21 March 2019

We Need Your Help!

A Note from our Board Chairman... Please Read!


Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society

P.O. Box 236, Brigham City, UT 84302


     Board Members:

Doris D'Asto, Chairman, Grant Manager

____________, Executive Director

Cathy Prows, Bookkeeper

Naomi Miles, Fundraising: Smith's/Kent's cards

Josie Anderson, Secretary, Music Librarian

Julie Gardner, NUYS Managing Director/Representative

Jenny Murrow, NUYCO Managing Director/Representative

April Jones, Accountant Consultant

Jared Luther, board member (parent volunteer)


Dear Parents and Members,

   Thank you for all the effort you have made to be a vital part of this organization. It's been a fun and exciting year so far; now we're on the home stretch with only the March 23rd Chamber recital in the Brigham City Tabernacle and our final concert of the year at Box Elder High School on Friday, April 26th.

  Every orchestra season is unique; we work with new music, new possibilities, and new members integrating with those who have been loyal for many years, all creating a dynamic that is distinctive and enjoyable.  With 34 schools and many different backgrounds represented this year, there are new and lasting experiences and friendships forming that will enrich all of our lives. Truly.

  We are seeing a disturbing trend of rising costs in several areas this year, mainly in the renting of performance venues in the area high schools.  Every summer, Julie searches for the best dates available for our performances and the projected costs entailed. We may not know the actual costs for using each auditorium, band/orchestra rooms, tech staff, common area when needed, and custodial support until after the performance. The costs vary with each school, but one fact is certain: local School Boards are raising fees, and we are prohibited from asking for donations at the concerts due to contractual terms for non-profits.  

  Our recent concert at Logan High was wonderful. We love performing at Logan High and hate the possibility that we might have to leave it.  However, our fee of $200 last year went up initially to $377 this year, and, due to a misunderstanding of what we needed, it increased to $735 just before the concert.  In the end, we paid a negotiated fee of $619.75. The bus rental to Abravanel Hall, originally $541, increased to $628 due to the extended afternoon session and the longer-than-expected commute home.  We know the upcoming concert at Box Elder High will be around $700.

 Our Bookkeeper has created a mid-year financial assessment to determine our revenue status for the remainder of the fiscal year. We have learned we are on a trajectory to end the year up to $1500 short. We have always ended our fiscal year with a small surplus, which is then used for the start-up of the next season. There will be no money for extras this year. We are just hoping to come out with enough to start the next season!

  The Board has agreed that we stop all further discretionary spending and ask for increased support coming into April's concert. This can be accomplished in several ways:

  • Help us find additional business sponsors. Approximately 1/3 of our membership lives in Cache Valley; 1/3 lives in Weber County; and 1/3 lives in Box Elder County. Of the businesses who faithfully sponsor our concerts year-after-year, most are strongly invested in Box Elder County. Our organization could really benefit from more support from Cache and Weber counties OR from supportive donors within our membership's families.

  • Donate personally. It's tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated! $30-$50 from 30-50 families could help us significantly.  Mail checks to LBSS, PO Box 236, Brigham City UT 84302, or just bring it on a Saturday morning.

  • Alternatively, commit to purchase $600 worth of grocery cards in the next 4 months so we can keep the percentage donation. This would give our organization $25 to $30 for each participant.

  Thank you for all your driving, practicing, love of music, and recruiting of new members! We are looking forward to the upcoming performance on April 26th, featuring an "Americana" theme by both orchestras, with the 1812 Overture offered once again in an encore performance.

Doris D'Asto

Chairman, Board of Directors

(435) 730-5417

❖Northern Utah Youth Symphony ❖ Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra ❖

❖Northern Utah Community Symphony❖


16 March 2019

Messiah List

This is the official list of pieces to prepare for Messiah. 
Giant Rehearsal: March 30 after regular rehearsal. 
Montpelier Rehearsal: April 13 afternoon/evening
Montpelier Performance: April 14
Overnight host families available.

1. Overture
2. Comfort Ye
3. Every Valley
4. And the Glory of the Lord
9. O Thou that Tellest
12. For Unto Us a Child is Born
13. Pastoral Symphony
18. Rejoice!
19. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened
20. He Shall Feed His Flock
22. Behold the Lamb of God
33. Lift up Your Heads
37. The Lord Gave the Word
44. Hallelujah!
45. I Know that My Redeemer Liveth
46. Since By Man Came Death
47. Behold I Tell You a Mystery
48. The Trumpet Shall Sound
53. Worthy is the Lamb

Tips for practice: 3 and 4 are in the Key of E (4 sharps). Number 18 is just generally hard, and so is number 53. :)


07 March 2019

Quick Announcements and a link to the recording


1. As far as I know, we still haven't found Eliziabeth's folder. It was left momentarily under her chair on stage after the Logan High Concert and when she went back to retrieve it, it was gone. Anyone with info, perhaps people helping strike the stage, please come forward and help solve this mystery! Also, please look in the folder you have and be sure it's yours.

2. To those of you who might be wondering, yes, there is rehearsal this Saturday, 8:30 to 11:00 am! We will have new music ready for you to sightread! 

3. We will also have Messiah music available this Saturday to check out. It would be really cool if a few more people could sign up, especially strings. Right now we have 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, no oboes, 1 Horn, no trombone, 4 violins, no violas, 3 cellos, no basses. Commitment only includes March 30th for one long rehearsal, the rehearsal in Montpelier, Idaho, on April 13 and the performance in Montpelier on April 14. Host families will be arranged for participants to spend the night. Let us know if you're interested! Carpooling available!

4. You did a great job Monday! I was proud to be your Managing Director at the meeting afterwards when we had so many compliments! You are all awesome! Thanks to everyone who came for the performance, and schlepped their kids or themselves to Salt Lake that day. Thanks to the Utah Symphony for hosting the event, and thanks to Sharon Cook for keeping track of the bus riders, and thanks to Jenn Dabb for hauling cellos! You are all fabulous! Everyone's hours that day count as Volunteer Hours! Can you fill out the google form and report your volunteer hours? Thank you!

5. Here is the Abravanel Hall Recording as received from Richard Marsden. It is for archival purposes. This means you may download it and keep it, but you may not distribute it, especially the Movie Spectacular which is under copyright. Both pieces are on the same track. There are two files. One is MP3 format which is about 54 MB which is, for most, easily downloadable. The other is a lossless file, in WAV format, which is about 240 MB, but of course, the quality is better, especially if you want to play it on a larger sound system.

Have a great day! See you Saturday!


04 March 2019

A Few Reminders


Here are a few reminders or details you may have missed:

1. Wear your formal concert attire, like for our performance last week at Logan High. 

2. There will be a vehicle following the bus both directions to haul cellos. It is a white 4 Runner and all cellos should go in this vehicle. There will not be room on the bus. Do NOT put your cello in the storage under the bus. Thank you to Jenn Dabb, Tanner Chipman's mom, for this!

3. Large brass instruments (tubas) will fit under the bus in the built-in storage.

4. The bus will leave as soon as it's loaded in Perry at the Walmart. It will not wait until 10:45 unless it's still waiting for people to arrive! So arrive on time!

5. Sharon Cook will be the parent on the bus. Her number is 435-760-2645. If you are wondering where the bus is, hers is the number to call. If you call me I will tell you to call her. I will not be on the bus because i have meetings and other responsibilities.

6. If you hear a piece today that you want to play, write it down and let us know! :) Remember to be a great audience! Unless we are performing or applauding, we provide the silence!

7. Do not leave anything at Abravanel Hall! Do not take anything to the Green Room that you will not need on stage! Do not leave anything in the Green Room! Look around your area as you leave for the day and be sure you have everything you came with!

8. You are responsible to bring your folder home! We are NOT collecting music today. 

9. Have FUN! We are so fortunate to have a great program to perform! Be proud of your accomplishment! You are all awesome!

See you soon! 


25 February 2019

Well Done, NUYS!

A Note For All Of You:


What a wonderful performance! 

I was so proud of all three pieces. The quality and interpretation of the flute concerto was beautiful. You responded well to Dr Blanchard's baton in the Movie Spectacular - the audience loved the familiar music. 

And I'm incredibly proud of each and every one of you for stepping up to the task to create one of the biggest performances we've ever done. It takes each individual learning their own parts so we can bring together a gigantic number like that! Every phrase and section of the 1812 right up to the last cannon shot and last ringing of the chimes of the church bells were so well done! 

We had such an extended standing ovation that I walked off the stage and came back for a bow 3 times. The standing ovation spoke for itself. Every one of you should be proud of what you did with that music! 

We will have a practice this Saturday and then we get to perform the Movie Spectacular and the 1812 Overture again at Abravanel Hall. And keep practicing it up, because we will be doing the 1812 Overture as an encore performance at Box Elder High School on April 26th. 

Thank you again for all your work, and all your practice, and your heart and soul on stage the other night. It was simply thrilling!

Mr Dunn


Jed Connell, Bailey's grandpa, has shared these pictures from the concert with us with this note: 
Please feel free to share these with everyone that wishes a copy.
They are yours from me without cost or obligation.
I hope you and the Orchestra enjoy them. I am glad to be of assistance.
Jed Connell  

Thank you so much, Mr Connell!

If anyone else has photos they'd like to share, I'd be happy to facilitate that!
See you Saturday! Keep sending me your plans for Abravanel Hall!



22 February 2019

Announcements, and REVISED Abravanel Hall Announcements

Hello, everyone! 

Concert Reminders:
We'll see you tomorrow at Logan High at the concert, wearing concert black and ready to rock the house! You have all morning to practice!
Set up begins at 1pm
Call time for rehearsal 1:45
Rehearsal 2 to 3:15 (or so) followed by a break. 
Bring a snack in a sack, and if you leave for a while, 
Call time for concert 4:30 pm
Concert time: 5:00 pm

And.... the Abravanel Hall organizers have revised the schedule, so here is a revised paper. The permission slip is the same, and the excuse paper has slightly different times, but the info sheet now includes the seating assignments, and a revised schedule! Our session now begins at 12:30 and goes until 4 pm! So all the morning transportation stuff has been moved a half hour earlier!

Fun, right? 

So, instead of sending an attachment which is really hard to recall after it's been suddenly revised, here is the link to the revised Abravanel Hall PDF. If you print it so it's one-sided, fill out the bottom half of the second page, and bring it tomorrow, I will ... smile a lot, and give you a fist bump! Please???? 

And, if not, I will have paper copies for everyone in Logan tomorrow so you can fill them out and turn them in. Tomorrow. Did I mention I need these tomorrow? 
(All this info has also been revised on Monday's blog post.)

Thanks so much!


PS We have a new triangle and triangle beater! It's the most amazing thing I've ever heard! I hope you all are as amazed as I am!


18 February 2019

Abravanel Hall Information -- Immediate attention needed

We have our schedule!

As we await confirmation from the bus company, we are going to assume that everything works out because you all need to be able to make plans.

I have copied and pasted the information below, but you can find all of it also in the attachment (along with an excuse letter for school and a permission slip to turn in to me). And here is a link to the (REVISED) attachment in case you are reading this on the blog. 

Regarding the permission slip - I need it this Saturday! I will bring all this on Saturday printed out for you, but if you want to be on the ball, just print and fill it out for me now. You can take a picture and send it, or hand it to me when you arrive for the dress rehearsal.

Dress Rehearsal: We are not asking you to dress up for the dress rehearsal this time. But bring your concert black so you're in proper formal attire for the concert! and guys! Don't wait until Saturday to get your black bow ties!

Okay, here's all the Abravanel Hall info. Last year we were first. This year we are last! Let's end the day with a big booming blast!

Have a great day, and do let me know if you have questions!



Abravanel Hall Information Sheet -- REVISED
Monday, March 4, 2019. Our schedule is as follows:
(times are approximate; arrive at your stop comfortably early)
Ø  10:30 a.m. Begin loading bus @ Perry Walmart 1200 South
Commerce Way; Use North East area of the parking lot
Ø  10:45 a.m. Leave Perry Walmart
Ø  11:00-11:05 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the Park & Ride, 1850 W & 2700 N, across from Maverik
Ø  11:10-11:15 a.m. Pick up students at Venture High School, 508 N 1500 W, Marriott-Slaterville 84404
Ø  11:30-11:35 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5212 Freeway Park Drive, Riverdale 84405
LUNCH: If you bring a brown bag lunch, you may carefully eat it on the bus. You might have a chance after arrival to eat in the lobby, depending on timing. No one is to leave to buy food.
Absolutely no drinks except water. No food to be consumed in the auditorium.
Ø  12:00-12:15 p.m. Arrive at Abravanel Hall.
NUYS will sit in rows 3, 5, and 7, with instruments on the rows 2, 4, and 6 in front of them. Fill the whole row! Go all the way across. Large instruments in row 30. Spectators rows 26-29.
Ø  12:20 p.m. Place cases in your designated rows and get ready to be an appreciative audience.
Ø  12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Youth Symphony Festival, Afternoon Session.
Performance Order: 12:30pm Utah Valley Youth Philharmonic, 1pm Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, 1:30pm Zion’s Youth Symphony, 2pm Nebo Youth Philharmonic, 2:30pm Davis Honors Orchestra, 3pm Young Artist Chamber Players, 3:30 pm Northern Utah
Youth Symphony
Ø  3:00 p.m. We go to the Green Room to warm up.  Do not take any cases to the green room – Leave them in the seats in the auditorium. We will pick them up after pictures!
Ø  3:30 p.m. We perform on stage. Time is somewhat approximate. By this time in the afternoon, it’s often running early. Spectators should keep that in mind.
Ø  4:00 p.m. Group picture with instruments on the grand staircase will be taken after our performance.
Bring $15 if you want to order an 8x10 photograph.
Make checks payable to Shyan Valentine. Orders will only be taken on-site.
Ø  4:15-4:30 p.m. After the photo, pack up your instruments and immediately head out to load the bus.
Times for the trip north will depend greatly on traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Please keep in touch with your student via mobile phone or an adult chaperone. Julie will NOT be with the bus.
Ø  About 5:10 p.m. Arrive at Roy Park & Ride
Ø  About 5:25 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride (with a stop at Venture if needed)
Ø  About 5:45 p.m. Arrive at Perry Walmart
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. If you would like to volunteer to help with transportation, please contact me. Once everyone’s intentions are known, we will ascertain if additional transportation is necessary.  Even if we don’t need extra people movers, we will definitely need help hauling percussion and cellos/basses.
v  Please let Julie know a.s.a.p. if you would like to volunteer.
NUYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org, 435.740.4335 mobile
v  Since this is not a school-sponsored activity, musicians’ time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. Use the top half of attached page to ask to be excused!
v  Make your plans for transportation, mark, sign, and return the bottom half the page below by February 23, 2019 (you may also send a scan or photo via email).
****** (If you play in Ogden Youth Symphony, they will perform during the morning session at 10:25 a.m.) ******

15 February 2019

NUYS Announcements


1. The press release for the upcoming concert has been updated. Here is the link.

2. Yes, it's President's Day Weekend, and yes, we have regular rehearsal tomorrow morning just like any other Saturday. Weather reports are that the storm should blow through tonight and should peter out into scattered showers tomorrow. Let's hope!

3. We have discovered additional costs at one of our venues and are looking for one additional Season Sponsor to be featured in all our remaining programs this year. Thanks for your help!

4. If you are wanting to sign up for Messiah in Montpelier, reply to this email and let me know. There will be one rehearsal in Perry in late March (date to be announced tomorrow by Mr Dunn), then one rehearsal in Montpelier the afternoon of April 13th, with host families giving us a place to sleep that night, and then the performance on Sunday, April 14th. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up! We will try to have music there for you tomorrow. 

Have a great night! 


11 February 2019

Press Release - Northern Utah Youth Symphony Concert

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their mid-winter showcase concert Saturday February 23, 2019, at Logan High School. The concert time is 5:00 pm with free admission thanks to our season sponsors.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra, Nathan West conducting, will open the concert with arrangements of Grieg's Prelude to the Holberg Suite, Saint-Saens' Theme from Havanaise, Schubert's first movement of the Unfinished Symphony.

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony, Conrad Dunn conducting, will then take the stage. They will begin one their concerto audition winners, Allison Cook, Flute, performing the first movement of the Quantz Flute Concerto in G. Then the full orchestra will take the stage with "Movie Spectacular" featuring music from Batman, Dances With Wolves, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. There will be no cannons at this performance due to the indoor venue.

The youth orchestras are a project of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, with the help of our season sponsors, Classical Strings of Harrisville, PetsFirst! Wellness Center of Brigham City, BrainTrainUT of South Ogden & Logan, Edge Orthodontics of Brigham City, and Cache Valley Endocrine & Diabetes Center. Our funding also includes the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and the Utah Arts & Museums with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Allison Cook
Allison Cook, a senior at Mountain Crest High School, loves animals, camping, music, and hanging out with friends. She has studied the flute for eleven years, under both Rebecca Fuller and Cindy Henderson. She has received many awards and recognitions performing with her flute including Superior rating at the National Federation of Music Clubs' competition, 2nd place at the 2017 Young Artists' Cup, as well as the 2017 Cache Valley South Town's Got Talent Show. She was also the winner of the talent section of the 2018 Cache Valley Distinguished Young Woman Pageant. Allison is currently in her second year with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony, and enjoys working with so many great young musicians! She is delighted to share her talents with so many people.


Announcements: Abravanel Hall and Concert Day Schedule

Concert Day Schedule

Logan High School Auditorium, Saturday February 23, 2019
Arrive and set up 1:00 pm
NUYS Rehearsal 2:00 to 3:15 pm
NUYCO Rehearsal 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Concert 5:00 to appx 6:10 pm

Abravanel Hall
I've had several people ask about the schedule for March 4th. We have not had word yet on what our schedule will be, but for those of you who haven't gone before, it is a daytime festival, and we will either be assigned the morning or the afternoon session, so our schedule