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Happy Holidays from BYSO

Wishing our families a musical and healthy holiday season. Enjoy carols recorded by Premiere Flute Ensemble, directed by Dr. Nayoung Ham.

Nutcracker Suites Finale Weekend

This weekend is the last chance to see BYSO’s collaboration with Evergreen City Ballet. Their docu-dance film, Nutcracker Suites, was recommended by the Seattle Times as one of the Nutcracker performances not to be missed. Learn more and view ticket options.

Winter Quarter Ensembles

The admin team is working on placing students into small ensembles for the winter quarter. Once this is completed, you will be notified via email. At this time you will also be able to pay your tuition. This should be completed by December 30, 2020.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, January 4, 2021. View the calendar for winter quarter.

BYSO 2020 Concerto Competition Winner

Congratulations to Renee Yeung, BYSO’s 2020 Concerto Competition WINNER! Today we feature the performance that really wowed our judges. Here is Renee, playing the first movement of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Renee is a junior this year and has played violin for 9 years. After much encouragement from her neighbor and violin teacher, Renee decided to join BYSO for the first time last season. She says, “Thanks to them and my family’s support, I’ve gotten the chance to play in an orchestra with Mr. Kempisty last year, an octet with Ms. Liu this year, and to participate in this Concerto Competition. I’m looking forward to playing great music next quarter and beyond!”

Well done Renee, Grace, Daniel, and to all the other musicians that participated in BYSO’s first online Concerto Competition. You all did very well and should be proud of yourselves.


Tuition Assistance Available

BYSO has been gifted additional funds this year to use specifically for scholarships. You can read more about scholarships and financial aid here.

BYSO 2020 Concerto Competition: Grace Rames

Congratulations to Grace Rames, BYSO’s 2020 Concerto Competition Runner-up! Today we feature Grace’s performance of the First Movement of Symphonie Espagnole by Edouard Lalo. Enjoy her performance and learn more about Grace:

Grace has been with BYSO for 6 years. She used to play the cello and double bass, but now has excelled in the violin, playing it for 7.5 years.

“I’m very excited to have been picked as a runner-up for the BYSO Concerto Competition! I’ve put so many hours of work into this piece and to see all the effort pay off fills me with so much joy. The thing I have missed the most during this pandemic is playing in orchestras and BYSO with everyone. As amazing as it is that we can use technology to meld together individuals and bring back that spirit of togetherness, it doesn’t quite hit the same as seeing and hearing a performance come together in real time. Though, I can’t discredit Zoom rehearsals entirely, it is also so satisfying when all those parts playing along with the click track line up with each other and create that full “orchestra” effect.

After I graduate high school, I plan on attending a music conservatory. My goal is to become a concert violinist, but I would also love to see wherever the music world takes me. Though music is my number one passion, I also enjoy drawing, fashion, and makeup. I love all things creative whether that be art, writing, or music.”

Congratulations, Grace! Next Sunday we’ll feature BYSO’s 2020 Concert Competition Winner, Renee Yeung.


Are you Returning in the Winter?

Several students have not filled out BYSO’s Winter Quarter Signup form. Whether you prefer to stay in the same ensemble as the fall OR have decided to go on leave until spring, you must fill out the form. This form helps ensure that each student is accounted for and placed in their preferred ensemble.

If you have any questions, contact

Learn more about BYSO’s Winter Quarter Offerings.

BYSO 2020 Concerto Competition: Daniel Sun

Congratulations to Daniel Sun, BYSO’s 2020 Concerto Competition Runner-up! Today we feature Daniel’s performance of the first movement, Allegro, of the Flute Concerto No. 7 in E Minor, by Francois Devienne. Daniel also played his own piano accompaniment, a first for BYSO. Enjoy the performance below!

Daniel is a senior this year who has been with BYSO for 5 years. He plays a variety of instruments including cello, piano and his primary instruments, flute and piccolo.

“The BYSO concerto competition gave me a chance to be creative and push myself to see what I can accomplish. Back before quarantine, I always enjoyed accompanying for my friends. Though it’s not the same as playing with other people, this concerto competition gave me a chance to try accompanying for myself, which I thought was useful for understanding the music as well as fun!

Even though in-person rehearsals are difficult for most instruments and downright impossible for winds, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to rehearse virtually with my friends. The slower pace of rehearsals and sectionals allowed me to build a strong relationship with my ensemble groupmates.

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to a variety of classical music, leading science clubs at my school, studying physics, doing science bowl, playing video games, and video calling with friends.”

Congratulations, Daniel! Next Sunday we’ll feature BYSO’s 2020 Concert Competition Runner-Up, Grace Rames.

Sign-up for Winter Quarter

All students who plan to continue BYSO this season must fill out our Winter Ensemble Selection form. This form will let us know if you plan on returning in the winter and which ensemble you prefer, or if you would rather have your spot held for spring 2021.  Sign up for Winter Quarter before December 6, 2020.

BYSO Winter Quarter: Auditions & Signups

Submissions for BYSO’s Winter 2021 Auditions are due tomorrow, December 1 at 11:59 PM. All instruments are welcome. Learn more.

If you already auditioned in the fall, sign-up for winter quarter. All students that are participating in BYSO’s 2021 Winter Quarter must sign-up by Dec. 6.

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