Bremerton Youth Symphony

Our Bremerton Youth Symphony mission is engage youth of Greater Kitsap County in orchestral and ensemble experiences marked by educational excellence. Our youth musicians range from age ten to twenty. Participating youth explore orchestral and ensemble music with future friends and community members, and develop greater proficiency, stage presence, teamwork, and increased abilities to focus and problem solve. Bremerton Youth Symphony currently offers a symphonic ensemble under direction of Tigran Arakelyan and a jazz ensemble under direction of Derick Polk. Our next round of auditions takes September 16. To join, submit paperwork (PDFs below) and $35 placement audition fee and we will contact you with an audition time. Returning jazz musicians do not need to audition!

2018-19 Registration Forms

BYS Registration 2018-19 (PDF)
Jazz Registration 2018-19 (PDF)

2018-19 Audition Materials

Advanced – StringsWinds/Brass/Percussion
Intermediate –  Strings, Winds/Brass/Percussion
Jazz Ensemble- Jazz Ensemble Grades 6-8, Jazz Ensemble Grades 9-12

Call if you have questions about which piece to play for your audition!

2018-19 Youth Symphony Member Page
Parents: need to make a payment? Use this portal.
Brunch with Bach item donation form

Sounds of Summer Music Intensive

Pursue your musical passion through this week-long, small group intensive camp, led by Bremerton Symphony Orchestra bassist, former Navy Band Director, and Kitsap Music educator Mr. Derick Polk. Dates are July 23-27, from 1-4PM, at our rehearsal space – Saint Paul’s Church in Bremerton (700 Callahan Dr, Bremerton, WA 98310) culminating in a special performance on Friday, July 27 or Saturday, July 28 (TBD) at Silverdale Antiques. Tuition is just $100 for current members of Bremerton Youth Symphony, $125 for others. Minimum enrollment was met, so camp will run! Print PDF forms or call (360) 373-1722. Registration deadline:  June 30.


About the Music Director

Tigran Arakelyan joins us as Music Director of Bremerton Youth Symphony beginning in our 2018-19 season. Armenian-American Music Director and Conductor of Port Townsend Community Orchestra, Federal Way Youth Symphony, and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, Mr. Arakelyan was previously the assistant conductor of Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Northridge Youth Philharmonic, and the associate conductor of Rainier Symphony. For three seasons he was a Senior Conducting Fellow with California Philharmonic, comprised of musicians from LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, and other professional orchestras.

Mr. Arakelyan was also a prize winner in The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and at the Global Music Awards. Learn more about Mr. Arakelyan on his website.


About the Jazz Director

Derick Polk is a retired navy musician who has performed around the world. He has also performed with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry.  Derick currently performs with various artists through out the greater Seattle area and currently is a member of Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. Derick has a Bachelor of Arts in Music theory from DePaul University and a Music Education Degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Mr. Polk currently works a substitute teacher in the Kitsap County school districts.