Premiere Orchestra

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.

Sample of Premiere Orchestra:

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


Winter Quarter- January-March 2020

  • Program:
    • Sarabande and Allegro- Corelli
    • Nocturne from Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Hungarian Dance No. 6- Brahms
  • Tempo Markings for your home practice:
    • Sarabande- Quarter note = 60
    • Allegro- Quarter note = 120
    • Nocturne- Quarter note = 72
    • Hungarian Dance-
      • Moderato sections- Quarter note = 76
      • Vivo sections- Quarter note = 140
      • Allegro at measure 22- Quarter note = 140
      • Maestoso at measure 43- Quarter note =120
      • Allegro at 96 to the end- Quarter note = 124

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