Helix Instrumental Music Association (HIMA)


The Helix Instrumental Music Association 501(c)(3) is one of largest and most successful supporters of music education in east county San Diego. Our primary goal is to support the improvement of young musicians musically, physically and mentally. Our funding directly supports the instrumental music program at Helix Charter High School. The music Program at Helix currently consists of approximately 180 students in eight performance groups. Members of the program learn life lessons through required commitment and service to a team, encouraging young people to grow up as refined adults who feel a responsibility towards their community. At Helix, music is used as a vehicle to improve the confidence and responsibility of young people. We are extremely proud of the recognition our student programs bring the East County and San Diego county community each year and of the personal success stories and scholarship opportunities received by students who have participated in the Helix music program. We are officially the largest high school feeder to the San Diego State School of Music and have more students on scholarship than any other school in San Diego County.  



HIMA supports the program by raising funds through donations, merchandise, gift certificates, services, monetary gifts, coorperate sponsorships/matching programs, and or special events. The purpose of our organiztion is to provide financial assistance to various components of the program, including:

  •  Providing instruments for students who do not have their own
  •  Repair and maintenance of instruments
  • Instrument/Equipment Purchases
  • New Music Music
  • Outside professional instructors and clinicians
  • Private lessons, transportation
  • Scholarship funds
  • Instrument Repair
  • Some Transportation Cost
  • Festival & Tournament Fees

​Because of the success of our program, we are always trying to keep up with ever-expanding student interest. HIMA must raise funds each year to assist the students by all means possible achieve the highest of educational muscial excellence  and help maintain our program as one of the finest award winning smusic programs in the country. HIMA keeps this outstanding tradition alive year after year through the generous support of the donors and supporters.


Get Involved

The more parents that become involved in the program, the more students we are able to impact and help achieve great things in high school, college and beyond. 


All parents are encouraged to attend the meetings which occur the 1st Wednesday of every month during the school year at 7:30 PM in the music building and find out how you can join and help keep our great tradition going strong. 
Find out you can get involved today by clicking here or you can make a financial donation by clicking here. 


Welcome To the Family Class of 2021

We are so glad you have decided to join the pride of La Mesa and become part of the on going history of excellence. The Helix Instrumental Music Program has a rich history within the community and has graduated some very impressive alumni. We are so excited and look forward to seeing where you help take the program these next four years! Students and families, we encourgage you to get plugged in and get involved! Make sure you sign up for our email list.