Mr. Chad H. Uyehara

Violin, Viola Teacher

Chad Uyehara

SAA Member


Honolulu, HI
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Chad Haruo Uyheara received his Master’s of Music in Music Education and Viola Performance from Northwestern University where he studied viola with Roland Vamos. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, studying with LaVar Krantz, Bachelor’s of Arts in French, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Additional studies include the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, the Conductor’s Workshop of America, Mimi Zweig’s Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers, Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher training, and Paul Rolland String Pedagogy certification.

Mr. Uyehara has performed on violin and viola with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Desert Springs Chamber Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. He currently performs with the Maui Pops Orchestra, with local music theater companies, and as part of a violin-piano duo. He has taught orchestra for the Clark County School District in Nevada, the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic, the Hawaii Department of Education at Kalani High School, Kaimuki Middle School, and Moanalua Elementary, Hanahauoli School, and St. Andrew’s Schools. Mr. Uyehara also served as interim conductor for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, he teaches and directs orchestras for the Hawaii Youth Symphony and for Moanalua Middle School. He also maintains a private violin and viola studio.

For many years, Mr. Uyehara served as president of the Hawaii chapter of the American String Teachers Association and also organized the chapter’s Solo & Ensemble Festival and Junior Festival Orchestra. His other professional affiliations include the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Education, American Viola Society, and the Hawaii Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has been honored with the 2018 Teacher of the Year award from the Hawaii Music Teachers Association.