09 December 2017

Chamber CHRISTMAS PARTY

Christmas Party information and call for helpers

Our Christmas party is next week, December 16, right after regular rehearsal. Thank you to the one parent who already signed up to help!

We need more help:

People to commit to bringing something with protein. Otherwise it will be a sugar fest. The treats will be pot luck, so we need people to sign up to bring something with less sugar & more protein. Cheese & Crackers, a crockpot of meat balls, etc. 

People to help set up the lovely table and lay out the food. Doris brings supplies. We just need you to come help out! Helpers should arrive at 10 am.

People to commit to being around to take down and clean up. Helpers should be needed for this project around 12:30 pm.

Please visit the Volunteer Collaboration and let us know how you can help out. The Christmas party sign up is in the bottom right section. If you try to sing up and it isn't cooperating, just shoot me an email. I'll add you to the list. (This is a symphony spreadsheet but go ahead and sign up for the party on is, as it is a joint chamber/symphony party.)


Here is the Christmas Party Invitation:


What: NUYS and NUYCO Christmas Party

Date: December 16, 2017

Time: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, after regular rehearsal

Place: Promontory School Cafeteria

Bring: A wrapped white elephant gift with a music theme. Spend $0 to $5, please!

Also Bring: A potluck treat to share

Parents, please sign up to help out!

Thanks,

Jenny

08 December 2017

NUYS: Taking ACT?, Christmas Party Info

Hi folks!

ACT Test Takers 

If you are taking the ACT tomorrow please fill out the attendance form! I'd rather not set you a chair and stand if you're not coming.


Christmas Party information and call for helpers

Our Christmas party is next week. Thank you to the one parent who already signed up to help!

We need more help:

People to commit to bringing something with protein. Otherwise it will be a sugar fest. The treats will be pot luck, so we need people to sign up to bring something with less sugar & more protein. Cheese & Crackers, a crockpot of meat balls, etc. 

People to help set up the lovely table and lay out the food. Doris brings supplies. We just need you to come help out! Helpers should arrive at 10 am.

People to commit to being around to take down and clean up. Helpers should be needed for this project around 12:30 pm.

Please visit the newly modified Volunteer Collaboration and let us know how you can help out. The Christmas party sign up is in the bottom right section. If you try to sing up and it isn't cooperating, just shoot me an email. I'll add you to the list.


Here is the Christmas Party Invitation:


What: NUYS and NUYCO Christmas Party

Date: December 16, 2017

Time: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, after regular rehearsal

Place: Promontory School Cafeteria

Bring: A wrapped white elephant gift with a music theme. Spend $0 to $5, please!

Also Bring: A potluck treat to share

Parents, please sign up to help out!

Thanks,

Julie

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06 December 2017

Wanted: NUYS Recital Performers

Each year we reserve the Brigham City tabernacle for an evening of solo or small ensemble performances. We invite everyone who played in the concerto auditions in August, plus anyone else interested in a fantastic performance opportunity, to sign up for our upcoming recital night. You will need to provide your own accompanist. If you are unsure about all your details you may still sign up and make a note in the
​"notes" ​
section at the end of the form. 

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Brigham City Tabernacle, 25
​1​
S Main
Who: Anyone in NUYS who wants to perform

Here is the link to the
​ sign up​
form: 

Thanks, everyone! 
You are awesome. 

Julie Gardner

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​T​he website is a ​searchable blog where​ ​a​ll group emails are posted​.​
www.NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org

​And be sure to use our Attendance Form​ to let us know if you are arriving late, leaving early, or missing a rehearsal.

   

21 November 2017

No Rehearsal - Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick reminder: No rehearsal this Saturday! 

See you December 2nd.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving,

Counting you in my list of blessings,

Julie


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20 November 2017

NUYS: Congratulations and Gratitude!

A Note from our Maestro:

Dear Musicians of the Awesome NUYS!

I hope everyone feels great about what they have done this weekend.

Congratulations on a fantastic concert! I had many positive comments and congratulations, especially for Night on Bald Mountain, which came off so well! Soloists were fabulous, and it was hot! 

Congratulations specifically to Sarah Francis for your superb, sensitive performance of the Mendelssohn! Sarah, we could truly feel your joy. It was amazing! 

Congratulations to the orchestra for following so well during the Mendelssohn. 

Thanks to Tom, Chad, Eric and Christie. You all do whatever needs to be done - on and off the stage - to support these youth, and we would not be where we are without you. Your contribution is valuable and noticed and appreciated.

Big thanks to Julie, for all she did, and all she does. Without her there's no way this can happen.

Thank you to those who helped set up and take down, who hauled equipment, and who just stayed in the auditorium on standby in case we needed help with anything. 

Many hands make light work, but many minds make that work incredible. I witnessed that this weekend, and I thank you!

Thanks to the sponsors of our concert, to the board and all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

Again, congratulations on a fantastic concert! And Happy Thanksgiving. May you all be safe, warm, and well-fed. 

Sincerely,
Maestro Dunn 

A Note from our Manager:

Greetings! 

You are all awesome! I hope you know how much I love this group and how much you each mean to me. 

I saw miracles Saturday as we put together this concert, and I hope you know you are involved in something special.

I ask you a favor. Please go to the Volunteer Form and log your volunteer hours for anything you've done for us, anytime from the beginning of the year to now. Did you help set up? Help take down? Pick up the auditorium? Count the audience? Haul equipment? Print music?

​Here is the link to the Volunteer Follow-up Form​. If it doesn't work or you're having trouble with it, just email me. I can fill it out for you. This helps us so much at the end of the year when we write grants.

My heartfelt wishes to you for a fabulous Thanksgiving! We'll see you Saturday, December 2, 8:30 am for regular rehearsal with all-new music. (If you are playing in Messiah, we'll see you before that - Thursday, November 30, 7 pm.)

Blessings,

Julie Gardner

PS I had one student tell me she was turning in her music late. If there's anyone else, please get your folder to me asap. I'm sorting it today to make sure it's all here.

Lost and Found Note from Doris, chairman of the board:

Thank you for a great concert!

When we cleaned out the auditorium, we found:

A very,very nice British-like black umbrella, probably 3 ft tall

A pair of black rimmed glasses, which might be a child's pair

If you are missing either of these, please contact me at 435.730.5417. I have them at my home.

Sincerely,
Doris D'Asto

And a picture from the balcony:




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Fwd: Flying Musicians Association Scholarship 2018 packet

This is from Beverly Hawkins at the Utah Symphony about a cool scholarship!

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Greetings,

 

Utah Symphony Principal Harpist Louise Vickerman is a licensed pilot and part of the Flying Musicians Association. They have a scholarship program open to high school juniors & seniors in band, orchestra or choir, which funds initial flight training to a young musician who wants to learn to fly.  Louise has asked me to forward the scholarship information throughout the state.  I'm sending it to youth orchestra directors with the hope you will share this information with the juniors and seniors in your orchestras.  And I'm sending it to District Arts Coordinators to ask you to forward it to the high school music teachers in your districts.

 

Documents are attached to this email or you can visit this website:   http://flyingmusicians.org/members/page.php?49


There was a finalist from Utah last year so we would love to have a winner in 2018!  Thanks for your help getting the word out.

 

-       Beverly

 

 

Beverly Hawkins

Symphony Education Manager

801.869.9092


16 November 2017

NUYCO Concert Announcements



Facebook Event Link


Schedule for Saturday 
November 18, 2017
Ogden High School, 2828 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84403

2:00 to 3:00 PM: Chamber Dress Rehearsal in the Auditorium 

3:30 PM: Concert


Food instructions

If you need a quick snack before the concert, please bring one with you.

NO FOOD whatsoever in the Auditorium or in the stage area, and NO FOOD in the band room.

You may eat in the hallways. Please bring water instead of sticky drinks.


Turn in Music Folders

We will be collecting all folders at this concert. They will be returned to you at the next rehearsal with new orchestra music in them. Please remove personal items from your folders if you want said items between November 18 and the next rehearsal on December 2. 

There will be a tote box backstage to collect folders. If you are not using music onstage during the concert, you may turn in your folder by placing it in the box before the concert. 


Concert Attire

Just a reminder about concert attire. 

For the concert: 

White on top, black on the bottom.

Females: Black skirt, white blouse or dress shirt, black tights, black shoes.

Male: Black slacks, black socks and black shoes, white dress shirt, tie



Audience Etiquette

 The following items are truly important. Please let your guests know!

We provide the music, you provide the silence.

Noisy children and babies (if they come) should be seated with their parents, close to the aisles, in order to remove them from the auditorium quickly should they become distracting to other audience members.

If you arrive during a piece of music, please remain in the back or outside the auditorium until applause indicates the piece has ended. Then find your seats quickly.

If you are not sure when to applaud, just watch the conductor. He will put his hands down and turn around to face the audience. That's your signal for warm and happy applause. 

No whooping or shouting names, cat calling. This is not a sports event.

Keep your phones off or silent, and enjoy the live concert.

The Chamber Orchestra will join the audience during the Youth Symphony  performance. We need to set the example of how to be a great audience!


Parking

Ogden High School is a city school and depending on when you arrive, you may need to park along the street through the block on Tyler Ave. Please advise your guests to leave plenty of time to find parking and walk to the auditorium. The concert will begin on time.




Thanks to our sponsors: 
Classical Strings and On Track Counseling:
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Jenny Murrow, Manager​


14 November 2017

NUYS Pre-Concert Announcements

Facebook Event Link


Schedule for Saturday 
November 18, 2017
Ogden High School, 2828 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84403

11:00 AM: Set Up begins. 
If you are available, arrive early and help.

12:00 NOON: Dress rehearsal begins. 

About 2:00 PM: Rehearsal ends.  Chamber Orchestra rehearsal begins.

2:00 to 3:00 PM: During this time, you can change for the concert, eat, enjoy friends. There are no restaurants in walking distance. We request you stay on campus. Bring a snack or sack lunch (see Food Instructions)
 
3:30 PM: Concert


Food instructions

NO FOOD whatsoever in the Auditorium or in the stage area, and NO FOOD in the band room.

You may eat in the hallways. Please bring water instead of sticky drinks.


Turn in Music Folders

We will be collecting all folders at this concert so they can magically reappear with new orchestra music in them. Please remove personal items from your folders if you want said items between November 18 and the next rehearsal on December 2. 

There will be a large black tote box backstage to collect music. If you are not using music onstage during the concert, you may turn in your folder by placing it in the box before the concert. 


Concert Attire

Just a reminder about concert attire. You do not need to wear it to the dress rehearsal (in this case, dress rehearsal means "rehearsal on the stage where we are performing").

For the concert: 

Ladies are in black, and dresses are long enough to cover the knees comfortably when sitting. Black tights, black shoes; black slacks are also acceptable.

Men are in a tuxedo or equivalent. Black jacket, black slacks, black socks, black shoes, black bow tie, white shirt.



Audience Etiquette

Last Saturday during rehearsal we had a nice discussion about audience etiquette. We decided the following items are truly important. Please let your guests know!

We provide the music, you provide the silence.

Noisy children and babies (if they come) should be seated with their parents, close to the aisles, in order to remove them from the auditorium quickly should they become distracting to other audience members.

If you arrive during a piece of music, please remain in the back or outside the auditorium until applause indicates the piece has ended. Then find your seats quickly.

If you are not sure when to applaud, just watch the conductor. He will put his hands down and turn around to face the audience. That's your signal for warm and happy applause. 

No whooping or shouting names, cat calling. This is not a sports event.

Keep your phones off or silent, and enjoy the live concert.

The youth symphony will join the audience during the chamber orchestra performance. We need to set the example of how to be a great audience!


The Program

The program is attached to this email. It's already gone to be printed, but do let me know if you see any problems. Thanks!


Parking

Ogden High School is a city school and depending on when you arrive, you may need to park along the street through the block on Tyler Ave. Please advise your guests to leave plenty of time to find parking and walk to the auditorium. The concert will begin on time.




Thanks to our sponsors: 
Classical Strings and On Track Counseling:
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Julie Gardner, Manager​



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09 November 2017

Two Opportunities: A Concerto Competition and a Scholarship

First Opportunity:


The Utah Philharmonic is running their annual concerto competition. If you decide to enter, please add to the "special considerations" box a request to audition no earlier than 1 pm so you have time to attend rehearsal that day as well. Submitting your application early will also give them a chance to schedule that way.


 

Our 14th Annual Concerto Competition - registration is now open!

 

Dear Ms Julie Gardner and Ms Jenny Murrow –

 

Hello. My name is Roger Morandi. I am UPO Board Secretary and principal oboe with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, a multi-community orchestra based in the southern Salt Lake valley in Bluffdale, UT.

 

The Utah Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce that the UPO's 2018 Concerto Competition is open for registration!

 

Winners of our Fourteenth Annual Concerto Competition will be invited to perform with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra at our Spotlight Spectacular concert in May 2018.

 

I hope you are willing to make this opportunity available to your Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Northern Utah Chamber Orchestra students, private and school students, other music instructors and musician friends.

 

I have attached a JPG file of our Concerto Competition Announcement Poster to this email. Please forward this email to any student or performer you know who would like to compete for the opportunity to solo with a live orchestra. Alternatively, the poster can be printed to be distributed at rehearsals, hung on your bulletin board or placed anywhere that interested students may pick one up.

 

Register by going to www.utahphil.org/concerto and clicking on Register Online. Applicants are now able to complete the entire registration process on-line, no mailing required.  The registration deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018. Late registration is available after the deadline until the day of the competition with anadditional $10.00 late fee. The competition date is scheduled on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Riverton Music Store, 9491 S 255 W, Sandy, UT.

 

Here is some basic information about the competition.

We have five competition categories:

Youth Instrumentalists and Vocalists - age 12 and under;

Junior Instrumentalists - ages 13 to 16;

Senior Instrumentalists - ages 17 to 20;

Adult/Open Instrumentalists - age 21 and over;

Vocalists - age 13 and over.

 

Each category will be judged by a panel of three judges selected from members of our Symphony and from working music professionals along the Wasatch Front. In addition to the five category winners, our judges have the option to invite the Youth category runner-up to perform.

 

You can find complete competition details, an informative FAQ page and a link to the online registration page at www.utahphil.org/concerto. We also have a list of ineligible works for 2018. This list includes the works performed by the winners of the last two years of competition. These works are excluded from competition to increase variety and to avoid repetition of the same piece every year. Applicants should be sure to review this list before registering to avoid any confusion.

 

I sincerely appreciate your time and attention to this email and hope you will be willing to forward this opportunity to your students and other interested musicians.

 

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us by phone at 1-888-239-6237 or by email at concerto@utahphil.org.

 

Thank you again for your time and for your help to spread the word about this performance opportunity.

 

Most Sincerely,

Roger Morandi

 

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Roger Morandi

Symphony Board Secretary

Utah Philharmonic Orchestra

Herriman, UT 84096

Toll Free: 1-888-239-6237



​Second Opportunity:

Hello Youth Orchestra Friends,

 

I hope everyone is doing well.  I suspect many of you are deep into music preparations for holiday concerts at this time of the year. 

 

I wanted to be sure you know about a great scholarship program for young musicians, age 8-18.  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in partnership with NPR's From the Top, offers these awards each year.  There are two application deadlines remaining in the 2017-18 season.  The link below has all the information about the award and how to apply.

 

 

 

-       Beverly

 

Beverly Hawkins

Symphony Education Manager



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