The Orchestra Program at Bellevue High School consists of three levels: Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Chamber Orchestra. Concert Orchestra members are primarily freshmen and sophomores with three to four years of playing experience. Sinfonia is a non-auditioned group with members from 10 - 12 grade levels. Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned group with members from 10 - 12 grade levels.

The Students in the Bellevue High School Orchestra program have won Superior Ratings at Solo and Ensemble contests at both the regional and state level. In past years they have attended clinics at the University of Victoria with the Lafayette String Quartet, performed at the University of Washington Symphonic Invitational, and competed at the Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, Oregon.





Conductor


Mr. Chase Chang holds an M. M. in Conducting from Brigham Young University, a B.A. and B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington, and is a National Board certified teacher in Music. He studied violin with Walter Schwede, oboe with former principal Chicago Symphony oboist, Alex Klein, and conducting with Kory Katseanes. His mentors have also included music educator and composer Mark Jasinski, Arthur Shaw, conductor of Rogue Valley Symphony/Western Washington University, and Tim Salzman director of the University of Washington bands.


Mr. Chang worked with composer Richard Meyer, and premiered A Keltic Feast with his middle school orchestra. A Keltic Feast is now a published piece performed by many orchestras around the nation.


Mr. Chang conducted for the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) for three years. He conducted orchestras and taught music theory at the St. Martin's University Summer Music camp. At SOGO, Mr. Chang premiered the children's program piece The Little Pernambuco Tree. Mr. Chang held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra, band, choir, and A.P. Music Theory in the public schools since 1998. Mr. Chang and his wife, Christi Chang, founded the String Academy music camp in at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat center in Ellensburg, Washington. Mr. Chang has been sought after as a clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound area. He guest conducted Lake Washington School District’s Honor Orchestra and will be guest conductor for the 2016 Renton School District Honor Orchestra.

He is a long time and active member of the Washington Music Educators' Association. He was site manager for the 2011 WMEA High School All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Group Manager for the 2014 All-Northwest Orchestra, and Group manager for the 2016 All-State Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Chang is the appointed conductor for the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant conductor for the Seattle Ensign Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chang and his wife Christi reside in Renton, Washington with their children, Ellie and Etha

Auditions for BHS Orchestra


Membership in Chamber Orchestra at Bellevue High School is by audition only. Auditions for Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia are not required but are encouraged so that the director can get to know you and your current playing ability. 

Auditions materials will be the latest available WMEA All-State audition repertoire. It can be found at WMEA site. However, school repertoire and a solo pieces may be included.  

Violin 

  • Three-octave A major scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108)
  • Three-octave A melodic minor scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92)
  • Mazas Exercise 8: Start at pick-up to E major section, play 16 measures and end on E. (Quarter note = 72)
  • A one-minute excerpt from your solo literature that best shows your playing skill.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

Viola

  • Three-octave D major scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108)
  • Three-octave D melodic minor scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92)
  • Mazas Exercise 8: Start at pick-up to A major section, play 16 measures and end on A. (Quarter note = 72)
  • A one-minute excerpt from your solo literature that best shows your playing skill.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

Cello

  • Three-octave D major scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88)
  • Three-octave E melodic minor scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 72)
  • Kummer Page 86, exercise 79. (Eighth note = 100)
  • A one-minute excerpt from your solo literature that best shows your playing skill.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

Bass

  • Two-octave F major scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur four notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88)
  • Two-octave E melodic minor scale: Sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 72)
  • Simandl Page 75, exercise 9. (Quarter note = 88)
  • A one-minute excerpt from your solo literature that best shows your playing skill.
  • You may be asked to sight-read.

Auditions for All-State

The requirements for 2016 WMEA All-State Auditions are found at the following link: All State Audition Requirements

Mr. Chang will be recording auditions during September and after tutorial. Signups will be available at school from Sep/1 prior to the auditions. This is an encouraged, yet optional activity for the students.