Debut 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 6:45 – 8:15pm. Musicians are expected to arrive and be prepared to rehearse 15 minutes prior to start time.

In-person Rehearsals Fall Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays Sept 27 – Nov 15, 2021 6:45 – 8:15 PM
Fall Retreat: October 23, 2021 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Fall Concert at Meydenbauer Theatre: November 21, 2021 2:00 PM
Northwest Arts Center
9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue
Bellevue, WA 98004


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.

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.

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