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

Welcome to the Debut Orchestra of BYSO!

My name is Mrs. Mollie Ewing and I am your conductor (contact me at I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our first rehearsal.

I would like to get students and families comfortable with checking the website for “Conductor’s Messages”. It is a valuable resource where I can share pertinent information for each rehearsal and important updates about our seating auditions, retreats, and concerts. You’ll also find links to recordings of our music and spots that I would like students to have prepared each week.

Debut Practice Schedule Fall 2018

Debut Orchestra Expectations

Students will be given a hard copy of the schedule and expectations to keep in their orchestra folders. Please make a note of important dates now so that students are prepared to attend.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 17th at Sherwood Forest Elementary in Bellevue! Please arrive by 6:15 and be ready to pick-up students at 8:15pm.


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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