06 June 2019

Membership and Concerto Auditions


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 :)


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:
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.
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!



30 April 2019


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 
Parent Meeting
First Concert - Ogden High
Recital Night
Second Concert - Logan High
Abravanel Hall
Extra Fundraiser
Final Concert - Box Elder High

Have a super day! And thanks again!



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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!


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


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.  

Long Rehearsal, and Treats!

Tomorrow's rehearsal is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30, just like last week, but we also have a treat coming afterwards from the family of our sweet concert master! So, if you can hang around for a few minutes after we finish, you can help us eat those donuts!

Please do everything you can to arrange your schedule to be there! We only have tomorrow's rehearsal before the concert.

The rehearsal will go as follows: 
Dittersdorf ... while...
remaining winds, brass and percussion have sectionals
West Side Story, with saxophones (Still need to cover Alto Sax)
Chariots of Fire
1812 Overture (With the Cannon)
Mission Impossible (at 11 with the Chamber Orchestra)

Also, please help me remember to distribute the rest of the Abravanel Hall pictures (including one to someone named Jessica Mysh, whose name I do not recognize).

Thanks, everyone! See you tomorrow!


12 April 2019

Long Rehearsal Tomorrow!

Tomorrow's rehearsal is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30.

Please do everything you can to arrange your schedule to be there! We only have two more Saturdays before the concert.

The rehearsal will go as follows: 
Dittersdorf ... while...
remaining winds and brass have sectionals
percussion meets separately to split up parts and work on rhythms
West Side Story, with saxophones 
Chariots of Fire
1812 Overture
Mission Impossible (at 11 with the Chamber Orchestra)

Thanks, everyone! See you tomorrow!

PS If you're not playing and haven't turned in your folder, please make arrangements to do so asap. 


11 April 2019

Concert Time Change


Just a notification that we have adjusted the time of the concert on April 26th. 

Everything is 1/2 hour later. This has been adjusted on the online calendars, the previous blog post, and on Facebook

The schedule April 26th, 2019, at Box Elder High School, will look like this:
3:30 pm, Set up begins
4:30 to 6:00 pm, Rehearsal for Youth Symphony
5:45 to 7:00 pm, Rehearsal for Chamber, (notice the overlap!)
7:00 pm, Formal Photo for Chamber (wear concert attire to rehearsal)
7:00 pm, Call time for the concert
7:30 pm, Concert begins
8:45 pm (or whenever the concert is over), Formal Photo for Youth Symphony


05 April 2019

Early Rehearsal Time Tomorrow!

Important Reminder: Tomorrow's rehearsal will be from 8 to 10 am. The doors will unlock at 7:30 am and lock again at 10:30 am. Please come help set up and be ready for an efficient, on-track rehearsal!

To all who have gone AWOL, please communicate with me! If you are not coming back, contact me about turning in your music. 

If you are just going to be absent, here is the form to fill out. (This link is also at the bottom of every email, and easily accessible on the website.) Thanks to every person who uses this form regularly! 

Our concert event, which is 3 weeks from TODAY, is up on Facebook! Here is the link.

See y'all tomorrow!


29 March 2019

Quick Announcements


First of all, thank you! Your response to our request for additional financial donations has been heartwarming and very gratefully received. Your commitment to the arts in our communities is amazing! 


If you are not attending rehearsal tomorrow, please fill out the form so we can keep the big holes to a minimum. I know some schools are on tour, and others on spring break, but I can't read your mind... Thanks so much!

Schedule to the end of the year 

March 30, tomorrow 
Regular Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:00 am

April 6, Saturday
Early Rehearsal, 8:00 to 10:00 am

Longer Rehearsals will facilitate practicing Mission Impossible with Chamber:

April 13, Saturday
Longer Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:30 am

April 20, Saturday
Longer Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:30 am

April 26th, Friday, Season Finale Concert, Box Elder High School 
(Revised 4/11/2019)
3:30 pm, Set up begins
4:30 to 6:00 pm, Rehearsal for Youth Symphony
5:45 to 7:00 pm, Rehearsal for Chamber, (notice the overlap!)
7:00 pm, Formal Photo for Chamber (wear concert attire to rehearsal)
7:00 pm, Call time for the concert
7:30 pm, Concert begins
8:45 pm (or whenever the concert is over), Formal Photo for Youth Symphony


Messiah Rehearsal tomorrow. After regular rehearsal, there will a break for you to eat and refresh yourself. Bring a lunch! The rehearsal will run as long as needed to give attention to every piece - probably until 2 or maybe 2:30 pm. The pieces with more players will be first, so those players will be excused sooner. 

Thank you for this loving sacrifice! You are blessing the lives of others in a truly unique way. If you are unable to rehearse tomorrow, we will be sure to catch you in Montpelier on Saturday April 13th. If you are still interested and have not signed up, let us know.

In Montpelier, the performance will be at 6 pm on April 14th, putting all the travelers on the road at about 7 pm. This is a shorter program than our Brigham City program.

Messiah List - Revised
1. Overture
2. Comfort Ye
3. Every Valley
4. And the Glory of the Lord
9. O Thou that Tellest
12. For Unto Us a Child is Born
13. Pastoral Symphony
18. Rejoice!
19. Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened
20. He Shall Feed His Flock
22. Behold the Lamb of God
33. Lift up Your Heads
37. The Lord Gave the Word
44. Hallelujah!
45. I Know that My Redeemer Liveth
46. Since By Man Came Death --- This one has been removed
47. Behold I Tell You a Mystery
48. The Trumpet Shall Sound
53. Worthy is the Lamb
Some have asked for info to attend the Cache Symphony concert tomorrow night. There will be several familiar adults on stage. It is recommended to buy tickets online at this link. Click on Cache Symphony. Here is the info for the concert: