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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.

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 teaches orchestra in the Bellevue School District and holds violin section positions with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor

Welcome to the Winter Quarter for Cadet String Orchestra. Please come to every rehearsal with your instrument, your music, and your music stand. Please come to every rehearsal with your music prepared on your own so that we can utilize every minute of rehearsal for group progress. It is strongly encouraged to have bring your orchestra music to your private lesson teacher and ask for help learning the music.

*students who did not play their seating audition spots at the February 10. Retreat were automatically placed at the back of the section. Students who know they will miss the retreat should play for their coaches at the rehearsal prior to the retreat (February 5 rehearsal). No exceptions!

Audio Links

Festive Dance by Edmund Siennicki


Raindrop Serenade by Lauren Bernofsky

Tallis Canon and Variations by Thomas Tallis arr. John Caponegro


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