17 August 2019

Concerto Audition Results

Congratulations to all who auditioned for concertos this year! 

It is always such an inspiring morning to hear and see how hard everyone has worked over the summer. Music is such a blessing!

Our concerto soloists this year will be:
Natalie Nef, Violin
Rebecca Hales, Violin
Ashley Montgomery, Clarinet

We have not assigned your individual concert, but dates will be assigned in the next few weeks. 

You will be receiving in the mail an after-audition packet (that I meant to hand to each of you today!) and comments from our adjudicators. 

We so appreciate your time and effort! You are all amazing!

Julie Gardner

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09 August 2019

The Satisfied Conductor

Just for fun! Especially since it's fun to spoof Mr Dunn!




Come Play With Us! 
Click NUYS Auditions for Youth Symphony.
Click NUYCO Auditions for Chamber Orchestra.

02 August 2019

Audition Times

Concerto Auditions Schedule

When: August 17th, 2019
Where: Box Elder Seminary Building, 355 S 600 W, Brigham City

Here is the schedule:
Time NameInstrumentPieceComposer
8:45Sarah JeppsonViolinViolin ConcertoMax Bruch
9:00Ashley Montgomery ClarinetClarinet Concerto No.3 in B-flat majorCarl Phillip Stamitz
9:15Kristene Murrow ViolinConcerto C major for violinKabalevsky
9:30Alexis JensenOboeConcerto for oboe and stringsCimarosa
9:45Rebecca Hales ViolinBaal ShemErnest Bloch
10:00Jacee Taylor PianoPiano concerto no 3 opus 50Kabalevsky
10:15Natalie NefViolinConcerto in E minor for violinConus

  • Arrive early enough to get warmed up and be comfortably ready for your assigned time.
  • The building will be open at 8 am. I will unlock both the front and side doors.
  • You may use any room with a piano to warm up with your accompanist
  • If you move something, replace it.
  • We will let you know upon arrival which room will be the audition room. (We like to test the pianos before choosing!)
  • Fill out the membership form before August 17th if you haven't already!
  • Concerto auditions exempt you from membership auditions on August 24th.
  • If you are chosen, you are responsible for a short bio and photo to be turned in 2 months before your assigned concert.
  • If there is a particular concert (Nov 16, TBD in Feb, Apr 23) that would be difficult for you to perform at, be sure to let me know ahead of time.
  • We will publish the results of the auditions by the end of the day on Saturday, August 17th, via email.
  • Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,
Julie

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01 August 2019

Auditions Coming Up!

Hello all ye awesome musicians!

Quick reminder that it's time to fill out the membership form, read through the audition requirements, download your orchestral excerpt, and sign up for an audition time! We are just over 3 weeks out! I can't believe summer has gone so quickly!

Chamber auditions are the same day, and The NUYCO audition page is ready too. They also need to sign up for a time since all auditions will be in the same room this year. 

Share this with your friends, and let's create another amazing orchestra!

Have a great evening,
Julie

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Free Music!

Dear Music Teachers, 

For years, we have stored (in my garage!) a large collection of band and miscellaneous music simply because we did not want to see it destroyed, but we are running out of room for our expanding youth symphony and chamber orchestra library, so it's time to clean house and make a concerted effort to give this music away. 

With that in mind, Josie, my assistant and music librarian, has spent the summer putting together a spreadsheet with all available music, just for you! Please have a look and let us know if there's anything you would like! The only thing we request is that if you claim it, we will send you an address, and you pick it up in a timely manner!

Here's hoping that by doing this, we can give back to the music community that has supported us for so many years! 


Notice the tabs at the bottom. In the left tab you will see everything in one place, and in the many other tabs, Josie has put together separate lists by category. As music is claimed, I will update the spreadsheet with a strike-through on the music no longer available. 

Again, thank you, and I hope that this can be helpful to you in your efforts to support the musical growth of our young people in the region. 

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested!

Julie Gardner, Managing Director Northern Utah Youth Symphony, 435.740.4335
Josie Anderson, Librarian and Assistant to the Manager

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06 June 2019

Membership and Concerto Auditions

Greetings!

This is going out to last year's list, so if you've graduated, forward this to a friend! It's also going to a few people who have called and requested notification.

Membership Auditions:
Just letting you know that the NUYS Audition Page is mostly updated. We don't have new excerpts up yet, but everything else is functional, including our membership form (to be filled out every year), and time slots for auditions on August 24th! Also, please let me know if you see anything that needs to be corrected. 

Concerto Auditions: 
I've heard rumors of different people preparing for concerto auditions, but I only have one person on my list so far. If you're preparing a concerto for our August 17th audition, please check with me! Maybe you told me but I missed writing it down. 

Hope you are all having a great summer!

Julie :)

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24 May 2019

Photos of final concert etc

Hello everyone! 

I hope you've had a wonderful last month since we put on that wonderful concert!

I want to share with you the photos shared with me by Jed Connell, Bailey's grandpa. I would have shared them sooner, but it seemed every time I checked there would be more! His computer was still uploading!

Here is what he says:
Julie,
Here are the pictures from Fridays Performance. There are quite a few duplicate shots. I wasn't able to get many good conductor shots because I didn't want to be visible by the audience. In any event please share them and have fun. I didn't do any editing of pictures, so this is the raw data.
Thanks 
Jed  
Here is the link. Download pictures of yourself! It's a great collection!

Also, if you took the opportunity to fill out the end-of-season survey, thank you! Your feedback is vitally important to us. If you haven't filled it out yet, here is the link again.

Thank you for a wonderful 2018-19 season! We are already working on our 2019-20 season, so stay tuned!

Julie

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30 April 2019

Survey

Congratulations on a great Season Finale concert! What a super evening! I love being part of your musical journey! I hope you had FUN!

Could you do us a favor? It would help us immensely if you would fill out this End-of-Season Survey! Having your input helps us so much as we go forward. The survey is anonymous, so you will not be asked for identifying information; however, if there is anything you need to talk to us about, please contact us separately.

A run-down of the year may help you remember everything that has happened:
Audition Workshop
Concerto Auditions
Membership Auditions 
Rehearsals
Parent Meeting
Retreat
First Concert - Ogden High
Christmas
Recital Night
Second Concert - Logan High
Abravanel Hall
Extra Fundraiser
Final Concert - Box Elder High


Have a super day! And thanks again!

Julie

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25 April 2019

Concert Announcements -- & an opportunity

Facebook Event

Press Release

Tomorrow's Schedule, Box Elder High School

3:30 pm load in & set up

4:00 to 4:15 pm NUYS Call time

4:30 pm NUYS Rehearsal

5:30 pm NUYCO Call Time (In concert attire)

appx 5:45 pm NUYCO joins NUYS for Mission Impossible

appx 6:00 pm NUYCO Rehearsal (NUYS excused)

7:00 pm NUYCO formal photo

7:00 pm NUYS Call Time

7:30 pm Concert - NUYCO, Combined orchestras, then NUYS

appx 8:45 pm NUYS formal photo

Clear the building! Thanks ahead of time for everyone who helps clean up!


Clothing

Formal Concert Black as follows:

  • Male: Black tux or equivalent suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black shoes. 
  • Female: Black dress, formal trouser suit, or blouse & skirt, midriff covered, conservative neckline, skirts & dresses at least tea-length, slits no higher than knee, black stockings, black shoes, accessories & trim in black.

Music Opportunity for Strings

This is from our board member, Jared Luther. I'm so glad he shared this!

Fry Street Chamber Music Festival Information. You might recognize some in the video.  

"We're very excited to be hosting our third annual Fry Street Chamber Music Festival, July 14-20! Violinists, violists, and cellists ages 14-18 will have the opportunity to work closely with the members of the FSQ and USO Principal Violist Brant Bayless in a week of intensive chamber music coaching and performance. Instrumental lessons/masterclasses, a trip to see West Side Story, and lots of other great activities will cap off a great week. Audition videos are due May 15...right around the corner!" https://youtu.be/B6gXU-DbqlI


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19 April 2019

Press Release for our upcoming concert...

Click Here for the Facebook Event or forward this email to all your friends and family!

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will present their Season Finale Concert, Honoring the Golden Spike, Friday, April 26th, 7:30 pm, at Box Elder High School. Admission is free thanks to our generous sponsors.

The Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Nathan West, will open the concert with an Americana theme, including the Colonel Bogey March, Chuck Thompson's Iron Horse Suite, movements 1 and 2, and the Orange Blossom Special.

The orchestras will then combine to perform the theme from Mission Impossible.

The Youth Symphony, conducted by Conrad Dunn, will perform the Dittersdorf Harp Concerto featuring Ambree Burggraaf, Chariots of Fire, music from West Side Story, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. There will be a specially constructed indoor balloon cannon at this performance, thanks to the creativity of Dr LaMar Johnson.

We are truly grateful to our season sponsors for supporting this effort: Classical Strings, BrainTrainUT, PetsFirst! Wellness Center, Edge Orthodontics, Cache Valley Endocrine & Diabetes Center, Sentinel Law Group PC, Pride Mechanix and Design, and Post Products.   




Ambree Burggraaf is a junior at Weber High School and has played harp for 11 years.  Living in Seattle, Washington, Ambree began the harp at age 6 with Leslie McMichael.  In Utah, she currently studies with Julie Keyes, who plays with the Orchestra on Temple Square and is an instructor at Weber State University and Dixie State University.  She started Suzuki violin at age 3, and then switched to the harp.

Ambree has had the opportunity to perform at weddings, and has charmed audiences in numerous assisted living centers.  This past year she was invited to be part of recording projects with a local musician.  She is a volunteer for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association Youth Guild, and has loved performing as a pre-show artist at the Weber State Browning Center.

This high honor student is an officer in the National Honor Society. She has received superior ratings in Solo and Ensemble festivals for the past three years.  She loves being involved in music, and has participated in various choirs and musicals.  Ambree started piano at a young age, and she currently teaches private piano lessons to beginner students in order to save for a pedal harp of her own. 

Other accomplishments include The American Harp Society—Utah Chapter Rosalie R. Pratt Award 2014-2017 and the Konrad Harp Award 2017-2020 which awarded the use of this harp.

Ambree would like to thank all those who have made miracles happen in her life.  She is especially grateful for her family, teachers, and the American Harp Society, Utah Chapter for their help and generous support.