Strings Program


The Solo and String Quartet (SSQ) and Symphony Orchestra program have combined into one cohesive Strings Program to offer students the best of performing in a string quartet and a large ensemble. The PMI Strings Program is an intensive and immersive experience for young musicians looking to take their skills to the next level. Daily rehearsals, sectionals, and coaching sessions will provide students with plenty of opportunities to hone their technique and musicianship.

Students will be placed in either Symphony Orchestra or the Freestyle String Ensemble based on their placement video submission.

SSQ offers dedicated students an emphasis on chamber music, private lessons and performance opportunities. Led by program director, Ignace “Iggy” Jang, the students are encouraged to thrive under the guidance of an outstanding and inspiring faculty. Includes a private lesson

The Symphony Orchestra, the centerpiece of PMI, will be led by PMI Artistic Director Joseph Stepec and instructed by our exceptional OLA faculty. Established in 2019, the Orchestral Learning Alliance (OLA) is a collaborative effort between the Hawaii Youth Symphony and the National Orchestral Institute + Festival. The Symphony Orchestra serves as an advanced program catering to students specializing in orchestral strings, winds, brass, and percussion.

The Freestyle String Ensemble is our new multi-style creative orchestra led by Duane Padilla. In this ensemble, students will use a combination of critical listening skills, understanding of lead sheets, and creativity to create their own original arrangements of music in a wide variety of genres ranging from American bluegrass, Hawaiian, Jazz, Rock, Funk, J-Pop, K-pop, and everything in between.

With a focus on both quartet and large ensemble performance, the PMI Strings Program is the perfect opportunity for string students looking to improve their skills, make new friends, and have fun this summer!

Enhance your summer music experience with ‘Ukulele Workshop!

Play ‘ukulele with friends before or after your weekday string quartet coachings! Your add-on ʻUkulele Workshop runs from either 2:00pm-3:00pm or 5:00pm-6:00pm.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass

Students entering 6th grade up until 1st year college. 19 and under.

Ideal candidates have at least 4 years of experience on their instrument and can successfully perform the placement video excerpts.


Violin: Kathy Hafner, Iggy Jang, Khullip Jeung, Andrew Kam, Jisun Kang, Clara Kim, Michael Lim, Helen Liu, Sorah Myung

Viola: Zoë Martin-Doike, Alexander Peña, Sorah Myung

Cello: Aris Doike, Parry Karp, Vicky Wang

Bass: Sayuri Yamamoto

July 6-14, 2024

At McKinley High School

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 6-14, 2024 for full participation.


July 6, 7 from 9:00am-3:30pm Quartet coachings, rehearsals, sectionals

July 8-12 from 1:30pm-4:45pm OR 3:15pm-6:30pm

*Students will be assigned either a schedule based on quartet placement and availability

July 13 from 9:00am-1:30pm Rehearsals and String Quartet Concert

July 14 at 12:30pm Freestyle String Ensemble and Jazz Intensive Concert; 4:30pm Large Ensemble concert

Strings Program

$ 880
  • String quartet coachings
  • Private Lesson
  • Large orchestra rehearsals
  • Fun and safe learning environment
PMI 2024 Placement Video Excerpts

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – Violin

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – Viola

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – Cello

PMI Placement Video Excerpt – Bass

*Director may ask for an additional excerpt for quartet placement


After registering, you will receive a placement video submission link. The purpose of the placement video is to help us determine which ensemble is the best fit for you. 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 performance expectations.



Questions about SSQ? Contact Iggy Jang at

Questions about Symphony Orchestra? Contact Joseph Stepec at

Questions about Freestyle String Ensemble? Contact Duane Padilla at