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

11/3 Fall Concert Call Time

Call time is 1:15 pm at Renton High School IKEA Performing Arts Center. Concert starts at 2:00 pm.

Greetings Cadet String Orchestra Musicians and Parents!

Please help your musician bring his/her/their music stand, in addition to music and pencil, to every rehearsal.

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

Seating auditions will take place at the Fall Retreat (See below). If your musician is going to miss the seating audition, please have them play for their coach at a rehearsal prior to the retreat.

Cadet String Orchestra

Concert Order

Festival Dance, q=138 (link)


Crossing Pirates Cove, q=132 (link)


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