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 and a Master of Music Education degree 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

Winter Seating Auditions will take place at the BYSO Sinfonia retreat on Saturday, February 1. Attendance at the retreat is required, and there will be no make-up auditions. Those who do not audition at the retreat will be seated at the back of the section. 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:

Dvorak: pick up to 29-58
Powell: 10-13; 14-17; 22-25; 42-47; 53-63; 101-106; 111-120

Dvorak: pick up to 29-58
Powell: 10; 18-26; 41-47; 52; 53-63; 98-105; 108-119

Clarinet 1
Dvorak: 37-49; 82-90; 161-end
Powell: 10-13; 18-25; 40-53; 109-121

Clarinet 2
Dvorak: 3-11; 82-90; 161-end
Powell: 10-13; 21-25; 48-53, 99-114; 119-121

Bassoon 1

Bassoon 2

Powell: 14-22; 26-51; 63-79; 100-End


Powell: 22-30; 35-52

Violin I
Dvorak: 21-57, 74-82, 90-110, 146-end
Powell: Allegro-29, 35-53, 111-122, 123-end

Violin II
Dvorak: 21-57, 74-82, 90-110, 146-end
Powell: Allegro-34, 35-53, 104-122, 123-end

Dvorak: 21-56, 82-110, 130-end
Powell: 18-34, 39-63, 103-125, 127-end

Dvorak: 29-57, 66-90, 90-110, 138-end
Powell: Allegro-35, 39-53, 97-122

Dvorak: 29-49, 90-108
Powell: Allegro-35, 39-53, 124-144

Powell: 11-26; 97-100

Powell: last two lines of first page

Snare Drum
Powell: 22-53

Mallet Keyboards
Demonstrate major or minor scale of player’s choice. Two octaves up-and-down using alternating strokes.

Concert Attire Guidelines

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Fall Highlight Concert Details

  • Monday, November 4th
  • Newport High School – 4333 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue
  • Sinfonia call time for the Highlight Concert is 5:30 pm, on stage for warm up at 5:45 pm.  Concert begins at 7:00 pm (likely ending around 8:00 pm).  Sinfonia will perform last.
  • Includes Sinfonia and Premiere Orchestras

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