by Joan Wehrman and Teresa McCreary
The Iolani Tam and Young Arts Chair has just joined forces with
the Cooke family to sponsor another string quartet this 2000-01 season.
This new quartet is modeled after the Cooke quartet, which has
been in existence for over eight years. Auditions were held in the second
week of school, and the following students were selected for the new Tam and
Young String Quartet: violinists Melissa Spence '04 and Hilari
Kawakami-Wong '02, violist Jana Murakami '02, and cellist Jacquelyn
This year's Cooke quartet is violinists Allyson Spence
'04 and Ryan Dote '02, violist Kiyomi Goto '02, and cellist Chad
Himeda '01. These quartets are coached one hour a week and practice on
their own for one hour.
The groups will play at several Iolani functions this year, and
they are also sought out to play for weddings, social receptions, and other
functions in the community.
The Iolani student quartets are so popular
this year that the directors formed two other excellent groups. The
members of the other Iolani quartets are violinists John Kukui '04 and Ricky
Nyguen '02, violinist Erin Sakai '02, and cellist Keoki Noji
'01. This group, along with the Cooke Quartet and Tam and Young quartet,
is coached by Honolulu Symphony member Darel Stark. Violinists Beth
Toyofuku '03 and Rachel Bradshaw '03, violist Brad Kamitaki
'04, and cellist Jennifer Saito '03 are coached by Honolulu Symphony
member Suzie Lee. The Iolani orchestra program is proud to offer
these chamber music opportunities for our students.
The Performing Arts
Department is very grateful to the Tam and Young Family and the Cooke Family for
supporting our young Iolani musicians.