PMI 2022 Teachers

Every year, we bring internationally acclaimed music teachers to Honolulu for our summer music camp, and recruit the best of Hawaiʻi’s local faculty. With the full lineup of Pacific Music Institute programs back for the first time since 2019, we’re excited to welcome many new faculty members to the PMI ‘ohana this year! Here’s a quick introduction to some of the amazing music educators our students will have the opportunity to work with.

Meet our new Solo & String Quartet instructors!

New SSQ Teachers

Khullip Jeung – Violin 

Violinist Khullip Jeung comes to our island from New York. Mr. Jeung is known and sought around the world as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and violin teacher. After immigrating to Hawaii from South Korea, Mr. Jeung moved to New York at the age of 15 when he was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College on scholarship. He went on to receive the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard, where he is now part of the faculty.

Jisun Kang – Violin

Violinist Jisun Kang comes to us from New York, where she is on the faculty of the Mannes Preparatory Division and is associate music director of Love Violin, USA. Ms. Kang actively performs throughout the US, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician and is a founding member of the BeneSori String Quartet and the concertmistress of the New York Tutti Ensemble. 

Sorah Myung – Violin

A violinist and a violist, Sorah Myung comes to us from Southern California, where she is a part-time faculty at Irvine Valley College and Vanguard University. Ms. Myung is in great demand as a teacher, a coach, and a lecturer. She served as a concertmaster at La Mirada Symphony Orchestra, holds a position as an assistant violist at the Mozart Classical Orchestra, and subs with Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti – Viola

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti is a Kanaka Maoli musician dedicated to the arts of our time. She is a celebrated composer and performer, who is also currently a lecturer in both Composition & Viola at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. Ms. Lanzilotti is the recipient of a Native Launchpad Artist Award, McKnight Visiting Composer Residency, OPERA America: Women Composers Discovery Grant, and 2022 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Fellow among other accolades.

Vicky Wang – Cello

Vicky Wang currently lives in Stockton, California, where she serves on the faculty of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Wang was a member of the award-winning ensemble Aristos String Quartet and has participated in international music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), and Spoleto Music Festival (Italy). She has been a frequent prizewinner in both cello and piano.

And our amazing returning instructors:

Returning SSQ

Eugene Chukhlov – Violin

Ignace (Iggy) Jang – Violin

Helen Liu – Violin

Alexander Peña – Viola

Igor Veligan – Violin & Viola

Brady Anderson – Cello

Perry Karp – Cello

Learn more and sign up for our Solo & String Quartet program to work one-on-one with these incredible musicians.

Meet our new Symphony Orchestra instructors!

New Symphony Teachers

Holly Jenkins – Violin

Holly Jenkins is joining us from Baltimore, Maryland where she is in the First Violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Originally from House Springs, Missouri, Ms. Jenkins has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in recitals in seven different countries. In addition to performing, Ms. Jenkins is passionately committed to promoting peace, dialogue and cross cultural awareness through music.

Clara Kim – Violin

Clara Kim is a NYC-based violinist who has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music. As a performer, Clara concertizes regularly and loves connecting with audiences, people, and communities across the world. Clara also directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori, and is the lead faculty artist at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai.

Markus Osterlund – Brass

Markus Osterlund is a Honolulu native who joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2016 after holding and being offered positions with the San Antonio and Hawaii Symphonies. An avid traveler, he has also appeared onstage with the Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, and Baltimore Symphonies. During the summer, he holds the associate principal and third horn position of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and teaches at summer programs nationwide.

And our amazing OLA Symphony Orchestra Conductors & returning faculty:

Symphony Returning

PMI Artistic Director Joseph Stepec

National Orchestral Institute and Festival Director Richard Scerbo

Tim Daniels – Winds

Learn more about the OLA Symphony Orchestra– the centerpiece of PMI!

Meet our new Wind Ensemble instructors!

New Wind Ensemble

Grant Okamura – Conductor

Grant Okamura was director of bands from 1985–2009 and is now professor emeritus at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where his ensembles have won many awards over the years. Okamura is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, he hosted a joint convention of the American Bandmasters Association and Japan Band Directors Association in Hawai‘i.

Tommy Morrison – Bassoon 

Currently serving as principal bassoon with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theater, Tommy Morrison is a bassoonist with a passion for collaboration and learning. Tommy has participated in a wide array of performing opportunities throughout Europe and the United States. As an educator, has experience working with all levels of playing, from starting the instrument to preparing for conservatory auditions. He is currently a lecturer in bassoon at University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa.

Melanie Yukumoto – Clarinet 

Melanie Yukumoto has taught at Punahou School since 2015, and is second/bass clarinet with the Oregon Ballet Theatre and third/bass clarinet for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with Hawai‘i Opera Theatre, Chamber Music Hawai‘i, Sarasota Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. Additionally, she has also performed in Europe, Canada, and Japan. 

David Hirano – Saxophone

David Hirano is on the faculty at Punahou school, has taught Saxophone at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa and conducts the Hawai‘i High School Saxophone Ensemble. Mr. Hirano is the Drum Major and a saxophonist in the Royal Hawaiian Band. He has also performed with the 111th Army Band (Hawaii Army National Guard), the Eric Miyashiro Big Band Hawai‘i, Honolulu Symphonic Winds, Honolulu Saxophone Quartet, and the University of Hawai‘i Saxophone Choir.

Jahleel Smith – Trombone

Jahleel Smith serves as Bass Trombonist at the Curtis Institute of Music.

And our amazing returning instructors:

Returning Winds

Aileen Kawakami – Flute

Alex Hayashi – Oboe

Susan Ochi-Onishi – Oboe

Marie Lickwar – French Horn

Casey Tamanaha – Trumpet

TJ Ricer – Tuba

Christopher Cabrera – Percussion

Learn more and sign up for our large Wind Ensemble! Wind Ensemble students may also be selected to perform in our Symphony Orchestra.

Meet our new ‘Ukulele Workshop instructors!

Ukulele Teachers

Kalaʻe Camarillo

Born and raised in Kihei, Maui, Kalaʻe Camarillo moved to Oʻahu to attend the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, where he graduated with a degree in Elementary & Special Education. His education and passion for music led him to becoming a third-generation music teacher (Kapalama Elementary) and professional musician. His album, “Feel at Home,” was named the Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year at the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian Grammy’s)! 

Mika Kane

Mika Kane is a professional ʻukulele player and Kamaka artist from Maui. He provides private ʻukulele lessons on Zoom in addition to teaching at Windward Community College and The Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility. Mika received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an ʻUkulele focus and a Masters Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He mostly specializes in fingerstyle playing!

Learn more and sign up for our 5-day ʻukulele workshop program led by these incredible ‘ukulele artists!

Meet our Jazz Intensive instructors!

Jazz Instructors

Dean Taba

Steve Treseler

Learn more and sign up for our Jazz Intensive program; no jazz experience necessary!

See you at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center this July! 

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