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Concert Video Orders Due June 3

Video orders for Spring Overture, Showcase, Highlight, and Masterworks Concerts are due by Monday, June 3. BYSO concert videos are available as either high-definition digital downloads or standard definition DVDs. Visit the BYSO Shop.

Sign Up for Summer Camp

Interested in keeping your music skills sharp throughout the summer? Perhaps you would like to try BYSO out before committing to a full season? Join us at one of our summer camp sessions!

BYSO offers three week-long summer camps in July, each calibrated to different musicianship levels. A week in summer camp involves orchestral work, small ensemble time, choice electives, and a final concert at the end of the week – all while having fun.

Learn more and register.

Concerts May 12 & 13

Join us for our season finale concerts on May 12 and 13! Tickets can be purchased at the door or though Brown Paper Tickets. See details below.

Students – check your conductor’s messages for call times, which can be found under your Ensemble tab from the homepage.

Sunday, May 12: Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

7:30 Spring Masterworks Concert
Featuring Youth Symphony – Hear our most advanced students perform Jonathan Bailey Holland’s Shards of Serenity and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Free pre-concert commentary 6:45-7:15 PM by Steve Reeder. Tickets

4:30 Spring Showcase Concert
Featuring Philharmonia, Flute Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Tickets

2:00 Spring Overture Concert
Featuring Cadet String Orchestra and Debut String Orchestra- A great concert for your aspiring musician to listen to BYSO’s youngest string orchestras. Tickets

Monday, May 13: Sammamish High School

7:00 Spring Highlight Concert
Featuring Sinfonia and Premiere with special performances by Sinfonia’s String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet, and Percussion Ensemble. Tickets

Plan to bring either cash or check or purchase tickets ahead of time for this concert. The wifi, which we use for credit card sales, is unreliable at Sammamish High School.

Upcoming May Events

BYSO’s Growing Musicians Garden Party

This Sunday, May 5 – 2:30 to 4 PM, join us at the Bellevue Botanical Garden for a Garden Party, featuring live student performances, refreshments, and activities. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, family, music teachers, and neighbors for a relaxing afternoon of music in the garden. More details.

We are looking for volunteers, especially those willing to take some photos. High school students are welcome to volunteer for school hours. Sign up on our volunteer calendar.

Spring Concert Series

Our last concerts of the season are coming up, May 12 and 13.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. Call times for students will be posted under the “Ensembles” tab of the website. Volunteer opportunities are available.

May 12 at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

2:00 Overture Concert featuring Cadet String Orchestra & Debut String Orchestra

4:30 Showcase Concert featuring Philharmonia, Flute Orchestra, Flute Choir, & Percussion Ensemble

7:30 Masterworks Concert featuring Youth Symphony

May 13 at Sammamish High School

7:00 Highlight Concert featuring Premiere Orchestra & Sinfonia








RSVP to BYSO’s Garden Party

Our annual Growing Musicians Garden Party fundraiser event is just 2 weeks away! Although RSVP is not necessary, it does helps us plan ahead. RSVP here.

Growing Musicians Garden Party

When: May 5, 2019, 2:30-4 pm

Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden

Details: Free and open to the public, the Garden Party is a great event to invite your friends, music teachers, neighbors, and that cousin you haven’t seen in a while. Enjoy live student performances, complimentary refreshments, and donation activities such as the Cupcake Raffle. Facebook event

All proceeds from the event will benefit BYSO’s student scholarship and program services.

Interested in Sponsoring a BYSO Ensemble?

Several BYSO ensembles still need to be sponsored for our Garden Party! Our musicians are working hard and donating their time to perform at the Bellevue Botanical Garden on May 5. Sponsors get great visibility at the event.

Available sponsorships include Youth Symphony Wind Quintet, Youth Symphony String Quartet, Youth Symphony violin soloist, Sinfonia String Quartet, and Premiere bassoon soloist.

A sponsorship is just $325 but goes a long way in supporting our musicians and our programs. Contact Caroline Faflak at for more information. For a full list of opportunities and sponsorship benefits, visit our Sponsor page.

No Rehearsal this Monday, April 8

Have a great spring break! There will be no rehearsal this Monday, April 8. See you at the next rehearsal, April 15.

Cadet & Debut Retreats this Weekend

Retreats for Cadet & Debut String Orchestras are this Saturday, March 30 at Odle Middle School. Cadet will be meeting 9 am – 12 pm and Debut 9 am – 1 pm. Students must bring their music stand, music folder, and a pencil. BYSO will provide a snack and pizza lunch.

Volunteer opportunities are still available for lunch and break down. Sign up on our volunteer calendar.

Tuition Raffle Winners

Two lucky winners were drawn from BYSO’s Tuition Raffle today. We are so happy to award free BYSO tuition to these individuals for next season. Winners have been notified by e-mail and phone.

Free Tuition Chance Ends March 25

Just a few more days to participate in BYSO’s annual Free Tuition Raffle! Come by the office during business hours, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm, to purchase $10 raffle tickets. On Tuesday, March 26, BYSO will select two prize winners, awarding them with free tuition for their student next year. Come on by!

Contact us with any questions at or 425.467.5604.

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