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Monday Parents Meeting

If you missed last week’s parent meeting, there will be another covering the same material on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The link was sent out in Friday’s newsletter, and can be found at the end of this post. The meeting will introduce our staff and provide updates on our fall 2020 online programs.

Audition Results Emailed

Audition results have been sent by email to your “household” address. Please check your Junk and Spam folders on all your devices before contacting BYSO regarding results. To request re-sending of audition results, please fill in this form. Please do not email the BYSO office requesting results.



Sight Reading: Metronome ON

Based on feedback, BYSO has updated the sight reading instructions to leave the metronome on. This applies only to the sight reading. No metronome is allowed to be used otherwise during your audition.

Clarinet Audition Alert

Philharmonia and Youth Symphony clarinet audition requirements have been updated. Please check the audition levels for the etudes and the recommended tempi before submitting your audition.


Dear BYSO Community,

The United States is now confronting the intolerance, racism, and violence against African Americans that has persisted through the years. This systemic racism has resulted in limited choices for Black Americans in every way. This includes access to the beauty of orchestral music.

At BYSO, we have long been committed to being a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender identification, as reflected in our organizational values. We believe we can do more, as an organization and as a community. We can actively learn how to eliminate racism and make a more inclusive organization; we will listen to diverse voices and grow and change. We will invest to create opportunity. This will not be a quick process, but it is a vital one.

Music has the power to heal, to bring joy and to bring us together. Let us share our music to make a better world.

Percussion Lick of the Week

Percussionists, check out Mr. Benjamin’s weekly video tutorial and try something new in your practicing. You can then send a video back to Mr. Benjamin so he can see how you are doing.

Stay tuned every Saturday for a new Lick of the Week!

Rehearsals Cancelled

All BYSO rehearsals are suspended until further notice. Updates will be communicated via the BYSO website and email newsletters. Please check our Resources page for links to more information about coronavirus in our region. Please keep practicing your instrument!

March 8 and 9 Concerts Cancelled

Dear BYSO Families,

BYSO believes it is in the best interest of our community to cancel the concerts on Sunday, March 8th and Monday, March 9th.

We will be issuing credits for this concert for season tickets as well as tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. If you would like to turn your ticket purchase into a donation, please let us know.

We know how hard everyone has worked to prepare for this concert and we absolutely appreciate your commitment and support.


Some March 2 Rehearsals at Chinook

Reminder: tonight’s rehearsals of Youth Symphony, Flute Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble will be held at Chinook Middle School.

March 2 Rehearsals as Scheduled

As of 3:00 p.m., all Bellevue Schools hosting our rehearsals are open for evening activities, so all rehearsals will go on as planned.

Any changes will be posted here.

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