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

Congratulations on a wonderful first concert of the season!

I will see some of you at the concerto competition on Nov. 17.

Rehearsal Schedule for Nov. 19:

Bring your music from the November concert as we will vote on which composition to repeat at the holiday concert.

6:15 Sightread/work through Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

7:15 Break

7:25 Read through Bizet Carmen Suite No. 2

8:30 Work through musicians’ choice from November concert to repeat at holiday concert

Dr. Metzger Howe

Important Dates To Remember:

November 17, 2018  Concerto Competition, location and time TBA

December 2, 2018  Magic of Mistletoe Concert, 7:30pm, Newport HS PAC, call time 6:00pm

No rehearsals for the rest of 2018

January 7, 2019  First rehearsal of winter quarter

January 12, 2019  Winter Retreat, 11:00-4:00pm, location TBA

January 21, 2019  No rehearsal (MLK Day)

February 18, 2019  No rehearsal (BSD mid-winter break)

March 10, 2019  Masterworks Concert II, 7:30pm, Meydenbauer Theatre, call time 6:20pm

March 11, 2019  No rehearsal

March 18, 2019  First rehearsal of spring quarter

April 8, 2019  No rehearsal (BSd spring break)

May 12, 2019  Masterworks Concert III, 7:30pm, Renton IKEA PAC, call time 6:20pm

BYSO Youth Symphony Season 2018-19 

Fall Quarter

Engelbert Humperdinck             Hansel and Gretel Prelude

Duke Ellington                              I Got It Bad    |     It Don’t Mean a Thing           

Dmitri Shostakovich                     Symphony No. 9, Op. 70 

Holiday Concert

Musicians’ choice TBA                  TBA

Johann Sebastian Bach                Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147                         Arr. David Stone  

Winter Quarter

Concerto winner TBA

Georges Bizet                                    Carmen Suite No. 2                

Guest appearance by Mt. Zion Baptist Church and UW Gospel Choir,  Phyllis Byrdwell, director

Robert Ray                                         He Never Failed Me Yet          

Spring Quarter

Jonathan Bailey Holland                  Shards of Serenity                 

Peter Tchaikovsky                              Symphony No. 4, Op. 36         

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