JAN 17-19, 2020


The All-State String Orchestra is an honor group comprised of students from school music departments across the state of Hawai`i. To promote string performance and to provide an opportunity for students from various schools to perform on the same stage, HMEA, the Music Department of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and the American String Teachers Association- Hawai`i Chapter (HASTA) are proud to host the 2020 All-State String Orchestra at the Mānoa campus. This event will be held January 17-19, 2020. All students currently playing in an orchestra ensemble in public and private schools or taking private lessons are eligible to submit their application for an audition through their school or private instructor. All instructors and directors must be a current member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) or HASTA.

Each year, the NAfME organizes the ALL-NATIONAL HONOR ENSEMBLES. The students who perform in these ensembles are chosen from All-State Festivals. Through this event, an opportunity is also provided to students to perform at the national level.


A limited amount of scholarship will be offered to students based on merit.

Q & A (more information for parents, students & instructors)

Participant Registration (Audition)

Registration is closed.


Bartok: Suite, "for Children"


Elgar: First movement from String Serenade Op 20 

Fisher: Springtime in my Hometown 


Please describe one thing you learned from this experience.

  • "Develop my technique and enhance my skills."
  • "During the All State event, I learned how to be more of a leader by giving cues to the back, and it helped me to grow as a section leader."
  • "During the days that we had rehearsal, I was able to quickly and effectively learn the music given."
  • "I learned new rhythms, seeing how my part fits in nicely with others."
  • "I learned to listen to others, not only play loudly."
  • "One thing that I learned from this experience is how to express the emotions that are meant for a certain piece."
  • "One thing that I learned from this experience was to play a new type of piece. I have never played nor heard a Korean folk song, so it gave me a new insight on how to play these kinds of pieces."
  • "How to make dynamics more exaggerated and musical."
  • "I learned a lot about working in an orchestra and the importance of watching the first chair."
  • "That if an orchestra is determined enough and practice individually in advance, they can get a performance ready in a weekend."

In one sentence, what would you tell a friend about the experience of playing in the All-State Orchestra?

  • "A real challenge, but an existing experience."
  • "Overall, I think this is a great experience to meet other people from different levels of music, including professionals. Also, students can learn to master new music quickly with the facilitation of mentors or help from peers."
  • "It was a great experience where you can focus intensively for 3 days straight."
  • "You should do it too!!!"
  • "Hawaii All-State Orchestra is an amazing experience for string players looking to improve their technique and to receive advice from professional musicians."
  • "I will tell a friend that being in the All state helps you play better with other people in the orchestra, you'd make new friends, and overall it was a fun experience."
  • "It was unlike other orchestras since we were a much smaller group. However, I knew many people in the group, and others I didn't know were much more likely to become my friend, and I didn't feel as much like a stranger in it than I would in other orchestras."

HMEA Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of HMEA shall be: (a) to develop and promote music and music education throughout the state of Hawai`i and (b) to promote mutual cooperation and good will among its members.

HMEA Constitution
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