08 March 2018

Abravanel Hall Reminder (and Bribe)

Greetings, lovely people!

Congrats on a fantastic concert last weekend. What a wonderful relief to have no weather problems whatsoever! It was a stressful decision, but obviously the right one.

Rehearsal Time this week
We will still be meeting 8:30 to 11:30 for all who can stay.

Abravanel Hall
I have 21 responses out of 101 orchestra members on what your plans are for Abravanel Hall! That's only 20%. A failing grade.

By this Saturday, that number needs to be 100%. A+ is the only acceptable grade on this! 

I just need the bottom half of the second page of the Abravanel Hall papers either handed to me or turned in electronically by this Saturday! Thanks! If you didn't bring your form home, I have attached it again to this email. 

Please please please let me know if you have questions. Email or text (435.740.4335) or call! 



PS THE BRIBE: Do you like homemade rolls? I make the BEST homemade rolls. I will bring 101 of them on Saturday for break. I'll even bring butter. But... you don't get one unless you have Abravanel Hall taken care of. (sorry, they won't be GF)


03 March 2018

The Show Must Go On!


The storm has stalled and when it starts again, it is predicted to have turned to rain!

At the point it is predicted to turn back to snow, it should be quite late in the evening. So we are going ahead with the performance tonight at Logan High. I've looked at all the traffic cams and the only route that looks sketchy is the route from Tremonton to Logan. Sardine is bare and wet.

Please arrive by 2:30 pm if you can, or earlier if possible to help with set up, and we will have two hours on stage from 3 to 5 pm. 

Chamber will have an hour on stage from 5 to 6pm, and then the concert will be at 6:30. 

We will get you out of there and on the road as soon as possible - likely by 8 pm - so as to avoid any of the snow that's supposed to come back. 

As soon as you decide, please please inform me if you choose not to make the drive. We are hoping all key people will be able to make it. We understand the risks involved, but believe they have been minimized to the point where it's safe to put on the concert. 

What a great place to be on a rainy day! Indoors making awesome music!

Thanks again for your patience as we've made this decision. It has not been an easy one.


PS I will send a Remind indicating people should look at this email.


02 March 2018

Remind & General Email List Maintenance


In anticipation of the possible cancellation of the concert tomorrow morning (assume it's officially on for now, folks!), I have spent a few hours auditing the email list, removing people who have left, and also adding people to the remind system. 

Tomorrow, I will rely on remind to notify people about the possible cancellation, so it is very important that you accept the invitation if I've sent one to you. 

I will send any notification via email as well. In fact, the email will have more details; the remind system limits me to a certain number of characters. I will also send a test remind notification in about a half hour as it seems people are still accepting my invitations. If I didn't send one to you today, it's because you already joined a few months ago. If you do not receive a remind notification in about a half hour, please make sure you follow up and contact me. Best way to join is to text the code @746kb42 to 81010.




01 March 2018

To Clarify about the concert and snowmageddon

You are all amazing!

Thank you for the amazing and prompt response to the survey about availability to possibly reschedule the concert. We need you to understand a few things. 

1. There have been a lot of invitations made to build and audience for this concert. We will not reschedule it unless it is absolutely necessary. There will be people trying to come in a locked door if we do. 

Rescheduling it will be last resort, and if it is cancelled, it may not actually be feasible to reschedule. Rescheduling is just a hope, inkling, or possibility, and according to the results from the survey, there really isn't a good day to do it. Jazz festival in Idaho next week, FBLA, etc, etc. 

Something like this that involves so many hundred people is just difficult to reschedule, especially at short notice with an already full schedule of music to prepare for Abravanel Hall and the season finale. Some of your comments on the survey indicate it's not a done deal. It is not. As you can see below, there is not one day that everyone can switch to, according to our survey. (As of 2pm today).

2. Almost exactly one third of our players come from Cache county, one third from Weber county, and one third from Box Elder county. So one third of our players (and all our artistic staff) drive over Sardine Canyon every week for rehearsal. Just so you know. It's not that bad, especially late enough in the day to be there after the snow plows have done their jobs. For those of you who haven't driven Sardine in a long time, it's almost entirely divided now. (I'm not minimizing the risk here, just helping you see that this is not on the level of driving the North Ogden Divide....)

3. Sardine is NOT the only way. There is another -- flat and generally safe -- alternative to taking Sardine Canyon into Logan. Notice the difference on the map below, timing-wise. The blue line takes you through Sardine, the gray line over the alternate way. Also notice that if you would rather stay on the freeway longer, instead of following the (alternate) gray line, you can continue north, take the I-15 split, and then exit directly onto UT-30 (where it says "Riverside" on the map) which takes you directly into Logan on 200 North. 

4. As of now, the forecast is for the snow to taper off early Saturday afternoon, so we might be just fine. It would be silly to cancel a concert when we don't need to, especially since it's so problematic to reschedule. We will not make any premature decisions.

5. As always, if you feel deeply uncomfortable driving in for the concert, please stay home but let me know that day so we can adjust the seating, but mostly so we don't worry about you. Also, I encourage you to find a friend to ride with if you are concerned. 

​Thanks for your patience in this matter! You are all on my mind, and we all want to be safe, and warm, but if we can put on the concert without safety issues, it would make a lot more sense than cancelling or rescheduling.

Please feel free to contact me with additional thoughts or concerns.



28 February 2018

Possible Storm Rescheduling

I need your response on this ASAP. Thanks. This does not mean we are cancelling Saturday, but it does mean we are preparing for a possible change of plans.

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Possible Storm Rescheduling
While we recognize it is highly inconvenient for all involved to have to reschedule a concert because it involves so many people with up to 100 on stage and many more in the audience, we have to be prepared if this upcoming storm is as bad as the weather folks say it's going to be.

Please fill out this form immediately by marking all the days you can possibly perform, as well as the one day that is your favorite.

We have not heard from Logan High yet, so we don't know which, if any, of these days are possibilities.

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27 February 2018

Abravanel Hall Schedule & Information -- immediate attention requested

We have Information! The information in this email is also included as the first page of the attachment so you can easily print it to have on hand. The second page of the attachment includes an excuse letter for you to get time off school, and the permission slip for you to turn in to me. You may scan and email it, or bring it Saturday. My personal goal is to have them all returned to me by this Saturday at the concert. Please do all you can to get this information to me asap.


PS if you are reading this on the blog, here is a link to the attachment.

Abravanel Hall Information Sheet
Our is March 19, 2018. Our schedule is as follows:
(times are approximate; arrive early)
Ø  10:30 a.m. Begin loading bus @ Perry Walmart 1200 South Commerce Way; Use North East corner 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)
If you bring a brown bag lunch, you may carefully eat it on the bus. You will not have time after arrival because we perform first. Absolutely no drinks except water.
Ø  11:15-11:20 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale (Roy area) at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5212 Freeway Park Drive, Riverdale 84405
Ø  12:00 p.m. Arrive at Abravanel Hall.
NUYS will be sitting in rows 3, 5, & 7, placing regular sized instruments in rows 2, 4, & 6, and storing large instruments in row 31. Seating for spectators is free; please sit in rows 26-30.
Ø  12:15 p.m. Place cases in your designated rows and get your instruments out. Bring instruments and music to warm up in the green room. Do not take any cases to the green room!
Ø  12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Youth Symphony Festival, Afternoon Session.
We are FIRST on stage! We perform at 12:45 pm, and during the Davis Youth Philharmonic performance at 1:15, we will go out to the lobby and up the grand staircase for our picture. Enjoy the instruments on display from Summerhays, and only re-enter the auditorium when allowed by the ushers, between pieces, or preferably between orchestras. We are assigned the front rows, and the recording equipment will be between us and the stage.
Ø  1:15 p.m. Group picture on the grand staircase will be taken after our performance.
Bring $15 if you want to buy an 8x10 photograph. Make checks payable to Shyan Valentine.
We will stay for the entire session, all the other orchestras that afternoon: Nebo Youth Philharmonic (1:45), American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic (2:15), Young Artist Chamber Players (2:45), and Utah Valley Youth Philharmonic (3:15)
Ø  4:00-4:15 p.m. Load the bus.
Ø  5:15 p.m. Arrive at Roy Park & Ride
Ø  5:30 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride
Ø  5:45 p.m. Arrive at Walmart
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. If you volunteered to help with transportation at the beginning of the year, I will contact you on an as-needed basis. 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 but aren't sure if you already did.
NUYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org, 435.740.4335 mobile
v  Since this is technically 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  Decide what you are doing for transportation, mark, sign, and return the bottom half of the attached page asap. Scanned and emailed permission slips are allowed.
*********** (FYI: If you play in Ogden Youth Symphony, they will perform last during the morning session: 11:10 a.m.) ***********


26 February 2018

Concert Day Schedule

Saturday March 3 Schedule
Our dress rehearsal and concert are this Saturday at Logan High School. We are excited to perform there, and are grateful to the administration. They have made us feel welcome. In an orchestra setting, dress rehearsal really means "rehearsal on stage". You can bring your clothing and change after the rehearsal if you like. You may also want to brush up on the formal concert attire specifications, linked here, especially if you are new to the orchestra. Don't forget your black socks and black bow tie, men!

​Logan High School Auditorium
162 W 100 S, Logan

2 pm - Julie arrives, starts setting up. Helpers appreciated
2:30 pm - Call time for NUYS Dress Rehearsal
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Dress Rehearsal, Youth Symphony
4:30 pm - Call time for NUYCO Dress Rehearsal
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Dress Rehearsal, Chamber Orchestra
6:30 pm - Concert

What to bring: 
A sack dinner, all your formal concert attire (or wear it!), a water bottle (only thing allowed in the auditorium), high energy and enthusiasm!

Who to invite:
All your friends, relatives, neighbors, leaders, teachers, and other folks who might enjoy a concert. It's going to be great!

Please share with them that we are interested in good audience etiquette. 

Please note: There is no morning rehearsal at Promontory School the day of the concert.


23 February 2018

Concert Publicity - March 3, 2018, Logan High School

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their Mid-Winter Showcase on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Logan High School Auditorium, 162 W 100 S, Logan, Utah 84321. Admission is free, thanks to our sponsors Mountain View Veterinary Health Center and Logan Music Academy.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Nathan West, will open the concert with Themes from the Moldau; Themes and Variations from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A and Turkey in a Tux.

Continuing the concert, the Northern Utah Youth Symphony under the direction of Conrad Dunn will take the stage. Featured on the program will be movements from Dvorak's New World Symphony, music from the Titanic movie soundtrack, and a Haydn violin concerto performed by Kristene Murrow.

Kristene Murrow, age 14, is the daughter of Randall and Jenny Murrow from Howell, Utah. She is in the eighth grade and attends Bear River Middle School in Garland. Kristene began her violin studies at the age of 4. She has studied with Nonie Reesor, Sharon Kline, and currently studies with Diane Austin. Kristene’s first orchestral experience was with the Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony and has been so for the past 3 years. She also is a member of a performance chamber group, All Strings Attached, where she serves as concert-mistress. Kristene is expanding her musical abilities by playing viola in her school orchestra at Bear River Middle School.

Kristene has competed in many competitions and has received numerous honors and awards. She soloed with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony in 2014. Kristene has participated and received superior ratings in the ASTA String Festival for the past 10 years and was featured on the ASTA String Festival's Honor's Recital in 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Utah State University and in 2013 and 2015 at Weber State University. Kristene enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and having jam sessions with family and friends. She likes to be in the outdoors hiking and camping, and enjoys nature photography. Other pastimes include reading and playing board games. 

1702 N 800 E, North Logan, UT  84341  - 435-752-8251
516 W Golf Course Rd, Providence UT 84341  - 435-755-3202


3002 N Main, North Logan, UT 84341  -  435-265-6691


09 February 2018


Rehearsal Times

Starting this week (tomorrow) regular rehearsal will run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, until further notice. With our upcoming performance schedule, this is necessary in order to do a good job with the difficult music we have chosen. Any changes will be announced and will also be reflected on the online calendar.

If you need to still leave at 11, please do so quietly and with minimal disruption. Thanks so much!

Tchaikovsky Cuts

The version of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto which we are playing from is slightly different from the version Natalie is playing. The following small cuts in our music are necessary. Please mark your music.
69 to 81
424 to 432
476 to 432

Next Concert Planning

If you have a conflict and will not be playing on March 3 at Logan High, please notify me immediately so we can make adjustments in the orchestra as needed. We have a few major conflicts that day, but hopefully the orchestra will be performance ready! :)

Abravanel Hall Questions

I have had a couple questions from new people about Abravanel Hall, so here's a run-down.

This is not a school sponsored field trip, but it is a school day (this year it's March 19). Please keep your grades up so no one has to miss!

We charter a school bus for the day, but you still have the option of providing your own transportation.

The schedule has not yet been published, but when it is, we will either be in the morning session (8 to noon) or the afternoon session (1 to 3 pm). We have requested afternoon, but will let you know the schedule for the day as soon as we know it, and get permission slips out as soon as possible. 

Parents or other family are allowed to come to the performance. There is a specific area in the auditorium set aside for spectators. 

Each orchestra has 30 minutes on stage, and also climbs the grand staircase for a picture after the performance. 

More details on all this stuff to follow, as soon as we have a schedule from the organizers. 


24 January 2018

Upcoming Concert: Sponsorship Drive


The search is on, in earnest, for sponsors for our March 3 concert in Logan.

We have a super fundraiser, April Jones, on our board, and she is heading up the drive for sponsors. Please contact her if you have any leads or ideas. april.jones210@gmail.com, 435-740-1227.

This is what keeps our concerts free admission! We need to raise $425 per concert.

Thanks in advance for your ideas and help.

Lost & Found Crock Pot

One other note: Someone asked me about her crock pot, but I can't remember who it was. I have verified that Doris has your crock pot. Please let me know who you are so we can arrange a rendezvous. 

Have a lovely evening!


Thanks to our November Sponsors:
​Aaron F Gardner at On Track Counseling, and soon to launch a new website!