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Sweatshirt Orders Due Today

Today, January 21, is the last day to order BYSO sweatshirts for the season. To place your order, visit the BYSO Shop. No late orders will be accepted.

Sponsor BYSO’s Garden Party!

Sponsor the Eastside’s brilliant young musicians at BYSO’s annual Growing Musicians Garden Party fundraiser event. Taking place on May 9, 2020, about 50 BYSO students will be performing throughout the beautiful Bellevue Botanical Garden for this public event which over 300 people in the local area are expected to attend. BYSO will provide complimentary refreshments and hold activities, including a Cupcake Raffle, in the Education Center.

There are several Garden Party sponsorship opportunities available including event and student ensemble sponsorships. See all Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits and contact Caroline Faflak at for more details.

No Rehearsal Monday, January 20

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 20. Make sure to practice and prepare for your next rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 27.

No rehearsal Monday January 13

All Bellevue Schools are closed, so there will be no BYSO rehearsals today, January 13.

Retreats this Saturday

Retreats for Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, Flute Orchestra, and Flute Choir will be held this Saturday, Jan. 11 at Chinook Middle School. All students are expected to attend, as retreats offer intensive sectional work and seating auditions. Times vary according to ensemble: Youth Symphony 11 am-4 pm, Philharmonia 9 am-2 pm, Flute Choir 10 am-2 pm, Flute Orchestra 11:00 am-3:30 pm.

Students – bring your music stand, music, and a pencil. BYSO will provide a pizza lunch and light snack.

Are you available to help out? Sign up on our Volunteer Calendar.

Welcome to Winter Quarter

Welcome new and returning students to BYSO’s Winter Quarter! Rehearsals for the New Year begin tonight, Monday, Jan. 6. Check the calendar for rehearsal times and locations. Remember to bring your instrument, music folder, and a pencil to every rehearsal.

*Philharmonia Students – Rehearsals will now be at Stevenson Elementary School’s Cultural Center, or main atrium. Just enter through the main entrance. Bring a music stand, as well as your music folder, instrument, and a pencil.

Office Closed for Holidays

The BYSO office will be closed December 23 through January 3. During that time, staff will be intermittently in the office. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 6.

Rehearsals for the winter quarter will begin January 6.

We wish you all a happy holiday and musical New Year!

Winter Audition Notifications

Winter auditionees will be notified of their placement results by this Friday, Dec. 20 via email.

Thank You Audition Volunteers

Thank you to all parents and students that helped at auditions last night. Everything ran very smoothly as we were able to audition new and returning students. Thank you again for your help and spending your evening with us!

Help Needed for Winter Auditions

We are looking for volunteers for Winter Auditions on Monday, Dec. 16 at Interlake High School. This is an especially good opportunity for high school students who wish to receive easy school volunteer hours. Sign up as warm-up room coordinator, point person, or audition escort. Thank you!

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