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.

Contact Mollie Ewing at

Messages from the Conductor


When: Sunday, November 4th


Location: Meydenbauer Center Theatre: 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Groups Performing: Cadet and Debut

Students need to arrive at 12:50 PM in concert attire. Unpack and head for the stage for our on-stage warm-up. This is our only time to warm-up and is critical for finding our seats and adjusting to the very different sound of the stage vs. classroom.

*Doors open for parents at 1:50 PM, concert starts at 2:00 PM.


Females: Black pants or skirt to the mid-calf or longer, tucked in white blouse with sleeves, black shoes and black socks or black hose. Males: Black pants, tucked in white shirt with sleeves, black shoes, black socks, and a black bow tie. *We have bow-ties available for purchase if needed for $5.

General Season Information

Debut Practice Schedule Fall 2018

Debut Orchestra Expectations


Mrs. Mollie Ewing
Conductor, Debut Orchestra


  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH SET-UP and BREAKDOWN EACH WEEK. With 55 students, there are a lot of things to move and your help is invaluable! As they say, “Many hands make light work!”
  • Please check your student’s calendar and make a note of the Fall Retreat and our two performances. If students need to miss a rehearsal or performance, please use the link under the “Conductor’s Messages” on the homepage to submit the absence. This information comes directly to me and allows me to prepare for our rehearsals/performances.
  • Please make sure your student is coming prepared to rehearsal with a stand, their music, a pencil, and their instrument. Coming prepared also means they have practiced the material and taken it to their private teachers for assistance on difficult sections.
  • Thank you for supporting our program and for your student’s participation! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful orchestra!!

A helpful link for practicing:

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