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, 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


Hello Debut Musicians,

Nice work at the concert! I heard some really great feedback about our pieces and I’m excited to hear what you thought and what your family and friends thought. Constructive comments are always helpful as well, it helps us grow! Looking forward to talking it through on Monday.

We begin our final session of the year on Monday, 3/18! A few reminders to make everything go smoothly:

  •  Debut Practice Schedule Spring 2019
  • Bring your stand
  • Arrive by 6:15pm
  • Sign-in when you arrive
  • See the new seating chart (this will be temporary, we’ll have seating auditions on 4/15)
  • Be prepared for new music!
  • We finish at 8:15pm.

For new members and a reminder for our continuing members: Debut Orchestra Expectations


  • The Debut Winter Concert is this Sunday, March 10th at the Meydenbauer Theater
  • Students need to arrive at 12:50 PM (Concert starts at 2:00pm)
    **Remember the time change…Spring Forward!

Students need to arrive at Meydenbauer by 12:50 PM and report to the backstage in their concert attire. 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. gym. I would recommend students bring a snack, homework, or book to utilize their downtime backstage. Be sure to practice and listen to recordings (below) to prepare.

Concert Attire:
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 for $5.

Allegro Giocoso
Appalachian Sunrise

Allegro Giocoso by Brahms
Applachian Sunrise by Doris Gazda
Carpathia by William Owens
Romanian Folk Dance #1 by Bartok


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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