Dear BYSO Families,
After eight years as Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) Executive Director, Trudi Jackson has announced that she will step down effective May 31, 2021. Since 2013, Trudi’s leadership has been crucial to the development and success of the organization, helping to make BYSO what it is today. When the pandemic hit last year, Trudi drove the effort to quickly switch to an all-virtual program so that our students could continue their music during this challenging time. BYSO emerges with strength from the pandemic because of Trudi’s great dedication and commitment to ensuring resources were available to support our student programs.
“We are grateful for Trudi’s contributions to the growth and advancement of BYSO as the premier Eastside youth orchestra organization. While we are sad to lose Trudi, her dedication and commitment have positioned BYSO well for the future,” says Kristi Jo Lynn, Chair of the BYSO Board of Directors. "Working with Trudi 'behind the scenes', I got to see up close how truly dedicated Trudi has been to doing her all for BYSO. We have been so lucky to have Trudi as the BYSO Executive Director," shared Bennet Wang, Board Vice President.
All of us at BYSO will miss Trudi and are grateful that she leaves us a wonderful organization dedicated to developing Eastside musicians. While conducting a search for Trudi’s successor, the BYSO Board of Directors has selected an Interim Executive to assist during the transition to ensure continued smooth delivery of BYSO’s music programs in partnership with Music Director Teresa Metzger Howe.
With a strong staff and enthusiastic volunteers, we are excited to once again offer summer camp opportunities and a return to full orchestra programs in the fall. We appreciate your continued support for BYSO as we provide a positive and stimulating musical environment for Eastside youth. The BYSO Board, office, and music staff would like to extend their deepest thanks to Trudi and we wish her well in all her future endeavors.
The BYSO Board of Directors