Lanai High & Elementary School has been fortunate enough to have annual visits by members of Chamber Music Hawai‘i’s two ensembles: Spring Wind Quintet and Honolulu Brass Quintet. These annual visits from both ensembles have been valuable assets to the development of the band program here.

When Lanai students visit Oahu or the mainland, rarely will their family make time to take in a symphony concert or bring their child to an instrumental masterclass. Chamber Music Hawa‘ii provides the children of Lanai with their only opportunity to watch, interact with, and learn from professional concert musicians.

This is the equivalent of an NBA team player coming to Lanai to work with our high school basketball team, or an NFL squad spending time with our school football team. The lessons learned from these musicians carry into their day-to-day study in band class, and the students can see that dedicated study of a musical instrument can pave the way for college scholarship, a career, and travel opportunities. The presence of a chamber ensemble is inspiring to the students, and alumni of the band often recall their memories of both the woodwind and brass quintet visits to our campus. Mahalo!

I was highly impressed by the beauty and learning value of the Galliard String Quartet’s workshop with my students. The Kauai session modeled exactly what they need -- to hear and be able to play in groups. It is my hope that the Galliard Strings and other groups can perform here regularly.

While the Kauai groups have been good learning avenues, students need the opportunity to see and hear live chamber music in a wider context. To see professional performers, to understand that they came from a world larger than Kauai, and to be able to ask questions and hear what players say is a necessary tool to foster growth as a student and as a human. Kauai students were indeed blessed by the workshop with the Galliard String Quartet. Future opportunities to experience Hawai‘i’s chamber music groups will provide further blessings.

Thank you Spring Wind Quintet, for being willing to work with our busy schedule. It was great for our beginning band students to see professionals of your level. Great information provided and articulated clearly. Students loved the music and were fascinated. You are welcome at any time; hopefully we can have you at all the schools on Kauai.