Oboe / English Horn
Amy Yamashiro was born and raised in Kane’ohe, O’ahu. Her first musical instrument was the ‘ukulele, which she studied under Roy Sakuma. By the time she was in high school, she was teaching for Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios, and had picked up the oboe and percussion. After studying under Susan Ochi-Onishi, Ms. Yamashiro went on to study under Matt Sullivan at New York University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in music education. After graduating from NYU, Ms. Yamashiro began teaching music at Harvest Collegiate High School. During her time in New York, Ms. Yamashiro played principal oboe several orchestras including the Centre Symphony, Broadway Bach Ensemble, and the Queer Urban Orchestra. She also founded a woodwind quintet called the Washington Square Winds, whose mission was to promote living composers. Ms. Yamashiro decided to move back to Kane’ohe to be with her family and currently works with keiki at a transitional homeless shelter, where she recently started a keiki Ukulele program.