Cadet String Orchestra

Cadet String Orchestra is an entry-level orchestra for strings. This BYSO ensemble is open to string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass), who are at least six years old, can read simple music easily, and are comfortable with their instrument. The typical Cadet String Orchestra student may have started the instrument only recently but has developed solid early proficiency and is prepared for the challenges of a large group setting. Students accepted into Cadet String Orchestra typically have been playing the instrument for one to three years.

Cadet String Orchestra is designed to be a young musician’s first group experience. Students receive instruction in following a conductor and playing as an ensemble. Prior orchestra experience is not required.

The repertoire for Cadet String Orchestra is mostly in first position, but it is still challenging, with some knowledge of sharps and flats required. Past works performed include arrangements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld,and Balmages’s Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song.

Sample of Cadet String Orchestra:

Conductor: Andrew Kam

Andrew Kam received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Miami and his Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon. Mr. Kam currently serves as Orchestra Director for Bellevue High School and is a violinist with both the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Tacoma. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor

The March 8th Concert has been cancelled. There is no rehearsal on March 9th. Please check back on this page for further updates.

Thank you!


Greetings Cadet String Orchestra Musicians and Parents! Please help your student bring the following to every rehearsal:


  • instrument and bow, rock stop or shoulder rest as needed
  • music stand to rehearsal
  • copy of music with a pencil

Please arrive early to each rehearsal to get set up so we can start promptly at 6:15 pm.

Winter Quarter Repertoire

Velocity, q=152

Mahler’s Mysterious March, q=72

Mi Caballito, q=132



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