Youth Symphony

In-Person Rehearsals:
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.

Rehearsals/ Performance Winter Quarter Rehearsal Time
Mondays 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 7:30 PM
Rehearsal Location                                    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.

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.

Contact Dr. Teresa Metzger Howe at

Messages from the Conductor

Dear Youth Symphony musicians,

Rehearsal Schedule for 1/24

6:15  Work through Price

Violin seating auditions

7:30  Break

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.

String 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+
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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