Cadet String Orchestra

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools. We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.

Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 5:00 – 6:15 pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.



All musicians should arrive promptly 1:00 pm. Please account for possible traffic delays.

This season’s Fall concert is at the famed Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028). Parking is free in the nearby parking lot.

As per our COVID-19 Policy, BYSO will be adhering to COVID safety mandates dictated by Bastyr, which is as follows:

  • Students and volunteers wear masks backstage and in the greenroom.
  • Musicians on stage may choose to remove their mask during the performance, but must put their mask on back stage and in the audience.
  • All audience members are required to wear a mask at all times when in the audience.

If this policy changes, we will notify musicians and families immediately.

Be sure to check your ensemble’s concert attire requirements. Students must arrive wearing their concert clothing. They will not have a place to change later.



  • Your instrument
  • Your music
  • A pencil
  • A water bottle for the greenroom
  • Do not bring a stand

Volunteers will be a vital part of a successful day at Bastyr for all of our students. We need volunteers to help with the check in process and with supporting ensembles during their dress rehearsals. You will be able to get to know the students, see their dress rehearsal process, see the incredible Bastyr University Chapel from a musician’s perspective, and reserve your seat in the hall early! Click here to sign up now!



Rehearsals Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 5:00 – 6:15 pm September 26 – November 14, 2022
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Northwest Arts Center Please plan on prompt drop off and pick up to
9825 NE 24th Street avoid congestion, as the parking lot is small. No
Bellevue, WA 98004 idling or parking in front of the entrance.
Fall Retreat Saturday, October 22 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location Drop Off/Pick Up
Odle Middle School Parking lot and street parking are available. Plan
502 143rd Ave NE on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Bellevue, WA 98007 congestion.
Fall Concert | Overture Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm
Bastyr Chapel Call time is 1:00 pm. Parking is free at the venue.
14500 Juanita Dr NE Check below for more details.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsal
  • Have fun!

For a full list of BYSO’s 22-23 Season dates, including Winter and Spring rehearsals and concerts, visit our calendar.


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

Greetings Cadet String Orchestra Families! Thank you for encouraging your young musicians to continue to practice their music prior to rehearsals. They get the best experience out of rehearsals if everyone comes prepared (if everyone learns their notes and rhythms at home, we can focus on ensemble skills).

Please remember to bring the following to each rehearsal: (1) instrument, (2) music and pencil, (3) music stand.

Nearly all musicians in the orchestra will work with a stand partner. Stand partners share a music stand, but most importantly they learn to rely on one another during rehearsals and performances. Stand partners help each other find measure numbers during rehearsals, help keep music in order, and are generally helpful towards one another.


Performance Tempo:

  • Bartok
    • mvt. I, Allegro, q = 96
    • mvt. II, Molto sostenuto, q = 66
    • mvt. III, Allegro moderato, q = 96
    • mvt. IV, Poco allegretto, q = 92
  • Barcarolle, Allegretto h. = 52 (q = 156)


Andrew Kam, Cadet String Orchestra Conductor

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