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