Cadet String Orchestra

Fall 2020 Program

For BYSO’s Fall 2020 Online Program, Cadet String Orchestra musicians are placed into 4 small ensembles – Cadet Strings Blue, Green, Orange, and Red.

All rehearsals are held on Monday evenings via Zoom. Musicians are expected to be prepared and logged in to rehearsal 15 minutes prior to start time. Cameras must be kept ON for the entire duration of the rehearsal session.

BYSO Fall 2020 Small Ensemble Schedule
Ensemble Name Director Rehearsal Time
Cadet Strings Blue Caroline Faflak 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Cadet Strings Green Andrew Kam 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Cadet Strings Orange Caroline Faflak 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Cadet Strings Red Andrew Kam 6:00 – 6:45 PM


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.

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 Symphony Tacoma. Learn more.

Contact Andrew Kam at

Messages from the Conductor

Updates for Week of October 19, 2020

  • FlipGrid accounts are now available to musicians from all string ensembles. Your director will give you further instructions during virtual rehearsals. Please take a few minutes to get your account set up:
    • 1. go to
    • 2. When asked for a Join Code, type “cadetstrings” + (group color). For example, Cadet Strings Orange = “cadetstringsorange”.
    • 3. When asked for student username, type in your musician’s first name
  • New recordings are available for download in our Google Drive Recordings Folder, as well as YouTube recordings (below). Visit the YouTube page to access additional recordings at slower tempo for practice purposes.

I. Prelude, q=152

II. Waltz, q=172

III. Scherzo, q=195

IV. Dance, q=200

Click HERE to join Cadet Strings Red on Zoom

Meeting ID: 921 4486 1378

Passcode: 433554

FlipGrid Link for Cadet Strings Red

Click HERE to join Cadet Strings Green on Zoom

Meeting ID: 994 2675 1162

Passcode: 335757

FlipGrid Link for Cadet Strings Green

Cadet Strings – Blue, 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 991 5844 0266  

Cadet Strings – Orange, 7:00 – 7:45 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 922 9280 5499

CLICK HERE to access Sheet Music

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