Coordinator, in July 2017. As Operations Manager, Aris is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of the orchestras’ rehearsals, concerts, tours, and special events run smoothly and effectively.

Ann Doike, Programs Manager


nn Doike has been a part of HYS for over 15 years. She started as a parent volunteer when her two children joined HYS’s String Program back in the early 2000’s. Her dedication to the program and active involvement soon led to full-time employment as a member of HYS’s administrative team. Mrs. Doike currently serves as Programs Manager, and is responsible for coordination of all core programs, facilities, and concert production.

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HYS Administration Janet Morita, Programs Associate


an’s association with HYS began in 1996 when she registered her daughter Jill in BSE. As Jill advanced her way to YSI, Jan became an HYS volunteer; taking attendance and setting up chairs and stands at string rehearsals, while assisting at concerts and other HYS events. She also served as Concert Parent for three years for CO and YSII, and a full four years with Mr. Miyamura and YSI. It was the best job, being “mom” to all those wonderful students each year and supporting the dedicated HYS conductors. In 2005 upon Jill’s graduation, Jan began working in the HYS office, offering insights into what goes on behind the scenes at rehearsals and concerts. Jan’s main responsibility as staff member is to maintain the HYS database, but much of the day is spent working with the Programs Manager to provide assistance to support all HYS programs. “Signing Jill up for BSE in 1996 was not only a great opportunity for Jill, but it turned out to be incredibly lifechanging for me. The work is non-stop, but it’s the most satisfying work I’ve ever done. I give a lot of credit to the recently retired Les Murata. He’s my mentor. He got me involved as a volunteer. I would not be where I am today without his words of encouragement and his invaluable expertise and guidance.”

Rory Onishi, Music Librarian & Programs Assistant


ory Onishi is a professional musician, music educator, and librarian for the Hawaii Youth Symphony. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, he is a 2011 Kalani High School graduate, Hawaii Youth Symphony alumnus, and student of Eric Kop. Mr. Onishi went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn performance from Boston University, where he studied under horn soloist Eric Ruske. He is currently studying at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education. Rory was 2nd horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with Maui Chamber Orchestra, Kamuela Philharmonic, and the Royal Hawaiian Band. He was also the winner of the Baton Rouge Symphony substitute list audition and recipient of the Emerson Scholarship for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Paul Mansur award from the International Horn Society.


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Mahalo to Our Donors Hawaii Youth Symphony is grateful for these gifts, made between July 1 and October 26, 2017. PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($10,000–$24,999) Anonymous ABC Stores ALTRES, Inc. Department of Community Services George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ing Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kosasa The Al Sherman Foundation ANGEL ($5,000–$9,999) First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Mr. Bob Hayashi Mrs. Gladys Hirano Hawaii Permanente Group Honolulu Cookie Company Island Insurance Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Steven Katzman Mrs. Carol S. Koga Mr. & Mrs. Alika Mau Price Okamoto Himeno & Lum ALC The Resort Group Teruya Brothers, Limited Ms. Ginny Tiu Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tsukamoto

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BENEFACTOR ($2,500–$4,999) Action Realty Corporation Ms. Lorraine Araki Avalon Commercial, LLC Bank of Hawaii Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Gainsley Mrs. Helen K. Higa Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kurisu Mr. Malcolm D. Lau Ms. Patti Look Marcus & Associates, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Momohara Mr. & Mrs. Michael Onofrietti Mrs. Erica Mau Orejel Mrs. Ruth Oshiro Pacific Property Group, Inc. Mr. Joseph Rothstein, PhD Mr. Lance Teruya United Laundry Services, Inc. Waikiki Shopping Plaza Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Young’s Market Company of Hawaii PATRON ($1,000 - $2,499) Anonymous Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Foodland Super Market, Ltd. Mr. & Mrs. Owen Fukumoto

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hokama Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Hong Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Lau Matson Foundation Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Nishimoto Mr. & Mrs. Brian Stapleton Mr. & Mrs. Brian W. Sung Ms. Jennifer Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Gaylord Wilcox Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Y. Wong SPONSOR ($500 - $999) Anonymous Mr. Allen I. Emura Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Gushiken Island Insurance Companies Kapolei Family Dental Corporation Mr. Richard L. Kurth Mr. & Mrs. W. Peter Kwong Mrs. Dorothy Mason Mr. & Mrs. David Monk Music Center of Hawaii, Inc. Dr. Dung Nguyen & Dr. Nguyet Le Mr. & Mrs. Gavan Sagara Mr. & Mrs. Brent Takushi Mr. & Mrs. Dean Tanaka Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Torrey


Donors (Continued) Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Winner Dr. & Mrs. Su June Chris Yeh Dr. Mark M. Yoshida Mr. & Mrs. Randall Young PARTNER ($250–$499) Mr. & Mrs. Angelito Alcantara Mr. & Mrs. Russell Arakaki Mr. & Mrs. Richard Cundy Mr. Leland G. De Evoli Ms. Alice T. Fukunaga Mrs. Helen G. Gary Mr. Jack B. Harmon Hazel H. Takumi Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Andy D. Huang Dr. Sandi Kwee & Dr. Leilani Ka'anehe Ms. Elizabeth Kaneshiro Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Kimura Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. King, Jr. Dr. Rosalie J. Kryston Dr. Jay Kwon & Dr. Natalie Woo Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand F. Llantero Mr. & Mrs. Russell Lo Ms. Chelsea Maeda Ms. Sarah S. McDermott Ms. Carolyn Miho Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Momohara Mr. & Mrs. Chris Nielsen Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Oda Mr. & Mrs. Gerald M. K. Pang Mr. Steven Premo Randal S. Furomoto & Associates, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Randall Dr. Namthip Sitachitta & Mr. Wesley Yoshida Ms. Anne B. W. Swanson Ms. Amy A. Taniguchi Ms. Lea I. Tong Mr. & Mrs. Barry Toshi Ms. Janet Williams Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Williams Mr. & Mrs. Vernon K. W. Wong Dr. Kelley Woodruff & Mr. Benjamin Marx Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Yamane Dr. Edward K. Yi & Dr. Susan Moriyama-Yi Dr. Lester Yim & Dr. Letitia Yim


CONTRIBUTOR ($100-$249) Anonymous Ms. Carol Aki Mr. & Mrs. Michael Amore Mr. & Mrs. Masanobu Arakaki Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick Y. H. Au Mr. Taukai Chang & Ms. Dexin Guo Dr. John Chen & Dr. Lillian Chen Ms. Yongli Chen Mr. Glenn Chinen The Hon. Lea Crandall & Mr. David Schulmeister Mr. & Mrs. R. Dougal Crowe Mr. & Mrs. William Cumpston Mr. & Mrs. Gil Farias Mr. & Mrs. Joel Francisco Mr. & Mrs. Randal Furomoto Gloria Kosasa Gainsley of Hawaii Community Foundation Ms. Rhonda Griswold Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Hanaumi Mr. & Mrs. Kendall N. H. Hee Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hiyane Mr. & Mrs. Albert Hu Dr. & Mrs. Sid Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Guy Kamitaki

Dr. & Mrs. Toshihiko Kawasugi Mr. & Mrs. Eric K. Kobayashi Mr. Ernest Kobayashi Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kohara Mr. & Mrs. Maiju Kutty Mr. Bill Lee Mr. Jone Lee & Ms. Yuen Sin Ms. Mollie M. Y. Lee Drs. Worldster Lee The Hon. Linda Luke & Mr. Robert Strand Mr. Bin Li & Ms. Sujuan Situ Mr. Shichao Li & Ms. Haiying Wang Dr. Jeffrey Lim & Dr. Marcia Nagao Dr. Milton Liu Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Martin Mr. Elton Masaki Mr. & Mrs. George Masaki Mr. Edward Masunaga Mrs. Jean McIntosh Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Mejia Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Mr. Burr McCutcheon & Ms. Claire Arakaki Ms. Janet H. Murphy Dr. & Mrs. George I. Nagao Mr. & Mrs. Craig Nakagawa Ms. Kay J. Newnam

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The Honorable Dean Ochiai & Mrs. Ochiai Mrs. Doris Ogawa Dr. Collette Okubo Mr. & Mrs. Randal Omon Mr. Henry O’Neill & Ms.Carol Muranaka Dr. & Mrs. Tilden Osako Mrs. Helen T. Oshio Mr. Presley Pang & Ms. Susan Pang Gochros Mr. & Mrs. Kalani Perreira Dr. & Mrs. Robert G. Peters Dr. & Mrs. Greg K. Sakamoto Ms. Corynn Sakamura Mr. & Mrs. Steven Shimabukuro Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin H. Shimokawa Shinnyo-En Hawaii Ms. Joan Shishido Ms. Nancy K. Sonoda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Springer Mr. Jason Sunada Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Taba Mr. & Mrs. Kiyoshi Takemoto Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tamai Ms. Brenda Tang Mr. & Mrs. Derek Tenn Mrs. Janice Trubitt Dr. Dailin Wang & Ms. June Tang Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe Mr. & Mrs. Frank Wei Mr. & Mrs. Jim J. L. Wong Mr. & Mrs. Grant S. Yee Mr. Xiang Yee & Ms. Jiangyan Zhu Mr. & Mrs. Keith Yoshimoto

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FRIEND (Up to $100) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. William A. Alicar Ms. Ellen E. Belconis Mr. & Mrs. Philip Brown Mr. Paul Chan Ms. Martha Child Dr. George Chu & Ms. Diane Wong Mr. & Mrs. Darryn Chun Mr. & Mrs. Gary Chun Ms. Lynn Dagli Ms. Jackie Davis Mr. & Mrs. Jay Fujimori Rev. & Mrs. Yoshitaka Fujinami Mr. & Mrs. Roy T. Ganeku Mr. Tom Graham & Christine Daleiden Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan C. Gochu

Mr. William H. Gould Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Groves Mr. & Mrs. George Haraguchi Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hashi Mr. & Mrs. Lance Hayashi Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hee Mr. Brandon Marc Higa Mr. Zi Jing Huang & Ms. Yuyu Zhan Ms. Eri Imanil James K. Michishima, CPA Mr. Khullip Jeung Ms. Cherry Ann Kaiaokamalie Mr. & Mrs. Richard Y. Katsura Mr. & Mrs. Lou Kauffeld Mr. & Mrs. Dennis B. Kim Ms. Sylvia S Koike Ms. Catherine Lau Mr. & Mrs. Jason Lee Ms. Joyce Lee Mr. & Mrs. Michael Li Mrs. Rose Loui Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Lui Mr. & Mrs. Leighton Lum Mr. & Mrs. Carl Maki Mr. Benjamin Marshall Ms. Starr Matsushita Mr. & Mrs. Damon Medeiros Dr. Karen Miyamoto & Mr. Dan Miyamoto Mr. & Mrs. Seimasa Miyashiro Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs Mr. Keola Maruoka & Mrs. Nila Win Ms. Carol Nakaganeku


Mr. Parker A. Nakamura Ms. Nadia Naoumoff Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ng Mr. Dan Nishikawa Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Ono Mr. Emile K. Oshima Mr. & Mrs. William T. Oshima Mr. Zihang Ou & Ms. Fan Gong Mr. Tom Park & Ms. I-Mei Sun Jesse Red Mr. & Mrs. Takahiro Sato Mr. & Mrs. Grant Shimabukuro Ms. Laurie Shimabukuro Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. J. Siu Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence So Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Sorensen Ms. Gail R. Sugita Mr. & Mrs. Dean K. Taba Isaiah P. Takahashi Mr. & Mrs. Kent Takahashi Ms. Kathy Todoki Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Tran Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Womack Mr. & Mrs. Corey Yama Dr. Byron K. Yasui Ms. Dale H. Yatsushiro Dr. & Mrs. Eric K. S. Yee Ms. Mildred A. Yee Mrs. Amy Young

IN HONOR OF Luke Kauffeld by Mr. & Mrs. Lou Kauffeld Edith Leong by Mrs. Helen T. Oshio Maestro Henry Miyamura by Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hokama by Mr. Khullip Jeung by Ms. Elizabeth Kaneshiro by Ms. Catherine Lau by Drs. Worldster Lee by Ms. Starr Matsushita by Dr. Sarah Mordan McCombs by Mr. Parker A. Nakamura by Mr. Emile K. Oshima by Mr. & Mrs. Kiyoshi Takemoto by Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu by Dr. Mark M. Yoshida Ellie Ochiai by The Honorable Dean Ochiai & Mrs. Ochiai Tani Takushi by Mr. Bill Lee Jean Tsukamoto by Mr. & Mrs. Chris Nielsen Mr. Derrick Yamane by Mr. Lance Teruya

IN MEMORY OF Geoffrey Au by Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick Y. H. Au Ian Cooke by Ms. Rhonda Griswold Jamie Higa by Mr. Benjamin Marshall by Ms. Nadia Naoumoff by Jesse Red Kum Ok Ka‘anehe by Dr. Sandi Kwee & Dr. Leilani Ka'anehe Harriet Komo by Mr. & Mrs. Russell Lo Mark Kuraya by Dr. Byron K. Yasui Niki Libarios by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Yoshimoto Ellen Masaki by Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Mrs. Ellen R. Miyasato by Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Margorie Hisako Tanoue by Mr. Paul Chan by Dr. Collette Okubo Edmund Yee by Ms. Janet H. Murphy

The Hawaii Youth Symphony thanks each donor and community partner who has contributed to its programs. Every attempt has been made to publish a complete listing. We regret any omissions or errors that may have occurred, and would appreciate if you would call HYS at 941-9706 to advise us of them. Thank you! 32

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Acknowledgements We are grateful to our community partners, whose generous support and special talents are invaluable to Hawaii Youth Symphony. City & County of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell, Mayor Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts Misty Kelai, Executive Director Department of Enterprise Services Guy Kaulukukui Tracy Kubota Mary Lewis Recording Engineer C&A Recordings Bob Dickerson for Hawaii Public Radio Graphic Design Mark Nakamura Printing Edwards Enterprises, Inc. Synthesizer Alan Ward Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Music Center of Hawaii UH Music Department Dr. Laurence Paxton, Chair Byron Moon, Facility Coordinator

Kaimuki High School Wade Araki, Principal MJ Matsushita Kaimuki Middle School Frank Fernandes, Principal Niu Valley Middle School Sean Tajima, Principal University Laboratory School Keoni Jeremiah, Principal Ira Wong Donald Young Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Tim Motts Jeric Lake YSI Concert Parents Stacey Hatakenaka Wesley Yoshida YSII Concert Parents Lawrence So Carol Taniguchi CO Concert Parents Mei Ibara Kimberly Kim James Tamura Joyce Wong

CSO Concert Parents Janet Kim Brooke Sakamoto Thomas Swan Jae-Young Wung SOE Concert Parents Heather Doyle Sandra Furuto Jody Kubo Mary Ellen Williams ISE Concert Parents Siu Wai Ferchoff Mahalia Rivas Martin BSE Concert Parents Mona Caneso-Bantolina Jill Kawaguchi Erin Lee Michelle Tanigawa Academy Student Volunteers Erin Nishi Stephanie Yoshida HYS T-Shirt Design Erica Mau Orejel Aris Doike Rory Onishi Adam Luchak

Mahalo to the music educators and private music teachers whose expertise, encouragement and support mean so much to our talented musicians. We are also grateful to the families and friends who volunteer their time and energy to strengthen our program and make it a success.

About Hawaii Youth Symphony


awaii Youth Symphony (HYS) directly serves over 600 students annually, ages 7 through 18 years old, from over 100 schools statewide. Our mission is to advance the critical and positive links between music study, academic achievement, and social-emotional development, with programs that service youth through orchestral music education, performance opportunities, and community engagement. HYS was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1964 and is currently in its 53rd season. In total, HYS serves an estimated 20,000 people through more than 20 concerts each season. Travel assistance for neighbor island participants and financial aid are available to ensure that any interested student—regardless of economics—can participate in our programs. Less than 30% of our operating budget is covered by tuition and registration fees; the rest is made up through contributions, grants, and sponsorships.


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