19 April 2019

Press Release for our upcoming concert...

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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!