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

Dear Youth Symphony musicians,


Here is the Seattle Girls Choir video.  Enjoy!  Have a wonderful summer.


I want to wish all of you a restful, creative and music-filled summer.  Although our season together didn’t end the way we wanted or envisioned, I am proud of the music that we created in rehearsals, in concerts and in videos.  Speaking of, stay tuned for a release of the Seattle Girls Choir’s video of True Colors that features some of our BYSO musicians.  When it “drops” to the general public, I will post it here.

I hope to see most of you next season!


Dr. Metzger Howe


Daniel Sun, BYSO Youth flutist, has created a fun video of playing a duet with himself.  Enjoy!

June 2/20

Remember those fun performances at the Bellevue Fourth of July?  Here is a recording of Phantom of the Opera to help you go down memory lane.


Happy Memorial Day.  To celebrate, here is a recording of Stars and Stripes Forever, conducted by one of my favorites – Gustavo Dudamel.


The string members of the BYSO orchestras are invited to join the BSD string players in a joint virtual orchestra project.  Mr. Blough, conductor of the BYSO Sinfonia orchestra, is spearheading the project so your recordings will be sent to him.

We will be playing “Greater Than” by Brian Balmages. Here are the steps to participate:1. Listen to the “Greater Than” Sample Recording – The sample recording is only for you to learn how the piece is supposed to sound. Please don’t try to record while listening to the sample recording!2. Download the “Greater Than” Parts – You only need to download your part, but it would be helpful to download the score as well so you can see how your part fits in with everyone else.3. Download the “Greater Than” Click Tracks – You must listen to the click tracks while you are recording your part. This will make sense to you after you watch the Virtual Orchestra Tutorial video.4. Watch the Virtual Recording Tutorial – This will explain how to record your part and get the best possible recording quality using your phone, a computer, and headphones.5. Submit your video to the BYSO Sinfonia Flipgrid by Friday, May 29 (earlier if possible). Here, you will be able to upload your video, or you can even record right on Flipgrid if that’s easier for you. Upload each track separately by clicking the link below:

Have questions about this project? Please send an email to


Here is another composition we came so close to performing in March.


This week we take a trip down Memory Lane – here is a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, which we were so close to performing in March!


BYSO Youth Symphony Season 2019-20


November 3, 2019 (Masterworks Concert)

Modest Moussorgsky                        Pictures at an Exhibition                                   

Elmer Bernstein                                 The Magnificent Seven                                   

December 8, 2019 (Holiday Concert)

Musicians’ choice TBA

Peter Tchaikovsky                                The Nutcracker: 

                                                             Dance of the Mirlitons

                                                             Scene 8 Waltz (In the Christmas Tree)


March 8. 2020 (Masterworks Concert)

Concerto winner TBA

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                        Russian Easter Festival Overture                                   

Peter Tchaikovsky                                    Capriccio Italien                                               


May 10, 2020 (Showcase Concert with Cadet and Debut)

Leonard Bernstein                                    Candide Overture                                               

May 16, 2020 (Benaroya Concert)

Franz von Suppe                                      Morning, Noon and Night Overture                       

Hugo Alfven                                              Midsummer Vigil; Swedish Rhapsody No. 1           




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