Waialae Arts Program Faculty


Mr. Samuel Chen (piano, violin) is a bachelor of music (piano performance) degree candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, studying with Dr. Thomas Yee. Among numerous awards in both violin and piano performance, he is the winner of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association (HMTA) Jr. Artist piano competition and the Morning Music Club Scholarship Award, and the prestigious Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano Competition. Samuel is alos an aspiring conductor and a former member of the Oahu Civic Orchestra and is in his 8th year as a piano accompanist for the Chinese Baptist Church. He enjoys teaching children and adults and is bilingual (Mandarin/English).

Mr. Reid Ishikawa (drums, acoustic/electric/bass guitar, flute, songwriting, theory) has a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and also studied audio engineering at Belmont University (TN). Reid is a professional keyboardist, bass guitarist, and percussionist, and can play a wide variety of other instruments. He is an award-winning classical pianist and also enjoys composing and recording music. Reid has a love for teaching and desires to inspire and encourage students of all ages. Currently, Reid is a percussion specialist and band instructor at Radford High School.

Mrs. Cheryl Sanders (piano/voice) has a bachelor of music education/bachelor of elementary education, (piano performance) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Dr. Peter Corragio, instructor) and post-graduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory (OH) and Southwestern Seminary (TX) for music educaion/special education, vocal pedagogy and jazz piano. A former Miss Hawaii with talent awards at both the state and national levels, Cheryl currently is the music director of Waialae Baptist Church, and directs the summer S.H.I.N.E. program and Waialae Arts Program. She is a professional vocalist for Japanese wedding ceremonies and performs with the vocal trio, :The Liberty Belles”. Member: Honolulu Piano Teachers Association (HPTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Ms. Chey Sanders (acting and media instructor) has a bachelor’s degree in theatre education, master of communications in radio/television/film, and master of arts in family counseling. She has served as a drama director for several churches, director of education for Creative Arts Theatre and School, head acting coach for Actors, Models and Talent for Christ, and acting instructor for Transformational Film Institute. In addition to her numerous directing credits, she has also directed three shows for Waialae Arts: Annie JR, Seussical JR, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.