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Summer Survey

What would you like BYSO to offer this summer? Please help us plan potential summer programs by filling out our short survey.

Congratulations 2020 Award Recipients!

Every year, we recognize outstanding students and volunteers that go above and beyond in our BYSO community. Today we celebrate recipients of BYSO’s Five-Year Membership Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and Social Media Star of the Year Award. We are very proud of each and every one of you. Check out our video tribute!

Five-Year Membership Award

Anjana Begur, Ayata Bernhardt, Emma Chen, Daniel Choi, Seorim Choi, Lauren Crewdson, Kunchen Dai, Erin English, Marti Flickinger, Dmitry Flynn, Sara Hong, Connor Yuan-Long Hsu, Abigail Kearny, Rowan Kloss, Jessica Kusardi, Kevin Lu, David Lynn, Suprita Mantravadi, Melissa Mitchell, Jungho Park, Mitchell Pope, Prithvi Rangaswami, Asher Seet, Annie Shin, Anna Sullivan, Meg Takezawa, Sonia Tampi, Elisa Teh, Christian Trusedell, Andrew Wang, Brian Wei, Thomas Welch, Rowena Yin, Kolton Zeng, Sophie Zhang

Volunteer of the Year

Ruth Brewster

Social Media Star of the Year

Mallika Shah

BYSO Seniors – Submit a Video

Calling all BYSO seniors! In order to make this special time just a little more special, we would like to celebrate you in a little video compilation. Please submit a short video or photo with a description describing a bit about who you are, what you are looking forward to, what BYSO means to you, etc.

The submission deadline as been extended to Friday, June 12. Please contact for an upload link.

Congratulations for all your achievements this year. We look forward to celebrating you!

Summer Program Survey

We would like to hear from you! What would you like BYSO to offer you or your student this summer? What type of program do you wish was available for musicians at this time? Let us know your thoughts by filling out this very short survey. Thank you, we appreciate your input.

Greater Than Project

BYSO musicians are invited to participate in the ‘Greater Than’ Project (Brian Balmages, composer) – a virtual orchestra collaboration between 5th through 12th grade students from Bellevue School District, and our very own BYSO ensembles! Participation information is currently available on the conductor’s notes pages of Cadet String Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Youth Symphony.

What is a virtual orchestra? A virtual orchestra is an ensemble that is put together from the comfort and safety of home. Musicians record their parts using whatever technology is available and then send their parts to their teachers. The teachers then edit and arrange all the recordings and put them together to create an orchestra! Students can choose to submit either video or audio recordings.

The first set of recordings are due this Friday, May 29. Contact your conductor with any questions.

BYSO Senior Videos

BYSO Seniors – Since this year did not quite go according to plan, we want to make sure we do a little something special and different to celebrate you. Today through Friday, May 29, we are accepting short video recordings of yourself explaining a bit about yourself, what you are looking forward to, etc. A photo with a short description also works. We will create a nice compilation of your submissions.

Please email Brook at for an upload link and details. We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating your accomplishments!

Have You Moved Recently?

If your address has changed lately, please let us know by emailing or We would like to keep our database updated so that we can send end-of-year gifts, awards, and cards to the right people. Thank you!

Percussion Discussion

New “Percussion Discussion” video, formerly known as “Lick of the Week,” from Percussion Ensemble conductor Mr. Benjamin. Take a look.

Fundraiser Update – We did it!

We are exploding with excitement. From all of us at BYSO, we cannot express how greatly we appreciate your contributions and support for our Virtual Garden Party. Frances Walton, BYSO founder at 92 years of age, says it wonderfully, “Music is the one thing you can carry around the world.” Your belief in our program makes all the difference. We cannot thank you enough. Cheers to more music ahead!

If you missed any video performances, you can view them on the front page of our website, on Facebook, or Instagram IGTV. Thank you!

Fundraiser Update – 99% There!

We are so close to reaching our $20,000 fundraiser goal with only $126 left to go! Every dollar really goes a long way right now as we continue to employ our staff and create new adapted plans for our summer and fall seasons.

We are deeply appreciative of your support. Thank you.

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