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:

21 March 2019

We Need Your Help!

A Note from our Board Chairman... Please Read!


Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society

P.O. Box 236, Brigham City, UT 84302


     Board Members:

Doris D'Asto, Chairman, Grant Manager

____________, Executive Director

Cathy Prows, Bookkeeper

Naomi Miles, Fundraising: Smith's/Kent's cards

Josie Anderson, Secretary, Music Librarian

Julie Gardner, NUYS Managing Director/Representative

Jenny Murrow, NUYCO Managing Director/Representative

April Jones, Accountant Consultant

Jared Luther, board member (parent volunteer)


Dear Parents and Members,

   Thank you for all the effort you have made to be a vital part of this organization. It's been a fun and exciting year so far; now we're on the home stretch with only the March 23rd Chamber recital in the Brigham City Tabernacle and our final concert of the year at Box Elder High School on Friday, April 26th.

  Every orchestra season is unique; we work with new music, new possibilities, and new members integrating with those who have been loyal for many years, all creating a dynamic that is distinctive and enjoyable.  With 34 schools and many different backgrounds represented this year, there are new and lasting experiences and friendships forming that will enrich all of our lives. Truly.

  We are seeing a disturbing trend of rising costs in several areas this year, mainly in the renting of performance venues in the area high schools.  Every summer, Julie searches for the best dates available for our performances and the projected costs entailed. We may not know the actual costs for using each auditorium, band/orchestra rooms, tech staff, common area when needed, and custodial support until after the performance. The costs vary with each school, but one fact is certain: local School Boards are raising fees, and we are prohibited from asking for donations at the concerts due to contractual terms for non-profits.  

  Our recent concert at Logan High was wonderful. We love performing at Logan High and hate the possibility that we might have to leave it.  However, our fee of $200 last year went up initially to $377 this year, and, due to a misunderstanding of what we needed, it increased to $735 just before the concert.  In the end, we paid a negotiated fee of $619.75. The bus rental to Abravanel Hall, originally $541, increased to $628 due to the extended afternoon session and the longer-than-expected commute home.  We know the upcoming concert at Box Elder High will be around $700.

 Our Bookkeeper has created a mid-year financial assessment to determine our revenue status for the remainder of the fiscal year. We have learned we are on a trajectory to end the year up to $1500 short. We have always ended our fiscal year with a small surplus, which is then used for the start-up of the next season. There will be no money for extras this year. We are just hoping to come out with enough to start the next season!

  The Board has agreed that we stop all further discretionary spending and ask for increased support coming into April's concert. This can be accomplished in several ways:

  • Help us find additional business sponsors. Approximately 1/3 of our membership lives in Cache Valley; 1/3 lives in Weber County; and 1/3 lives in Box Elder County. Of the businesses who faithfully sponsor our concerts year-after-year, most are strongly invested in Box Elder County. Our organization could really benefit from more support from Cache and Weber counties OR from supportive donors within our membership's families.

  • Donate personally. It's tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated! $30-$50 from 30-50 families could help us significantly.  Mail checks to LBSS, PO Box 236, Brigham City UT 84302, or just bring it on a Saturday morning.

  • Alternatively, commit to purchase $600 worth of grocery cards in the next 4 months so we can keep the percentage donation. This would give our organization $25 to $30 for each participant.

  Thank you for all your driving, practicing, love of music, and recruiting of new members! We are looking forward to the upcoming performance on April 26th, featuring an "Americana" theme by both orchestras, with the 1812 Overture offered once again in an encore performance.

Doris D'Asto

Chairman, Board of Directors

(435) 730-5417

❖Northern Utah Youth Symphony ❖ Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra ❖

❖Northern Utah Community Symphony❖


16 March 2019

Messiah List

This is the official list of pieces to prepare for Messiah. 
Giant Rehearsal: March 30 after regular rehearsal. 
Montpelier Rehearsal: April 13 afternoon/evening
Montpelier Performance: April 14
Overnight host families available.

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

Tips for practice: 3 and 4 are in the Key of E (4 sharps). Number 18 is just generally hard, and so is number 53. :)


07 March 2019

Quick Announcements and a link to the recording


1. As far as I know, we still haven't found Eliziabeth's folder. It was left momentarily under her chair on stage after the Logan High Concert and when she went back to retrieve it, it was gone. Anyone with info, perhaps people helping strike the stage, please come forward and help solve this mystery! Also, please look in the folder you have and be sure it's yours.

2. To those of you who might be wondering, yes, there is rehearsal this Saturday, 8:30 to 11:00 am! We will have new music ready for you to sightread! 

3. We will also have Messiah music available this Saturday to check out. It would be really cool if a few more people could sign up, especially strings. Right now we have 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, no oboes, 1 Horn, no trombone, 4 violins, no violas, 3 cellos, no basses. Commitment only includes March 30th for one long rehearsal, the rehearsal in Montpelier, Idaho, on April 13 and the performance in Montpelier on April 14. Host families will be arranged for participants to spend the night. Let us know if you're interested! Carpooling available!

4. You did a great job Monday! I was proud to be your Managing Director at the meeting afterwards when we had so many compliments! You are all awesome! Thanks to everyone who came for the performance, and schlepped their kids or themselves to Salt Lake that day. Thanks to the Utah Symphony for hosting the event, and thanks to Sharon Cook for keeping track of the bus riders, and thanks to Jenn Dabb for hauling cellos! You are all fabulous! Everyone's hours that day count as Volunteer Hours! Can you fill out the google form and report your volunteer hours? Thank you!

5. Here is the Abravanel Hall Recording as received from Richard Marsden. It is for archival purposes. This means you may download it and keep it, but you may not distribute it, especially the Movie Spectacular which is under copyright. Both pieces are on the same track. There are two files. One is MP3 format which is about 54 MB which is, for most, easily downloadable. The other is a lossless file, in WAV format, which is about 240 MB, but of course, the quality is better, especially if you want to play it on a larger sound system.

Have a great day! See you Saturday!


04 March 2019

A Few Reminders


Here are a few reminders or details you may have missed:

1. Wear your formal concert attire, like for our performance last week at Logan High. 

2. There will be a vehicle following the bus both directions to haul cellos. It is a white 4 Runner and all cellos should go in this vehicle. There will not be room on the bus. Do NOT put your cello in the storage under the bus. Thank you to Jenn Dabb, Tanner Chipman's mom, for this!

3. Large brass instruments (tubas) will fit under the bus in the built-in storage.

4. The bus will leave as soon as it's loaded in Perry at the Walmart. It will not wait until 10:45 unless it's still waiting for people to arrive! So arrive on time!

5. Sharon Cook will be the parent on the bus. Her number is 435-760-2645. If you are wondering where the bus is, hers is the number to call. If you call me I will tell you to call her. I will not be on the bus because i have meetings and other responsibilities.

6. If you hear a piece today that you want to play, write it down and let us know! :) Remember to be a great audience! Unless we are performing or applauding, we provide the silence!

7. Do not leave anything at Abravanel Hall! Do not take anything to the Green Room that you will not need on stage! Do not leave anything in the Green Room! Look around your area as you leave for the day and be sure you have everything you came with!

8. You are responsible to bring your folder home! We are NOT collecting music today. 

9. Have FUN! We are so fortunate to have a great program to perform! Be proud of your accomplishment! You are all awesome!

See you soon! 


25 February 2019

Well Done, NUYS!

A Note For All Of You:


What a wonderful performance! 

I was so proud of all three pieces. The quality and interpretation of the flute concerto was beautiful. You responded well to Dr Blanchard's baton in the Movie Spectacular - the audience loved the familiar music. 

And I'm incredibly proud of each and every one of you for stepping up to the task to create one of the biggest performances we've ever done. It takes each individual learning their own parts so we can bring together a gigantic number like that! Every phrase and section of the 1812 right up to the last cannon shot and last ringing of the chimes of the church bells were so well done! 

We had such an extended standing ovation that I walked off the stage and came back for a bow 3 times. The standing ovation spoke for itself. Every one of you should be proud of what you did with that music! 

We will have a practice this Saturday and then we get to perform the Movie Spectacular and the 1812 Overture again at Abravanel Hall. And keep practicing it up, because we will be doing the 1812 Overture as an encore performance at Box Elder High School on April 26th. 

Thank you again for all your work, and all your practice, and your heart and soul on stage the other night. It was simply thrilling!

Mr Dunn


Jed Connell, Bailey's grandpa, has shared these pictures from the concert with us with this note: 
Please feel free to share these with everyone that wishes a copy.
They are yours from me without cost or obligation.
I hope you and the Orchestra enjoy them. I am glad to be of assistance.
Jed Connell  

Thank you so much, Mr Connell!

If anyone else has photos they'd like to share, I'd be happy to facilitate that!
See you Saturday! Keep sending me your plans for Abravanel Hall!