Premiere Orchestra

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow 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 Winter Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays Jan 10 – Mar 21, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Winter Retreat – Lake WA High School: January 29, 2022 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Winter Concert – Meydenbauer Theatre: March 21, 2022 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.

About

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 will be available Jan 7th)
  • 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 premiere@byso.org

Messages from the Conductor

Seating Audition Spots for Winter Quarter 2022- January 29

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

Flute

  • Mendelssohn 1-13, 27-43, 51-76
  • Ahrirang 20-28, 46-58
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 6-8, 10-11

Oboe

  • Mendelssohn 4-25, 51-76
  • Ahrirang 21-30, 46-58
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 6-8, 10-11, 14-15

Clarinet

  • Mendelssohn 4-25, 51-76
  • Ahrirang 21-30, 46-58
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 2-3, 5-6, 9-11, 14-15

Horn

  • Mendelssohn 11-25, 51-76
  • Ahrirang 30-46
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 1-2, 7-8, 10-11

Trombone

  • Mendelssohn 11-25, 27-39
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 7-9, 11-14

Violin 1

  • Mendelssohn- 27-56
  • Ahrirang- 13-29
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance- 6-9, 10-11, 12-15

Violin 2

  • Mendelssohn- 6-25, 76-90
  • Ahrirang- 38-58
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 7-9, 10-11, 12-15

Viola

  • Mendelssohn- 6-25, 76-90
  • Ahrirang- 30-58
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 4-6, 7-9, 10-15

Cello

  • Mendelssohn 25-43
  • Ahrirang 30-46
  • Russian Sailor’s Dance 2-5, 5-6, 7-8, 11-12

Winter 2022 Music Information- Tempo Markings

Please mark these in your music- your coach will help you mark these in your music during the first rehearsal on January 10. These will help you as you practice your music at home with a metronome to get it up to concert tempo.

Mendelssohn 5- Reformation

  • Measure 1- quarter note = 72
  • Measure 25- quarter note = 144
  • Measure 94- quarter note = 88

Ahrirang

  • Measure 1- quarter note = 66
  • Measure 28- quarter note = 76
  • Measure 46- quarter note = 58
  • Measure 58- quarter note = 50

Russian Sailor’s Dance

  • Beginning- quarter note = 144
  • Rehearsal 3- quarter note = 72
  • Rehearsal 5- quarter note = 96
  • Rehearsal 7- quarter note = 116
  • Rehearsal 8- quarter note = 88
  • Rehearsal 10- quarter note = 144

Winter 2022 Music- Links to Recordings

Here are some links to examples of the music we are performing this quarter. Please watch these to get an idea of what the pieces sound like. It is also helpful to listen to the music while you have your sheet music in front of you so that you can follow along.

Mendelssohn 5- Fourth Movement- Austin Youth Symphony

Ahrirang

Russian Sailor’s Dance- New York Philharmonic

Concert Attire:  Cadet, Debut, Premiere, Sinfonia, and Flute Choir

Students with white blouses playing in concert.

  • Black mask
  • White shirt
  • Black pants/skirt
  • Black shoes
  • Religious head coverings:  plain black

 

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