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.

Sample of Philharmonia:

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

Congratulations on a great first concert!!!

No rehearsal on Veterans’ Day November 11th.  Next rehearsal on November 18th.

Monday rehearsals are at Stevenson Elementary.

  • Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue
  • 14220 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • There will be NO music stands available, so be sure to bring your own!
  • Same time:  Rehearsal is from 6:15-8:30pm


Please mark your calendars with our concert dates and times:

Philharmonia Concerts for 2019-20 Season

Magic of Mistletoe Concert

  • Sunday, December 8th
  • Location TBD (To Be Determined)
  • Philharmonia call time of 6:00pm.  Concert begins at 7:00pm (likely ending around 8:30pm).  All musicians are expected to stay for the duration of the concert to hear and support all performing groups.
  • Includes Youth Symphony, Flute Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble

Winter Showcase Concert

  • Sunday, March 8th
  • Meydenbauer Center Theatre in downtown Bellevue – 11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue WA 98004
  • Philharmonia call time of 3:00pm.  Concert begins at 4:30pm (likely ending around 6:00pm).  Philharmonia will perform last.
  • Includes Flute Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble

Spring Masterworks Concert at Benaroya Hall

  • Saturday, May 16th
  • Benaroya Hall (Seattle Symphony’s performance hall) in downtown Seattle – 200 University St. Seattle WA 98101
  • Call time TBD (To Be Determined – may be around 12 noon for Philharmonia).  Concert is from 2:00pm to approximately 4:30pm.
  • Includes Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Premiere Orchestra, Flute  Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Percussion Ensemble

Performance Examples of our Fall Repertoire

Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Op 31 (aka March Slav or Marche Slave) performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand) with American conductor Xian Zhang:


Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Op 31 (aka March Slav or Marche Slave) performed by the youth symphony Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas (Venezuela) with César Iván Lara conducting:


Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algiers performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti conducting.  While this is an old video (likely from the 1970s), the CSO demonstrates tremendous dynamic range and musical nuance:

Call for Repertoire Ideas…

If you have a piece in mind that you think Philharmonia should perform this season, please email the details to Mr. Kempisty at

And be sure to look at International Music Score Library Project for other ideas as well.

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