Pacific Music Institute

You’ll meet a kaleidoscope of people from all different places and backgrounds. But there’s one common thread that makes our community thrive: a love of music and a drive for excellence. Does this sound like you? Then you’re in the right place.

Local residents, remember to use the code "KAMAAINA" at checkout!

Register! Fill out your information, apply for financial aid (if applicable), and submit payment.

STEP #2:
Receive your email confirmation with “Information and Consent Form” and “Video Submission” link.

STEP #3:
Practice, record, and submit your placement video requirements by May 31st.

Areas of Study

ProgramDatesInstrumentsAge RequirementsTuitionKamaʻaina Rate
Solo and String QuartetJuly 16-22, 2021violin, viola, celloentering 6th grade and up with at least 2 years of experienceTBDTBD
Symphony OrchestraJuly 16-23, 2021violin, viola, cello, bassentering 8th grade and up with at least 2 years of experienceTBDTBD
Wind, Brass, and PercussionJuly 16-23, 2021flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophones, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussionentering 8th grade and up with at least 2 years of experienceTBDTBD
Summer Jazz IntensiveJuly 16-23, 2021saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drumsetentering 8th grade and up with at least 2 years of experience (no jazz experience required)TBDTBD
Ukulele WorkshopJuly 21-24, 2021ukuleleentering 6th grade and up. must be able to tune own ukulele.TBDTBD

Placement Video Requirements

This is NOT an audition! Just record a short video to help us determine which ensemble is the best fit for you. Do the best you can!

When recording, please make sure your face and instrument is clearly visible. High fidelity audio/video quality is not necessary.  

While this is NOT an audition, students may not be accepted if they don’t meet the general expectations of a student with the appropriate years of experience. Top performers may also be selected to play in select ensembles.

Music educators, you may find it easier to distribute all the excerpts to your students in these combined PDFS.

PMI2021 – Combined Strings Excerpts

PMI2021 – Combined Winds Brass Percussion Excerpts

PMI2021 – Combined Jazz Excerpts


Open RegistrationMarch 22, 2021
Financial Aid RegistrationsMay 3, 2021
Financial Aid NotificationMay 15, 2021
Fully Completed RegistrationsMay 31, 2021
Deadline ExtensionJune 14, 2021

Due to increased safety protocols, there are very limited spots available. While the city is currently in Tier 3 of its reopening strategy, enrollment will be extremely limited. We are optimistic about moving to Tier 4 by July and will accordingly open up available spots for students.

Financial Aid

Hawaii Youth Symphony is proud to be able to offer assistance to students, so that any interested Hawaii student may participate, regardless of financial ability. More information about the Financial Aid program is available at our website

Need-based financial aid is made possible through generous donations from individual Hawaii Youth Symphony donors and the Michael Nakasone Legacy Fund In Honor of Youth Symphony II by Olivia de Jane.

Although financial aid awards come in a variety of amounts, depending on demonstrated need, families should expect to pay at least 50% tuition. HYS does not make any full-tuition awards. Financial aid funding is limited, and we are unable to make awards to every applicant.  Financial aid is only available to Hawaii residents. PMI does not provide travel assistance for out of state students.


All in-person programs will be held at the spacious Hawaii Convention Center.

1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

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