Premiere Orchestra

In-Person Rehearsals:
In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools. We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.



All musicians should arrive promptly 6:00 pm. Please account for possible traffic delays. NOTE: members of the Premiere String Quartet’s call time is 5:45 pm.

This season’s Fall concert is at the famed Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028). Parking is free in the nearby parking lot.

As per our COVID-19 Policy, BYSO will be adhering to COVID safety mandates dictated by Bastyr, which is as follows:

  • Students and volunteers wear masks backstage and in the greenroom.
  • Musicians on stage may choose to remove their mask during the performance, but must put their mask on back stage and in the audience.
  • All audience members are required to wear a mask at all times when in the audience.

If this policy changes, we will notify musicians and families immediately.

Be sure to check your ensemble’s concert attire requirements. Students must arrive wearing their concert clothing. They will not have a place to change later.



  • Your instrument
  • Your music
  • A pencil
  • A water bottle for the greenroom
  • Do not bring a stand

Volunteers will be a vital part of a successful day at Bastyr for all of our students. We need volunteers to help with the check in process and with supporting ensembles during their dress rehearsals. You will be able to get to know the students, see their dress rehearsal process, see the incredible Bastyr University Chapel from a musician’s perspective, and reserve your seat in the hall early! Click here to sign up now! 


Rehearsals Fall Quarter Dates
Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm September 26 – November 14, 2022
Rehearsal Location Drop Off/ Pick Up
Overlake Christian Church Please plan on prompt drop off and pick up to
9900 Willows Rd NE avoid congestion. Note: entrance to building is past a
Redmond, WA 98052 very long parking lot.
Fall Retreat Saturday, October 15 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location Drop Off/Pick Up
Odle Middle School Parking lot and street parking are available. Plan
502 143rd Ave NE on prompt drop off and pick up to avoid
Bellevue, WA 98007 congestion.
Fall Concert | Highlight Monday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Bastyr Chapel Call time is 6:00 pm. Parking is free at the venue.
14500 Juanita Dr NE (Premiere String Quartet call time is 5:45 pm.) Check
Kenmore, WA 98028 below for more details.

Student Checklist

  • Bring a music stand
  • Bring a pencil
  • Print your sheet music prior to first rehearsal (using link at top of this page) and bring with you to rehearsal
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal to ensure you are in your chair and ready to play at the start of rehearsal
  • Have fun!

For a full list of BYSO’s 22-23 Season dates, including Winter and Spring rehearsals and concerts, visit our calendar.


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.

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

OCTOBER 17, 2022

Fantastic work at retreat this weekend! I am impressed by and appreciative of your level of preparation on your parts for rehearsal. It is fun to work with a group full of musicians who bring their part ready to the rehearsal.

We are now turning our focus to the ensemble work and the attention to style and character in the pieces. While you are practicing your music on your own, add the bowing style that we are working on for each piece. Remember that the Bach is played with a detached Baroque style bowing, while the Brahms is much heavier and more sustained.

Continue to listen to and watch recordings. This will help you learn the style of the music even more. Here are some suggested recordings:

Brandenburg Sinfonia- performed by community center chamber orchestra

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3- Performed by a small chamber orchestra

Nocturne- Mendelssohn- Performed by Luther College Symphony

Nocturne- Mendelssohn- Our arrangement

Brahms Symphony No. 1- Finale- Performed by Boston Philharmonic

Brahms- Symphony No. 1- Our Arrangement


Fall Quarter 2022 Music- and tempo markings for your music

  • Brandenburg Sinfonia- J.S. Bach, arranged by Merle J. Isaac
    • half note = 80 or quarter note = 160
  • Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Mendelssohn, arranged by Richard Meyer
    • measure 1- quarter note = 68
    • measure 34- slightly faster
  • Symphony No. 1 (4th movement)- Brahms, arranged by Richard Meyer
    • measure 1- quarter note = 72
    • measure 12- quarter note = 116
    • measure 76- half note = 66
    • measure 86- half note = 104


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