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

Seating excerpts for strings auditions on Sept. 20


Shostakovich: 1st movt, solo at 8 m. before H to I, half note = 112

2nd movt, first 10 m. at E, quarter note = 120

4th movt, 5 m. after C to 4 m. before D, quarter note + 120


Humperdinck, O to P, half note = 96

Shostakovich, 4th movt, m. 194 (with pickup) to F, quarter note = 132


Humperdinck, 9 m. after F to G, half note = 96

Shostakovich, 1st movt, first 12 m. of G (with pickup), half note = 112

2nd movt, 10 m. after E for 11 m. (until pizz)

4th movt, m. 194 (with pickup) to F, quarter note = 132

BASS (seating auditions to be done at retreat)

Shostakovich, 4th movt, m. 194 (with pickup) to F, quarter note = 132


Shostakovich, 1st movt, Beginning to G

4th movt, Beginning to E

3rd movt, Beginning to E

2nd movt, Beginning to D

Humperdinck, Beginning to I

(8:35) Ellington pieces

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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