Youth Symphony

In-Person Rehearsals:
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Fall Quarter Dates | September 26, 2022 through November 22, 2022

There are 7-8 rehearsals per quarter, which are held on Monday evenings and one Saturday retreat for each ensemble during Fall and Winter Quarters. Specific dates will be posted here as the Fall quarter approaches.

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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: Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe

Dr. 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

Rehearsal Schedule for 5/16

6:15. Run Tchaikovsky, Moncayo

Work through as needed

7:25 Break

7:35 Continue work throughs

7:45 String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet rehearsals

Full Orchestra continues work-throughs

8:15 Lim work through/run through

8:45 end


Youth Symphony Spring Quarter 2022 Part Assignments 

Violin I – all winter quarter 1st violins plus Seorim C., Thomas W., Keona T. and Jessica M.
Violin II – all winter quarter 2nd violins

Tchaikovsky – 1st Sienna and Claire/2nd Charis/3rd and piccolo Karina
Moncayo – 1st Sienna and Charis/2nd Claire/piccolo Karina
Lim – piccolo Karina/flute Sienna, Charis, Claire

Lim – 1st oboe Daniel K./2nd oboe Trey W.
Tchaikovsky – 1st oboe Daniel K/2nd oboe and EH Trey W.
Moncayo – 1st oboe Daniel K./2nd oboe Trey W.

Tchaikovsky – 1st clarinet Sawako and Yuchen/2nd clarinet Ryan C.
Moncayo – Eb clarinet Sawako/1st clarinet Yuchen/2nd clarinet Ryan C

Lim – 1st Sawako and Ryan C./2nd Yuchen

Tchaikovsky – 1st bassoon Lucy V. and Eileen C./2nd bassoon Grant S.

Moncayo – 1st Lucy and Eileen/2nd Grant

Lim – 1st Lucy and Grant/2nd Eileen

Tchaikovsky – 1st Nicholas/2nd James/3rd Julie/4th Cassidy
Moncayo – 1st James/2nd Nicholas/3rd Julie/4th Cassidy
Lim – 1st Julie and Nicholas/2nd James and Cassidy

Vaughn R. on 1st trumpet on all compositions

Ryan L. 1st trombone on all compositions


Here are some links to recordings of two of the pieces.

Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien, conducted by my favorite conductor, George Szell.

Moncayo, Huanpango, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel



Dr. Metzger Howe

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: LGBTQ+

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+
Capriccio Italien    

Jose Pablo Moncayo:  Latinx

Concert date: May 22, 2022 (with Cadet and Debut)

Elizabeth Lim: Female/ AAPI
Waltz for Forgotten Time  

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