Students playing strings in concert

Debut String Orchestra

Debut String Orchestra is an advanced entry-level orchestra for strings. This BYSO ensemble is designed for progressing students on violin, viola, cello, and double bass who have 3+ years of experience on their instrument and some prior orchestra experience. The typical Debut String Orchestra student plays with solid first-position technique and has some early higher position knowledge.

Debut String Orchestra students improve their note-reading and rhythm skills while they become more confident playing as an ensemble. Past works performed include arrangements of Mozart’s Symphony No. 15, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, and Spata’s Maharaja.

Sample of Debut String Orchestra:

Conductor: Mollie Ewing

Mollie Ewing is a freelance adjudicator and clinician for school districts around the region. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Educational Leadership degree from the University of Portland. Mrs. Ewing taught orchestra in the Issaquah School District from 2001 to 2010 and is currently teaching orchestra at Risdon Middle School in the Renton School District. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor


Happy New Year, Debut Musicians!

Our first rehearsal of the Winter Session is Monday, January 7th in the Sherwood Forest Elementary Gym. Students should arrive at each rehearsal by 6:15pm to check-in, get tuned, and find a seat. We finish at 8:15pm. Remember to BRING A STAND to rehearsal each week.

Debut Practice Schedule Winter 2019

For new members only: Please bring a stand and check in at the podium when you arrive. I will have folders with music, a pencil, and the schedule (electronic copy posted above) and can help guide you to your section.  Please review this document so you understand the expectations for a member of the Debut Orchestra: Debut Orchestra Expectations

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