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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.





The Conductor

Andrew Kam


News

WMEA All State Symphony and All Northwest Orchestra!

December 1, 2018


Congratulations to the following Orchestra Students accepted into the 2019 WMEA *All-State Symphony and **All-Northwest Orchestra!
 
Adam Chang **
David Dai *
Minwoo Eom **
Ziqi Fang *
Byeol Han *
Hannah Kim **

Ethan Lee *
Isaiah Lee *
Jessica Lee *
Rena Lee *
Stephen Leou **
Erin Monaghan *
Grace Park *


Awards & Accomplishments


2017 Vancouver Awards

2018 Vancouver Music Festival Awards
 

2018


  • World Strides Vancouver Music Festival May 24-27, 2018
    • 1st Place Chamber Orchestra in Chamber Orchestra 3A Division
    • 1st Place Sinfonia in String Orchestra 3A Division
    • “Adjudicator Award” for Chamber Orchestra - scoring 92+ out of 100 (97)
    • “Adjudicator Award” for Sinfonia - scoring 92+ out of 100 (92)
    • “Sweepstakes for Instrumental Program” – Top two combined group scores for all instrumental groups
    • “Outstanding Orchestra Group” - for highest scoring group in all orchestra classifications
    • Two “Maestro Award” for individual players
    • Invitation to “Festival of Gold” for both orchestras
  • Four participants in the Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State (Feb. 16-18, 2018) 
    • All-State Chamber Orchestra: 1 Violin and 1 Cello. 
    • All-State Symphony Orchestra: 1 Violin and 1 Cello.
  • Two Bellevue High School participants in Washington Music Educators’ Association Solo and Ensemble State Competition (Feb 2018) 
  • University of Washington Orchestra Festival
    • Superior Ratings for Chamber Orchestra (Feb 2018)
  • Central Washington University
    • Superior Ratings for Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra (March 2018)
  • Pit orchestra performances of George Gershwin’s musical, “Crazy for You”

 


2017

  • Performance at Disney World Performing Arts OnStage - Orlando, Florida Music Festival (May 2017)
  • University of Washington Orchestra Festival
    • Superior Ratings for Chamber Orchestra (Feb 2017)
  • Pit orchestra performances of Bock, Stein, and Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof”
  • Eight Bellevue High School participants in the Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State (Feb. 2017) 
    • All-Northwest Orchestra: 1 Viola and 2 Cellos. 
    • All-State Symphony Orchestra: 3 Violins, 1 Viola, and 1 Cello.

 

2016 Vancouver Awards


2016 Vancouver Awards



2016


  • WorldStrides Vancouver Music Festival (May 27-29, 2016) 
  • Chamber Orchestra – First Place with Gold Rating
  • Sinfonia – Second Place with Gold Rating
  • Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra – Invitation to “Festival of Gold” – Groups with 90 or more points out of 100.
  • Chamber Orchestra - “Adjudicator Award” – Group with 92 points or more out of 100. Chamber Orchestra received an average of about 94.7 points. Eight were awarded out of 41 groups.
  • Chamber Orchestra - “Outstanding Orchestra Group” – Highest Orchestra Score for the event. (Average of 94.7 points)
  • Nine Bellevue High School participants in the Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State (February 12-14, 2016) 
    • All-State Chamber Orchestra: 4 Violins and 1 Viola. 
    • All-State Symphony Orchestra: 1 Violin, 1 Viola, and 2 Cellos. 
  • Pit orchestra performances of Rogers and Hammersteins “Cinderella” (March 2016)
  • Western Washington University High School Orchestra Festival (March 15, 2016)
    • Gold Ratings for Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra
    • Silver Rating for Sinfonia 
  • Eastshore Region Orchestra Festival (March 2016)
    • Received superior ratings for Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Concert Orchestras

 

2015

  • Acceptance and Performance at Carnegie Hall (April 2015)
  • BHS was 1 of 17 chosen to perform
  • Adjudicators: Frank Battisti, H. Robert Reynolds, Charles Peltz, Craig Kirchoff
  • Private rehearsal with Jeff Grogan, New Jersey Symphony Conductor
  • Participants in the Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State Honor Groups 
  • Eastshore Region Orchestra Festival (March 2015)
  • Received superior ratings for Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Concert Orchestras


 

2014

  • World Strides Heritage Festival Seattle (April 26, 2014)
  • Maestro Award – 1st Violin Section
  • Ovation Award – Gina Lee
  • Sinfonia Receives Gold Performance
  • Concert Orchestra receives Gold Performance and 1st Place
  • Festival of Gold Award for BHS Orchestras

 

Western Washington University High School Orchestra Festival (March 15, 2014)

  • 1st Place Washington Cup Trophy for overall best orchestra performance
  • Sinfonia received a Gold Performance Award and Trophy
  • Concert Orchestra received a Gold Performance Award and Trophy

 

Eastshore Region Orchestra Festival (March 13, 2014)

  • Received superior ratings for both Sinfonia and Concert Orchestras

 

Five participants in the Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State Groups (February 16, 2014)

  • All-State Chamber Orchestra – 1 Violist
  • All-State Symphony Orchestra -  2 Violinists, 1 Violist, 1 Cellist
  • BHS students held the Concert Master and Principal Violist positions in the 2014 All-State Symphony Orchestra.

 

State Solo and Ensemble Contest

·         2014 One student earns 1st place at region with two 1st alternates in small ensemble and violin.  One student earned 2ndplace at State.  String quartet/harp receives superior rating at State.

·         2013 Four Students earn 1st place at region.  One student earns first at State.

·         2012 Three students earn 1st place at region.  One student earns second at State.

 

Evergreen Retirement Home Performance (December 7, 2014)

  • Voluntary community outreach

 


2013

Romeo and Juliette Play Performances (December 4-7, 2013)

  • Community Service

 


2012

Mount Hood Community College Orchestra Contest, Oregon

·         3rd place in division of String Orchestra AAAA (March 2012)

·         1st place in division of Chamber Ensemble (March 2011)

 

Eastshore Region Orchestra Festival (March 2012)

·         Superior Rating in Performance

 

Washington Music Educators’ Association All-State Symphony (February 2012)

  • Four Bellevue High School students selected


 

Note:

Sept. 2011-June 2015

  • Two groups existed: Sinfonia (10-12 audition), Concert Orchestra (9-12 open)
  • No Chamber Orchestra existed; Sinfonia was considered the top group.

Sept. 2015 – June 2017

  • Concert Orchestra was added: Chamber Orchestra (10-12 audition), Sinfonia (10-12 open), Concert Orchestra (9)
  • Sinfonia’s name was changed to Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra was changed to Sinfonia. Concert Orchestra was turned into a Freshman Only class to align with other high school orchestras in the district to avoid confusion when a student changes schools.

Sept. 2017-June 2018

  • Reduced to two classes. Concert Orchestra was combined with Sinfonia due to less available FTE: Chamber Orchestra (10-12 audition) and Sinfonia (9-12 open)

Sept. 2018-2019

  • Three groups exist: Chamber Orchestra (10-12 audition), Sinfonia (10-12 open), Concert Orchestra (9)