20 January 2022

This weeks NYUS announcements

Hello NYUS!

Here are your weekly announcements and updates:

Saturday's Rehearsal: 
8:00 - Doors Unlock
8:30 - Sectionals (same spots as last week)
9:30 - Combined Rehearsal
Unfinished Symphony
Variations on a Shaker Melody
Ancient Dances and Airs
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 with Tanner 
11:00 - Clean up
11:30 - Doors Locked

Concert - Our concert is scheduled for Feb. 12th, @ Logan High School (162 W 100 S, Logan).  Right now that leaves only three rehearsals left!!  Hoping to schedule another evening dress rehearsal like we did for our first concert, but I'm waiting to hear back from Promontory.   

Here is the schedule for Feb. 12th:

No Rehearsal in the morning!
4:00 pm - Setup - If you can come this early, we'll appreciate your help.
5:00 - 5:30 pm - NUYS Sound Check on stage (30 minutes can go quick! So please be in your chair and ready to tune by 5:10)
5:45 - 6:30 pm - NUYCO Sound Check on stage
7:00 pm Concert! Invite friends!

Recital Night - We were unable to find a free location to host our recital night this year, so we are going to have to postpone. 

Youth Symphony Festival - Thank you to everyone who responded to last week's email. Unfortunately, after I had sent it out we received news that they had raised the price of the entrance fee.  Also, the cost of transportation (bus) has increased dramatically.  Because our group is smaller this year, we simply don't have the funds we normally have to cover these expenses.  For this reason we will have to wait till next year to participate.  

Bring a Friend -  You are our greatest recruiting tool! Don't be afraid to invite your friends to come sit in on a rehearsal and experience what it's like to play in a symphony. You could even offer to give them a wake up call and/or a ride.  Just give me a heads up so I have a chair for them. 

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week, and I'll see you on Saturday!

Jayme McKenna | NUYS Managing Director

14 January 2022

Fwd: Rehearsal and Other Exciting News!!

Hello NUYS Family!

There is going to be a lot of important but exciting information in this message so please read through it all.  

Tomorrow's Rehearsal: Same as last week - 
8:00 - Doors Unlock
8:30 - Sectionals (same spots as last week)
9:30 - Combined Rehearsal
Ancient Dances and Airs
Unfinished Symphony
Variations on a Shaker Melody
(Excuse all winds and brass EXCEPT horns and oboes)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 with Tanner Chipman
11:00 - Clean up
11:30 - Doors Locked

Recital Night -
Unfortunately we will be unable to use the tabernacle for our recital night. We are working hard to try to find another venue, but we will have to postpone it for now.  I will let you know when we are able to secure a new location.  We hope to have something arranged for March.  

Concert - 
Our next concert is February 12th @ Logan High.  That only leaves us with 5 rehearsals left!!!!  I will send out more details about the schedule for that day, but it will be similar to our first concert with the performance starting at 7 pm. 

Youth Orchestra Festival -
Now for some exciting news!  We got word that there are tentative plans in motion for the Youth Orchestra Festival at Abravanel Hall to resume this year.  They have scheduled the event for February 28th.  Because this is hosted by the Utah Symphony we are required to follow their COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures. This means that everyone who enters the facility will have to show proof of vaccination or a recent (within 72-hours), negative COVID-19 test. Additionally,  all performers must wear a mask at all times. Winds and Brass may remove their masks only to play but must wear them during long tacets (rests). This has been the policy for every youth performer, every visiting guest artist, every person to enter the stage to appear with the Utah Symphony.  We will provide a bus if we are able to participate. 

In addition to the festival, they are also moving forward with the side-by-side concert with the Utah Symphony, which has been scheduled for May 10th.  Participants will be selected from each youth group that participates in the festival to be given the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a member of the Utah Symphony. They are requiring that anyone who participates in the side-by-side MUST have a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, no exceptions. 

We would like to provide the opportunity for our wonderful musicians to participate in the festival,  but we need to make sure we have the personnel to cover all the parts and still have good balance/blend.  Parents, I need each of you to fill out the following form ASAP! The sooner we know, the sooner we can start making preparations.  Please remember, right now we are just seeing who is available.  This is not definite, yet. 

Phew! I think that is all for now.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  

Have a wonderful day!

Jayme McKenna | NUYS Managing Director

Jayme McKenna | NUYS Managing Director

13 January 2022

Rehearsal! - NUYCO

Hello! Normal rehearsal on Saturday. Between today and Saturday, please focus your practicing on American Fiddler's Hoedown and Fiddler on the Roof movements 1-3. Thanks! See you at 9:30!

And as always, please fill out the attendance form if you won't make it!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

05 January 2022

Rehearsal! Welcome back! NUYCO

Hello NUYCO! It's been a minute. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. We are so excited to get back into rehearsals!

We will have our normal rehearsal time this Saturday, January 8, 9:30-11:00 AM. One change, however - Maestro will be gone! Haha. So the section specialists are running sectionals for the entire rehearsal instead (with the usual break - your specialist is in charge). Please find your section below and focus your practicing on the spots listed! Come to rehearsal prepared to work hard!

Violin 1
American Fiddler's Hoedown - m. 49-61
Fiddler on the Roof - movement 1, m. 36-59; movement 5, m. 1-24
Saturday Night Waltz - m. 16-33; 44-56

Violin 2
Fiddler on the Roof - Movements 1, 4, and 6
Saturday Night Waltz - sections A-B, D-E, and F-H

American Fiddler Hoedown - measures 21-29; 29-33; 37-40; 42-49; 56-67; 79-85

Saturday Night Waltz - divisi section
Fiddler on the Roof - movements 3, 4, and 5
American Fiddler's Hoedown - Melodies
*** Practice slower to get better intonation. Start with one note at a time. If you'd like, look up a drone note on Youtube and practice with that. If the piece is in the key of D, look up a cello drone note D.

American Fiddler's Hoedown - all transitions from pizzicato to arco; intonation at 56-62
Fiddler on the Roof - intonation in movements 1, 2, 3, and 6 

See you on Saturday! As always, *please* *please* *please* fill out the Attendance Form if you will be absent!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

18 December 2021

Lost and Found Christmas Party Items! - NUYCO

Hello! What a wonderful pre-holiday send off today. Thanks to all the parents and members who helped! 

We had some dishes left behind... Let me know if any of these are yours!

Have a wonderful holiday break. See you on January 8!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

16 December 2021

Rehearsal and Christmas Party! - NUYCO

Hello families! We have a normal rehearsal on Saturday, 9:30-11:00 AM. Suggested practice spots...
  1. American Fiddler's Hoedown
  2.  first three selections from Fiddler on the Roof
  3. Saturday Night Waltz (reviewing what we covered last week)
After rehearsal, please stay for our Christmas party! 11:15-12:15 or so. It is not required, of course, but it will be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know each other. NUYS and NUYCO will be combined.

- Bring an appropriate wrapped white elephant gift. No need to buy anything - just your junk that could be someone else's treasure.  

- You are welcome to bring a snack/treat/protein offering to share. Especially protein offerings! Cheese and crackers, nuts, sausages, meatballs, etc. Otherwise it could turn into a sugar-fest! This is not necessary, only if you would like. One NUYCO member asked about any allergies last week - I know we have a peanut allergy in NUYCO, but the party is combined with NUYS and I'm not sure about their allergies. There will be lots of options. Bring whatever you have on hand or would like to share.

- We will eat, do the white elephant gift exchange, and play a game or two. You are welcome to leave at any point, or not attend if you are unavailable. 

See you on Saturday! As always, please fill out the attendance form below if you will be gone. This is much more reliable than texting me ... but I will accept that as well! We just like to know who to expect. :)

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

09 December 2021

Rehearsal and Updates - NUYCO

Hello families! We have a regular rehearsal on Saturday. Hope to see you there. If you will not attend, please fill out the attendance form so we do not worry about where you are! :)

I sent out a new copy of Saturday Night Waltz to you on Monday. Let me know if you didn't get it!

We need parent volunteers to help at our Christmas party on December 18! We need treat and protein offerings, as well as parent volunteers to set up and clean up. Find the sign-up here. Or simply text or email me that you would like to help and I will add you to the list. :)

For the Christmas party, we will have a white elephant exchange game. Please bring a wrapped item to trade! This does not need to be something you buy. It's your junk that could become someone's treasure! It must be appropriate (no indecency allowed).

See you on Saturday!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

03 December 2021

Rehearsal - NUYCO

Hello families! We are finally coming back to rehearsal after Thanksgiving break! We will see you tomorrow, December 4, 9:30-11:00 AM! 

We are trading Ashokan Farewell for Saturday Night Waltz! I'll hand it out tomorrow. 

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

26 November 2021

Rehearsal - NUYCO

Hello! Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving.

Remember, no rehearsal tomorrow, Nov. 27. 

YES rehearsal: December 4, 11, and 18
Christmas Party: December 18 - we need parent volunteers! Sign up here! We need decorators, set-up and take-down help, and treat/protein offerings.
NO rehearsal: December 25 (Merry Christmas!) or January 1 (Happy New Year!)
YES rehearsal: January 8

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

17 November 2021

Rehearsal! - NUYCO

Hello families! What a wonderful concert on Friday. I had so many people tell me how incredible and "top-level" NUYCO sounded. I remember going to NUYCO and NUYS concerts when my brother was in the symphony and I don't think NUYCO ever sounded like they do now. Quite an accomplishment! 

Just a reminder that we do have rehearsal on Saturday! 9:30-11:00 AM at Promontory School. We'll be handing out new music! See you then!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director