Conductor of Symphony Orchestra and Preparatory Wind
Kawika Kahalehoe is a graduate of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) where he earned and bachelor’s degree in trombone performance and a master’s degree in music education. While at the University of the Arts, Mr. Kahalehoe studied trombone with Rich Genovese and music composition with Dr. Andrew Rudin. Mr. Kahalehoe has also studied with Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Nitzan Haroz (Philadelphia Orchestra), Vince Panzarella (New York Philharmonic), Delfayo Marsailis, Ron Kerber, and Andrea Clearfield (composition).
As a trombonist, Mr. Kahalehoe has performed in concert with Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, John Faddis, Grover Washington, Jr., Bobby Watson, and under the baton of Valery Gergiev (London Symphony Orchestra) and Joseph Primavera (Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra).
Mr. Kahalehoe came to Montgomery Township School District in 2003, first as a middle school band director, and later as a high school band director. In 2008 Mr. Kahalehoe assumed responsibility of the Montgomery High School orchestra program. Along with the orchestra, Mr. Kahalehoe conducts the MHS symphonic winds, pit orchestra, stage band, chamber orchestra, symphonic orchestra, trombone ensemble, and brass ensemble. Outside of Montgomery, Mr. Kahalehoe is the Music Director and conductor of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Symphonic Orchestra and Prep Winds, as well as the CJMEA Region Orchestra chairperson, and an NJMEA State Orchestra Procedures Committee member.