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Rehearsals Tonight, Jan. 7

Happy New Year and welcome back BYSO musicians! Regular rehearsals begin tonight. Times and locations are just as they were last quarter. Details can be found on the calendar.

Office Closed for Holiday Break

The BYSO office will be closed from Friday, Dec. 21 to Friday, Jan. 4. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 7. If you need to get a hold of the office, leave a voice message or send an email to Office staff will respond as soon as they can, but it may not be until the first week of January.

Have a great break! Happy New Year!

Holiday Break Photo Contest!

Open to all BYSO musicians and music staff:

Share with BYSO what you are up to this holiday break! Post your photos on Instagram, hashtag #bysoholiday2018, and BYSO office staff will judge for the best photo. Winner will receive 2 free tickets to their next BYSO concert.

For more rules and information, see the flyer below. Have fun!

Apparel & Video Orders Are On Their Way!

All apparel and fall concert video orders have been shipped. You should receive them by the end of next week. Those who ordered the fall concert video as a digital download will receive a link soon. The link will be sent by and will be sent to your household email, unless otherwise noted on your order form. Keep an eye out for this link, it may even end up in your junk mail! Enjoy!

December News: Videos, Apparel, Rehearsals

Congratulations to all BYSO musicians for their phenomenal achievements this weekend at the Holiday Concerts! The concerts were a success! Thank you to all the volunteers- you were all so helpful!

Some BYSO December news:

Fall Concert Video Orders

Fall Concert videos are expected to arrive within the next few weeks. Those who ordered the video as a DVD will receive them in the mail. Those who ordered the video as a digital download will receive a link in their e-mail with download instructions.

Apparel Orders

Apparel orders will be mailed before the holiday break. If you would rather jump into your BYSO gear sooner, let us know at and come by the office to pick your order up.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is multiplying. If you seem to be missing a music stand, folder, instrument blanket, etc. let us know at or stop by our office.

Next Rehearsal: Jan. 7, 2019

There are no more rehearsals this month. Next rehearsal is Monday, January 7, 2019. Good luck with school and have a nice holiday break!

Dec. 2 Concerts & Flute Tour Details

There are several opportunities to hear Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s talented young musicians this holiday season. On Sunday, Dec. 2, join our flutists on their Festive Flute Tour as they perform at several Bellevue venues. The tour will eventually lead you to BYSO’s Holiday Concert Series with the Magic of Mistletoe Concert finishing off the evening.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, contact and visit our volunteer calendar. We are especially looking for parent flute tour drivers.

Schedule of Events: Sunday, Dec. 2

Festive Flutes Tour

2:30- 3:15 PM Evergreen Court Retirement Community (semi-private event)

4:00 – 5:00 PM Crossroads Mall, main stage/food court area

5:30 – 6:15 PM Bellevue Botanical Garden, Garden D’Lights

7:30 BYSO’s Holiday Concert Series- Magic of Mistletoe Concert, Newport High School

Holiday Concert Series

Newport High School

3:30 PM Jingle Bell Jubilee: Premiere Orchestra & Cadet String Orchestra

5:00 PM Snowflake Season: Sinfonia & Debut String Orchestra (pre-concert performances in the lobby by Sinfonia Ensembles)

7:30 PM Magic of Mistletoe: Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, Percussion & Flute Ensembles

Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets.


Today is Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global event celebrating generosity and giving. Something unique about BYSO is that we keep student tuition costs low in order to make music accessible to all youth. As a result, BYSO heavily relies on your generosity. Your gift will help us keep music affordable to all youth and will help us continue to cultivate responsible, skilled, and brilliant young individuals in our community. We truly appreciate your gift of any size. To donate, visit our Support Us page. Another way to give is simply sharing our message to your friends or on social media. Thank you so much for your continued support of youth and music!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the BYSO staff! We hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break. See you at rehearsal on Monday, Nov. 20.

Premiere Moves to Sammamish High School

Effective November 19, Premiere Orchestra rehearsals will be held at Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005.  Rehearsal times remain the same, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Winter Audition Registration Open

Registration for December 10 auditions is now open. Openings are limited; please check the acceptance list before registering.  If you have questions after reviewing the information, contact the BYSO office at 425 467 5604 between 10 am and 4 pm M-F.

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