Cadet String Orchestra

Winter 2021 Program

For BYSO’s Winter 2021 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 Winter 2021 Small Ensemble Schedule
Ensemble Name Director Rehearsal Time
Cadet Strings Blue Erin Brown 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Cadet Strings Green Andrew Kam 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Cadet Strings Orange Erin Brown 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

Happy New Year Cadet Families!

I’d like to welcome Ms. Brown, who will be stepping in for Ms. Caroline for the Winter Quarter. Ms. Brown will be directing Cadet Strings Blue and Cadet Strings Orange.

The first Zoom Session for the Winter Quarter 2021 will take place on Monday, January 4th. Following a successful Fall Quarter, we’ve decided to continue studying ‘Apollo Suite’ by Merle J. Isaac. For all Musicians (returning and new), please check your home email for part assignments. Then, use the link below to access parts and download if necessary.

Join Codes for Cadet Strings Red and Cadet Strings Green are the same. Join Codes for Cadet String Blue and Cadet Strings Orange are new.

  1. CLICK HERE to access and download the sheet music from OneDrive
  2. CLICK HERE to access the playlist on YouTube

Click HERE to join Cadet Strings Red on Zoom (6:00 – 6:45 pm)_

Meeting ID: 921 4486 1378

Passcode: 433554

FlipGrid Link for Cadet Strings Red

Click HERE to join Cadet Strings Green on Zoom (7:00 – 7:45 pm)_

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: 841 3316 2174
Passcode: 297872

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

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 2311 8414
Passcode: 829708

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