Premiere Orchestra

In-Person Rehearsals:
Currently, we are planning for in-person rehearsals 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/ Performance Fall Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays Sept 27 – Nov 15, 2021 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Fall Retreat at Lake WA High School: October 16, 2021 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Fall Concert at Meydenbauer Theatre: November 22, 2021 7:00 PM
Rehearsal / Retreat Location             . Drop off/ Pick UP
Lake Washington High School LWHS parking lot and street parking are
12033 NE 80th Street available. Please plan on prompt drop-off
Kirkland, WA 98033 and pick-up to avoid congestion.


Premiere Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. The typical Premiere Orchestra student has had some private instruction and school ensemble experience and is working to improve technical proficiency.

Premiere Orchestra introduces young musicians to full orchestral instrumentation (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) with repertoire that appropriately challenges their experience level. Past works performed include Brahms’s Hungarian Dances 5 & 6, Vaughan Williams’s Rhosymedre, and Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 7 in D minor.

Student Checklist:

  • Submit your COVID liability waiver and vaccination status form – click here for form
  • Bring your face mask and bell cover (if applicable)
  • Bring individual music stand (no sharing stands)
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (printable pdf’s available on the website)
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsalWe will meet the reporting requirements to public health
  • Have fun!


Conductor: David Drassal

David Drassal holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Central Washington University. Mr. Drassal currently teaches orchestra at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District. Learn more.

Contact David Drassal at

Messages from the Conductor

Below are recordings of two of the pieces we will be playing this quarter.  Please spend some time to listening to the recordings, it might be helpful to have your music and follow along.

Seating Audition Spots for Fall Quarter 2021- October 16

You will be asked to perform one or two of the following passages of music. You coach will be listening for and adjudicating on the following:

  • Overall tone quality
  • Correct notes and rhythms
  • Appropriate style for the music, including bowing style
  • Phrasing and dynamics
  • Tempo and pulse control- as close to concert tempo as you can comfortably perform

Brahms 1-17
Havana 47-end

Brahms 80-87
Havana 47-end

Violin 1
Firework Music 4-6, 6-8
Brahms 3rd movement 1-19, 52-63, 91-102
Havana 1-9, 18-26, 42-end

Violin 2
Firework Music 4-6, 6-8
Brahms 3rd movement 1-19, 35-51, 52-63
Havana 1-9, 18-26, 42-end

Firework Music 4-6, 6-8
Brahms 3rd movement 1-19, 35-51, 52-63
Havana 1-9, 18-26, 42-end

Firework Music 4-6, 6-8
Brahms 3rd movement 1-19, 35-51, 52-63
Havana 1-9, 18-26, 42-end

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