Fall 2020 Program

For BYSO’s Fall 2020 Online Program, Philharmonia musicians are placed into 2 small ensembles – Philharmonia Strings Blue and Philharmonia Strings Red. (For Philharmonia/Youth Wind Ensemble, visit this page.)

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 Fall 2020 Small Ensemble Schedule
Ensemble Name Director Rehearsal Time
Philharmonia Strings Blue Joseph Kempisty 7:45 – 9:00 PM
Philharmonia Strings Red Joseph Kempisty 6:15 – 7:30 PM


Philharmonia is an advanced orchestra in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. The typical Philharmonia student has had several years of private instruction and substantial ensemble experience and is highly skilled on his or her instrument.

Philharmonia prepares high-level musicians for possible entry into Youth Symphony with challenging full orchestra pieces. Past works performed include Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March in Bb Minor, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35.

Conductor: Joseph Kempisty

Joseph Kempisty holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree from the University of Washington. He has taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestras in the Midwest as well as in the Bellevue School District, where he was also a school administrator for fourteen years. Learn more.

Contact Joseph Kempisty at

Messages from the Conductor

Welcome to Philharmonia Strings!

Our focus for the Fall rehearsal cycle will be on Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major, K. 138.

Below is the recording of this work by the New York Classical Players that we have been using at rehearsals. Please use their style and articulations (and bowings!) when you are practicing.


New York Classical Players

Mozart – Divertimento in F Major, K. 138

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante (5:59)
  3. Presto (12:42) – change to 90% video speed for our performance tempo


The other video we watched at our first rehearsal was NYCP performing Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, K. 136.


General Information about our online rehearsals

(Shared via email on 10.5.20)

Details for both the Red and Blue Philharmonia Strings rehearsal groups:

  • Both the Red and the Blue groups will be working on the same repertoire, but at separate times.  We will be starting with Mozart, and you will get your parts at  the rehearsal in a PDF.  You will not need to print it off during rehearsal as we will be using the score to play one short passage at a time so that we can get used to the technical details of performing together online.
  • One or two members might switch to the other group after the first rehearsal to make sure that parts are covered and balanced in both groups.  I will make that determination after the first rehearsal and notify those involved.
  • Once Red and Blue group members are finalized, you will be expected to stay with your group’s rehearsal time for this first rehearsal cycle (8 weeks).  If you miss your time, you will not be able to join the other group time as we want to keep the online session participants the same from week to week.

Online Zoom meeting details:

    • Join our Zoom meetings with Video On.  All BYSO rehearsals will have video on for all members for the duration of rehearsal.  Please make sure you are ok with the room you are using as we will see what is behind you.
      • If you have a younger sibling, you might want to find a space where they won’t become part of your video feed.  I know cats and dogs may find you wherever you go!
    • Make sure to update your Zoom profile name for our rehearsals to your first and last name.  If you have a a nickname for your first name, you can use that along with your last name.
    • When you first join, you will be in a ‘waiting room’ until I grant access.  Once access is granted, you will be muted when you enter, so it’s ok if you are tuning as no one will hear you until you enable your mic.

Details for Philharmonia Strings Red rehearsal group:

    • Rehearsal for the Red group is 6:15pm – 7:30pm.
    • Please be sure to login by 6:05 to tune your instrument and get your online connection working.
    • You will need the Meeting ID and Passcode to get access to the Zoom meeting.  Check your email.

Details for Philharmonia Strings Blue rehearsal group:

    • Rehearsal for the Blue group is 7:45pm – 9:00pm.
    • Please be sure to login by 7:35 to tune your instrument and get your online connection working.
    • You will need the Meeting ID and Passcode to get access to the Zoom meeting.  Check your email.

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