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Sign Up To Help at Rehearsals

Several of our orchestras greatly need volunteers to help set up chairs before rehearsal and put them away after rehearsal. This usually takes about 15 minutes, but is critical for rehearsals to start on time. Volunteer shifts are now available on the volunteer calendar. You can sign up for one shift, or for an entire quarter.

Ensemble Assignments Will Be Emailed By Thursday Sept. 13

Ensemble assignments will be emailed to the household email by Thursday evening, Sept. 13.  Not all ensembles are notified simultaneously, so please be patient while awaiting your assignment.  If you do not see your assignment email, please check your spam or junk folders before contacting the office on Friday.

Parent Meeting Sept. 17 Interlake

Parents of assigned students are invited to attend the Parents Meeting at 6:45 -7:15 PM on Monday Sept. 17 at Interlake High School Performing Arts Center. This meeting will provide a great overview of the program and our upcoming season.

Audition Registration Closes Tuesday Sept. 4 at Noon

Registration for BYSO Fall Auditions will close at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  Late registrations may be considered for low brass instruments, bass, and viola. Please contact to inquire about late registration.

Fall Audition Information

Auditions for the 2018-19 season will be held September 8, 9, and 10.  Signups will open in mid-August.  Check the audition levels to prepare for your audition.

No Rehearsals!

Congratulations on a fantastic year!  Enjoy making music this summer.

Garden Party Goal Reached!

Thanks to all who joined us on Sunday, May 5, for our Growing Musicians Garden Party at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. We hope you enjoyed the fabulous student performances and beautiful spring flowers.

Thanks to all our sponsors and donors and event attendees, we reached our goal of $19,000 to support BYSO student scholarships and program services!

Special thanks to our Garden Party student performers and their sponsors:

Sinfonia Wind Quintet
Sponsored by The Nunez-Kincaid Family

Flute Ensemble
Sponsored by Kalles Group

Youth Symphony Wind Quintet
Sponsored by Foggy Mind Music

Youth Symphony Soloist
Sponsored by The Frank Family

Premiere Orchestra Soloist
Sponsored by Bill Gilbert DDS

Sinfonia String Quartet
Sponsored by Eastside Dermatology

Cadet String Orchestra Soloist
Sponsored by Diane Hermanson

Philharmonia Duet
Sponsored by The Phillips Family

Debut String Orchestra Duet & Soloist
Sponsored by Kalles Group

Youth Symphony String Quartet
Sponsored by Doran Violins

Full Bloom Event Sponsors:

  • Geri & Chris Carlson
  • The Flickinger Family
  • Kathy & Ryan Kearny

Sunshine Event Sponsors:

  • Trudi Jackson
  • Rajini & Raju Ramanathan
  • Gerald S. Kröon & Roxanne K. Shepherd

Spring Green Event Sponsors:

  • Allegro Pediatrics
  • Bush, Roed & Hitchings, Inc.
  • Eastside Kids Dentistry
  • Guild Mortgage
  • Sherre & Greg Piantanida

Thanks also to our many wonderful volunteers, our cupcake prize donors, and the donors of our raffle grand prize, a weekend stay at this VRBO cabin near Mount Rainier.

BYSO’s board of directors and staff are deeply appreciative of our community’s generosity and support of our programs.

Parents: Take Our Survey

It’s anonymous and very short. We value you feedback; take the survey.

Lost & Found

Everything in our Lost & Found bin will go to Goodwill in June, so if your student lost something at a rehearsal or concert this year, please call us or stop by to check before it’s too late!

Solo & Ensemble

Many BYSO students participated in Solo & Ensemble recently, and we have learned that several earned high marks. Congratulations to every student who put forth the extra time and effort—and guts!—to perform and be judged at this event.

Sponsors & Partners