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Tuition Due Sunday, Oct. 18

Tuition for BYSO’s Fall 2020 quarter is due this Sunday, Oct. 18. Visit the BYSO Shop to pay for tuition. Financial assistance is available.

If you have any questions, contact

Updates from Directors

BYSO music directors primarily communicate to their students via email and their ensemble page, found under the Ensembles tab. Make sure to check these places regularly, especially Mondays before rehearsal, for updates or any Zoom link changes.

Free Online webinars with Midori

The Greater Boulder Youth Symphonies have an exciting program of webinars coming up featuring violinist Midori and other outstanding musicians. All students in BYSO are invited to attend these free sessions.

More info and zoom links posted at Note the times below are Mountain Time, one hour ahead of Pacific.

Midori – masterclass — Sunday Oct 11, 6:00 – 7:25pm MT

Midori – Encouraging Young People to Keep Music in Their Lives / Life Beyond High School — Tuesday Oct 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm MT

Midori – Arts Advocacy Workshop — Thursday Oct 15, 5:00 – 6:00 pm MT

Greg Pattillo, beatbox flute — Sunday October 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Midori – How to practice — Tuesday Oct 20, 5:30 – 6:30 pm MT

Midori – Oral heritage: who to listen to and what to listen for — Wednesday Oct 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm MT

Your Body is Your First Instrument, Alexander Technique for Musicians — Sunday October 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Masterclass with Yumi Hwang-Williams, concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony
Sunday Nov 1, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Chamber music masterclass with Charles Wetherbee, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Boulder Philharmonic Concertmaster, Chair of String Studies at CU Boulder — Sunday Nov 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Many thanks to Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras for sharing this wonderful program!

Flute Orchestra Composition

Flute Orchestra musicians were asked to compose a two-measure short melody in the key of C. The final compilation, arranged by William Linthicum-Blackhorse, turned out beautiful. Have a listen!

Please Be Patient

We appreciate your patience as the office staff works through an unprecedented amount of email while generating rosters and setting things up for Monday. Please do not email multiple times on the same subject –  it can cause confusion and delay our ability to respond. Please expect that it may take 36 to 48 hours to respond to emails, not counting weekends.

Small Ensemble Assignments Sent

All students should have received their small ensemble assignments yesterday (Thursday) via email. If after checking your junk, spam, social, and promo folders, you are still unable to find this email, please fill out our Audition Results Form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

All ensemble information, including rehearsal time and director messages, can be found under the Ensembles tab from the menu bar.

See you on Zoom this Monday, Oct. 5. for the first rehearsals of the season!

Tuition Due Oct 18

Tuition for BYSO’s Fall 2020 quarter is due by Sunday, Oct. 18. Follow the links below for more information about tuition cost and financial aid opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact

Fall 2020 Ensemble Schedule

Rehearsals for BYSO’s Fall 2020 Season will take place on Monday evenings from Oct. 5 to Nov. 23. Rehearsal times can be found on our Fall 2020 Online Offerings page.

Most students should have received their orchestra level placement. This week, we will be communicating small ensemble assignments by color.

Flute Orchestra’s first rehearsal begins tonight.

Join us for tonight’s Parent Meeting, 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Zoom. A new Zoom link was sent out in last Friday’s newsletter.

Monday Parents Meeting

If you missed last week’s parent meeting, there will be another covering the same material on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The link was sent out in Friday’s newsletter, and can be found at the end of this post. The meeting will introduce our staff and provide updates on our fall 2020 online programs.

Parent Meeting Monday, Sept 28

The last opportunity to attend BYSO’s Parent Meeting will be this Monday, Sept 28 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. There will be no 100 person limit this time and we highly encourage at least one member of every household to attend the meeting. See you then!

If you have specific questions that you’d like to see addressed at the meeting, feel free to email your questions ahead of time to


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