21 August 2018

OSBA Youth Guild

This is from Sarah Francis!

Have a look at this. It's a great service opportunity, and an amazing way to see some fabulous productions. 

Hey friends! 
     Some of you who are returning members of NUYS may know me; but to introduce myself in a different capacity, my name is Sarah Francis.  I play the violin and I am one of the presidents of the Ogden Symphony Ballet Youth Guild and the preconcert coordinator. 
     I have been a member of the OSBA Youth Guild for the last 4 years.  The OSBA Youth Guild is a wonderful opportunity to serve your community and see amazing concerts.  The OSBA youth guild members get free complimentary tickets to all the concerts this season.  This means you can go see the Utah Symphony and other groups (i.e. BYU Vocal Point, Noteworthy, and the ballroom dancers, etc.)  for free multiple times.  
     Being a part of the Youth Guild means that you get to usher at 5 concerts throughout the season.  Your family also gets discount tickets for the concerts as well.  We have amazing semiannual brunches featuring members from the Utah Symphony, also we have a super fun pool party coming up on August 25th!
     What you need to do is fill out a copy of the application on the website found here.  You must mail the application to the OSBA headquarters office or email a copy of it to either myself, Genette, or Angela and then mail your $35 to the office.  This all has to be done before August 25th!  (on the application under the line that says referred by, put my name: Sarah Francis.)  If you have questions about what the preconcert is email me or text me at 385-238-9676.
     I promise that you won't regret joining the Youth Guild!  It is such an amazing program and I am so excited to be a part of it this year!.  I hope to see all of you there!

Happy Practicing!
Sarah Francis

(if the link above doesn't work to take you to the website, here is the url http://symphonyballet.org/outreach/youth-guild.html )


15 August 2018

NUYS Audition Workshop Video Link

Read the timeline in the description under "show more"... It has links to the different times in the video in case you don't have time to watch the whole thing.

Thanks to everyone who performed! Just a note... It's a very amateur video. I find I can hear it better with earbuds, and I've added several captions and comments to the screen to help you along. 

You are all awesome. 

If you have a friend who wants to audition but is unavailable on the 25th of August, have them fill out the membership form, and add that info in the comments.

See you soon!



13 August 2018

NUYS Auditions Page Updates


I've had a few questions about finding examples of people playing the audition excerpts. So... I have updated the NUYS Auditions page on the website with a YouTube video and corresponding times to the specific excerpts. 

Thank you for continuing to ask questions. It helps me to know what I can do to help you.

For those of you who have asked about the audition workshop video: It's coming. I'm working on it.

Blessings to all!



02 August 2018

Audition Workshop RSVP and Website Updated!

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The audition page is updated
with new more specific
scale requirements, and the excerpts are all updated for this year's audition. Thank you all for your patience!

For planning purposes, we would love to know what your plans are for the audition workshop next week. Here are the details.

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:30 pm
Where: Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, 1051 W 2700 S, Perry, UT 84302
What: An audition workshop for anyone with auditions in their future, whether or not they are auditioning specifically for the Northern Utah Youth Symphony

For more info, here is the link to the original email

Julie Gardner, Manager
Conrad Dunn, Music Director

Audition Workshop RSVP
Please let us know if you are coming to the audition workshop so we will be prepared for you!
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12 July 2018

Audition Workshop

Announcing our first ever Audition Workshop!

Come watch your friends mock audition for Mr Dunn, and then listen to some feedback on their performance!

Come and listen to all the wisest advice ever, not just for NUYS auditions, but as you prepare for the future!

This is going to be a great evening! If you are interested in being one of the mock audition-ers, reply and let me know. If you perform at the audition workshop, you may also choose to have that be your audition for the orchestra this year, so you'll be exempt from coming back and auditioning on the 25th of August. :)

Here are the details:
Set aside Wednesday, August 8th, at 5:30 pm at Promontory School. Bring a treat to share during break! If you forget to do that, come anyway!

We are also planning to post a YouTube video from this evening. 

There will be breakout woodwind and brass workshops, so this isn't just for strings!

I'm leaving TOMORROW for Ireland, so if you need to contact me, please use email. My text messaging won't be working again until July 30th. 

Thanks everyone! Happy Summer! ~ Julie

PS The Audition page is set up for you to sign up for the new year, but the music excerpts have not been updated yet. Just be aware these will be different than they were last year.  Click Here for the NUYS Audition Page.

Also, if you have graduated, I'm sorry to be sending you this when it's not relevant to you, but I haven't started my new list for next year, so I'm going to have to ask your forgiveness for bugging you! I'll fix it before I send another mass email -- after I get back! 


20 May 2018

Party Time!

Get Ready For Our Annual Northern Utah Youth Symphony

End-of-Year Picnic!

At the Rotary Constitution Park

450 East 700 South,

Brigham City

On June 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

If your last name begins with A-L,

please bring a side dish.

If your last name begins with M-Z,

please bring a dessert.

Click Here today to RSVP.

We will provide everything else for lunch.

Then we'll have fun and games!

​Thanks to Emily Rockwood, and Debra & Tom Francis for volunteering to organize this party!

See you there! :)



12 May 2018

Youth Symphony Pictures

Greetings and Gratitude to Jared Luther for some great pictures!

This link will take you to the gallery of photos from the day of the concert. They are free to download, and we are super grateful to Jared Luther for taking the time that day to photograph us. He said we were packed so tight on stage that it seems he got multiple pictures of some people, and perhaps no pictures of some other people, but at least we're all in the large group shot! So impressive!

​And here is the link to the pictures of Chamber, in case you are interested:​


21 April 2018

Dress Rehearsal Details & Eliza's Competition

Eliza Corrington's Songwriting Competition - Live from New York!
Eliza let me know how to watch it! The competition is on Monday, April 23, 2018, from 6:00 -8:30 pm ET (4:00 - 6:30 pm Mountain Time) and streamed at arts.gov.  

​The concert is THIS Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Box Elder High School. Publicity information was released
​a few weeks ago
Here is the link.​

Volunteers Requested
We never had a volunteer to set up the end of year party, and it kind of fell off my radar. If you believe in end
year social get
​and would like
to plan a chance for everyone to bring a pot luck and enjoy some time at a park, do let me know. I can tell you how to make it happen
​ & ​
support your efforts.​

Depending on timing at BEHS, we may need a mini-van or similar vehicle to haul our nice timpanis and a whole bunch of music stands, possibly loading up Wednesday and not unloading until 3 pm Thursday. Our regular helper may not be able to fit her schedule to ours
. If this jumps out at you as something you can help with, do let me know.

General Instructions
Wear concert attire for this DRESS rehearsal.
We have a photographer coming to take photos during rehearsal as if it's during the concert. 

group photo
will also be taken on stage​ before chamber joins us. 

Bring a
sack dinner
for the break. 
​Not a lot of time so don't expect to leave and come back.​

​Put your
around the very edge of the band room, or backstage. Chamber will be rehearsing in the band room while we rehearse on stage
​, and there needs to be room in the band room for them to set up and play.

Set up
begins at 3 pm, call time 3.30 pm. (I know some people can't come that early - but come as early as you can. And we need all the help we can get setting up!)​

begins at *or before* 3.45 pm, as soon as we're ready. 

Rehearsal will end with
Sorcerer's Apprentice
combined with Chamber (they will begin their rehearsal time at 5.15 pm in the band room). 
​The first 4 outside players of Firsts, Seconds, and Violas, and the first 7 outside cello players will move to the back of the orchestra and the chamber students will take those places.
There will be o
ne more quick group on
stage picture ​after Sorcerer's Apprentice.

then begins their rehearsal on stage at around 6.00 pm.

​ for seating in the
auditorium will open after chamber is finished with their rehearsal. 

Call time
for the concert is 6.30 pm. 

for the chamber orchestra portion of the program. We will block out seats for you.

Make sure you play A LOT when
go on stage after chamber
​ ​
finishes performing.
We need to be well warmed up for the
irst violins, manage your stage area well, so our soloist can stand in the right place.

is next.
Warn your guests that it's a long piece and accepted traditional etiquette is to hold applause until the end. That means 4 movements without clapping. :)
some people won't be able to resist!

​ ​
the f
wild applause, re-arrange yourselves for
Sorcerer's Apprentice.
We will
​store the extra chairs and stands for the last number in the wings and bring them on after Dvorak.
The stage is going to be super full!

​You are all Awesome!​
Please know how grateful I am for all of you! There is no one I'd rather spend Saturday mornings with than youth who love music!

​Be sure to have FUN on Thursday. We do this because we love it, and that means we enjoy it and we don't look scared or too terribly serious on stage! ​