Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Musical Beginnings

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The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is a group which serves to introduce the fine arts of music to the many talented children of Maui. We hope to support and enrich the many students of Maui with a new vision of what the world of music has to offer.

In 2005, Ms. Iolani Yamashiro founded the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the first youth orchestra outside of Honolulu, the capital of Hawai'i. With the foundational assistance of the board of directors, she also began the Maui Youth Philharmonic String Orchestra now known as the Sinfonietta. It is her desire to allow students the opportunity to experience playing orchestral instruments, knowing that it can become a very important aspect of their future lives.

Board of Directors

Iolani Yamashiro, President
Robin Yarborough, Vice President
Roger Yarborough, Secretary/Treasurer
Lance Jo, Executive Director
Michelle Romero-Ancheta, Director
Sue Nakama, Director


Kurt Muroki
Professor of Music (Double Bass), Indiana University; Artist Member, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York; Bass Instructor, Stony Brook University in New York and Mercer University McDuffie Center for Strings and Bowdoin International Music Festival; Board of Directors, International Society of Bassists

Rachel Calin
Bass Instructor, Perlman Music Program in New York (Violinist Itzhak Perlman's music program) and Mercer University (McDuffie Center for Strings)
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Mailing address: MYPO, P.O. Box 6105, Kahului, Hawaii 96733
Rehearsal Location: H.P. Baldwin High School Band Room, 1650 Ka'ahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
MYPO is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit organization.