02 Oct 2018

Hawaii Youth Symphony & HSO Side-By-Side Concert

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Hawaii Youth Symphony’s top orchestra, Youth Symphony I (YSI), will perform with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

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Each HSO musician will sit next to a YSI musician, making for an unforgettable evening for the youth symphony musicians, Hawai‘i Symphony musicians and the audience.

2018-2019 Hawaii Youth Symphony Side-by Side-Repertoire

Bernstein: Candide Overture

Smetana: The Moldau

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture

About Us – Hawaii Youth Symphony

Music is an extraordinary discipline. It comprises the arts of mathematics, language, history, and culture. An education in music develops the whole student—supporting academic and social-emotional growth while also providing artistic and creative outlets.

Established as a non-profit organization in 1964, Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) inspires hundreds of young musicians across the Hawaiian Islands to pursue their goals and continues to share the universal joy of music with nearly 20,000 concertgoers statewide. More than 700 students ages 7-18 currently participate in HYS music-making programs spanning general music, string & band classes, symphony orchestras, summer intensives, and neighbor island initiatives.

HYS recently launched the Solo & String Quartet program, directed by Iggy Jang of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, which attracted students and faculty from Asia and the Mainland. A new Combo Program, led by Dean Taba, has been established to help emerging jazz students develop the skills needed to succeed in commercial, popular, and jazz music. HYS additionally brought Pacific Music Institute string teachers to Molokai this summer, providing free private lessons and hands-on, intensive string training at Kaunakakai Elementary.

The excitement continues for Youth Symphony I, with this season comprised of 110 students (grades 9-12) from 30 public, home, and independent schools across Oahu and Maui. The most advanced of the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s seven orchestras, YS I  is one of the finest youth symphonies in the country. Among its accomplishments, YS I has been a finalist in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, performed with Midori, and was featured on NPR’s From The Top, with host Christopher O’Riley.

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2018-2019 Hawaii Youth Symphony Side-by-Side Roster

Violin I

Kenneth Chee

Taylor DeCastro

Marianne Garcia

Stella Hung

Mika Ishii

Brooke Kumasaka

Allyson Kwong

Yudai Leonzon

Ryan Park

Kauai Paule

Darius Soo Hoo

Nicolas Tanaka

Max Womack

Violin II

Alizah Chao

Leilani Ikeda

Kurumi Kawata

Sabine Mejia

Zoe Oda

Megan Ogasawara

Sunwoo Oh

Kylee Takanishi

Alec Tam

Jinny Wang

Brandon Yee

Leon Yoshida

Charles Yung

The string players listed represent only YS I juniors and seniors


Gabriel Agno

Brandon Hong

Andrew Hong

Preston Ku

Dane Mizuno

Michael Murakami

Fiona Sievert

Frank Sun

Noah Taniguchi

Nashya Yoshimoto


Severino Bulagay

Aubrey Danko

Ryan Fielding

Sofia Himeno-Price

Julian Kwon

Christopher Kwock

Chloe McCreery

Eugene Son

Cara Tan

Joshua Vierra

Alexa Wong


Matin Boulos

Elliot Hee

Maysa Segovia

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Randy Wong

HYS President

Randy Wong served as Executive Director since 2012 and was recently promoted to President by the Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) Board of Directors in 2018. Through his leadership, HYS’ strategic vision has grown to aid all children in realizing their fullest potential through orchestral music.

Wong launched collaborations with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Public Radio, introduced residencies by world-class musicians such as violinist Midori, and has increased participation among students from neighbor islands and the Pacific Rim.

Wong holds degrees from Harvard University and New England Conservatory, and attended Stanford’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. A musician himself, Wong is a bassist in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and an alumnus of HYS.

As a volunteer, he serves on the board of the League of American Orchestras’ Youth Orchestra Division and the leadership team of Hawaii Public Radio’s Generation Listen.

Dr. John Devlin

HYS Music Director

After a nationwide search with over 80 qualified candidates, the Hawaii Youth Symphony Board of Directors appointed Dr. John Devlin as the organization’s new music director. Dr. Devlin will also serve as the artistic director for the Pacific Music Institute, the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s summer music festival.

Dr. Devlin’s experience includes serving as the cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., as well as assistant conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He was also previously the music director of two youth orchestra organizations, including the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and the McLean Youth Orchestra in Virginia.

An innovative thinker, Devlin is a co-founder, artistic director and conductor of Gourmet Symphony, a non-profit arts organization that pairs locally-sourced cuisine with classical music. He also inspired other forward-looking concepts, such as the Go-Go Symphony, Interactive Symphony and the New Retro Project.

Devlin completed his master’s and doctoral degrees during seven years of work with master-teacher James Ross at the University of Maryland School of Music. His undergraduate degree is from Emory University where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music and Latin.

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