Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony is the most advanced ensemble in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra organization. The typical student in Youth Symphony has had significant private instruction as well as school and extra-curricular ensemble experience. Youth Symphony members must have a high degree of technical proficiency and must enjoy challenge.

Youth Symphony provides a chance for advanced students to tackle the works of the great masters as well as new music composed especially for them. Past works performed include Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Conductor: Teresa Metzger Howe

Teresa Metzger Howe is Music Director of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor of BYSO's top tier ensemble, the Youth Symphony. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Washington, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Butler University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory from Manchester College. Dr. Metzger Howe is also the conductor of Rain City Symphony, a community orchestra in Seattle, Washington. Learn more.

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Messages from the Conductor

Dear Youth musicians,

Thank you, everyone, for such a rewarding season.

The final concert, our side-by-side concert with the UW Campus Philharmonic, was enjoyable and very successful.

I look forward to seeing some of you at our rehearsals and performance for the 4th of July.  Plus, making music together at the Summer Music Institute.

Stay tuned for an announcement about next season’s theme and concert repertoire!

Best wishes for a restful and enjoyable summer.

Dr. Metzger Howe

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