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Percussion Ensemble at IHS Tonight

The Percussion Ensemble will rehearse at Interlake High School tonight.

Rehearsals & Parent Meeting Tonight

First rehearsals of the season begin tonight. Also tonight we are holding the first of two parent meetings.

Students, please always plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your rehearsal start time. For rehearsal times and locations, visit our Rehearsal page. Bring your instrument, music stand, and a pencil.

Tonight’s parent meeting will take place at Sherwood Forest Elementary School, starting at 6:45 PM. This meeting will be geared more towards Cadet and Debut parents. We will also hold a second parent meeting at Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center next Monday, September 23 at 6:45 PM. It is encouraged parents come to one of these meetings.

Gmail Strikes Again!

Despite our best efforts, only some emails to Gmail customers are getting through. Please send an email to if you did not receive your assignment email Thursday. We will handle all requests as quickly as possible, but please be patient, it may be the weekend before all issues are handled.

Audition Results

Most BYSO ensemble assignments have been communicated via email to the address given as Household Email on the registration form. Please check all spam and junk mail folders before emailing the BYSO office ( regarding assignments.

Audition Results & Parent Meeting

Auditionees will be notified by Thursday, Sept. 12 of their ensemble assignments. If you have not heard from the BYSO office by Friday morning, please contact us at or call 425.467.5604.

Rehearsals begin on Monday, Sept. 16. Check our rehearsal page for times and locations, listed by ensemble.

Parents are highly encouraged to attend one of BYSO’s parent meetings, which will provide an overview of our upcoming season. A parent meeting will be held during rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 16 for our younger ensembles and on Monday, Sept. 23 for our advanced ensembles. More details will be provided by email.


Monday Auditions at Interlake High School

All auditions on Monday, September 9 will be held at Interlake High School.

Newsletter sent to Gmail Users

A newsletter was sent on Friday morning to auditionees with Gmail addresses with directions for accessing appointment times. If you have not received a confirmation email, please follow the instructions in that newsletter.

Gmail Issues – Confirmations

Most audition time confirmations were sent out on Friday, August 30, and the remainder this week.  The email was from  If you have not received your confirmation, please first check your spam folder on your main computer, and if not found, contact the BYSO office. Gmail appears to be blocking many of the confirmation emails.

Audition Registration Now Closed

All registrants who paid their audition fee, except for those on the wait list, have been sent a confirmation email outlining their audition time and location. Plan to come early to your audition so that you are warmed up and ready by your scheduled time.

Fall audition registration is officially closed. We may make exceptions for musicians who play viola, double bass, bassoon, or a low brass instrument. Call the office at 425.467.5604 or email the BYSO office at to request.

Audition Happenings

There are several opportunities and events during auditions this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for waiting parents and siblings:

  1. Volunteer – We still need several volunteers at auditions. Volunteering will make time fly by as you wait for your young musician to finish auditioning. High school students are also encouraged to help. Sign up on our volunteer calendar.
  2. Donate to The Sophia Way – BYSO will have donation boxes for those wishing to give to our friends at The Sophia Way, an organization dedicated to women experiencing homelessness in King County. Check their list of shelter needs.
  3. Participate at NIKO’s Yard Sale – On Saturday, there will be a yard sale outside hosted by NIKO, a support group of Japanese speaking parents who have children with developmental and intellectual challenges. Consider bringing extra cash to purchase some of the many goods that will be available there. See poster.

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