Cadet String Orchestra

Fall 2021 Program

In-Person Rehearsals:
All rehearsals will be held in-person following WA State DOH guidelines for schools including:  3 feet of distancing, no shared music stands, mask wearing and wind instrumentalists using bell covers.  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 – 6:15pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.

In-Person Rehearsal Fall Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays Sept 27 – Nov 15, 2021 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Fall Retreat: October 23, 2021 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Fall Concert at Meydenbauer Theatre: November 21, 2021 2:00 PM
Northwest Arts Center
9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue
Bellevue, WA 98004


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.

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