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

26 August 2019

Papers for the Audition Packet

Here is a link to the folder with all the audition packet papers.

Or, click on each link separately, below:

Thank you for auditioning!

Audition results will be published as soon as possible via email. 
Please be patient! We will do our best to post results by August 31. 
Watch your email!

If the date has passed and you have not received notification, please contact Julie Gardner: info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org or cell 435.740.4335.

Those selected to participate should:
  1. Return September 14th for our first rehearsal; arrive early to help set up and get warmed up for rehearsal (NUYS runs 8:30-11:00 am; NUYCO runs 9:30 to 11:00 am).
  2. Plan to attend the Parent Meeting with your parents (student attendance encouraged but not required). It will be right after rehearsal, Sept 21, 11:15-12:00.
  3. Read Membership Info, Rules & Policies.
  4. Fill out the Acceptance, Release & Payment Form to be collected, with tuition, at the Parent Meeting.
  5. Post the Calendar (subject to change) on the fridge, and subscribe to it on Google Calendar (updated regularly).
  6. Fill out the Retreat Permission Form (even if you are unsure of your participation) to be collected at the Parent Meeting.

Julie Gardner, 435.740.4335


20 August 2019

Audition Reminder and Details

Greetings fellow musicians,

Here is a gentle reminder that if you haven't signed up to audition this Saturday, please do. Our morning is full, our afternoon is not. 

Here is the NUYS Audition Page with all the scale requirements and  orchestra excerpts. Download, print, practice, come prepared!!!

We much prefer for you to audition in person. However, we do offer an option for you to submit a video. If you are sending a video, please fill out the membership form (linked on the NUYS Audition page), and then use our handy-dandy form to submit your video. Click Here for the Video Upload form.

Last Tuesday, we sent posters to every school, so if you are at school and don't see our poster in the band or orchestra room, go ask your teacher if it came in the mail! We will have extra posters at auditions this Saturday for you to take and post in case the posters didn't end up where they were supposed to go.

Please contact me if you have any questions! This is going to be a great year! So excited to get things started!

Have a Musical Day!



17 August 2019

Concerto Audition Results

Congratulations to all who auditioned for concertos this year! 

It is always such an inspiring morning to hear and see how hard everyone has worked over the summer. Music is such a blessing!

Our concerto soloists this year will be:
Natalie Nef, Violin
Rebecca Hales, Violin
Ashley Montgomery, Clarinet

We have not assigned your individual concert, but dates will be assigned in the next few weeks. 

You will be receiving in the mail an after-audition packet (that I meant to hand to each of you today!) and comments from our adjudicators. 

We so appreciate your time and effort! You are all amazing!

Julie Gardner


09 August 2019

The Satisfied Conductor

Just for fun! Especially since it's fun to spoof Mr Dunn!

Come Play With Us! 
Click NUYS Auditions for Youth Symphony.
Click NUYCO Auditions for Chamber Orchestra.

02 August 2019

Audition Times

Concerto Auditions Schedule

When: August 17th, 2019
Where: Box Elder Seminary Building, 355 S 600 W, Brigham City

Here is the schedule:
Time NameInstrumentPieceComposer
8:45Sarah JeppsonViolinViolin ConcertoMax Bruch
9:00Ashley Montgomery ClarinetClarinet Concerto No.3 in B-flat majorCarl Phillip Stamitz
9:15Kristene Murrow ViolinConcerto C major for violinKabalevsky
9:30Alexis JensenOboeConcerto for oboe and stringsCimarosa
9:45Rebecca Hales ViolinBaal ShemErnest Bloch
10:00Jacee Taylor PianoPiano concerto no 3 opus 50Kabalevsky
10:15Natalie NefViolinConcerto in E minor for violinConus

  • Arrive early enough to get warmed up and be comfortably ready for your assigned time.
  • The building will be open at 8 am. I will unlock both the front and side doors.
  • You may use any room with a piano to warm up with your accompanist
  • If you move something, replace it.
  • We will let you know upon arrival which room will be the audition room. (We like to test the pianos before choosing!)
  • Fill out the membership form before August 17th if you haven't already!
  • Concerto auditions exempt you from membership auditions on August 24th.
  • If you are chosen, you are responsible for a short bio and photo to be turned in 2 months before your assigned concert.
  • If there is a particular concert (Nov 16, TBD in Feb, Apr 23) that would be difficult for you to perform at, be sure to let me know ahead of time.
  • We will publish the results of the auditions by the end of the day on Saturday, August 17th, via email.
  • Let me know if you have any questions!



01 August 2019

Auditions Coming Up!

Hello all ye awesome musicians!

Quick reminder that it's time to fill out the membership form, read through the audition requirements, download your orchestral excerpt, and sign up for an audition time! We are just over 3 weeks out! I can't believe summer has gone so quickly!

Chamber auditions are the same day, and The NUYCO audition page is ready too. They also need to sign up for a time since all auditions will be in the same room this year. 

Share this with your friends, and let's create another amazing orchestra!

Have a great evening,


Free Music!

Dear Music Teachers, 

For years, we have stored (in my garage!) a large collection of band and miscellaneous music simply because we did not want to see it destroyed, but we are running out of room for our expanding youth symphony and chamber orchestra library, so it's time to clean house and make a concerted effort to give this music away. 

With that in mind, Josie, my assistant and music librarian, has spent the summer putting together a spreadsheet with all available music, just for you! Please have a look and let us know if there's anything you would like! The only thing we request is that if you claim it, we will send you an address, and you pick it up in a timely manner!

Here's hoping that by doing this, we can give back to the music community that has supported us for so many years! 

Notice the tabs at the bottom. In the left tab you will see everything in one place, and in the many other tabs, Josie has put together separate lists by category. As music is claimed, I will update the spreadsheet with a strike-through on the music no longer available. 

Again, thank you, and I hope that this can be helpful to you in your efforts to support the musical growth of our young people in the region. 

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested!

Julie Gardner, Managing Director Northern Utah Youth Symphony, 435.740.4335
Josie Anderson, Librarian and Assistant to the Manager


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