2019 Winter Concert Series
Sunday, December 1, 2019 ❄ Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
HYS Jazz Program
Monday, December 9, 2019 ❄ Studio 909, Musicians Association of Hawaii
Music in the Clubhouse Strings
Friday, December 13, 2019 ❄ Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii—Nanakuli Clubhouse
Saturday, December 14, 2019 ❄ Kaimuki High School Auditorium
Celebrating our 55th season!
A Message from the President Aloha HYS Friends & Families,
t is a great honor and privilege to welcome you to our 2019 Winter Concert Series! This year, we are celebrating Hawaii Youth Symphony’s 55th Birthday, and there is no better way to do so, than to celebrate with our students’ music Every note you hear is a hallmark of our students’ passion, commitment, and heartfulness. They have practiced, studied, and rehearsed for dozens of hours; all under the care and mentorship of our esteemed faculty. Because these students’ music is made with such sincerity and intentionality, you will know instantly how important a role music—and Hawaii Youth Symphony—plays in their lives. These performances would not be possible without your support. We are grateful for each and every family, school music teacher, private teacher, friend, and music lover. Together, you form an ecosystem and community in which our students thrive. In addition to your applause and positive moral support, we also welcome monetary gifts to support the HYS Annual Fund. Your gift to HYS becomes a gift of music, helping us to cover the gap between tuition and operating expenses. Just 30% of our budget is covered by tuition; the rest is largely supported by contributions from our donors! If you are moved by what you hear today, please consider a donation to HYS. You can give through our website (HiYouthSymphony.org/donate) or by visiting our donation bowl at today’s concert. We also accept donations of stock, and gifts through Aloha United Way, Combined Federal Campaign, and GiveBigHawaii. Mahalo for all that you do for Hawaii’s youth, and please join me in applauding all of the students performing!
Randy Wong President Symphony Program . . . . . . . . . 5 Concert Orchestra . . . . . . . . . 6 Youth Symphony II . . . . . . . . . 10 Youth Symphony I . . . . . . . . . 14 Academy Program . . . . . . . . . 20 Beginning String Ensemble . . . . . . . 22 Intermediate String Ensemble . . . . . . 22 String Orchestra Ensemble . . . . . . . 23 Concert String Ensemble . . . . . . . . 23 Music in the Clubhouse . . . . . . . . 26 Music4Kids . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Clubhouse Band . . . . . . . . . . 26 Nānākuli Strings . . . . . . . . . . 26 HYS Jazz Program . . . . . . . . . 28 Combo I . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Combo II . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 2019 Winter Concert Series
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 Kela‘i, Executive Director Department of Enterprise Services Guy Kaulukukui Tracy Kubota Mary Lewis Master of Ceremonies Gene Schiller Recording Engineer Duane Padilla Bob Dickerson for Hawaii Public Radio Program Design Mark Nakamura Printing Edwards Enterprises, Inc. Merchandise Hybrid Design Hawaii 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 Laura Ahn, Principal University Laboratory School Keoni Jeremiah, Principal Ira Wong Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Paddy Kauhane Claudia “Lala” Fernandez Brianne Villarosa (Spalding) Ryan Nagano (Spalding) Kekoa Tupua (Nānākuli) Kau‘i Mead (Nānākuli) YSI Concert Parents Lawrence So Carol Taniguchi Wesley Yoshida YSII Concert Parents Kimberly Kim Brooke Sakamoto Joyce Wong CO Concert Parents Mei Ibara Jae-Young Wung Thomas Swan
CSO Concert Parents Heather Doyle Myrna Kuo Thomas Swan SOE Concert Parents Siu Wai Ferchoff Jill Kawaguchi ISE Concert Parents Melissa Batt Stacie Tsuha BSE Concert Parents Kellsie Tokita Ken Tokita Combo Concert Parents Nathan Chang Aris Doike Parker Nakamura Rory Onishi Parent Volunteers
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.
Our Emcee GENE SCHILLER
ene Schiller joined Hawaii Public Radio in September, 1993 as a board operator. His first break came when he was asked to fill in for Music Director Alan Bunin. Six months later, he became the new host of Evening Concert, a program that runs on HPR-2 from 6 to 8 p.m. on weeknights. In 1996, Gene was invited to take over the Sunday morning classical program, Sunday Brunch, which at the time was scheduled from 10 to noon. “About three years later, I turned it into a request program,” he recalls, “and soon after that it was expanded to run from 9 to noon, still in the request format.” Gene, who continues on Sunday Brunch, now hosts Morning Cafe and Morning Concert every morning from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All three are regularly scheduled local classical programs heard on HPR-2. Gene was named HPR's Music Director in 2001. He was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved to Hawai‘i in 1959 just as he entered the third grade. He’s lived here ever since, attending St. Louis and then Kaimuki High School. Gene's now been in radio for 35 years! He originally joined KORL as a host for a big band show. “I come from a family of musicians,” he recalls, “and I am the only member who isn't a musician, doesn't read music or play an instrument - but I've always been a good listener.”
Celebrating our 55th season!
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 4:00 pm ❄ Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
Hannah Watanabe, Conductor Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor Variations on a Korean Folk Song
John Barnes Chance (1932–1972) arr. Robert Longfield
Robert Sheldon (b. 1954)
Aaron Copland (1900–1990)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) arr. Clark McAlister
How To Train Your Dragon
John Powell (b. 1963) arr. Sean O’Loughlin
Youth Symphony II
Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co-Conductor The Barber of Seville Overture Marche Slave
Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
The Lord of the Rings “The Fellowship of the Ring”
Shore Howard (b. 1946) arr. Whitney John
Between East and West
Youth Symphony I
Joseph Stepec, Conductor Festive Overture Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Suite for Orchestra IV. Harry's Wondrous World 1812 Festival Overture
2019 Winter Concert Series
Dimitri Shostakovitch (1906–1975) John Williams (b. 1932)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Concert Orchestra Violin I Xelhuan AndersonMartinez Sofia Garcia Yxing Guo, Concertmaster Emi Harstad Erica Kim Gigi Lee Koshiro Leonzon Alila (Sao-Mai) Nguyen Lauren Shin Kaitlyn Sim Sevastyan Swan Gwyneth Tenn Violin II Kai Asakura, principal Narissa Chen Preston Chi Ee Chern Choong Ymin Guo Kai Im Kayla Kwon Kieran Lynch Thi Mevis-Teuber Winter Reanne Ramilla Max Shinno Kyle Siu Eunice Son Eden Thompson Viola Brayden Choi Mana Chun, principal Rylie Hashizumi Caleb I. Lee Tess Lim Jurich Elizabeth Swan Gabriel Taira Shota Yamada
Cello Ian Ahn, principal Leo Bala Carson Davis Kaya Lee-Goins Alicia Luke Jeremy Pang Ella Williams Jodie Wung Abigail Yi Bass Samuel Napoleon Zoe Wiechmann Joshua Wung, principal Flute Kylie Hashiro Maxwell Lee Alissa Mabini Brooke Morita Kaitlyne Park Kayla Zhang Oboe Fay Cordeiro Heather Fujita Hailey Mashino Matthew Miwa Clarinet Alicia Almario Nana Hori Megan Ibara Haley Muramatsu Leanne So Ferniel Tiamzon Bassoon Kaylin Miura MacKenzie Roberts Elizabeth Talioaga Liliana Zoraster
Horn Kailyn Isobe Irene Kim Joshua Lee Tiani Perez Jett Shigemasa Eliana Sueoka Cade Yoshida Trumpet Ella Chapman Arianna Ito Isaac Kim Joel Lee Callie Yoshihiro Raina Young Trombone Maile Corso Vinny Langit Camryn Miyashiro Aiden Uchimura Baritone Noah Shiira Timothy Shimizu Tuba Daniel Li Kokono Watanabe Percussion Yuuka Harada-Collier Henry Powell Brady Schultz Keijiro Yamagata
About Concert Orchestra
Concert Orchestra is the third most advanced of HYS’s seven orchestras. This year, Concert Orchestra is composed of 91 students, grades 6–12, from 25 schools across ‘Oahu, Maui and Kaua‘i. This season, they will rehearse more than 110 hours and perform 5 concerts. Yxing Guo, a seventh grade home school student is this season’s concertmaster. 6 | December 1 ❅ CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Celebrating our 55th season!
Concert Orchestra HANNAH WATANABE
annah Watanabe is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 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
ayne Fanning is a graduate of Hilo High School. He received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 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 Hawai‘i. 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
Variations on a Korean Folk Song “Arirang” is perhaps the most recognizable Korean song in the world. The beloved folk song is considered to be the unofficial anthem of Korea. Although there are several different versions, all refer to a mountain pass, on which sentimental, inspirational or romantic stories are based. John Barnes Chance (1932–1972), an American composer, was stationed in Korea in the late 1950’s. He was a member of the Eighth U. S. Army Band at the time. He heard the beautiful pentatonic melody of “Arirang”. He composed Variations on a Korean Folk Song in 1965. Concert Orchestra plays the Robert Longfield arrangement for full orchestra. Listen for: • the original “Arirang” melody treated in various ways
• Korean-sounding percussion instruments – gong, temple blocks, and cymbals • an “upside-down” variation (melodic inversion)
Appalachian Morning Imagine taking a walk through the mountain woods of Appalachia, where immigrants from Scotland and Ireland settled in the 1700s through early 1800s. Folk-like tunes acknowledge those pioneers who lived in the mountainous areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Award-winning composer, educator and clinician Robert Sheldon (b. 1954) composed Appalachian Morning for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra of Birmingham, England in 2015. Listen for: • short solos by clarinet and trumpet
• rhythmic imitation of Celtic folk tunes
• expressive swells: crescendo—decrescendo (growing louder—growing softer)
“Hoedown” from Rodeo Aaron Copland (1900–1990) was an American composer, composition teacher and conductor, whose music is considered by many to be the “sound of American music.” He was the son of immigrant shop owners and was born in Brooklyn, NY. His most famous works are Fanfare for the Common Man and ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo. Rodeo was the brainchild of choreographer Agnes de Mille. She chose Copland to compose the music for her ballet after seeing his previous work, Billy the Kid. Rodeo premiered in 1942 and was a rousing success. Copland later arranged his music into a symphonic suite (a collection of dance movements), which was premiered by the Boston Pops in 1943 and is still popular today.
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A hoedown is a community gathering where there is lively folk square-dancing. The opening of “Hoedown” is based on Kentucky fiddler William H. Stepp’s 1937 rendition of Celtic folk tune Bonaparte’s Retreat. Copland also used another folk tune, Miss McLeod’s Reel for the middle section of the movement. In the 1990’s The Beef Industry Council brought “Hoedown” into America’s homes when it used the music in a popular TV commercial: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” Strap on your boots and kick up your heels at the hoedown! Listen for: • the introduction that sounds like a string orchestra tuning up • Copland’s use of the xylophone • short solos by oboe and violin
• slowing, winding down to a stop
• three strong notes in unison to end the movement
“Sleigh Ride” from The Seasons Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) is well known for his “big” works such as 1812 Overture and six symphonies, ballets The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and three piano concertos. Less known is The Seasons, twelve short pieces for solo piano, composed in late 1875 and throughout 1876. Tchaikovsky accepted a commission from an editor of a Russian music magazine who promised the readers one new Tchaikovsky piece each month of 1876. Each piece had a suggested subtitle. November’s subtitle was Troika. A troika is a sleigh pulled through the snow by three horses. Thus, this piece is also known as “Sleigh Ride.” The Seasons was orchestrated for symphony orchestra in 1942. Concert Orchestra plays an arrangement of “Sleigh Ride,” by Clark McAlister, who makes the piece accessible to young musicians. Listen for: • a happy tune for gliding through the snow
• a contrasting section introduced by the clarinet • the sound of the horses’ jingle bells
• the glistening snow suggested by the orchestra bells
How to Train Your Dragon In 2010, DreamWorks Animation came out with the 3-D computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon. A boy from a Viking village must slay a dragon as a rite of passage. But after he captures his first dragon, he befriends it instead of killing it. The film was the sixth collaboration with DreamWorks for composer John Powell (b. 1963). He co-scored other notable films including Shrek, Chicken Run, Kung Fu Panda, Happy Feet and Rio. Scoring How To Train Your Dragon was his first solo project. Powell earned an Academy Award nomination for his effort. Concert Orchestra plays a Sean O’Loughlin arrangement. Listen for: • Celtic (Scottish and Irish) sounding tunes
• the middle section in triple meter, like a waltz • sensations of soaring atop a dragon!
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Youth Symphony II Violin I Tea Caliri Rafael Elham Madeline Hodge Mayuko Ikeda Christine Lau Keanna Lau Teo Lubecke Ocean Nakamitsu Pieter Nauwelaerts Belise Swartwood, concertmaster Alexandra Wong Kate Wong Violin II Kayleen Asuncion Ashlyne Collado Kiana Ejercito Leila Hijii Rachel Huang Meenakshi Kutty Alexander Lau Yongjin Lee, principal Clara Li Lauren Mukae Mari Muramoto Lyndsey Naputo Andy Siu Rylee Toma Jordan Wong Kimberly Zheng Viola Maggie Chen Konwoo Cho Trevor Hyun, principal Jonathan Kwon Naiya Lim Taylor Ohta Cassidy Sakamoto
Cello Andy Au Yunhao He Jared Hsieh Matthew Huo Cassidy Ibanez, principal Lauren Kim Corey Lehnertz Andrew Su Jolien Tran Bass Samantha Barayuga, principal Lily Nell Adrian Tran Flute Tiffany-Ryan Kusano Brandon Revilla, co-principal Iris Sim Chinatsu Takizawa Cody Tanaka, co-principal Oboe Jeny Gorospe Kody Kikuno, co-principal Akiko Tajima, co-principal Sandra Xiao English Horn Akiko Tajima Bass Clarinet Kenneth Nishikawa Clarinet Erika Agena Eileen Liu, co-principal Alexzander Nelmida Kenneth Nishikawa Kaitlyn Nohara, co-principal Reese Yoshikawa
Bassoon Eric Kim, co-principal Natasha Loh Jack Saito, co-principal Hana Yoshizawa Horn Jason Hee Jonah Miyashiro Jennifer Moritaka, co-principal Justin Park Victoria Sanders Kisa Tamai, co-principal Trumpet Timothy Evans, co-principal Naomi Fu Tyler Nakazaki Alexander Tomomitsu, co-principal Chloe Yoshihiro Trombone Archer Aloiau Jim Guillermo Graysen Oumi Moka Sato Anthony Tran, co-principal David Young, co-principal Tuba Jisu Jang, co-principal Cora Lau, co-principal Percussion Gavin Ching Macie Ho Tyler Kam, co-principal Brandon Mitchell Justin Sato, co-principal Nanami Yokoyama Harp Kaitlyn Tokunaga
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 92 students, grades 8–12, from 24 schools across ‘Oahu. This season, they will rehearse more than 120 hours and perform 7 concerts. Belise Swartwood, an eighth grade home school student is this season's concertmaster. 10 | December 1 ❅ YOUTH SYMPHONY II
Celebrating our 55th season!
Youth Symphony II ELTON MASAKI
lton Masaki holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 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 Hawai‘i. Mr. Masaki is the orchestra director at Kamehameha Schools. He was previously orchestra director at Mid-Pacific Institute, taught at ‘Iolani School, and the HYS 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
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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa 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 O‘ahu 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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YOUTH SYMPHONY II
Program Notes by Ruth Komatsu
Overture to The Barber of Seville Have you ever crammed to do an assignment or project? That was a common thing in creating an opera in Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s (1792–1868) day. From the time a contract for an opera was signed until opening night, a composer was given about a month to complete the project. That included finding a libretto (script), composing the music, supervising rehearsals and conducting the first performances. The Italian composer Rossini completed the music for his two-act comic opera The Barber of Seville in about 3 weeks. Opera composers of the day often wrote generic overtures that could be used to open any of their operas. This overture is an example of such as it was recycled from two earlier operas. The Barber of Seville premiered in February 1816 and, although the initial reception was not good, became a favorite a week later. The opera is still performed today and the overture remains a concert hall standard. Bugs Bunny was “The Rabbit of Seville” in Warner Bros. Looney Tunes’ 1950 cartoon short, using the opera’s overture. Listen for: • a slow introduction to get the audience’s attention • a light-to-heavy section in a minor mode
• a lilting secondary theme in a major mode
• the “Rossini crescendo” — a long, gradual crescendo (growing louder) of an unvarying rhythm, building slowly toward a climax — a trademark technique of Rossini • the return of previous themes
• a furious closing section and ending
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Marche Slave (Slavonic March) It was a time of war! The Principality of Serbia sought independence from the Ottoman Empire. Many Russians sympathized with their fellow Slavs and sent aid and soldier volunteers to fight against the Turks in the Serbian-Ottoman War (1876–88). Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) was asked by the Russian Musical Society to compose a piece for a concert that was to benefit the Slavonic Charity Committee and wounded Russian soldiers. The result was Marche Slave (Slavonic March), composed in October 1876. The piece describes the oppression of the Serbs by the Turks and Russian volunteers marching to join the Serbian cause. Although Tchaikovsky wrote 11 operas, six symphonies, four concertos, and more than 60 other compositions, he is best remembered for his three ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, and for his 1812 Overture. Marche Slave is considered to be program music, meaning music intended to describe definite images, scenes, or events. Listen for: • marching footsteps • building tension
• escalating confusion and chaos of war
• a light-hearted march that becomes strong
• Russian national anthem, “God Save the Czar” played by the low brass • a furious ending
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) was the first film of the Lord of the Rings fantasy adventure trilogy. The films were based on of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings book, volume 1. The Fellowship of the Ring is considered to be one of the best fantasy films ever made. A big part of what made the film great was the music. Canadian composer Howard Shore (b. 1946) wrote the music for all three Lord of the Rings movies. the film trilogy. He used a large orchestra, choirs and soloists, sometimes totaling 400 musicians! For the first film, Shore created 90 musical themes (leitmotifs), one for each character, setting and situation, and wove them together to help tell the story. Shore won both an Oscar for Best Original Score and a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album that year. The subtitles in this John Whitney arrangement are: The Fellowship Theme, The Prophecy, Concerning Hobbits, Three is Company, In Dreams, Shortcut to Mushroom, A Knife in the Dark, Argonath, and The Breaking of the Fellowship.
Between East and West Between East and West is a piece by the noted composer/arranger Fedor Vrtacnik. This piece takes both the ensemble and the listener on a musical voyage with melodies that sound like they were borrowed from Eastern and Western Music. The introduction of the theme at the beginning of the piece makes a grand statement that is used to invoke the spirit of adventure. This theme leads us to a slower theme which uses chromaticism over a fairly simple theme to imply trouble on the adventure. As the ensemble works through the section, we get to the final victorious section of the piece which uses rhythmic hemiola to drive the piece to its conclusion as both the listener and the ensemble end victoriously. (Program notes by Conductor Elton Masaki.) 2019 Winter Concert Series YOUTH SYMPHONY II ❅ December 1 | 13
Youth Symphony I Violin I Alizah Chao Taylor DeCastro Remi Furuto Ylang Guo Leilani Ikeda Erika Kwee Allyson Kwong Yudai Leonzon Kristyn Miyamoto Bao Nguyen Erin Nishi, Concertmaster Ellie Ochiai Angelina Pablo Kauai Paule Nicolas Tanaka Max Womack Stephanie Yoshida Charles Yung Violin II Mia Caliri Micaela Diaz-Paez Elliott Fujinami Emi Horii Stella Hung, Principal Cynthia Kawaiaea Mia Kim Brooke Kumasaka Lauren Kwee Sabine Mejia Zoe Oda Megan Ogasawara Sakura Saito Juliana-Symone Tabura Lyllica Takahashi Kylee Takanishi Alec Tam Brandon Yee Leon Yoshida
Viola Emma Chun Cameron Enomoto Rinny Fan Yukiko Hughes Andrew Kim Kainoa Maruoka Sewon Park, Principal Keon Sagara Fiona Sievert Frank Sun Noah Taniguchi Cello Severino Bulagay Ryan Fielding Megan Goh Sofia Himeno-Price Mira Hu, Principal Ethan Ibanez Julian Kwon Matthew Li Celina Lim Dylan Merkel Cara Tan Emily Uetake Christian Yamada Bass Matin Boulos Elliott Hee, Principal Maysa Segovia Marlon Velasco Flute Alexander Iyechad Brin Jaffe Kiana Kawahara Sherry Tanaka Karen Watarida Erena Yamatsu
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, was a Finalist in the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, and had the special honor of performing on From The Top, a nationally-broadcast radio show. For the 2019–2020 season, Youth Symphony I is composed of 105 students, grades 9–12, from 20 public, home, and independent schools across Oahu. They will rehearse more than 130 hours and perform 10 concerts on Oahu. A recent collaboration with the professional Hawaii Symphony Orchestra put Youth Symphony I side-by-side with many of their teachers and role models. Erin Nishi, a junior from Punahou School, is this season’s concertmaster. 14 | December 1 ❅ YOUTH SYMPHONY I
Oboe Emily Fujii Xun He Reggie Kaiaokamalie Erin Matsushita Clarinet Zachary Caluya Caitlyn Kadooka Shlok Maharjan Natalie Narito Aaron Omon Bassoon Hayden Hawkins Ryder Kaya Jake Yoshimura Horn Kai Abergas Jacob Fetterman Ashley Nakazaki Hinano Tsuchiya Brevely-Ann Wiemer Trumpet Ethan Garland Mark Gorospe Jr. Vincent Ogasawara Austin Taniguchi Ryder Watanabe Trombone Cuyler Murata Levin So Robert Wiemer Hunter Yokoyama Tuba Jacob Lacambra Ryoma Sears Percussion Raiden Bernal Jesse Cumpston Roice Nicholas Galapon Tristan Toma Aiden Woodard Harp Marcy Tokunaga
Celebrating our 55th season!
Youth Symphony I JOSEPH STEPEC
Conductor & Director of Orchestral Activities
oseph Stepec came to Hawai‘i from Cleveland, OH in 2016. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Music Department. Under his direction, the University of Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra has premiered works of new composers, represented underperformed masterworks, and has collaborated with ensembles as diverse as the United States Marine Band and the choir and orchestra of Weber State University. In 2017, Stepec, together with Dr. ChetYeng Loong of the University of Hawai‘i, began the Hawai‘i All State String Orchestra which serves local students in an effort to promote string performance and education. During the 2017–18 I am honored to have been chosen academic year, Stepec also served as the Interim to lead HYS’ symphony program. Conductor of Youth Symphony I for HYS. He is HYS’ mission and its goals are an active clinician that has guest taught many ones that I deeply resonate ensembles visiting Hawai‘i and maintains an active relationship with the Global School of with from my own special and formative years playing in a youth Music youth orchestra program in Shanghai, China. symphony: the opportunity to Stepec studied violin with Gregory learn to make music together Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at the highest level and with and conducting at the Eastman School of the greatest commitment is one Music with master teacher, Neil Varon. Stepec that shapes lives and forges additionally studied with Michael Jinbo at the unbreakable friendships and Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and memories. I am thrilled to be pursued doctoral studies at the Jacobs School fulfilling this new position of Music at Indiana University. As a conductor, alongside my incredibly talented he has been featured on numerous programs with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he colleagues at HYS and PMI. was a conducting Fellow at the Menuhin Gstaad Music Festival where he worked closely with Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and noted conducting pedagogue, Johannes Schlaefli. In 2019, Stepec premiered a new translation of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat set in colonial Hawai‘i with members of Chamber Music Hawaii to very favorable reviews.
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YOUTH SYMPHONY I
Program Notes by Ruth Komatsu
Festive Overture Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period, and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union, but later had a difficult relationship with the Stalinist totalitarian bureaucracy. His music, considered to stir fear and terror under Joseph Stalin, was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and even banned. But despite such action by the government, Shostakovich continued to express himself and compose. Festive Overture was written in 1947 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution, the beginnings of the Soviet Union. However, it was not performed until 1954 on the 37th anniversary of the revolution, a year after Stalin’s death. Listen for: • the trumpet fanfare opening
• the first theme, introduced by the clarinets and variations by other instruments • the more lyrical second theme • upbeat accents throughout • pizzicato (plucked strings) • fragments of themes
• the return of the fanfare by all
• the second theme in double-time
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite for Orchestra IV. “Harryʻs Wondrous World” 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, the Indiana Jones series, the first three Harry Potter films, and Jurassic Park. Williams 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. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first in the Harry Potter film series, based on J. K. Rowling’s books of the same titles. Harry completes his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and keeps the sorcerer’s stone out of Voldemort’s possession. “Harry’s Wondrous World” sends Harry back home for the summer and recaps earlier themes from the film. Listen for: • Hedwigʻs theme fragment (Hedwig is Harry’s owl)
• the main theme of warm friendship as Harry and friends separate for the summer • a feeling of accomplishment at the end of Year 1 at Hogwarts • other themes from the film
1812 Overture The story of the Battle of Borodino is told through music! The 1812 Overture was written by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon's invading army in 1812. In his 1891 visit to the United States, Tchaikovsky conducted the overture at the dedication of Carnegie Hall in New York. Although this piece is not connected to the history of the United States, it is often played at Fourth of July celebrations, where live fireworks and real cannons firing blanks complement the rousing finale. Listen for: • an opening hymn by the lower strings, “God, Preserve Thy People” • impending doom and cries for help
• Russian soldiers coming to the rescue
• the arrival of the French soldiers (French national anthem, La Marseillaise) • a light folk dance “At My Gate”
• the battle between the French and Russians (Battle of Borodino) • five cannon shots, played by the bass drum
• series of descending notes, indicating the retreat of the French army
• church bells ringing and fireworks booming, in celebration of Russian victory • Russian national anthem, “God Save the Czar,” played by the low brass
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Mahalo to these Schools! HYS is grateful to the many public, private, and home schools that play their part helping advance music’s role in their communities. Whether they attend our Listen & Learn concerts, or have students in HYS programs, we salute these schools on a job well done! Academy of the Holy Angels, NJ Aiea Elementary Ala Wai Elementary Aliamanu Elementary Alvah Scott Elementary Assets School August Ahrens Elementary Campbell High Castle High Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle The Crowden School, CA Emmanuel Lutheran Enchanted Lake Elementary Ewa Elementary Fern Elementary Fort Lee School #3, NJ Fort Settlement Middle, TX Fort Shafter Elementary Greenwood, CA Hahaione Elementary Hanahau‘oli School Hanalani Schools Hawaii Baptist Academy Hawaii Tech Academy Hawaiian Mission Academy Heeia Elementary Heights Elementary, MA Hickam Elementary Hokulani Elementary Holy Nativity School Home Schools (40) Hongwanji Mission School Honolulu Waldorf Honowai Elementary Iliahi Elementary Iolani School Island Pacific Academy Jarett Middle Jefferson Elementary Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, CA Kaelepulu Elementary Kaewai Elementary Kagaku Gijyutsu, Tokyo (Japan) 18
Kahaluu Elementary Kailua Elementary Kailua High Kailua Intermediate Kaimuki Christian Kaimuki Middle Kainalu Elementary Kaiser High Kalaheo High Kalani High Kalihi Elementary Kalihi Waena Elementary Kamalii Elementary Kamehameha Schools– Kapalama Kamiloiki Elementary Kanoelani Elementary Kapalama Elementary Kapolei Elementary Kapunahala Elementary Kauai High Kaunakakai Elementary Kawananakoa Middle Keoneula Elementary Kihei Charter King Kekaulike High Kipapa Elementary Koloa Elementary Kuhio Elementary Lahainaluna Intermediate Lanakila Baptist Elementary Lanakila Baptist Middle Las Vegas Academy, NV Leeward Communty College Le Jardin Academy Lihikai Elementary Liholiho Elementary Likelike Elementary Linapuni Elementary Lincoln Elementary Lokelani Intermediate Lunalilo Elementary Maemae Elementary Makakilo Elementary
Makalapa Elementary Manoa Elementary Maryknoll School Maui Adventist Maui Waena Intermediate Maunawili Elementary McKinley High Mentoring Academy, CA Mid-Pacific Institute Mililani High Mililani Ike Elementary Mililani Middle Moanalua Elementary Moanalua High Moanalua Middle Mokulele Elementary Momilani Elementary Montessori School Montessori School of Maui Nanakuli Elementary Nimitz Elementary Niu Valley Middle Noelani Elementary North Hardin High, KY Nuuanu Elementary Paia Elementary Palisades Elementary Palolo Elementary Pauoa Elementary Pearl City Elementary Pearl City High Pearl City Highlands Pomaikai Elementary Punahou School Puohala Elementary
Queen Kaahumanu Elementary Radford High Roosevelt High Sacred Hearts Academy Saint Louis Saint Mark Lutheran Salt Lake Elementary San Domenico, CA SEEQS Shafter Elementary Solomon Elementary Soto Academy St. Andrews Priory St. Clement's School St. John Vianney Star of the Sea Stevenson Middle Tenakill Middle, PA The Shipley School, PA Trinity Christian University Laboratory Voyager Public Charter Waiakea High Waialae Elementary Waianae Elementary Waikiki Elementary Waimalu Elementary Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate Waipahu Elementary Waipahu High Webling Elementary Wheeler Elementary Wilson Elementary
Hawaii Youth Symphony is deeply grateful to all of the music educators and private music teachers whose expertise, encouragement, and support mean so much to our students. Every attempt has been made to publish a complete listing of schools for 2019–2020, and we regret if any errors or omissions have been made. Celebrating our 55th season!
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Saturday, December 14, 2019, 2:00 pm ❄ Kaimuki High School Auditorium
Beginning String Ensemble Joan Doike, Conductor
Selections from Essential Elements for Strings D Major Scale Hot Cross Buns
Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie and Pamela Tellejohn Hayes arr. John Higgins
Merrily We Roll Along Au Clair de la Lune French Folk Song Twinkle Variations Good King Wenceslas Jingle Bells
Intermediate String Ensemble Chad Uyehara, Conductor
La Petite Danseuse
Elliot Del Borgo
Up on the Housetop
Benjamin Hanby arr. Robert Frost
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 60 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. 20 | December 14 ❅ ACADEMY PROGRAM
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String Orchestra Ensemble Joan Doike, Conductor
Elliot Del Borgo
Lara’s Theme from “Doctor Zhivago”
Maurice Jarre arr. Merle J. Isaac
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
J. Fred Coots arr. Bob Cerulli
Concert String Orchestra Chad Uyehara, Conductor
Presto in D major from Symphony No. 4
Franz Joseph Haydn arr. Robert McCashin
Scenes from the Emerald Isle Traditional arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle Can’t Help Falling in Love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore arr. Robert Longfield Johnny Marks arr. Erik Morales
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HYS Academy Beginning String Ensemble Violin Kiane Durand QuirogaVerhaaf Jaeden Fernadez Gabriella Gambino Emily Luo Madison Pasaoa Gierwin Sao Jake Tokita James Torres Sierra Updegraff Jacob Uyeno Cello Eric Freestone Marissa Guo Selena Hung Emma Luo Mia Ruhaak Jonathan Seo Enoch Wang Hansen Wong Bass Rex Ho
Intermediate String Ensemble Violin Quetzalli AndersonMartinez Clara Elham Colin Emerson Lulu Enomoto Ayden Gambino Chloe Ho Anya Huang Kian Jackson Hannah Jung Ellie Kim Pearl Kim Cole Koga Maia Koseki Henry Lee Audrey Luciano Sidney Mendez Christopher Oyama Annalise Price TQ Richardson Fara Ross Huyen Tram Son Allison Tsuha Maya Wright
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Viola Hyunwoo Chang Trevor Dugay Ethan Guzman Sean Lee Cello Jayden Hashizume Devyn Niimi Joseph Perez Alexia Sakaida Sandler Sung Eler Wang Bass Greyson Gough Ashley Kim
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HYS Academy String Orchestra Ensemble Violin Geon Cha Milo Cynn Ongjoco Brayden Fabro Brycen Fabro Ava Ferchoff Bella Ferchoff Brad Giang Paul Garcia Saydie HannemannFrondozo Yuming He Cole Jackson Resica Kang Lena Kimura Alisa Lee Isaac Milford Kaneolani Neumann Minh Chau Nguyen Grace Pu Seoeun Roh Sage Shiroma Noah Tanaka Max Villanueva Suriel Wane Tobias Watanabe Shion Yamasaki Viola Shayna Ohta Zoe Sagadraca Cello Audrey Branner Raewyn Groves Paisley Sagadraca Kiron Toma Bass Danwoo Kim
Concert String Orchestra Violin I Yanling Guo Jacob Hsieh Angus Huang Aileen Kang Sara Kang Jayden Kim Caleb Wonho Lee Cody James Nakagawa Manami Sato Maria Swan Naomi Thompson Liliko Ueda Dylan Younoszai Violin II Malachi Ahia Leia Choi Ethan Chow Winston Chung Jonathan Hsieh Kara Kim Brian Lim Hannah Moses Christopher Myers Eleanor NakasoneAmaguin Lily Nomura Aaron Ruhaak Brandon Samiano Katherine Wu Daniel Yoo Viola Annika Merkel Sofia Nauwelaerts Hikaru Sugiyama Lulu Wang
Cello Nicole Buyukacar Athena He Danica Ibanez Ashlyn Ito Eugene Lee Jason Vierra Bass Micah Branner Eugene Kim
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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 Hawai‘i. Her two daughters, niece, and nephew are also HYS alumni.
❄ CHAD UYEHARA
Conductor, Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra n alumnus of HYS, Chad Uyehara conducts the Intermediate String Ensemble and Concert String Orchestra. He received his Master’s of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University where he studied viola with Roland Vamos. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, studying with LaVar Krantz, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 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 currently is a freelance musician in Hawai‘i, and performs regularly with a piano trio. He has taught orchestra with the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, the Hawaii Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimuki Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary, and at Hanahauoli School. Mr. Uyehara also served as interim conductor for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, he directs orchestras at Saint Andrew’s Schools: The Priory and also maintains a Suzuki violin/viola studio of about thirty students. Professional affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, American String Teachers Association (of which he is the Hawaii chapter president), Suzuki Association of the Americas, National Association for Music Education, and the American Viola Society. He has been honored with the 2018 Teacher of the Year award from the Hawaii Music Teachers Association.
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Broadening Access to All Communities
or over ten years, HYS has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) to provide low-cost, entry-level classes to Clubhouse youth. Made possible through the generosity of private foundations, public support, and contributions to HYS, the classes provide free instrument loans, sheet music, and instruction on a weekly basis throughout the school year. More than 5,000 Honolulu-region youth (largely from Mo‘ili‘ili, McCully, Ala Wai, Pauoa, and Nu‘uanu) have had a chance to play music, thanks to our classes at the Spalding Clubhouse. This September, HYS launched its second such Music in the Clubhouse initiative at the Nānākuli Clubhouse along the Wai‘anae coast. Carnegie Hall recently announced HYS as Hawaii’s first recipient of a PlayUSA grant, a program that supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the nation, all with a specific interest in reaching low-income and underserved students on a local level. HYS has also begun working with string students at Kaunakakai Elementary on Moloka‘i, and provides travel reimbursements and scholarships to Symphony Program and PMI students from Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i islands.
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MUSIC IN THE CLUBHOUSE PROGRAM
Friday, December 13, 2019, 2:00 pm Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii—Nānākuli Clubhouse
Talia Turnbull, Conductor The Ant Song The DAD Song Four Bowed Rhythms Selections from Essential Elements for Strings Hot Cross Buns D Major Scale
Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie and Pamela Tellejohn Hayes arr. John Higgins
Mary Had a Little Lamb Jingle Bells
Music in the Clubhouse Music4Kids Khloe Dobiss Herring Mia Esquibel Charley James Yeongwon Kwon Daniel Noh Mason Pasaoa Brandon Quan Jeffrey Quan Tessa Swan Ikaia Swoboda Harusa Tsuji Princeton Yeh
Clubhouse Band Nānākuli Strings Grayson Barnhill Jonah Barnhill Kathleen Dobiss Herring WeiQi He Carter Kuong Wilson Kuong Marvin Munroe River Ooi Thomas Quan Aren Sawa
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Violin (7–9 yr. old class) Troysten Graves Liana Kekawa Tupaianaha Keohuhu Alicia Lesa Kale Mahoe Kelekona Mahoe Isabella Shrode Kekoa Thomas Violin (10–12 yr. old class) Ladayna Aranas Uriah Aranas Cheyenne Domingo Hailey Ioapo-Naone Liliana Kaiu Stacallen Mahoe Nikki Salausa Javier Seals Keahi Woods Teariki Woods
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Music in the Clubhouse JOY WAIKOLOA
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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa 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.
❄ MATT MOMOHARA
Conductor, Music in the Clubhouse Band saxophonist, violinist, and guitarist, Matt Momohara brings nearly 15 years of music education experience to the program. He is also a Hawaii Youth Symphony alumnus. 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 Mānoa and Kaua‘i High School.
❄ TALIA TURNBULL
Academy Coordinator and Instructor, Nānākuli Strings alia Turnbull received a Master’s degree in cello performance from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s degree in music education and cello performance from the University of Oregon. In 2018–19, she served as the Orchestra Director at St. Louis School. In the past, she has taught strings at Red Hill Elementary, been a guest music teacher at ‘Iolani and Punahou Schools, served as Operations Coordinator for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, and directed the orchestras in the Grandview Heights School District in Ohio. Prior to moving to Hawai‘i, she was on the strings faculty at the American Conservatory of Paris in France. Ms. Turnbull has performed with the Ashland Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, New Albany Symphony, and the Newark-Granville Symphony. She maintains a private teaching studio in Honolulu.
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Monday, December 9, 2019, 4:00 pm Studio 909, Musicians Association of Hawaii
Directed by Ryan Howe
Directed by Dean Taba Selections to be announced from the stage
NOEL OKIMOTO orn and raised in Honolulu, Noel Okimoto has been playing professionally since the age of ten. Noel’s primary instrument is the drum set, but is also an accomplished orchestral percussionist, vibraphonist, composer and clinician. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion from the University of Hawai‘i. Noel has played in Hawai‘i, the mainland USA, and internationally with Freddie Hubbard, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Barney Kessel, Lew Tabackin, Sadao Watanabe, Wynton Marsalis, Ronnie Cuber, Makoto Ozone,
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Jeff Richman, Larry Coryell, Nestor Torres, Gene Harris, Take 6, David Benoit, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Steve Allen, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Dionne Warwick, and Jake Shimabukuro, among others. He was also a member of the Gabe Baltazar Group for five years. He is also the percussion section leader of the historic Royal Hawaiian Band. Okimoto recorded an award- winning jazz CD in 2004, entitled ‘Ohana, that received a 4-Star review in Downbeat magazine and positive reviews in other national and international publications.
Celebrating our 55th season!
HYS Jazz Combo I Alto Saxophone Shankara Varma Trombone Hunter Yokoyama Bass Matin Boulos Electric Guitar Nicadrio Lee Keyboard Luke Ellis Drum Set Noah Chang
Combo II Alto Saxophone Nathan Smith Trombone and Electric Guitar Eugene Kim Bass David Cassens Keyboard Chazz Gaspar Violin Mayuko Ikeda Drum Set Kawika Ching
About HYS Jazz
Comprised of two ensembles, Combo I and Combo II, the newly branded HYS Jazz program are led by legendary studio musician, Dean Taba, and Moanalua Middle School Band Director, Ryan Howe. Designed to elevate studentsâ€™ abilities to play a variety of popular, commercial, and jazz styles, HYS Jazz is comprised of students ages 14â€“18 who play guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, drums, sax, trumpet or trombone. Students in HYS Jazz learn the skills necessary to play as a rhythm section, accompany, and improvise. Though the focus of HYS jazz is music performance, many of the entrepreneurial facets of becoming a professional musician will be addressed throughout the year, and students will have direct access to top audio engineers, influential musicians, and music business gurus.
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HYS Jazz DEAN TABA
Conductor, Combo I & Program Director ean Taba is a freelance bassist, composer, producer, and educator living in Honolulu, HI. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Dean moved in 1984 to Los Angeles to further refine his skills on both the Acoustic and Electric bass. For 20 years, Dean worked in the studios of LA with his musical heroes, mentors, and contemporaries recording countless albums, TV shows, jingles, movies, and video game soundtracks. He was even instrumental in creating Trilian, an award winning Virtual Instrument. In spite of a very busy recording and touring schedule, Dean made time to teach at The Dick Grove School of Music, Musician’s Institute, and the Los Angeles Music Academy, as well as recording three of his own albums. He is now back home in Pālolo Valley performing, recording, and producing some of Hawaii’s most influential and innovative artists. And he is very excited to be heading a new program for the Hawaii Youth Symphony called simply, The Combo.
❄ RYAN HOWE
Conductor, Combo II
yan Howe graduated from Maui High School and completed both his Bachelor’s in music education and Master’s degree in Bassoon performance at the University of Hawai‘i. He currently teaches middle school band at Moanalua Middle School
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HYS Administration SAMANTHA CHAMPOUX
Administrative Assistant ative to Northern California, Samantha Champoux, has had music be a part of her entire life. Starting from the age of four, when her mother taught her the notes of the keyboard, her love has continued to grow since then becoming a multiinstrumentalist and participating in various groups; from Symphonic Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Big Band, an all-female Country band, singing opera, and singing and playing with her church through high school and college. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team with HYS and to help students pursue their dream of participating in music.
❄ 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.
❄ ARIS DOIKE
Director of Operations ris Doike, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 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 Hawai‘i, 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 Director of Operations, from Operations Manager, in July 2018. As Director of Operations, Aris is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of the orchestras’ rehearsals, concerts, tours, and special events run smoothly and effectively.
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Assistant Operations Manager
arker Nakamura is a 2017 graduate of Arizona State University and majored in trumpet performance with a concentration in orchestral studies under Regents’ Professor David Hickman. Parker taught music at Pearl City High School and is the Pearl City High School Assistant Marching Band Director. He is also a part time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band. In addition to being an active freelance musician, he also maintains a private lessons studio. Parker is an alumni of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, participated in the Pacific Music Institute, and studied with Kenneth Hafner, Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra.
❄ RORY ONISHI
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 received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2019. 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.
❄ CAROL TSANG
Director of Finance
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.
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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 Hawai‘i. 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.
❄ RANDY WONG
fter serving as the organization’s executive director since 2012, Randy Wong was named President by the HYS Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Wong oversees all administrative, strategic planning, fundraising, educational, and operational aspects of the organization and is an alumnus of HYS. A musician himself, Mr. Wong performs professionally in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and studied classical double bass with Todd Seeber and Jeffrey Turner. He leads The Waitiki 7, an ensemble inspired by midcentury exotica music, and co-founded the label Pass Out Records. Mr. Wong holds degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and New England Conservatory. He has published research on music’s essential roles in communities and education, and served on the NEC faculty from 2009-2018. He is 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 AmEx Leadership Academy (Center for Creative Leadership). In 2018, the Hawaii Community Foundation presented him with a Ho‘okele Award for nonprofit leadership. Mr. Wong currently serves on the board of the League of American Orchestras’ Youth Orchestra Division, chairing its Professional Development committee, and on the leadership team of Hawaii Public Radio’s Generation Listen.
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Mahalo to Our Donors Hawaii Youth Symphony is grateful for these gifts, made between July 1, 2018 and October 18, 2019. We deeply appreciate all of our donors; their courage and passion to make music education affordable for Hawaii’s youth is commendable. Mahalo! CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($25,000 & Up) Anonymous ABC Stores ALTRES, Inc. Cades Foundation Department of Community Services First Hawaiian Bank Foundation McInerny Foundation Top of Waikiki Revolving Restaurant PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($10,000–$24,999) George Mason Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation Hookele Award of Hawaii Community Foundation Susan M. Kosasa Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation Mrs. Gladys Hirano Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ing Island Insurance Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kosasa State Foundation on Culture and the Arts The Carnegie Hall Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tsukamoto William K. H. Mau Foundation ANGEL ($5,000–$9,999) Action Realty Corporation Aloha International Piano Festival Becker Communications, Inc. Blacksand Capital, LLC Gov. & Mrs. Benjamin Cayetano Foodland Super Market, Ltd. Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Gainsley Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation Mr. Bob Hayashi Mr. Martin Hsia Johnson Ohana Foundation Kathleen Sullivan Wo Charitable Fund Mr. & Mrs. Steven Katzman Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm S. Koga Mr. Malcolm D. Lau
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Mr. David Leong Mr. & Mrs. Alika Mau Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Momohara Ms. Sharon Himeno & Mr. Warren Price III Mr. & Mrs. Michael Onofrietti Pacific Property Group, Inc. SKY Waikiki Mr. & Mrs. Brian C. Stapleton Teruya Brothers, Limited The Resort Group Ms. Ginny Tiu Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Toyama Trinity Real Estate Investments, LLC Ward Village Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Williams BENEFACTOR ($2,500–$4,999) Anonymous Ms. Lorraine Araki Avalon Commercial, LLC Bank of Hawaii Mrs. Janet Cooke Mr. & Mrs. Owen Fukumoto Mr. & Mrs. Kendall N. H. Hee Mr. & Mrs. Helen K. Higa Katherine Chiu Trust Mr. & Mrs. James Kinoshita Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kurisu Dr. Sandi Kwee & Dr. Leilani Ka‘anehe Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Lau Ms. Patti Look Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Sullivan Family of Companies Tanaka of Tokyo Restaurants Ms. Jennifer Taylor Mr. Lance Teruya The Ebbtide Family Fund Waikiki Shopping Plaza Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Y. Wong PATRON ($1,000 - $2,499) Anonymous ACMP Foundation, Inc. Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Aloha United Way Mr. Alan Arizumi Castiglione A Casauria Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Yong Ho Choe CK Violins Mr. Kenin Coloma Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Conley Mr. Peter G. Drewliner Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Gushiken Hazel H. Takumi Foundation Hdg Inc. Ho‘ea - the Foundation Mr. Bill Holowecki Mr. & Mrs. Jay Ifshin Island Insurance Companies Jonathan Y. C. Ching Revocable Trust Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kosasa Mr. Richard L. Kurth Mr. & Mrs. W. Peter Kwong Masaki School of Music Ms. Cathy Monseur Mr. Randolph G. Moore & Ms. Lynne Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Ritchie Mudd Mr. & Mrs. Carl Nagasako National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Dr. Dung Nguyen & Dr. Nguyet Le Dr. & Mrs. Derek Orejel Pikake Foundation Punahou - Music Club Mr. & Mrs. Gavan Sagara Ms. Barbara B. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Dean Tanaka Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Torrey Watumull Stores/Jhamandas Watumull Fund Mr. & Mrs. Gaylord Wilcox Mr. & Mrs. Vernon K. W. Wong Dr. Edward K. Yi & Dr. Susan Moriyama-Yi SPONSOR ($500 - $999) Ms. Lynn Aki-Steele Ms. Bonny Amemiya Mr. & Mrs. Russell Arakaki Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick Y. H. Au Mrs. Esther Cartoon Dr. John Chen & Dr. Lillian Chen
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Mr. & Mrs. Yongli Chen Dr. Yi-Chuan Ching Choice Sheet Metal Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. FundDevelopment Group Mr. & Mrs. Randal Furomoto Mr. & Mrs. Randall Hee HEI Charitable Foundation HMSA Mrs. Ann M. Ho Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hook Mr. & Mrs. Douglas W. Hung Dr. Matthew Ikeda & Dr. Masako Ikeda Mr. & Mrs. Micah Kane Mr. & Mrs. Chester Kaneshiro Mr. & Mrs. Randy Kawamura Mr. Sukhan Kim Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. King, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Alex M Kwon Ms. Chelsea Maeda Marcus & Associates, Inc. Mrs. Dorothy Mason Mrs. Jean McIntosh Mrs. Marion McKay Mr. & Mrs. William Meheula Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Mejia Dr. Karen Miyamoto & Mr. Dan Miyamoto Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Momohara Mr. & Mrs. David Monk Network For Good Mr. & Mrs. Chris Nielsen Mr. & Mrs. Dan Nishikawa Oath Inc. Dr. Ruth Ono & Mr. Alfred Ono Schwab Charitable Fund Mr. & Mrs. Alves Shiu Mr. & Mrs. Tom Soo Hoo Mr. & Mrs. Dean K. Taba Walmart Ms. Juli Kimura Walters Mr. & Mrs. Steven Wong Mrs. Louise Y. Wong Mr. & Mrs. Steve Yamane Ms. Valerie Yee Ms. Mildred A. Yee Mr. Xiang Yee & Ms. Jiangyan Zhu Dr. Mark M. Yoshida Dr. Namthip Sitachitta & Mr. Wesley Yoshida Mr. & Mrs. Randal Yoshimura PARTNER ($250–$499) Anonymous Mr. Guy Akasaki Mr. Burr McCutcheon & Ms. Claire Arakaki Ms. Carol Aki American Express American Express Company Employee Giving Program
Arcadia Retirement Residence Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Arce Mrs. L. Christine Ban Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Blaisdell Mr. Merle N. Bratlie Mr. Kirk Caldwell & Mrs. Donna Tanoue Ms. Barbara Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Darryn Chun Mr. & Mrs. R. Dougal Crowe Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Dreher Mr. & Mrs. Dexter J. Ejercito Ms. Christina Farala Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii Hawaii State Federal Credit Union Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus Mr. & Mrs. Garry Higa Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Hong Ms. Fujiko (Donna) D. Hughes Dr. Cherilyn Lai-Kadooka & Mr. Chris Kadooka Mr. & Mrs. Galen Kawasaki Dr. & Mrs. Toshihiko Kawasugi Ms. Yoon-Jee Kim Mr. & Mrs. Daniel B. Kim Ms. Mollie M. Y. Lee Julian Leigh Dr. Milton Liu Mr. Corey Lehnertz & Ms. Mahalia Marin Dr. Kelley Woodruff & Mr. Benjamin Marx Mr. & Mrs. Keith Matsumoto Ms. Mariko Miho Ms. Jennifer Miyamoto Mr. & Mrs. Travis Niimi Mr. & Mrs. James Nishi The Honorable Dean Ochiai & Mrs. Ochiai Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Oda Mrs. Doris Ogawa Ms. Sandi Okamoto Mr. & Mrs. Randal Omon Mr. & Mrs. Angel G. Pablo Dr. & Mrs. Robert G. Peters Mr. Steven Premo Randal S. Furomoto & Associates, Inc. Mr. Colin Sakamoto Ms. Corynn Sakamura Mr. & Mrs. Takahiro Sato Ms. Faith Sato Mrs. Patricia Sekiya Mr. Daniel S. K. Shaver Mr. Allan Shishido Ms. SaraLyn Smith Mr. Larry Takumi & Ms. Jo-Ann Komori Mr. & Mrs. Herman Tam Ms. Brenda Tang
Ms. Amy A. Taniguchi Ms. Teresa Tauchi Ms. Linda Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Derek Tenn Mr. & Mrs. Barry Toshi Mrs. Nancy D. White Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Winner Wong’s Drapery Shoppe Mr. Ed Elms & Ms. Elizabeth Wong Dr. Jay Kwon & Mrs. Natalie Woo Mr. & Mrs. Grant S. Yee CONTRIBUTOR ($100-$249) Anonymous Mr. Chad Adams Mr. & Mrs. Mark K. Anderson Ms. Mary Bertolino Mr. & Mrs. Philip Brown Mr. & Mrs. Steven Casano Prof. David Ross & Ms. Ann Castelfranco Dr. Len Tanaka & Dr. Jessica Chang Mr. Clifford Char Ms. Martha Child Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Ching Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Choy Mr. & Mrs. Lance L. C. Chun Mr. Daniel Chun Craigside Retirement Residence Mr. & Mrs. William Cumpston Mr. Peter Cumpston Mr. Dan Curran & Ms. Fatiha Kheddaoui Ms. Lynn Dagli Mr. & Mrs. John Devlin Ms. Donna Devlin Ms. Joanna Fan Mr. Chao Zheng & Mrs. Zhen Fan Mr. & Mrs. Bob Fissell Messrs. Frank & Lee Goerner Ms. Diane Fujimura Rev. & Mrs. Yoshitaka Fujinami Mr. & Mrs. Garibaldi Mr. Terry George Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gilsdorf Mr. & Mrs. Scott B. Gomes Mr. & Mrs. Van M. Goto Mr. & Mrs. George Goto Mr. & Mrs. James Grumling Mr. Erwin Nell & Ms. Theres Gruter Ms. Esther Haas Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Hanaumi Mr. Fred Harris Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hashi Mr. & Mrs. Troy Hatakenaka Myles & Wanda Shibata of Hawaii Community Foundation Dr. Nina Hayashi
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Donors (Continued) Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hee Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Higuchi Ms. Susan Higuchi Mr. J.F. Hilton Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hiyane Mr. Todd Yokoyama & Ms. Daryle Ann Ho Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hong Hongwanji Mission School Honolulu Museum of Art Dr. Yujen E. Hsia Mr. & Mrs. Albert Hu Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Ihori Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ikeda Mrs. Maryellen Ing Ms. Lori Isara Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Ishikawa Ms. Ethel C. Iwasaki Dr. & Mrs. David Iwasaki Mr. James Jurich & Ms. Ingrid Lim James K. Michishima, CPA Mr. Ignace Jang Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Keenan Mr. & Mrs. Tim Kelleher Ms. Mary Ann Kobayashi Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Kohara Mr. & Mrs. Maiju Kutty Mr. & Mrs. Peter K. Y. Kwong Dr. & Mrs. Salvatore Lanzilotti Dr. Bradford W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Lee Dr. & Mrs. Worldster Lee Mr. Lloyd Lim Ms. Sara Lin Ms. Jadine London Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Loo Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Lum Mrs.& Mrs. Meredith Maeda Ms. Ann Mahi Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Roy Masaki Ms. Naomi Masuda Mr. Edward Masunaga Mr. David Masunaga Mr. & Mrs. Fujio Matsuda Mr. & Mrs. Carl Matsuura Dr. Alex Suenaga & Ms. Kay Mattos Ms. Amy H. Mitsuda Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs Ms. Audrey Mueh Mr. Henry O’Neill & Ms. Carol Muranaka Mr. & Mrs. Keith Muraoka Dr. & Mrs. George I. Nagao Dr. Jeffrey Lim & Dr. Marcia Nagao Dr. Linda Nahulu & Ms. Nola Nahulu Ms. Beverly Nagata Mr. & Mrs. David Nako Ms. Kay J. Newnam
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Mr. & Mrs. Sam Ng Ms. Eugenia W. Ng Mr. Harry Loving, II & Ms. Thu Nguyen Mr. Ian Nishi Mr. John Yamano & Ms. Sharon Nishi Mr. & Mrs. Melvin S. Nishina Mr. Glenn Nohara Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Okada Mr. Bruce Okimoto Mr. & Mrs. Glenn M. Okino One Kalakaua Senior Living Orchid Isle Orchestra Dr. & Mrs. Tilden Osako Mr. & Mrs. William T. Oshima Mrs. Helen T. Oshio Ms. Mildred Oshiro Mrs. Alexa Rofoli Mrs. Miyoko Sasaki Ms. Janice Savidge Mr. Richard Scerbo Mr. & Mrs. William E. Seehafer Ms. Martha Seroogy Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Shimabuku Ms. Laurie Shimabukuro Shinnyo-En Hawaii Mr. & Mrs. Leo Shiohira Ms. Sheryl Shohet Dr. James Sim & Ms. Ying Xu Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence So Ms. Nancy K. Sonoda Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sueoka Mr. & Mrs. Stan Sugiyama Mr. Lance Suzuki Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Taba Mr. & Mrs. Loren M. Taguchi Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Takemoto Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tamai Mr. Ryan Tanaka Ms. Karen Thompson Tiffany & Co. Ms. Kathy Todoki Ms. Monica Toguchi Mr. & Mrs. Mark Tomomitsu Mrs. Janice Trubitt Mr. Ryan H. Tsukamoto Ms. Rochelle Uchibori Mr. & Mrs. Ira Uradomo Mr. Allen Uyeda Mr. Shichao Li & Ms. Haiying Wang Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe Mr. Andrew Z. S. Wei Dr. Robert Weiner & Dr. Linda Weiner Ms. Karis Whi Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Womack Mr. & Mrs. Jim J. L. Wong Ms. Audrey N. Wong Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Wood Aiden L. K. Woodard Worldstrides Mr. & Mrs. Keith Yoshimoto Mr. Xin Huo & Ms. Xiaojin Zhou
FRIEND (Up to $99) Anonymous Ms. Beatrice Affron Akiko Sanai Piano Studio Mr. Clement K Akina Mr. & Mrs. Robert Y. Akinaka Mr. & Mrs. William A. Alicar Angy‘s Handmade Delights Mr. Neal Aoki Ms. Heather Arias De Cordoba Ms. Jone Augustin Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Barayuga Ms. Suellen Barton Mrs. Ellen E. Belconis Mrs. Carolyn Berry Mr. Kenneth H. Burtness Mr. Richard Byron Mr. & Mrs. Mark Caliri Mr. Matthew Carr Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Chang Mr. Eric Chang Mr. & Mrs. Derek Chinen Ms. Louise J. Ching Ms. Faye Ching Mr. Jeong Hoan Lee & Ms. Seon Hee Choi Mr. Guy Kudo & Ms. Patrice Choy Ms. Michelle Cintron Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie M. Collado Mr. & Mrs. Leslie G. Crandall Ms. Sharon de la Pena Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Devaney Dr. & Mrs. Evan Dobelle Ms. Karyl Doi Ms. Teresa Fabry Ms. Tia T Fergus Mr. Glenn Fernandez Mr. & Mrs. John Fielding Mr. & Mrs. John M. Flanigan Ms. Sylvia Flores Ms. Julia Fujioka Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Fujioka Dr. & Mrs. Francisco J. Garcia Mr. Presley Pang & Ms. Susan Pang Gochros Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan C. Gochu Dr. Wumaier Yilamu & Ms. Tuerxun Halidan Mr. David Hamano Ms. Yuko Harada Mr. & Mrs. George Haraguchi Mr. & Mrs. Lance Hayashi Ms. Janna Healy Mr. & Mrs. Kenn Higa Mr. Reid Hinaga Ms. Kelly Hiraki Mrs. Arlene Y. Hiu Mr. & Mrs. Steven Ho Ms. Lauren Holt Mr. Robert Hsia Ms. Barbara Hudman Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Hung Mr. Brian Hunsaker
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Mr. Hunter Hunt Ms. Lee Ann Ichimura Ms. Michelle N. Ige Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Ige Ms. Amanda L. Igeta Ms. Carolyn Ing Mrs. Molly Inouye Mr. Devon Izumigawa Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Jim Kaahumanu Elementary Mr. & Mrs. Guy Kamitaki Ms. Aiko Kanemitsu Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Kawaoka Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Kaya Ms. Morgan Kaya Mr. Alex Kelawala & Mrs. Pauline Shum Mr. Guy Kellogg Ms. Sarah Kemble Verhoef Mr. & Mrs. Barry Kikuno Mr. & Mrs. Dennis B. Kim Mr. Trent Kobayakawa Mr. Ernest Kobayashi Ms. Sylvia S. Koike Ms. Ingrid Kortvelesy Ms. Yolanda Lau Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lau Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Lau Ms. Debbe Lau Ms. Chelsea Lau Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Lau Hee, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Garson Lee Ms. Elaine Lee Dr. and Mr. Sung Lee Ms. Joycelyn Lerud Ms. Juo Miao Leung Ms. Deanna L. Levy Matthew C.K. Li Mr. & Mrs. John Li Mr. Michael Lim Mr. & Mrs. Ray Liu Mr. Calvin Liu Mr. & Mrs. Warren Loh Ms. Jane E. Lovell Mr. Jeffery Lucero Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Lui Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Luke Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lum Mr. & Mrs. Chester J. Malins Ms. Pamela Masaki Mr. & Mrs. George Masaki Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Mau Mr. Robert McLaren Mr. & Mrs. John S. Milford Mr. & Mrs. Seimasa Miyashiro Ms. Janet H. Murphy Mr. Steven Murray Ms. Carol Nakaganeku Ms. Eleanor M. NakasoneAmaguin Mr. & Mrs. Shigeo Nakazaki Ms. Erin Nishi Mr. & Mrs. Warren Nishimoto Mr. Ernest T. Nogawa
Ms. Clara Ogate Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Okuhara Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Okumoto Aaron Omon Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Ono Ms. Myra E. Oshiro Ryan M. Park Ms. Saori H. Paule Ms. Bonnie Lee Pestana Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Price Ms. Kathy Raymond Mrs. Muk Lan Leung Rice Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Sakauye Dr. Alec Schumacker Mr. & Mrs. Todd Seeber Mr. Bobby Yung & Mrs. Regina Sha Ms. Ruby Shimabukuro Mr. & Mrs. Grant Shimabukuro Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. J. Siu Ms. Laurie Skrzenta Mr. & Mrs. Randy Sobol Mr. Kevin Sumida Mr. & Mrs. John S. Sylvester Dr. & Mr. Dale Takanishi Mr. Thomas Takara Ms. Masami Takeuchi Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Tanaka Ms. Sharon Tanigawa Ms. BJ Taum Mr. Phillip Thompson & Dr. Jean Shein Mr. & Mrs. Denis K. Teraoka Mr. Gary T. Todoki Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Toma Ms. Alison Tomisato Ms. Kelli Trammell Mr. & Mrs. Blaine Tsugawa University of Hawai‘i Music Department Mr. Benny Villanueva & Ms. Kristen Kim Dr. Karin Fujitani & Mr. Wes Waniya Mr. & Mrs. Brent Watanabe Ms. Elizabeth Weatherford Ms. Carol Will Mr. Mike Wilson Captain David Wilson Dr. George Chu & Ms. Diane Wong Mr. John Ellis & Ms. Jessica Wong Ms. Sandra Ann Wong Ms. Madeline C Wong Mr. & Mrs. Corey Yama Mr. & Mrs. Gary Yamamoto Ms. Beryl Yanagi-Fujita Ms. Dale H. Yatsushiro Mr. Steven Yee Mr. Will Yeh Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Yoshihiro Mr. & Mrs. Todd Yoshikawa Mr. Darwin Yoshioka Jing Zhao
IN HONOR OF Dr. Benson H. Araki by Ms. Lorraine Araki Mr. Jason C. Ban by Mrs. L. Christine Ban Ms. June Choi by Mr. Robert Hsia Mr. & Mrs Steven Gainsley by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Matsumoto by Mr. & Mrs. Warren Nishimoto Dr. Yujen E. Hsia by Mr. Martin Hsia Jeon Jungkook by Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Lee Cyrus Kelawala by Jing Zhao Jonathan Kwon by Mr. & Mrs. Alex M. Kwon Mr. Malcolm Lau by Mrs. Maryellen Ing Maestro Henry Miyamura by Mr. & Mrs. George Goto by Ms. Sylvia S. Koike by Ms. Juli Kimura Walters by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong by Dr. Mark M. Yoshida Ashley Muraoka by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Muraoka Punahou Music Club by Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie M. Collado by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel H. Devaney by Ms. Lauren Holt by Ms. Joanna Fan by Ms. Yuko Harada by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hong by Ms. Barbara Hudman by Mr. Devon Izumigawa by Dr. Sandi Kwee & Dr. Leilani Ka‘anehe by Ms. Ingrid Kortvelesy by Mr. & Mrs. W. Peter Kwong by Mr. & Mrs. Garson Lee by Ms. Juo Miao Leung by Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Mau by Mr. Robert McLaren by Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi by Mr. Mr. John Yamano & Ms. Sharon Nishi by Ms. Beverly Nagata by Mr. & Mrs. James Nishi by Mr. Bruce Okimoto by Ms. Saori H. Paule by Ms. Teresa Tauchi by Ms. Karen Thompson by Ms. Carol Will by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong by Mr. & Mrs. Vernon K. W. Wong
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Donors (Continued) Devyn Niimi by Mr. & Mrs. Travis Niimi Ellie Ochiai by The Honorable Dean Ochiai & Mrs. Ochiai Iris Sim by Dr. James Sim & Ms. Ying Xu Ms. Naomi Suto by Ms. Debbe Lau Kisa Tamai by Mr. & Mrs. Kent Tamai Mr. Michael Titterton by Ms. Bonnie Lee Pestana Ms. Jean Tsukamoto by Mr. & Mrs. Chris Nielsen Randy and Helen Wong by Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Y. Wong Mr. Derrick Yamane by Mr. Lance Teruya IN MEMORY OF Mr. Geoff Au by Mr. & Mrs. Kendrick Y. H. Au by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong Richard D. Bauman, Professor UH Civil Engineering Department
by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Momohara by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon G. W. Lum Mr. Alan Doike by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Momohara by Mr. & Mrs. Brian C. Stapleton The late Will J. Henderson by Ms. Mariko Miho Mr. Walter S. Kubota by Dr. & Mr. Dale Takanishi Ms. Ellen Masaki by Dr. Steven Nishi & Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi Mr. Neil McKay by Anonymous by Mr. & Mrs. Randall Hee by Ms. Nola Nahulu Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Linda Mesrobian by Anonymous Mrs. Ellen R. Miyasato by Mr. Gilbert Miyasato Ms. Luella Spadaro by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong Mr. Gin Wong by Ms. Janna Healy by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong
Mrs. Mew Choy Wong by Mr. Kirk Caldwell & Mrs. Donna Tanoue by Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Chang by Mr. Guy Kudo & Ms. Patrice Choy by Ms. Karyl Doi by Ms. Diane Fujimura by Mr. & Mrs. James Grumling by Mrs. Ann M. Ho by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lau by Ms. Elaine Lee by Ms. Jadine London by Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Loo by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lum by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Sobol by Mr. Larry Takumi & Ms. Jo-Ann Komori by Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Tanaka by Ms. Sharon Tanigawa by Ms. BJ Taum by Mr. & Mrs. Blaine Tsugawa by Ms. Elizabeth Weatherford by Ms. Madeline C. Wong by Mr. Randall G. Wong & Dr. Helen Liu Wong by Ms. Sandra Ann Wong by Mr. Steven Yee by Ms. Valerie Yee
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!
2019–2020 Board of Directors & Staff
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Patti Look, Chair Sharon R. Himeno, Vice Chair Erica Mau, Secretary Mary Ellen Williams, Treasurer Directors Alan Arizumi Liza Wo Davis Gladys Hirano Collin Hoo Martin Hsia Richard K. Ing, Past Chair Roy King, Jr. Malcolm Lau Tina Lau Michael Onofrietti Geoffrey Sewell, MD Jake Shimabukuro Jean Tsukamoto
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ADMINISTRATION Randy Wong, President Samantha Champoux, Administrative Assistant Ann Doike, Programs Manager Aris Doike, Director of Operations Rory Onishi, Music Librarian Parker Nakamura, Assistant Operations Manager Carol Tsang, Director of Finance
FACULTY Symphony Program Joseph Stepec, Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor, Youth Symphony I Elton Masaki, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Susan Ochi-Onishi, Co-Conductor, Youth Symphony II Wayne Fanning, Associate Conductor, Concert Orchestra Hannah Watanabe, Conductor, Concert Orchestra
Academy Program Chad Uyehara, Director; Conductor, Intermediate String Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra Joan Doike, Conductor, Beginning String Ensemble & String Orchestra Ensemble Talia Turnbull, Academy Coordinator Music in the Clubhouse Matt Momohara, Conductor, Clubhouse Band Talia Turnbull, Instructor, Nānākuli Strings Joy Waikoloa, Instructor, Music4Kids HYS Jazz Dean Taba, Program Director & Conductor, Combo I Ryan Howe, Conductor, Combo II Pacific Music Institute Joseph Stepec, Artistic Director Ignace Jang, Solo & String Quartet Program Director
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