Solo and String Quartet Program

The PMI Solo & String Quartet Program 2018 was an amazing experience for everyone involved, from students to teachers to staff to supportive parents. Check back soon for PMI SSQ 2019!

Our last PMI SSQ concert celebrated the magic of the string quartet. 36 students, hailing from Oahu, Maui, the Bay Area, China, Japan, and Taiwan, played the socks off the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev, Borodin, and more. This concert was the culmination of more than a week of their intensive string quartet studies.

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players. 


PMI SSQ is an extended program designed for advanced string students, grades 6-12, who wish to further enhance their musical experience. An emphasis is placed on chamber music, private lessons and performance opportunities. This program includes the orchestral component, the PMI Core Program.

Non Hawaii residents will be given time to enjoy the unparalleled and inspiring beauty of Hawaii.

Led by program director Ignace “Iggy” Jang, the students are encouraged to thrive under the guidance of a nurturing faculty.



  • Focus on solo and chamber music repertoire
  • Private lessons
  • Inspiring faculty
  • For string students, grades 6-12
  • Side-by-side with professionals chamber music performances
  • Concerto Competitions for the opportunity to perform with a string orchestra
  • Recreational activities (not included in tuition)
  • Application process for 2018 is now closed.
  • Questions? Send us an email!


Idyllically located, PMI Solo & String Quartet Program is set in one of the world’s most unique and inspiring setting, the island of Oahu, home of Honolulu. Hawaii‘s capital is the State’s urban hub, rich in history and famous for its scenic beauty, from Waikiki to the North Shore’s Sunset Beach.

Classes, meals and boarding for non-residents are held on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, in Honolulu.

The program will run Sunday July 1 to Sunday July 15, 2018 (travel days excluded). July 1-6 includes the Solo & String Quartet session only, while July 6 - 15 includes both the PMI core and SSQ sessions.

  • Deadline: Come back for PMI SSQ 2019!

The concertmaster of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i and Punahou School, Ignace “Iggy” Jang has been dedicating much of his time to education. A teacher with a sense of humor, his motto can be found in his favorite book, St. Exupéry’s The Little Prince: “It is the time you have lost for your flower that makes her so important.” Jang ran the String Program at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival from 2011 to 2016.

  • 8:30 am: Practice or private lessons
  • 10:00 am: Chamber music coaching
  • 12:00 noon: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Masterclasses / Group Lessons / PMI Core
  • 3:00: Recreation / PMI Core
  • 5:45 pm: Dinner / Parent pickup
  • 7:00 pm: Rehearsals / Performances / Recreation / Parent pickup

Please note: students committed to regular summer school will be scheduled accordingly

2018 String Faculty*
Please check out our faculty page for more information

GaHyun Cho - Violin
Eugene Chukhlov - Violin & Viola
Ignace Jang - Solo & String Quartet Program Director
Khullip Jeung - Violin
Jisun Kang - Violin
Helen Liu - Violin

Colin Belisle - Viola
Igor Veligan - Viola

Parry Karp - Cello

* Subject to change

Please note: tuition and fees include both the PMI Core and SSQ Programs

Non Hawaii residents students may choose to board at Hale Alohal, on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, an 8-minute walk from the music department. Students age 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

  • Room & Board: $1,500
  • Check-in Saturday June 30, check-out Monday July 16
  • Double Room accommodations
  • Includes daily cafeteria meal swipes, group ground transportation, chaperones.

To apply for on-campus boarding, visit our Dormitory Lodging page.

To apply to the PMI Solo & String Quartet Program 2019, come back soon!

Applicants will be redirected to our partner Acceptd application page, where they will be able to fill out the registration form and upload media files.

The audition's purpose is to facilitate group assignment. No prior string quartet experience is necessary; if you haven't played chamber music before, we encourage you to apply!

Please note: the SSQ Program INCLUDES the orchestral component, aka PMI Core Program. You only need to apply once!

For students wishing to apply for on-campus boarding, please visit our Dormitory Lodging page.

Questions? Send us an email!