17 October 2019

Rehearsal No. 6, Important Retreat Announcements & Schedule

Here is the schedule for this Saturday's rehearsal. I know it's everyone's fall break, but if you are in town, please remember to come to rehearsal! And if you are not coming, please fill out the Attendance form.

8:30 to 9:15 Sectionals (Plan on strings all together unless we dismiss you)
9:15 to 9:20 Short Break
9:20 Mendelssohn
9:55 Tintinabulations quick run through
10:00 Narnia
10:30 to 11:00 Stamitz with Ashley

Messiah 11:15 to 12:30 in the library, focussing on choruses, winds and brass coming at noon (we need to extend time since we have retreat next week - bring a snack if you need one).

Retreat - Including rehearsal no. 7, 8, and 9.

Confirm participation, and make any cabin mate requests. Here is the link.

A couple more chaperones needed - please let me know if you can help out

Permission/Medical forms - Josie contacted you if we are missing your forms

Payment/Tuition forms - Josie contacted you if we are missing that as well

Retreat Schedule 2019

This will be our tenth annual retreat. Not only do we have fun, we get to know each other, experience a top-quality musical experience, and have three full rehearsals for our upcoming concert. If you cannot stay the night, please be sure to attend as much of the retreat as possible on Friday evening, Saturday morning and/or afternoon. We can let you know what the cost is for the meals you eat if you are unable to stay overnight. We are assuming you are going unless you tell us otherwise.

Approximate Schedule
Friday October 25
4:30pm     Adults, any youth helpers & equipment arrive & set up
5:00pm     Youth arrive, set up sleeping quarters, meet in the lodge
6:00pm      Dinner
6:30pm      Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
8:30pm      Introductions, Play whack-em (you'll probably like it) & other games.   
10:00pm    Bedtime
10:30pm    Lights out

Saturday October 26
7:30am     Rise & Shine, pack up, roll up sleeping bags, etc.
8:00am     Breakfast. Create skit groups.
8:30am     **Outdoor pictures with instruments wearing t-shirts (no bows)
9:00am      Orchestra Rehearsal
11:00am     Prepare Skits
11:30pm     Skit Performances
12:30pm     Lunch
1:00pm       Clean cabins; bring luggage to lodge or out to porches (weather permitting)
1:30pm       Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
4:00pm       Snack & debrief
4:30pm       Final cleaning (lodge & bathrooms)
5:00pm       Youth picked up, head home before dark (Sunset is 6:30pm)

** This may be adjusted according to availability of photographer.

Families are responsible for transportation and are encouraged to arrange carpooling.

Contact Information
Julie Gardner's cell phone (435.740.4335) will be on and has service at the camp!
Doris D'Asto's phone (435.730.5417) will also be on.
You may also contact the Camp UTABA office (
801.745.3570) in an emergency. 
Extra Notes:
*Be sure to bring a sturdy music stand with your name on it. As not everyone has a sturdy stand, if you have more than one STURDY music stand, bring those too.
*If you have a battery powered LED book light, stand light, or reading light, you may find it useful during rehearsal.
*Saturday Snacks: Head for the Volunteer spreadsheet and sign up to bring sliced apples, chips & dip, veggies, or cookies/brownies.

Other Details:

WHERE: Camp UTABA, a year-round heated camp facility in Ogden Valley, dedicated to offering affordable lodging for religious, educational, and family gatherings in a safe and beautiful environment.
It is 5 miles north of the top of North Ogden Divide.

Please go to Camp UTABA's website for further information:
7005 North Fork Rd
Eden, UT 84310-9679
(801) 745-3570

WHEN:         Arrive Friday, October 25, 5:00pm;
         Depart Saturday, October 26, 5:00 pm.

COST:          $55.00, everything included, to be paid in addition to your membership fee

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:  Camp UTABA has heated cabins with 8-14 bunks each.  There will be 2 adult chaperones in some cabins, and some cabins will be filled with youth with adult chaperones checking on them.

RESTROOMS & SHOWERS: There is a restroom facility in the main lodge, as well as restrooms and showers in a separate building with lovely hot water.

A Sturdy Music Stand with your name on it!
Cushion (optional – for hard cold chair)
Sleeping bag
Change of clothes
Personal care items
Towel, Soap & Shampoo
Extra Blanket

Electronic entertainment
Any prohibited substance


10 October 2019

Rehearsal No. 5, this Saturday


Here is today's regular email regarding this week's rehearsal.

Rehearsal time is back to normal: 8:30 to 11:00, then Messiah to noon (let us know if you want to). Be sure to do a few jumping jacks before rehearsal so we're all awake. 

How do we take something that we can play slow, and play it fast enough? This is our new normal question!

The solution is to do individual practice at home, so that you have the tools in your toolbox to have a fighting chance of playing it fast enough for the concert. We will talk more about this at rehearsal on Saturday. In the meantime, spend some concentrated time and practice smart, with a goal in mind. 

Rehearsal this week will look like this:
8:30 to 9:30 - Sectionals 
Brass - Regular Spot (left hall, to the right)
Woodwinds - Regular Spot (right hall, to the left), with our guest clinician Cindy Child
1st Violins - in library (chamber is at their retreat this weekend)
2nd Violins - on stage. Join 1st Violins in Library at 9:10
Violas - Entrance hall
Cellos - in the gym
Basses - in the nook by the art class
9:30 - break
9:35 - full orchestra
Narnia - Approximately 30 minutes
Tintinabulations - Research the different styles in the piece
Tools for practice (short discussion)
Mendelssohn - Remainder of the time

Style, dynamics, is there a soloist playing right now? Add these to your toolbox as you practice the Stamitz at home. We will work on it again next week, and on the Friday of the retreat.

See you Saturday!

Julie and Mr Dunn


09 October 2019

Invitation to participate in Messiah

This is the last of my three emails today. 

This message is from Doris D'Asto, the chairman of the board, and this year's organizer of the our Brigham City Messiah Sing-in. Mr Dunn did mention last Saturday that our five rehearsals for Messiah would begin this coming Saturday, and that they would end by noon, beginning just after regular rehearsal.

Here is the information from Doris:


  We are now organizing for this year's presentation of Messiah on Friday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.  Would you please let me know if you will be able to perform with us and, after reviewing the schedule, if you can make most of the rehearsals?

   Here are the details for this year:

  • We have confirmed the following dates for the Tabernacle: Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, December 5th, 2019; performance on Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m.
  • We have confirmation from all four vocalists who will be performing with us this year as well as our star trumpet player, James.
  • Conrad Dunn will once again conduct our Messiah orchestra.  He asks for musicians to try and attend every rehearsal.  There are only 5 Saturday rehearsals scheduled.
  • Rehearsals will be like last year: right after the Youth Symphony and Chamber orchestras end at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning in Perry.
  • Josie Anderson, our Music Librarian/Managing Assistant, will be signing out music this Saturday for those who need to borrow it.
  • Please note that there are Saturdays we absolutely cannot rehearse due to Symphony Retreat, Symphony/Chamber November concert, and Thanksgiving Break.  
  • Last year we had a desperate situation with few 1st violinists, even at the Dress Rehearsal.  Please help us have good attendance and an excellent, inspiring presentation of Messiah."

2019 Messiah Sing-in Rehearsal Dates

October Rehearsals:

Saturday, October 12 – Strings           

Saturday, October 19 – Full Chamber Orchestra         

Saturday, October 26 - NO REHEARSAL   (Youth Symphony Retreat)


November Rehearsals:

Saturday, November 2 –  Full Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 9 –  Full Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 16 – NO REHEARSAL     (Northern Utah Youth Symphony/Chamber Concert)

Saturday, November 23 - Full Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 30 - Thanksgiving Break



Thursday, December 5 – Dress Rehearsal, time TBA

Friday, December 6 - Performance, 7 p.m.



Doris D'Asto


435 730-5417


Sponsorship Drive


This is the second of three emails I will be sending today (although the first will not be posted on the blog). I chose to split them up so they would each get the attention they deserve. It is not usually like this!

I have had a few requests for a letter of solicitation for our sponsorship drive.

Here is the letter. It includes the sponsorship page from last year's program so you can show them an example. In addition to the program, sponsors are also listed on press releases and social media events. 

Thank you so much for your help with this! These yearly sponsors are incredibly important and we feel deep gratitude to them each year as about half of from last year have supported us on a yearly basis. 

So, spread the word! Let's get all our sponsors in all 3 programs this year!



03 October 2019

Rehearsal No. 4, and Volunteer Spreadsheet

Early Rehearsal this week - Doors open at 7:30. You are welcome to come set up with me!

We will start in sectionals right at 8 am - even the strings - and will reconvene at 8:30 for full rehearsal until 10:00.

8:00 to 8:30 Sectionals - everyone to work together in groups from the beginning. (No group string rehearsal at the beginning.)
8:30 Tintinabulations
8:45 Mendelssohn
9:15 or 9:30 Narnia
10:00 Early Dismissal

Reminder to those who haven't ordered shirts yet: Please fill out the form! (and here is the form for Chamber).

And here is the long-awaited volunteer collaboration spreadsheet! We need chaperones for the retreat, snacks for the Saturday afternoon break, and so much more! Go have a look at it! Thank you, in advance, for everything! 

Thanks and see you Saturday! Hopefully with less interference from the weather.... But wasn't that cool?

Julie & Mr Dunn


26 September 2019

Plan for Rehearsal No. 3

T-Shirt Order Forms
Here is the link to submit your size and color preference for this year's t-shirts. We need every musician to fill this out - everyone gets a shirt - and you can fill it out multiple times for additional orders. (If you have a sibling in Chamber Orchestra, they have a different form. Here is the chamber orchestra link.)

Rehearsal Plan for Saturday
Mr Dunn is pleased with last week's rehearsal and hopes that you've all been practicing.  

From my experience playing in an orchestra, even if I can't get everything right at home, I find it all works out better at rehearsal if I've practiced.

This week, we will structure our time as follows:

8:30 to 9:10 - Sectionals (Yes, this time we will be splitting up the strings)
Woodwinds - down the right hall, to the left
Brass - down the left hall, to the right
Strings - Start in full string sectional, then split. 
1st violins - across from the woodwinds 
2nd violins - in the Kiva on the stage 
Violas - in the entrance hall
Cellos - in the cafeteria/gym
Basses - either with the cellos or in the hallway
As we use these parts of the school, please remember that all classrooms and lockers are off limits! :)
9:15 to 10:30 - full rehearsal
Mendelssohn at first, Narnia to begin at 9:30 or 9:40 with the harp, then Mendelssohn again as time permits. (No Tintinabulations this week, but keep practicing it - we'll do it next time.) 
10:30 to 11:00 - Stamitz with Ashley

See you Saturday! You are all awesome!

Julie & Mr Dunn


19 September 2019

Plan for Rehearsal 2

For our second rehearsal for this first concert, Mr Dunn plans on working on Mendelssohn and Narnia most of the time. He will spend the last 15 minutes (while everyone else quietly puts away stands and chairs) on the Stamitz (2 horns, oboes, strings). 

We will structure our time as follows:

8:30 to 9:30 - Sectionals
Woodwinds - down the right hall, to the left
Brass - down the left hall, to the right
Strings - Start in full string sectional, then split. 
1st violins - across from the woodwinds
2nd violins - in the Kiva on the stage
Violas - in the entrance hall
Cellos - in the cafeteria/gym
Basses - either with the cellos or in the hallway
As we use these parts of the school, please remember that all classrooms and lockers are off limits! :)
9:30 to 10:45 - full rehearsal, with break
10:45 to 11:00 - Stamitz

Thanks, y'all! Remind your parents I look forward to seeing them at the parent orientation or the payment table, or make sure you bring your forms to turn in!

Julie & Mr Dunn


17 September 2019

Parent Meeting

Our Parent Meeting is this Saturday after rehearsal. 

We are changing the format of the requirement this year.  

This will be a New Parent Orientation meeting, an informal Q & A session, and payment processing. You are welcome to attend all or just one segment. If a veteran parent isn't coming, be sure to send the necessary forms and payment with your musician. 

1. The Parent Orientation will be required for all new members. We need you to know who we are and what we are about, how to contact us, etc. It will be a light quick introduction to our program.

2. The Q & A is a chance to have questions answered. Catch us before or after the parent orientation, or submit questions by replying to this email.

3. Cathy Prows is our amazing bookkeeper and she will be processing payments. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card (for an added fee). 

If you did not receive the packet, click here for a digital version.

If you have not noticed our "Typical Season" page on the website, this may answer some of your questions.

We look forward to seeing you all this Saturday!


13 September 2019

Rehearsal Notes


Construction Notes: 
If you are coming from the North, like from Sardine Canyon, you can still turn right on 2700 S (The street with Promontory School).

However, if you are coming from the south, you will want to turn left on 3000 South and go around the "block" to get to the school. (Left on 3000 South, right at the next 2 stop signs, and the school will be on your left). Either that or you'll have to drive past the construction and turn around to get to the school. Good luck! :)

Rehearsal Notes:
For our first rehearsal tomorrow, we will meet all together the whole time. You will come, find your spot, help set up chairs. (Stands with name cards and music will all be set out for you, but the chairs are your job!) So please arrive early.

The order of our repertoire for rehearsal purposes will be:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream
The Karl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto

We will rehearse our pieces in this order because the instrumentation drops off after each one, down to just strings, two horns, and oboes for the concerto. So it will be the agenda for each rehearsal as we prepare for this first concert.

Starting next week, we will split into brass, woodwinds, and strings sectionals for the first hour of rehearsal. 

But tomorrow, we will be all together from 8:30 to 11:00. Don't worry. There will also be a break!

Please be sure to fill out the attendance form if you have attendance issues, including arriving late or leaving early (be sure to put the time in the comments). (link to attendance form is in the signature at the bottom of every email). 

Thanks and see you tomorrow! Do let me know if you have questions.If you're wondering about something, then someone else is likely wondering about it too. :)



31 August 2019

Audition Results

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra!

We are grateful for all who auditioned so far. This is not a final list as we are still receiving other auditions via uploaded video. But if you are on the list, you are accepted into that particular orchestra! If you have questions or concerns, please contact us! We have done our utmost to be thorough, but sometimes we make mistakes. 

Our first rehearsal is September 14th! Plan on it!

If you did not receive the audition packet, here is a link to all you missed.

Again, thank you for your patience!

Julie Gardner, NUYS Manager
Conrad Dunn, NUYS Conductor

Jenny Murrow, NUYCO Manager
Nathan West, NUYCO Conductor

And all those working behind-the-scenes to make this happen!

NUYCO - Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra
This list is in no particular order

Maddison Griffin
Eveline Malmborg
James Craner
Anna Lyman
Tabitha Merrill
Barrett King
Anne Duncan
Brianne Murrow
Rebekah Christensen
Andrea Gibbs
Isaac Sealy
Elizabeth Duncan
Parker B/runer

Sabina Akelbek
Alexia Nielsen
Caleb Christensen
Eden Emerson
Katarina Hill

Corbin Sealy
Garrett Murrow
James Palfreyman
Erika Hankins
Mathieu Pace
Kirk Nielsen

NUYS - Northern Utah Youth Symphony
This year, our concertmaster will be Rebecca Hales! After years as our highly capable principal second violin, she is well prepared to lead our first violin section! Congrats, Rebecca!

Also, this is not a final list! We are waiting for auditions from several other people, including another French Horn, another Harp, and a few more violins. Recruit your friends to bolster to our Trumpet and Trombone sections. And if you know a youth who plays bassoon, make sure that bassoonist knows about us! We hope to play pieces from The Planets this year, and we need a large orchestra!

On this list, the woodwinds and brass are in seating order, but the strings are in no particular order (actually, they're alphabetical). 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out seating! We will follow up with another email in the next week with repertoire and more details.

NUYS List Updated 9/20/2019
Camilla Burnett
Lenore Barlow
Eleanor Wheelwright
Kaitlyn Farr
Libby Tarbert

Eleanor Nelson
Alexis Jensen
Archer Crawford

Ashley Montgomery
Ayanna Briggs
Cambria Farr
Aaron Watkins

Ethan LaDuke​

French Horn
Tanner Chipman
Graeme Carver
Jackson Healy
Joshua Ahlstrom
Fabricio Garcia

Daniel Seeholzer
Jacob Rockwood
Milton Farr

Dawson Pitcher
Christian Watkins

Maddox Lister
Aiden Israelsen
Cameron Shirts

Harp (as needed)
Ambree Burggraaf
Rose Nicholson

First Violin
Rebecca Hales (Concertmaster) 
Kelby Avery
Eliziabeth Black
Jeremy Gerritsen
Jocinda Hales
Meaghan Hankins
Katerina Mayerle
Hannah Meeks
Natalie Navarro
Natalie Nef
Clarissa Palfreyman

Second Violin
Bethany Christensen
Grant Christensen
Anjali Edwards
Stephen Hales
Kendal Jensen
Sarah Jeppson
Olivia Johnsen
Jacob Lund
Thomas Palfreyman
Quin Powell
Jayden Quinn
Sydney Simmons
Cassie Smith

Aleesa Barker
EmmaLee Folsom
Preston Hindman
Carter Johnson
Talmage Kay
Ashley Littlefield
Erik Petersen

Kai Bowen
Ally Bruner
Bailey Connell
Hailee Dubovik
Samantha Howell
Thomas Hoyt
Dallin Murrow
Jayme Mylott
Samuel Palfreyman
Hannah Peterson
Abby Quintana
Nicholas Scott
Emma Tracy
Brielle Webb

Emma King
Tyler Morgan
Benjamin Rich
Luja Wilhelmsen