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Winter Quarter Begins Monday!

BYSO Winter Quarter rehearsals begin on Monday, January 9. Make sure to check your ensemble page for up to date information about rehearsals, retreats and concerts!

Music links will be sent out by January 6 via the newsletter.

2022 Flute Ensemble Holiday Tour

Join us on Sunday, December 4th for one of two public performances on our 2022 Flute Ensemble Holiday Tour! Flutists from Flute Choir, Flute Orchestra, Youth Symphony and Philharmonia are combining to form a 50 flute ensemble that will filling the Eastside with holiday cheer!

Two of their performances are open to the public

Crossroads Mall (Market Stage)
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Admission free and open to the public

Bellevue Botanical Gardens Garden d’Lights
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ticketed event open to the public
Purchase tickets at (

We hope to see you there!


Fall Concerts this Weekend!

Our Fall Concert Series is this weekend! We will be performing at Bastyr University Chapel, famed for its incredible acoustics. You won’t want to miss it. Click here to learn more purchase tickets!

Rehearsals Begin Tonight!

BYSO’s Fall Quarter Rehearsals begin tonight! Make sure you visit your ensemble page to double check rehearsal locations and times. And pay special attention to what student musicians should bring to rehearsal.

Newsletter Out Now!

BYSO’s first Newsletter of the 2022/23 Season has made its way to your inbox. If you are (or have) an enrolled student and did not receive the Newsletter last Friday, please check your junk and spam folders. If you still didn’t receive it, please email and we will make sure to add your email address to the distribution list. In the meantime, Click Here to read the latest newsletter!

Annual Parents Meeting Webinar Posted

For those of you who were unable to attend the Parents Meeting on Monday, September 19, please click HERE to view our webinar version. This webinar version will give you a nice overview of wha to expect at BYSO this year, including information on Rehearsals, Retreats, Concerts, Policies and Best Practices. We also have created a useful handout that includes a season calendar and list of best tips for your year at BYSO along with easy to access QR codes.

Parent Handout – Updated 1

Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe Announces Retirement

At the end of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season, Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe will retire from her role as Music Director and Youth Symphony Conductor. Dr. Metzger Howe joined our conducting team in 2001 and assumed the role of Music Director in 2005. Click here to read the full announcement.

2022/23 Season Auditions Now CLOSED

BYSO’s 2022/23 Season auditions are now closed. Thank you to all of you submitted an audition over the past week. We will begin adjudications soon and results will be emailed out by September 16th! If you have any questions please email

2022/23 Season Auditions Now OPEN!

Auditions for BYSO’s next season are now open! Virtual submission will be accepted through August 26th. Check out our audition pages to learn more about audition process, materials and timeline and access the submission link.

2022/23 Parent Meeting

BYSO is bringing back our annual Parent Meeting this year! Mark your calendars for Monday, September 19, from 6:30pm – 8:15pm. This is your chance to meet your student’s conductor, learn more about their year with BYSO, hear from our administrative team, and converse and build connections with our community of parents. There will be refreshments hosted by the Board of Directors after the meeting has concluded. This is the PERFECT way to start your family’s academic year with BYSO and it will take place at Overlake Christian Church. More information will be included in your student’s enrollment email.

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