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Sinfonia is an advanced intermediate orchestra in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. Sinfonia employs full symphonic instrumentation (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion). The typical Sinfonia student has had some private instruction and school ensemble experience and is developing solid technical skills and musical understanding.

Sinfonia provides advancing students the opportunity to perform challenging literature for full orchestra. Past works performed include Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, and Barroso’s Aquarela do Brazil.

Sample of Sinfonia:

Conductor: Barney Blough

Barney Blough holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Central Washington University, a Teaching Certificate from Seattle Pacific University, and a Professional Certificate from Pacific Lutheran University. He has served as Music Director of the Seattle Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Rainier Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor

Spring Seating Auditions will take place at rehearsal for winds on Monday, April 1, and for strings on Monday, April 15. These are the only dates that auditions will be held because our coaches are only available to listen to the auditions on those evenings. There will be no make-up auditions, and those who do not audition at those rehearsals will remain in their current seat assignment. Be sure to practice your individual part with careful attention to detail (including articulations) and to the musical aspects of the piece (dynamics, phrasing, etc.).  Be sure also to listen to professional recordings for a guide to tempo and style. The audition material will be chosen from the following selections:


  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 1-17, 28-36, 75-80; mvt. 2 17-32, 68-77; mvt. 3 9-21, 24-31
  • Franck: B-C, I-K, L-M

Oboe 1:

  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 20-32, 96-107; mvt. 2 25-40; mvt. 3 22-29, 57-67
  • Franck: m. 3-6, C-D, 2 before F-G, I-J, L-M

Oboe 2:

  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 36-43, 81-91, 96-98; mvt. 2 9-16, 28-40; mvt. 3 24-29, 118-125
  • Franck: m. 3-6, C-D, 2 before F-G, I-J, L-M

Clarinet 1:

  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 20-52, 79-85, 92-100; mvt. 2 27-42, 68-end; mvt. 3 9-29, 68-73, 88-95
  • Franck: m. 6 before C-C, F-H, L-W

Clarinet 2:

  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 46-53, 57-64, 79-81; mvt. 2 1-18, 27-32, 60-69; mvt. 3 9-20, 24-29, 68-73
  • Franck: A-B, F-H, L-N


  • Saint-Georges: mvt 1 19-47; mvt 2 25-40; mvt 3 59-67, 88-95
  • Franck: B-D, G-H, L-O


  • Saint-Georges: 2nd movement
  • Franck: Letter I


  • Saint-Georges: mvt. 1 31-35; mvt. 2 25-41; mvt. 3 24-29
  • Franck: B-C, I-J

Details for the concert on Monday, May 13:

  • Our call time is 5:45 pm on stage. Please arrive at 5:30 so that you have time to unpack and warm up before we take the stage.
  • The Concert starts at 7:00 pm.
  • The Location is Sammamish High School in Bellevue.
  • Concert attire can be found through our BYSO main page links.

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