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. 

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And the Concert is Tomorrow!

Greetings!

Timeline:
Concert Tomorrow, Feb 22, Logan High, 4 pm
One more rehearsal, next week, Feb 29, Promontory School, 8:30 to 11:00
Youth Symphony Festival, the following Monday, Mar 2, Abravanel Hall, 1-4:30 pm

Tomorrow's Schedule:
Morning: Men: If you don't already have a black bow tie, go buy one!
Load in before Noon
Noon - Set up stage
12:15 - call time for rehearsal (we may start early if we're ready!)
12:30 - about 2:15 NUYS Rehearsal onstage - Casual Dress is fine! 
Rehearsal order will be the same as concert order: Lark, Nigun, Mars, Jupiter
3:30 - call time for the concert!
4:00 - concert! Free admission
After Concert: TURN IN RENTAL MUSIC but NOT FOLDERS

Abravanel Hall is a week from Monday:
Your permission slips are DUE BY TOMORROW! If you haven't turned in or filled out the permission slip for Abravanel Hall, you can do it online. You can either print it off from a PDF (see bottom half of page 2) and fill it out, then take a picture, scan it, or turn it in to me tomorrow, OR you can fill out the online version, no printing required. I recommend the latter.

The performance schedule has changed. They have currently moved us to 3:30, with Ogden Youth at 4. I have requested an adjustment since we have overlap, and will let you know if it changes again. But just be aware that the schedule is subject to change!  Here is the link to all the info for the day, with the current/latest schedule change included.

And, lastly, if you have ANY QUESTIONS, please ask! There may be others with the same question!

See you tomorrow!
Julie

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14 February 2020

Abravanel Hall Youth Symphony Festival 2020

The following info plus the excuse letter and permission slip are also available as a PDF.
Both pages will also be printed and handed out tomorrow. 

Abravanel Hall Information Sheet
Monday, March 2, 2020. Our schedule is as follows:
(times are approximate; arrive at your stop comfortably early)
Ø  11:00 a.m. Begin loading bus @ Perry Walmart 1200 South
Commerce Way; Use North East area of the parking lot
Ø  11:10 a.m. Leave Perry Walmart. The bus has to stop at the Port of Entry.
Ø  11:25-11:35 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the Park & Ride, 1850 W & 2700 N, across from Maverik
Ø  11:45-11:55 a.m. Pick up students at Venture High School, 508 N 1500 W, Marriott-Slaterville 84404
Ø  12:05-12:15 p.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5212 Freeway Park Drive, Riverdale 84405
LUNCH: You will need a brown bag lunch; you may carefully eat it on the bus. You might have a chance to eat after arrival in the lobby, depending on timing. No one is to leave to buy food.
Absolutely no drinks except water. No food may be consumed in the auditorium. If you need a snack part way through, bring it with you; it must also be consumed in the lobby, carefully.
Ø  12:35-12:45 p.m. Arrive at Abravanel Hall.
NUYS will sit in rows 3, 5, and 7, with instruments on rows 2, 4, and 6 in front of them. Fill the whole row! Go all the way across. Large instruments in row 30. Spectators rows 26-29.
Ø  12:45 p.m. Place cases in your designated rows and get ready to be an appreciative audience.
Ø  1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Youth Symphony Festival, Afternoon Session.
Performance Order: 1pm Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, 1:30pm Utah Valley Youth Symphony Philharmonic, 2pm Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, 2:30pm  Young Artist Chamber Players, 3pm Davis YouthPhilharmonic, 3:30pm Northern Utah Youth Symphony4pm Ogden Youth Symphony
Ø  3:00 p.m. We go to the Green Room to warm up.  Do not take any cases to the green room – Leave them in the seats in the auditorium. We will pick them up after pictures!
Ø  3:30 p.m. We perform on stage. Time is somewhat approximate. By this time in the afternoon, it's often running early. Spectators should keep that in mind.
Ø  4:00 p.m. Group picture with instruments on the grand staircase will be taken after our performance.
Bring $15 if you want to order an 8x10 photograph.
Make checks payable to Shyan Valentine. Orders will only be taken on-site.
Ø  4:15-4:30 p.m. After the photo, be aware that there is one more group performing and do not disturb their performance, locate your music folder, pack up your instruments and when the program is over, head out to load the bus. If not riding the bus, your ride must leave on time.
Times for the trip north will depend greatly on traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Please keep in touch with your student via mobile phone or an adult chaperone. Julie will NOT be with the bus.
Ø  About 5:30-5:45 p.m. Arrive at Roy Park & Ride
Ø  About 5:45-6:00 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride (with a stop at Venture if needed)
Ø  About 6:00-6:30 p.m. Arrive at Perry Walmart (Last year we arrived 45 minutes late!)
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. If you would like to volunteer to help with transportation, please contact me. Carpooling is also allowed/encouraged. Once everyone's intentions are known (by filling out the form below or the online form) we will ascertain if additional transportation is necessary.  Even if we don't need extra people movers, we might need help hauling percussion and definitely cellos/basses.
v  Please let Julie know a.s.a.p. if you would like to volunteer.
NUYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org, 435.740.4335 mobile
v  Since this is not a school-sponsored activity, musicians' time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. Use the top half of the attached page to ask to be excused!
v  Make your plans for transportation, mark, sign, and return the bottom half the page below by February 22, 2020 (you may also send a scan or photo via email, or fill out the onlineform).

This Saturday, plus several REALLY IMPORTANT announcements

Greetings! 
Please read this whole email. ;)

This Saturday's Schedule
This is our last rehearsal at Promontory School for our concert! Do your VeRy BeSt to attend this rehearsal! 

Mr Dunn asks that you understand that this rehearsal structure is subject to change, as needs arise. 

Also, pretty please, put your phones away during rehearsal!!!!

Full Orchestra to start - First 15-20 minutes on The Planets

Lark Ascending will be next, and those who do not play may go to sectionals, as directed by your section specialists (they may have you separate or together, so just listen for their instructions)

After we work on Lark Ascending, we will go back into The Planets

Nigun will be last, about the last half hour. If you have questions about anything in that nasty handwritten music, please ask. We may be able to help you! Here is a link to Joshua Bell playing the Nigun. Please listen to this over and over until it invades your dreams. Or at least a couple times before tomorrow. 

Concert Next Week

We have posters and pass-along flyers for you to take tomorrow. If you take them, don't leave them in your folder! Use them to invite people to the concert!!!

MUSIC: We will NOT collect folders after the concert (see Abravanel Hall, below), but we WILL COLLECT  all the rental music (Lark and Nigun) after the concert. And we need 100% of it back. There will be a box for it, as well as people standing around in the band room and the backstage area, begging for you to turn in that rental music!!! 

If you have questions about ANYTHING, please ask!

Here is the schedule for Logan High, February 22nd: 
Set Up - Noon - Let's be ready to rehearse early!
NUYS Rehearsal on Stage - 12:30 to 2:15
NUYCO Rehearsal on Stage - 2:30 to 3:30
Concert - 4:00 pm (admission is free)
Ending time - by 5:30 pm
Concert Attire
A reminder that we wear a sort of uniform called "Concert Black" which means a tux equivalent for the guys and black all over for the girls. Black socks for the guys, that are long enough to cover when they sit on stage, and black tights or stockings for the girls. This makes the sight of the orchestra much nicer. Remember that they are looking up at your ankles and knees from the audience! Here is the official concert attire description. Note that chamber's outfit is different than ours. If you need a black bow tie, now is the time to get one! 

Abravanel Hall
We have our schedule for Monday, March 2nd, at Abravanel Hall! We will be playing in the afternoon session which starts at 1 pm and runs until 4:30 pm. Our performance time is LAST. We play at 4:00. Those involved in Ogden Youth Symphony play at 2:30. I will send a separate email with details; however, I wanted you to know so you can rest easy that the day has been planned. 

Our bus will arrive at the Perry Walmart at 11 am, and will stop at Farr West, Venture High, and Riverdale before heading south to Salt Lake. You will be given the opportunity to sign up for the bus (or not) when all the information is published.

07 February 2020

Announcements for Tomorrow's Rehearsal etc

Greetings!

Tomorrow's rehearsal
8:30 Sectionals
Woodwinds and Brass TOGETHER in the woodwind area
Harps in their normal location
Strings all together in the gym
9:00 Lark Ascending
All additional musicians may remain in sectionals
9:30 -- 5 minute break
9:35 The Planets
10:35 (or thereabouts) Bloch (Nigun)

About rehearsal: In order to avoid lengthening our rehearsal time, everybody needs to arrive ready to work hard and stay focused. There will be one 5 minute break (on the schedule above). Other than that, if you need to use the bathroom, please take care of yourself and return quickly. 

Concert Schedule for Logan High, February 22nd.
Set Up - Noon - Let's be ready to rehearse early!
NUYS Rehearsal on Stage - 12:30 to 2:15
NUYCO Rehearsal on Stage - 2:30 to 3:30
Concert - 4:00 pm (admission is free)

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30 January 2020

Announcements for this Saturday, February 1st

Greetings!

Just checking in from Pittsburgh! I'll be home tomorrow night in plenty of time for rehearsal!

This Saturday's rehearsal schedule:
8:30 Sectionals
Strings all together, woodwinds, brass and harps in their regular places
9:00 Lark Ascending
If you don't play in this piece you may stay in your sectionals
9:30 to about 10:45 Planets
About 10:45 to 11 Narnia

Thanks for everything!

Julie

23 January 2020

Announcements for Saturday, 25 January

Greetings!

Remember, we are in partnership together for a smooth running rehearsal. Please fill out the attendance form as needed, from now until the end of the year, even if I don't remind you each week.

We have 4 rehearsals before the day of the concert. 

This week's rehearsal schedule:

8:30 am Sectionals
Lark Ascending Woodwinds + 2 French Horns - in the woodwind area, 8:30 to 9:15. They will join the strings at 9:15 for a 15 minute Lark Ascending rehearsal. (If you are a woodwind and don't play in Lark Ascending, you can arrive at 9:30.)

Brass - All the rest who aren't with the ww - Where you normally go, until 9:35.

Strings - all together. No separate sectionals.

Harps - in your sectional room so you can work together.

9:15 am - Lark Ascending for 20 minutes.

9:35 am - Planets 

10:30 am - Nigun - Rebecca will be out of town next week, so this needs to be a good one! Mr Dunn met with her this week and we expect this to be a very productive rehearsal.

11:00 am - head home and have a great weekend!

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the readers of this email. Everything runs more smoothly when we're all on the same page.

16 January 2020

Saturday's Rehearsal Schedule - January 18th

Greetings!

Attendance Form
This week, I was planning to put in a plug for using the attendance form, and then I sent out the little email a couple hours ago asking for just that, and got half a dozen immediate responses! Thanks! 

I just want you to know how much it helps me when I'm setting up the orchestra to have that spreadsheet that shows me who's not coming! Thank you to all who use it to let me know when you will be gone. There is a link in the signature to every email I send out, as well as a link on the tabs (or menu, on a phone) on the website. 

If you know you will be missing rehearsals anytime between now and the end of the year, you can fill it out for future dates. That also helps when we are planning ahead for sectionals or special guests (which happens once in a while)! 

We are proud of having people from our orchestra participate in All-State, and other things, but we need you in partnership - by filling out the attendance form - to make sure rehearsals run smoothly, as planned, and there are no surprises with key people missing or sections decimated!

Music Stand Conundrum
If possible, for sectionals, please use the music stands set up for you in the gym. When you grab stands from the cart in the hall, the chamber orchestra ends up not having enough when they set up. You should see the wild look of panic in their eyes when there are no more stands! ;)

Rehearsal Schedule for this Saturday, January 18th
Sectionals - starting at 8:30
Strings, separate sectionals at 8:30 for about 20-25 minutes or until Mr Dunn comes to get you, then full string group in the gym - you know where to go. Firsts on stage, Seconds across from the ww, violas in the hall, cellos in the gym, basses by the art room.

Harps - in the room where you practiced before, until 9:45

WW and Brass - Sectionals until 9:15, then all Lark Ascending people to the full orchestra. WW and Brass who do not play in Lark Ascending may continue sectional until 9:45 (or whatever your section specialist chooses for you). 

WELCOME and THANK YOU to Mrs Erickson who will be filling in for Andrew Watkins this Saturday! She plays French Horn and teaches at BRHS.

Full Lark Ascending Orchestra - 9:15 to 9:45

Planets - 9:45 to about 10:30

Nigun from Baal Shem - About 10:30 until 11:00

Thanks, everyone! Let's put this thing together! We have a lot to do. Stay focused. Leave your phones alone! 5 rehearsals and a dress left before the concert!

The concert will be February 22nd at Logan High School. Here is the schedule. (There will not be any morning rehearsal that day.)
Set Up - Noon - Let's be ready to rehearse early!
NUYS Rehearsal on Stage - 12:30 to 2:15
NUYCO Rehearsal on Stage - 2:30 to 3:30
Concert - 4:00 pm (admission is free)
I'll bring Narnia this Saturday if I can remember! Haha ~ Sorry about forgetting last week!

Julie

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This Saturday - Will you be gone?

As we work on the schedule for this Saturday's  rehearsal, we really need to know how many key players (that means all of you!) will NOT be there!

The Attendance Form is the best way to let me know, but it's also fine if you reply to this email, or reply to the remind I just sent out. 

Main potential conflict: All State!

Thanks!

Julie

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11 January 2020

Recital

We're going ahead with the recital tonight. Due to the weather, please plan extra travel time. We will go ahead with it, with whoever can make it. Stay safe!

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