11 May 2020

NUYS Followup... And a Request!


You are all wonderful! How I wish things hadn't ended the way they did for the 2019-2020 season! Going through folders made me sad!

My Request to You:
Could you record yourself, video or audio, for a few seconds or a few minutes, talking about who you are, what you play, and why you love the youth symphony, why you give up sleeping in on Saturday mornings for Classical Music, about the friends you've made, or the great music we've played! Whatever you would say to convince your friends to join!

End your recording with "Come Play With Us!" if you like. ... Then, just send it in to me! I will use clips to make a recruiting video! So Fun!

Photos & Certificates:
If you ordered a photo at Abravanel Hall, you should have received it in the mail by now. 

If you are graduating this year, you should have also received a certificate. 

Please please let me know if you should have received either a picture or certificate and did not! My greatest anxiety is that I'll miss honoring someone!

If we had been able to perform our concert on April 23, we would have had 25 students lined up across the stage, bidding them farewell as they graduate from High School. We will deeply miss you all!

Adult Volunteers Play for Free: 
If you are a graduate and you are still around and would like to play with us, come back as an adult volunteer!

Music Roundup needs to be complete this week:
I drove the long loop Saturday and collected all music folders that had been turned in. I came home and sorted folders, then went through both spreadsheets and checked in everyone's music. THANK YOU to everyone who turned in their folders last week! 

There are still 18 folders missing from NUYS and 14 missing from NUYCO. 

The Music Roundup will continue for this week, but only at Promontory School 9am to 2 pm, and at my house, 2800 S 1200 W, Perry, anytime. 

I will work through the spreadsheet and send personal emails and text messages to all students who have not turned in a folder according to my records, but you probably know if you still have your folder. You have until the end of this week! Thanks ahead of time for your cooperation. 

Concerto Auditions:
If you are working on a concerto and plan to audition, I need to know about your intentions asap! Thank You! :)

God bless! Be well! Here's to the possibility of NORMAL!

PS A Bit of History: Here is a link to our OLD OLD OLD recruiting video. The last one we made. It's rather funny, actually! And really OLD! I promise with your help, I'll make a better one!


02 May 2020

NUYCO & NUYS Music Folder Roundup

Hi Everyone! 

It's time to round up our music folders! 

When: Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th (Josie, Jenny & I will pick up boxes on Saturday)

Where: Lots of places! North Logan, Hyrum, Tremonton, Honeyville, Perry, Pleasant View, Ogden and Plain City (addresses below)

Who: Everyone who has a NUYCO or NUYS folder

What: Turn in your folder to the box at one of our several locations (addresses below). 

Also: Be sure to clean out your personal or school music and only turn in the music that belongs to NUYCO & NUYS.

So we know approximately how many to expect at each location, please fill out this form. 

Drop point locations, including google map links, listed by area:

Cache County

Box Elder County

Josie Anderson's House: 8770 UT Hwy 38, Honeyville, UT 84314

Promontory School is open from 9 am to 2 pm and will also have a collection box: 1027 W 2700 S, Perry UT 84302

Julie Gardner's House: 2800 S 1200 W, Perry UT 84302

Weber County

Photographs: If you ordered an Abravanel Hall Photo, I FINALLY have them! I will be mailing them to you! If you don't want to wait for the mail, you may pick them up at my house but let me know asap, before I put them in the mail. :)

Now go outside in the sunshine and play your instrument. Make it loud and wonderful for all the neighborhood! :)

Blessings for a speedy return to normal, and may you all be healthy and well, 


23 April 2020

Greetings from NUYS!

Greetings from your conductor and musical director!

First off, I hope everyone is well! I hope you are able to get through all of your online school work and still have a smile on your face! Being a school teacher, it has been quite a challenge for me. Especially doing orchestra through a computer. I am having to be creative on top of creative!

To be honest with you, what I miss is the YOUTH SYMPHONY! Those Saturday mornings are the highlight of my week. Yes, we were mostly tired from a busy week and would sometimes rather sleep in. But now that it has been temporarily suspended, WE ALL MISS IT! I was really looking forward to this concert (that would have taken place this evening). It would be great to play the Conus Violin Concerto with Natalie, and some fun pops music. Julie and I have decided that this concert will still happen in the next season.

But rather than focus on what could have been, I want to focus on the fantastic rehearsals and performances we all enjoyed this past season! I am still hearing great compliments on the concert in February. It was an honor to perform the "Lark Ascending" with the symphony that I have conducted for over eight years. Rebecca did an incredible job, as did Ashley in November. BRAVO!  Life's great moments for me are standing on the podium and conducting you, the Northern Utah Youth Symphony! It is an awesome experience – and a thrill to conduct Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Holst. I honor all of you for your great contribution and accomplishments with our symphony. I felt particularly proud at our Abravanel Hall performance this year.

I want to honor those graduating seniors! Many of you have been with us for many years. Thank you for those years of dedication with the symphony. Thank you to those who performed the "Messiah" with us. I will miss you! Make sure you stay in touch, and if any of you would like to come back and play with us again, PLEASE do so.

I look forward to next season! I can't wait to get into more of the great musical literature. Make sure you audition and play with us next year! And please help us by talking to fellow musicians. We are always recruiting! I also need to let Julie know how much we appreciate her hard work too. I miss you all and wish you all the best. Stay Well!    

Mr. Dunn 


And greetings from me, Julie, as well. I just can't believe tonight was going to be our concert and everything is simply shut down, including our happy youth symphony program. 

  1. We are still waiting for pictures from the photographer at Abravanel Hall. I'm sure life has been just as weird for her as for all the rest of us. I have to admit I'm feeling impatient! When we do receive them, we will set up collection points for music and bring your photos so we can trade. If you didn't order a picture, you'll still need to turn in your music & folder. Watch your email for more info!
  2. If you would like to host a collection point for your area, please let me know. It would entail having a sheltered porch with a box. :)
  3. We will still be holding concerto auditions this August, on the 15th. We will, however, only be choosing 2 candidates since we were unable to have Natalie perform her piece this year and we plan on her performing next season.
  4. We will still be holding membership auditions on August 22nd. This is our in-person audition date. We are currently working on updating our audition requirements, resources, and excerpts. We will let you know when it's all up and running so you can invite your friends!
  5. We are so so so sorry that we cannot plan anything this summer with any kind of confidence. :(
Thanks for being so awesome! I miss you all sooooo much!



27 March 2020

Until Further Notice...

Dear Fellow Musicians,

Although I consider our program essential (to our minds, and our souls!), we still do not fall within current guidelines. I wish I could say more than this, but because of these current guidelines, we will remain "canceled" until further notice. Still hoping for something wonderful to happen...

Keep a positive attitude, and practice your music, even if it's just for the sake of practicing! If anyone wants to share fingerings, bowings, or woodwind and brass things, or has questions for each other, I will happily be your go-between and send out your info to your section. If you want to make a video of your part for others to play along with, I'm happy to be the communicator to send that out as well. 

If it's a funny video, that would be even cooler! :)

I didn't realize how much I enjoyed running around facilitating this until it was suddenly shut down.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience. Good luck with all your current challenges! Josie has the rest of the unclaimed music right now (there isn't much), and she may contact you, or just send it to you... 

You are all awesome!



20 March 2020

Rehearsal still canceled

Hello all ye awesome people! 

I hope if you get bored you're working on your music! We are hopeful that we'll play it eventually.

If things settle down in time, we'd like to explore putting together a summer workshop where we meet intensively for a week or less intensively for two weeks and put on the same concert we were planning for April.

This is just in its embryonic stage and will depend on lots of variables! 

If we decide to go forward with exploring this, we will send out a detailed survey to figure out what dates might work etc.

In the meantime, I think you are awesome! Reach out safely to one another, and be supportive of all those around you! 

Musically yours,

Julie and Mr Dunn, Andrew, and Heather


13 March 2020

Going Forward - Rehearsal Canceled for Tomorrow

The symphony board met last night and a very difficult decision was made. We will be suspending rehearsal this weekend, and will continue forward on a week-by-week basis. Please continue to read my very exciting emails to keep up with this "rapidly changing situation". 

The All-Star Concert that several of our students are involved in has been canceled for next week (but not their mentoring sessions this week), along with everything taking place at Abravanel Hall at least through March 28. I'm sure you've also heard about universities, the NBA, March Madness, and Disney shutting down. (All I can say is it's surreal. We are not afraid; we are just doing our part to contain the virus.)

Concert Date - also a changing situation
Likewise, the Box Elder High School Auditorium has been closed to any event involving the public, until further notice. Our April 23rd concert is included in that category, and when they decide to open the auditorium again, we may be facing a change of date! Please be aware of this and we will do our best to make sure this final concert happens, if at all possible!

Come Get Your Music
In the meantime, if you missed rehearsal last week and didn't get your new music, let's arrange to get it to you! You are welcome to pick it up, or I can even mail it to you -- good old snail mail! I will work through contacting each individual and making arrangements, but it would be even better if you reach out to me first. Let's at least act like this is going to happen and we're going to be able to put on our final concert. 

Our pieces are still the same, Conus concerto, Star Wars Through the Years (talk about some wicked rhythms!), Salute to Broadway (this will now be the combined piece with Chamber), and Lord of the Dance. If you are disappointed that there is not enough "classical" music in this program, think again. We are up for a challenge, especially with the rapidly changing situation. 

Going Forward
Thank you all for your patience and especially for your awesomeness! Also, let us know if you do get sick and if you have the virus. That could also affect how soon we meet again.

Have a lovely weekend! And practice that music ... if you have it!

Julie, Mr Dunn, the board


06 March 2020

This Saturday will be different, but the same

Greetings, all ye earthlings! :)

Here are several reasons this Saturday will be different:

We are handing out new music (see below), and collecting old music (Mars, Jupiter, Narnia, anything else you still haven't turned in from your folders). Bring your folders! If you ended up with extra music after Abravanel Hall and the craziness, bring that too! A couple people had missing music after the chaos.

There will be no sectionals. We are reading new music and getting a feel for what we are planning to learn for our April 23rd concert.

We will discuss our performance at Abravanel Hall.

There will be some seating changes, especially in the strings. It's time to mix things up a bit! Look for your card to be in a different place!

We will listen to clips from the music we will be playing. For a sneak preview, here's what we're handing out:

Conus Violin Concerto - Natalie Nef's piece (This will have a large cut in it - like 300 measures - so we're not playing the whole thing)

Salute to Broadway - for the old people in the audience! Your grandparents will love it!

Star Wars Through the Years - An official recording of this is not yet available, although there's one online called the Star Wars Saga with the same sequence of music, albeit for band. So we might have to wait until tomorrow to hear it for real! 

Lord of the Dance Hardiman arr Moore (to combine with Chamber) This recording has weird beeps in it because it's a sample, and then fades out half way through. Ugh. Here is a short clip of the end of Lord of the Dance when we performed it in 2014.  There are other (likely illegal) videos of it on Youtube as well.

Here are the reasons this Saturday will just be business as usual:

Doors open at 8 am, lock again at 11:30. Come help with setup! And please don't prop the door open unless you're going to unprop it too!

Rehearsal runs from 8:30 to 11:00. 

Thanks again for all the people who made our performance at Abravanel Hall come together! We are proud of you!


01 March 2020

Last Minute Details for Abravanel Hall

If you need to read over the info again (which you should all do tonight!) here is the page with all the info. Below, I've tried to answer all the questions people have asked me separately.

Wear your concert black all day. Just wear it. I know. I hear ya. Wear it anyway. 

If you bring food, make it all disposable, and only bring water to drink. NO eating in the auditorium!

Call time
Arrival deadline for those not coming to the full session is at least 15 minutes  BEFORE we go to the green room (that's after you find parking!). Our green room time is 3 pm, and our performance time is 3:30 pm. Our students who perform in Ogden Youth will walk around the back of the stage and re-enter the stage for the Ogden Youth performance at 4:00. If we finish our pictures before they are finished performing, be sure to only walk in between numbers, and sit quietly while they finish. Don't try to pack up your instrument until after their performance is over!

Cellos on the bus
On the bus, we have enough room on the bus that we will not be taking a separate van with cellos. Each person bringing a cello will have a seat for the cello on the bus. We are also working out hauling two basses in a van for the two people bringing basses and riding the bus. Small instruments can also go on the bus, and large brass instruments can go in the storage under the bus.

Bus Stops & The Wonderful Mom on the Bus
Please be at your bus location (if you're riding the bus) early. Ms Jenn Dabb (Tanner the horn player's mom) will be riding the bus and checking people off as they get on. If you are curious about where the bus is (It's hard to tell what time it's going to be places), here is her number - 435.730.1876.

Re=Read the Info!
See you all down there! Be sure to re-read the info for tomorrow (yes, I'm making you re-read it and here's the link to the PDF if you don't want the link to the webpage which is above) so that you know where we are sitting and where our large instruments go and where our cases go. The requirements are from the fire marshall. It makes no difference to me if other groups follow the rules, but we will follow the rules. Fill the rows, like walk all the way to the middle and the end of the row, and put your cases in front of you.

If you do not receive texts from me through remind, you'll want to sign up tonight since tomorrow the only way I will have to contact all of you at once is through that. It comes as a text from a funny phone number - 605-370-5906. I've sent out a couple dozen this year, and if you haven't received any, text "@nuys" (without the quotation marks) to 81010. Then you will receive messages if I need to send them ( for instance, last year our seating rows changed at the last moment... I sent a remind for that)

Spectators are welcome at Abravanel Hall! There are designated rows for them on the info sheet (linked at the top of this email). There is NO CHARGE. Admission is FREE. You can just attend our time slot, but you should plan to be early since sometimes the festival runs early. 

See you all tomorrow! Read the info!

And travel safely!



27 February 2020

This Saturday's Rehearsal + Abravanel Hall Notes


This Saturday's rehearsal will not include sectionals. We will begin the day with the Narnia and Mr Dunn will let you know the order from there. He will likely work on things and then come back to them.

I still have a few people who have not let me know what their plans are for Monday. I hope to have everything work out well! If you're still in deciding mode, just realize that even if you come for just the performance, you are important to us! I'll likely still be bugging a few people on Saturday. 

Monday's schedule is still as it was last week. That is, we go to the Green Room at 3, perform at 3:30, and the Ogden Youth Symphony performs at 4. Sorry to Ogden Youth players! I tried. 

If you need to see the info again, here is the PDF. Couple of things to note: Bring a lunch. Brown bag style. For drinks, only WATER. 

Thank you all so much for being awesome! 



21 February 2020

Two More Things - Parking at Logan High, and a Question re: Abravanel Hall

1. Logan High has another activity (a regional basketball game) that starts at 5 pm tomorrow. They are asking us and our guests to park WEST of the school in the WEST parking lot. Please pass this info on to your guests coming to the concert. West Parking lot, only in marked parking spaces.

2. Q... Do I need to fill out the permission form? 
    A... I need a 100% response rate for Abravanel Hall. If I do not receive a permission slip either online or paper from you by tomorrow, I will be contacting each person individually to find out his or her plans. I need everyone accounted for. The slip not only tells me whether or not your are participating, it tells me what your transportation plans are. Refer to previous email for all the relevant links, or refer to the website. All emails post to the blog, which is the front page.