09 January 2008

LYS Saturday Report January 5th 2008

It's another Saturday Report on Wednesday!

This is Julie Gardner, Managing Director, 435.723.8262, LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com or GJulieKay@juno.com. Access past LYS Saturday Reports, fundraising information, calendar, membership, etc., by clicking "weekly rehearsal report" on the Lincoln Youth Symphony website: http://LincolnYouthSymphony.googlepages.com

Remember to email me about attendance. This means a missed rehearsal, or if you will be leaving early or coming late, and please be choosy about what constitutes a "good reason to miss."

For the most part, everyone has been fantastic about letting me know!

Commitment makes this orchestra thrive! Block out Saturdays for the year. Tell people you are already booked.

This is a long one, but be sure to look through the whole thing. Good information... and important, too!

Please add LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com to your safe sender's list. My emails may be coming from that address from now on.

Gala Fundraiser: Friday, February 8th, 2008

Julie's Personal Soapbox: When I played in the Salt Lake Symphony, I participated each year in their "Vienna Ball" which was a phenomenal event at the U Ballroom with BYU Ballroom Dancers and a huge silent auction. It turned into a very long night. All we seemed to hear about for weeks and months ahead of time was "Vienna Ball This" and "Vienna Ball That." It was not until I became involved in a symphonic organization at a deeper level that I realized how such a fundraiser took the stress off the rest of the year. A night when thousands of dollars came into the coffers put a stop to constant worry over how the organization would function over the upcoming year. Supporting ourselves also makes us look better and we will qualify more easily for grant money. This Gala is going to be our Salt Lake Symphony "Vienna Ball" without the walzes and polkas.

Please support us in this endeavor! We are looking for donations for the silent auction and the door prize(s). These can be small or large items, or theme baskets. Tickets will be numbered, and people need not be present to win (so they can buy a ticket to support the effort but they don't have to make it to the dinner.)
Please contact us if you have access to someone who will donate a large item that people will buy tickets for a chance to win it in a drawing!
We will begin selling tickets very soon for this evening of food and entertainment. Expect this to be the major fundraiser for the year; we know we can bring in much more than the measly $300 we made at the car wash last year.

Every musician will be expected to sell tickets, and also help out or participate in some way, either with the entertainment or other work. Prepare for a great opportunity to perform for an audience. This can be solo & ensemble music, or just a great performance opportunity. Gear up for a fun party! We will be teaming up with Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra and Lake Bonneville Community Symphony.

If you have ideas or questions or wish to be involved in a large or small way before we start making assignments , please contact me or board member Tamera Terry office@infovets.com.

Important Scheduling Changes:
We found out that our April 19th concert is the same night as MORP at BEHS. This would be a bad thing, so we changed the date to May 3rd and found out that it is the same night as Senior Cotillion (sorry if I spelled that wrong) at WHS.
SOOOOO.... We now have the BEHS auditorium for May 2nd. It's a Friday.
If there is a REALLY MAJOR problem with this, Please.... Let me know ASAP!
Upcoming dates and changes to remember:
January 19th, NO rehearsal. (That's week after next) Good luck to everyone in Allstate Orchestra! 
February 2nd, NO rehearsal. This is UMEA and every music teacher in the state will be in St. George! This is a change from the original schedule.
February 16th, YES rehearsal. This is in exchange for the week off for UMEA. It's President's Day Weekend, and I'm sorry about that. Life can be tough sometimes! This is also a change from the original schedule.
March 1st, Concert at Box Elder HS Auditorium, tickets at the door: $1 -- children up to 11 and seniors -- $2 -- 12 and up.
March 10th, Abravanel Hall. More Information as I receive it.
******Date Changes are NOT YET REFLECTED on the WEBSITE.*******
Our Last Rehearsal: Saturday, January 5th, 2008
Despite the snow, we had a great turnout. It was a treat to have Clarinetist Cindy Child come work with our clarinet players. Thanks, Cindy!
We checked out Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony (we'll be playing the 3rd movement). You should already have Hungarian Dance, Bacchanale, Beethoven's 5th, and Fugue in g minor in your folders.
Our Concerto Auditions went well with several musicians who had worked extremely hard and put forth an amazing amount of effort. For the March 1 Concert, our soloists will be Jana Gardner playing Mozart's 2nd Flute Concerto, 1st mvt, and Candace Child playing Marcello's Oboe Concerto in d minor. Congratulations, Ladies!
The Winds, Brass and Percussion brought treats, but only two people remembered (Thank you girls)! Next week it's up to the First Violins to get back into the swing of things and show us how it's done!

Our Next Rehearsal: January 12th, 2008
Our rehearsal time will again be 8:00 am for Strings only.
Winds, Brass and Percussion: Please come at 9:00 am
Remember: First Violins for treats. Sustenance. We love healthy refreshments!

Our Program for the Remainder of the Year:
No, we are not playing everything in your folders for the March 1 concert!
Here's the plan:
Concert, March 1st
  • Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony, Scherzo (3rd Movement)
  • Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1
  • Mozart Flute Concerto in D (Not yet in folders)
  • Marcello Oboe Concerto in d (Not yet in folders)
Abravanel Hall Concert, March 10th
  • Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony, Scherzo (3rd Movement)
  • Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1
  • Saint-Saens Bacchanale
Concert, May 2nd
  • Beethoven 5th Symphony, First Movement
  • Bach Fugue in g minor
  • Saint-Saens Bacchanale
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, First Movement (Not yet in folders)
Music Inventory
I'm going to leave this particular story here since we are so proud of it: The Friday before Christmas, Marsha Stokes and I did the bulk of the work moving twelve filing cabinets full of Golden Spike Music into my garage in Perry. 7 of them seem to be full of Orchestra music, and the other 5 seem to have Marching Band music in them. The music looks to be in good shape, and if it's not usable by us and the parts are all there, we may be able to sell it on Ebay or to local schools as a fund raiser.

But the point is: We are now ready for the music inventory. We can't use it if we don't know what's there! We need willing helpers, and if someone has a propane heater, my garage is frigid!

I know I had you pencil in January 19th for an inventory party, but I have found out that will not work for me. Sorry to change plans on you! We may do it on a couple evenings so we are not taking up so much family time on the weekends.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Membership Fees
I will be meeting with the treasurer this week about Membership Fees.  If you have not paid or made arrangements for your membership fee, I will begin contacting each of you on an individual basis soon.
Thanks very much to those who have saved me the trouble by contacting me instead. You are a blessing in my life!
VERY IMPORTANT:  Unallocated Membership Fee: We still have one fee that was paid in September and the last name on the check was Anderson; we are not sure who to credit that payment to . If it was you, or you have an idea of who it might be from, please let me know! Thanks. :)

Grocery Certificates
If you email me back of what you'd like, I can have grocery certificates at the next rehearsal for you. I will only have them at rehearsal if you prearrange for them. Please participate in this program. It is a painless way to raise money for the youth symphony. More information at http://lincolnyouthsymphony.googlepages.com. Click on "Fundraising" on the left sidebar.
Julie Gardner
John Findlay
James Arbizu

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