Debut String Orchestra

Spring 2021 Program

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 Spring 2021 Small Ensemble Schedule
Ensemble Name Director Rehearsal Time
Debut Strings Blue Annie Center 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Debut Strings Green Camber M. Charlot 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Debut Strings Red Camber M. Charlot 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Debut Strings Orange Annie Center 7:15 – 8:15 PM


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.

Messages from the Directors

Debut Blue Zoom Link – Spring 2021

Debut Orange Zoom Link – Spring 2021

Debut Red and Green Zoom Link – Winter 2021

Conductor: Mollie Ewing

Mollie Ewing is a freelance adjudicator, clinician, and conductor 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

Welcome Small Ensembles!

Some helpful tools as you work from home:

Information for Debut Strings Blue & Orange – Spring Quarter

Sheet Music

Music for all parts:

Violin I – p. 2,3

Violin II – p. 9, 10

Viola – p. 15, 16

Cello – p. 19, 20


*UPDATED* Backing Tracks

Violin I:

Violin II:



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Recording Guidelines

How to frame:

  • Shoot horizontally (If you are not sure what that means, please watch this short video)
  • Face the camera, make sure your instrument is in the shot as well as your face.
  • Clear the background (Good excuse to clean your room!)

What to wear:

  • Dress in nice black attire (All black blouse, nice shirt or dress for girls; nice black shirts for boys, no T-shirts with logos.)

What you will need:

  • Two devices – One to record, the other one to play the backing track
  • Headphones

How To Record:

  1. Prepare your recording device so it’s ready to record.
  2. Prepare the second device to play the backing track.
  3. Put on your headphones connected to the device that will play the backing track.
  4. Press the record button.
  5. Play the backing track (listen for the two beats of 4 counts in the beginning,) come in right after.
  6. Play with the backing track.
  7. Right after you finish, don’t move too quickly to sop the recording. Stay still for 5 seconds. (This will make editing a lot easier)


  • Final recording is due on May 17th

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