Audition registration for BYSO’s 2020-21 Season is now open until August 24. All new and returning students are expected to audition. Members of Youth Symphony and Percussion Ensemble in 2019-20 do not require an audition and will be contacted regarding participation.
Registration will look different this year, as the entire process is online. When registering, you must have your video audition link and payment ready. There is a $36 non-refundable audition fee.
Learn all the details in the Enrollment section of our website. There, you will also find the Registration Form.
What Fall 2020 Looks Like
BYSO is excited to be offering an online program for fall 2020. While the music making will be very different from our usual orchestras, we are confident that significant skill development will happen in a positive and supportive atmosphere. There will be no public concerts, although we plan a recording as the culminating experience of each ensemble.
Online offerings for fall 2020 will be:
Small String Groups, all levels (8-9 students each). Join a small group of your peers as you explore string orchestra and chamber music repertoire
Woodwind Ensembles (Premiere/Sinfonia and Philharmonia/Youth levels). Explore some of the outstanding music written for concert wind ensembles.
Flute Ensembles Some of the most exciting contemporary classical music is being written for flute ensembles.
Percussion Ensemble Hone your skills as you explore contemporary percussion music.
Online Orchestra with Mr. Blough Improve your musical skills while you learn to record like the professionals. This online class will work toward a completely virtual performance. Strings and winds.
Small groups will be arranged at each orchestra level (Cadet – Youth) based upon enrollment. The length of each online session will vary by orchestra level, from 45 to 75 minutes per week. Online sessions will be held on Mondays.
Auditions for Fall 2020 will be online. With the registration form, students will submit a YouTube link of their audition video. Registration will be open between August 10 – 24. Make sure to understand all components of the audition at byso.org under the Enrollment tab.
Here is an example audition video submission, created by BYSO Development Manager and Violin Coach, Caroline Faflak.
How to Tune a Violin
Auditions are coming up and it’s important those instruments are nice and tuned. Typically students have their music teachers at the rescue, but it may be time to learn how to tune your own instrument.
Learn how to tune a violin with this video tutorial below. The techniques discussed apply to all string instruments.
What you can use to tune your instrument:
A metronome that has a chromatic tuner
Tunning apps – there are several free or low cost apps such as TonalEnergy and Boss Chromatic Tuner
Snark Tuner – these are sold at most music stores
Pitch pipe – these are really good for teaching your ear
A piano that is in tune
Reminder: Auditions for Fall 2020 will run online from Aug 10-24. Learn more.
Student Artwork Feature 3
It’s Friday! Today’s Student Artwork Feature is a poem by Youth Symphony violinist Jessica Massey, titled Lovelorn. This piece describes the experience of one-sided love. Thank you Jessica for sharing your work with us.
You can submit your artwork too! All students are invited. Submit an art piece as a .jpeg file (or .mp4 if video) by 10:00 am on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, instrument, and title/caption of art piece if applicable. BYSO staff will then choose the art piece to highlight for that week. Artwork that does not get chosen can be resubmitted for the following week.
Fall 2020 Audition Information
Audition information for BYSO’s Fall 2020 season has been posted! This year, students will be submitting video recordings for their audition. All audition information including registration, audition levels, and how to submit a video recording can be found under the Enrollment tab from the menu bar.
If, after you have read everything in the Enrollment section, you still have questions, contact email@example.com.
Student Artwork Feature 2
Today’s Student Artwork Feature was created by former BYSO student Sofia Morales, titled Aloha Memories. Thank you Sofia for taking us on a virtual trip to Hawaii today.
If you would like your artwork featured, submit an art piece as a .jpeg file (or .mp4 if video) by 10:00 am on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, instrument, and title/caption of art piece if applicable. BYSO staff will then choose the art piece to highlight for that week. Artwork that does not get chosen can be resubmitted for the following week.
Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Student Artwork Feature
Today for BYSO’s Student Artwork Feature, we put the spotlight on this beautiful piece by Julinna Wu. Congratulations Julinna!
Titled: Deer Head
By Julinna Wu
Graphic pencil and paper
Are you an artist? Would you like to be featured?
This summer, BYSO is featuring a different student art piece every Friday on social media and the website. Examples of artwork include cartoons, paintings, drawings, digital graphics, and short videos. Here is how it works: Submit an art piece as a .jpeg file (or .mp4 if video) by 10:00 am on Mondays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, instrument, and title/caption of art piece if applicable. BYSO staff will then choose the art piece to highlight for that week. Artwork that does not get chosen can be resubmitted for the following week.
Feature in Points Living Magazine
Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s flute musicians have been featured in Points Living Magazine’s August 2020 Issue for their extraordinary Garden Party performance.
Together, the New York Youth Symphony and the New Jersey Youth Symphony will be hosting an Artist Stories Series exploring the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation in the classical music, jazz, and Broadway world. Starting this Wednesday, July 8, this series will include weekly one-hour virtual conversations with featured guest speakers including Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Jeff Scott, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Sean C. Jones, and Weston Sprott.
This 6-week series is free and open to the public.