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Spring Auditions Open

Auditions for BYSO’s Spring session are now open for NEW students at all levels. Review all information regarding auditions under the Enrollment tab. You can start the process on BYSO’s When and How to Audition page.

Rehearsal Tonight for All Ensembles

Today, January 25, there will be rehearsals for all ensembles tonight.

Assignment Issues Form

BYSO had a number of communication problems leading up to the first rehearsal on Monday. If you did not receive your assignment, have not enrolled, or have other issues, please use this form to request assistance. Form is due by noon Friday (Jan. 8).

Free Online webinars with Midori

The Greater Boulder Youth Symphonies have an exciting program of webinars coming up featuring violinist Midori and other outstanding musicians. All students in BYSO are invited to attend these free sessions.

More info and zoom links posted at Note the times below are Mountain Time, one hour ahead of Pacific.

Midori – masterclass — Sunday Oct 11, 6:00 – 7:25pm MT

Midori – Encouraging Young People to Keep Music in Their Lives / Life Beyond High School — Tuesday Oct 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm MT

Midori – Arts Advocacy Workshop — Thursday Oct 15, 5:00 – 6:00 pm MT

Greg Pattillo, beatbox flute — Sunday October 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Midori – How to practice — Tuesday Oct 20, 5:30 – 6:30 pm MT

Midori – Oral heritage: who to listen to and what to listen for — Wednesday Oct 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm MT

Your Body is Your First Instrument, Alexander Technique for Musicians — Sunday October 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Masterclass with Yumi Hwang-Williams, concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony
Sunday Nov 1, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Chamber music masterclass with Charles Wetherbee, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Boulder Philharmonic Concertmaster, Chair of String Studies at CU Boulder — Sunday Nov 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT

Many thanks to Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras for sharing this wonderful program!

Please Be Patient

We appreciate your patience as the office staff works through an unprecedented amount of email while generating rosters and setting things up for Monday. Please do not email multiple times on the same subject –  it can cause confusion and delay our ability to respond. Please expect that it may take 36 to 48 hours to respond to emails, not counting weekends.

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.

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