In-person rehearsals follow WA State DOH guidelines for schools including: 3 feet of distancing, no shared music stands, mask wearing and wind instrumentalists using bell covers. We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly. Click here for complete BYSO COVID Policy and Procedures.
||Jan 10 – Mar 21, 2022
||6:15 – 8:45 PM
|Winter Retreat – Lake WA High School:
||February 12, 2022
||12:30 – 3:30 PM
|Winter Concert – Meydenbauer Theatre:
||March 20, 2022
||Drop off/ Pick UP
|Bellevue Children’s Academy .
||BCA has limited parking, please plan on
|14640 NE 24th Street
||prompt drop-off and pick-up following the
|Bellevue, WA 98007
||directions on this map to avoid congestion.
|Retreat Location (Feb 12) .
||Drop off/ Pick UP
|Lake Washington High School
||LWHS parking lot and street parking are
|12033 NE 80th Street
||available. Please plan on prompt drop-off
|Kirkland, WA 98033
||and pick-up to avoid congestion.
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.
Messages from the Conductor
Dear Youth Symphony musicians,
Rehearsal Schedule for 1/24
6:15 Work through Price
Violin seating auditions
7:40 Continue working on Price
Violin seating auditions continue
Viola seating auditions, then sectional
Cello seating auditions, then sectional
8:00 Barber for wind players and non-auditioning violins
8:45 End rehearsal
Here are the seating auditions excerpts. They will be held at our Jan. 24 rehearsal. Please stay alert for any emails from BYSO regarding changes in the rehearsal schedule. No news from BYSO means schedules remain the same.
Bassoon solo excerpt (to be held at Feb. 12 retreat): Price bassoon 1, m. 252-260, quarter note = 72-76
Violin seating excerpts: All from Price, violin 1 part – m. 305-307, quarter note = 92. Also, m. 343-349, quarter note = 78. Also, m. 466-474, quarter note = 88
Viola seating excerpts: All from Price – m. 262-268 top line, quarter note = 84. Also, m. 503-506, quarter note = 84
Cello seating excerpts: All from Price – m. 342-349, quarter note = 78. Also, m. 518-528, quarter note = 80-84
Dr. Metzger Howe
Winter Quarter music is now available to download and print here. Please see below for seating assignments.
Violin 1: All fall quarter 1st violins, plus Giyun, Prithvi, Hailey, Vincent
Violin 2: All fall quarter 2nd plus Andrea C
Woodwinds and Brass Assignments:
Flute 1: Sienna, Claire, Charis / Flute 2: Grace, Karina, Brian
Oboe 1: Daniel / Oboe 2: Trey
Clarinet 1: Sawaki, Yuchen / Clarinet 2: Ryan C
Bassoon 1: Eileen, Lucy / Basson 2: Grant, Kelly
Horn 1: Nicolas, James / Horn 2: Julie
Trumpet 1: Vaughn / Trumpet 2: Ryan L
Piccolo: Charis / Flute 1: Sienna, Claire / Flute 2: Grace, Karina / Flute 3: Brain
Oboe 1: Daniel / Oboe 2: Trey / English Horn: Trey
Clarinet 1: Sawaki, Yuchen / Clarinet 2: Ryan C / Bass Clarinet Yuchen
Bassoon 1: Eileen, Lucy / Basson 2: Grant, Kelly / Contrabassoon Kelly
Horn 1: Nicolas / Horn 2: James / Horn 3: Julie
Trumpet 1: Vaughn
Trombone 1: Ryan L
Below are YouTube links of performances of the music we will be rehearsing and performing.
First is Gil Shalam playing the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, of which Katherine Li will play the first movement. YouTube link here.
Next is a recording of Florence Price’s The Mississippi River Suite. I don’t agree with all the choices the conductor made but it is a good representation of the composition. YouTube link here.
BYSO Youth Symphony Season 2021-22
Hear Our Voices: Amplifying music from women and Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and LGBTQ+ composers
Concert date: November 21, 2021
Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Louis Wayne Ballard: Indigenous
Scenes from Indian Life
Aaron Copland: LGBTQ+
Three Dances Episodes from Rodeo (Saturday Night Waltz, Corral Nocturne, Hoe Down)
Concert date: March 20. 2022
Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Katherine Li, soloist
Florence Price: Female/Black
The Mississippi River Suite
Concert date: May 21, 2022 (Benaroya Concert)
Peter Tchaikovsky: LGBTQ+
Jose Pablo Moncayo: Latinx
Concert date: May 22, 2022 (with Cadet and Debut)
Elizabeth Lim: Female/ AAPI
Waltz for Forgotten Time