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.

Sample of Youth Symphony:

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 Symphony musicians,

Call time for our Nov. 3 concert is 6:20pm.

Rehearsal schedule for Oct. 28:

6:15-7:15  Run through in program order: Bernstein, Mussorgsky

7:15-1:25  Break

7:25-8:45  Work as needed


November 3, 2019 Masterworks Concert I, Renton IKEA PAC, 7:30pm.  Call time 6:20pm.

No rehearsals Nov. 4 and Nov. 11

November 16, 2019  Concerto competition, location and time TBA.

Nov. 18 Rehearsals resume.

December 8, 2019  Magic of Mistletoe concert, location TBA, 7:00pm.  Call time TBA.

Dec. 9 Holiday break

January 6, 2020  Winter quarter rehearsals begin.

January 11, 2020  Winter retreat, location TBA, 11:00am-4:00pm.

January 20, 2020  No rehearsal MLK Day

February 17, 2020  No rehearsal Presidents’ Day

March 1, 2020  Crossroads Chamber Ensemble Concert (tentative), time TBA.

March 8, 2020  Masterworks Concert II, location TBA, 7:30pm.  Call time 6:20pm.

March 9, 2020  No rehearsal

March 16, 2020  Spring quarter rehearsals begin.

April 13, 2020  No rehearsal BSD spring break

May 9, 2020  BYSO Fundraiser,  Bellevue Botanical Garden (chamber ensembles perform), performance and call times TBA.

May 10, 2020  Youth perform at Showcase Concert with Cadet and Debut, location TBA, 7:00pm.  Call time TBA.

May 16, 2020  Benaroya Concert, Benaroya Hall, 2:00pm.  Call time TBA.

BYSO Youth Symphony Season 2019-20


November 3, 2019 (Masterworks Concert)

Modest Moussorgsky                        Pictures at an Exhibition                                   

Elmer Bernstein                                 The Magnificent Seven                                   

December 8, 2019 (Holiday Concert)

Musicians’ choice TBA

Peter Tchaikovsky                                The Nutcracker: 

                                                             Dance of the Reed Pipes

                                                             Scene 8 Waltz (In the Christmas Tree)


March 8. 2020 (Masterworks Concert)

Concerto winner TBA

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                        Russian Easter Overture                                   

Peter Tchaikovsky                                    Capriccio Italien                                               


May 10, 2020 (Showcase Concert with Cadet and Debut)

Leonard Bernstein                                    Candide Overture                                               

May 16, 2020 (Benaroya Concert)

Franz von Suppe                                      Morning, Noon and Night Overture                       

Hugo Alfven                                              Midsummer Vigil; Swedish Rhapsody No. 1           



Important Dates:

September 16: First rehearsal of fall quarter

September 28:  Fall retreat, 11am-4pm, location TBA

November 3:  Masterworks concert, Location TBA, 7:30pm, call time 6:20pm

November 4:  No rehearsal

November 11:  No rehearsal (Veterans Day)

November 16:  Concerto competition

December 8:  Holiday concert, location TBA, 7:00pm, call time TBA

No rehearsals rest of December

January 6:  First rehearsal of winter quarter

January 11:  Winter retreat,  11am-4pm, location TBA

January 20:  No rehearsal (MLK Day)

February 17:  No rehearsal (BSD mid-winter break)

March 1:  tentative Crossroads Chamber Concert, time TBA (chamber ensembles only)

March 8:  Masterworks concert, 7:30pm, call time 6:20pm, location TBA

March 9:  No rehearsal

March 16:  First rehearsal of spring quarter

April 13:  No rehearsal (BSD spring break)

May 10:  Showcase Concert with Cadet and Debut, 7:00pm, call time TBA, location TBA

May 16:  Benaroya Concert, concert time TBA, call time TBA




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