15 July 2021

Concerto Audition Deadline

Just a quick reminder that today is the concerto audition registration deadline. If you are working on a piece and even possibly planning to audition, you must let me know by the end of today. 

Here is the concerto audition page with rules and past winners. 

Hope you're having a happy summer! The page will be complete soon - I'll let you know!

Don't forget the recruiting competition - see below!


Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

07 July 2021

Announcing the NUYS Search for a new Managing Director

After much soul-searching and watching-where-my-life-is-taking-me-in-the-foreseeable-future, it has come time to announce (after this upcoming season) my pending retirement as Managing Director of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony. Hence, the following notice. 

Please help us network, passing it on to music teachers, musician friends, colleagues, and whoever might know someone who knows someone who might be the right person! 

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony announces an opening for a new Managing Director-in-Training, set to take over the Managing Director position by May of 2022, when the current Managing Director will retire. 

It is anticipated that the Managing Director-in-Training will work alongside the current Managing Director beginning August 2021; therefore, time is of the essence in this search. 

The Managing Director of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony:
  • Works closely with and supports the Conductor/Music Director, currently Conrad Dunn
  • Gets to know the youth in the orchestra, and enjoys working with them
  • Attends monthly Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society Board Meetings as Youth Symphony Liaison (zoom option available)
  • Runs rehearsals each Saturday morning in Perry, Utah, September through April
  • Communicates regularly with parents and musicians
  • Works closely with the managing director of the Chamber Orchestra (younger group)
  • Updates website as needed
  • Sets up three concert venues per year
  • Oversees students' music checkout and return (in collaboration with a librarian)
  • Takes roll and manages musicians' attendance
  • Brings in section specialists and clinicians (as contract labor)
  • Facilitates a yearly retreat each October
  • Sets up transportation to Abravanel Hall for the springtime Youth Symphony Festival
  • Oversees parent volunteers
  • Lives in the Cache/Box Elder/Weber county area
  • Plans to come and stay on a long term basis, becoming part of the core of this non-profit organization
  • Addresses all aspects of managing a dynamic orchestra of motivated Jr High and High School age musicians in their love of music and ensemble
There is a stipend for this position, paid quarterly, amount DOE. 

Music, management and youth symphony experience preferred but not required. 

Background check is required.

Thank you! 
Julie Gardner, currently the Managing Director, Northern Utah Youth Symphony

Please note: This email went out "BCC" to "All Contacts" for the last decade or so, a seldom-used list, just to be sure to catch as many people in the network as possible. Apologies for the intrusion! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

24 May 2021

NUYCO Season Send-Off

HERE is a video message from Mr. West! Please watch!

Can I just get a HOORAY for the awesome season we've just completed?! 

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be in August, season starts in September, overnight retreat (rehearsals, food, and fun) in October. Keep your eyes out for future emails with details!

Thanks for the awesome year. Remember to touch your instrument at least once during the summer (LOL) and we will see you in the fall!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

20 May 2021

Congratulations! Thank you all for a wonderful year! - NUYS

Dear Northern Utah Youth Symphony Musicians!
     I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate you on a great concert, but to thank you for an incredible season! What would otherwise have a difficult year, we made the best of it and made some wonderful music.
     All of our concerts this season were incredible, and Monday's concert was a spectacular ending to our season! The music was a little more challenging and everyone met that challenge and played well. The Fanfare was spine chilling. These brass and percussion players were awesome. It really wowed the audience!
     The Meistersinger was the best you had played it and all those little themes came out nicely. Natalie's violin concerto brought a lot of emotion as it was so beautifully presented. What a great artist you are Natalie! And what a great closer with the Capriccio Espagnol! Our wonderful soloists in the Capriccio really made it memorable. Everyone seemed to get into the Spanish spirit!
     How great it was to be able to perform a full season this year! A lot of great music with our great members. Our soloists Elizabeth Archuleta, Kai Bowen, and Talmage Kay, were outstanding!
     Last but not least, we need to thank our wonderful manager Julie Gardner!! Her hard work and a lot of organizing made it all possible!
     I look forward to seeing many of you return next season. To those who are graduating – Thank You! We will miss you. But just know you may play with us whenever you get the chance.

Conrad Dunn
Conductor, Northern Utah Youth Symphony


And a note from Julie:
I will let you know when the website is updated for our next round of auditions!

Have a wonderful summer, and we'll see you soon!


Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

16 May 2021

Audience Registration

Our concert is Monday, May 17th, 5:30 pm, at Box Elder High School. In order to attend the concert, you will need to register your group and wear masks properly for the whole concert. The concert is free to attend. Thank you for your interest!

Here is the Audience Registration Link!

Concert Program: May 17, 2021

Season Finale

Conrad Dunn, NUYS Conductor
Nathan West, NUYCO Conductor
with Natalie Nef, violin

Monday, May 17, 2021
Box Elder High School, 5:30 pm

Free Admission this season, thanks to our sponsors.

14 May 2021

Rehearsal - NUYCO

Remember, our last rehearsal before the concert is tomorrow! Usual time, 9:45-11:15! We expect excellent attendance. :)

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

NUYS - Announcements Galore - Read to the end, please!

Today is the day before our final rehearsal, and today is also three days before the final concert of our miracle year! 

I have thought of some things that didn't happen this year, like our retreat, recital night, Abravanel Hall, and the Side-by-Side concert with the Utah Symphony.... 

But by and large, we have done so much! Three concerts, a T-Shirt Party, good connections with each other, wonderful music, so much opportunity for musical growth! We have had superb section specialists, an amazing lineup of soloists, and so much more! Totally worth the time and effort! 

Concert Registration and Volunteers!
Audience registration for the concert is going well. So far we have 360 people registered, so keep inviting people! I will not be counting "available seats" because I can tell we have plenty. If your spectators request or have requested more than 10, I have automatically added those to their group. No confirmation needed. Just come. They will be choosing their own seats, as well, just as we've done in the past.

As far as volunteers go, we definitely need more check-in people and ushers. I know with continued revisions of rules it seems silly, but we promised to do it. Perhaps some youth symphony musicians can help with it since you don't play at the beginning of the concert, and you will likely be available during the check-in and usher times. Feel free to sign up if you feel comfortable doing it. 

Rehearsal will look a little different tomorrow. We will still begin with sectionals at 8:30 for 45 minutes, but Mr Dunn will work with the strings the whole time. 

At 9:15 when we gather for our full rehearsal, we will run the concert straight through. Here is concert order:
Fanfare for the Common Man
Die Meistersinger
Wieniawski Concerto
Capriccio Espagnole 

Then, after a break, we will reconvene and work on spots... Whatever Mr Dunn feels will be the best use of our remaining time.

As usual, doors automatically unlock at 8 am, and lock again at 11:30.

We will be setting up as soon as school lets out, and will be in full swing by 3 pm.
We will NOT be using the band room for cases. Instead, we will use the Drama room, which connects to backstage on stage left. Just come in the front door to Box Elder High School and go through the cafeteria. The drama room double doors are on the other side of the cafeteria.

We aim to begin rehearsal at 3:30. I am aware some of you will have to check out of school a little early. We only have 45 minutes on stage, and most of it will be for stage management, knowing where to be and when, and doing some sound checks, especially with the concerto and the harp/solo spots.

We will NOT require concert dress for the rehearsal; however, after the performance, you will be asked to come down the steps at the front of the stage for photos! 

If anyone has a quality DSLR that could give us a good clear photo - and the Chamber Orch as well, and would be willing to take photos and share them, please let me know!

All folders will be collected at the end of the concert. 

PLEASE remove all personal papers and other music from your folder. If you are graduating, you can even take the stack of cards from over the years. I will still know it's your folder. 

If you are continuing next year, you will have the same folder next year. 

Please remove the special keepsake programs from the previous concerts and keep them! There are no extras, so those programs are one-of-a-kind, just for you to remember this weird year. 

Concert Dress!
  • 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.
  • Let me know if you have questions... By now, we kind of know the drill!

Although I expect most excellent attendance tomorrow, be sure to use the Attendance Form if you need it, or shoot me an email or text me 435.740.4335.

Thank you! Have a most wonderful day, and we'll see you tomorrow!

Julie đŸŽ”

PS There is an article in the Box Elder News Journal announcing our concert. The paper is available at check stands at local grocery stores until the next Weds issue is released. It's opposite the article about my son Isaac's adventures on Forged in Fire. Yes. I had to say that! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

12 May 2021

LOTS of Concert Details! - NUYCO

Hello! Please read all of these details and email me with any questions - I undoubtedly left something off! :)

Keep registering for the concert! Only half of you have registered so far. Don't lose your spot! Here's the link for the registration.

Concert dress: 
Boys: black slacks, black socks and black shoes, white dress shirt, tie (any dark color). Girls:  black skirt or slacks, white blouse or dress shirt, black socks or tights, black shoes. This applies for section specialists as well, where possible!

Schedule for concert day:
3:00 set up. If you live close by, please come help.
3:30-4:15 NUYS practice/sound check
4:30-5:00 NUYCO practice/sound check/audience seating begins
5:30 Concert, about 1 hour and 15 minutes, NUYCO first
After each segment of the concert we will have that group pose on the stairs of the front of the stage for a picture. 

We still need volunteers to check in the audience, usher in the auditorium, and strike the stage. Please email me if you can volunteer! Thanks to those who have already signed up. 

Planning Ahead... Save these dates:
August 14, concerto auditions
August 21, regular auditions for both orchestras, in person and virtual
September 18, first rehearsal
October 8-9, RETREAT!!!!!!!! at Camp Earley in Collinston (between Tremonton and Logan). We had to cancel last year's retreat, so this one will be even cooler! If you will be in NUYS in the fall, their retreat is October 22-23.

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

07 May 2021

Press Release: Season Finale Concert

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will present their season finale concert Monday, May 17th, 2021, at 5:30 pm, at Box Elder High School. Admission is free, thanks to our season sponsors, and there are no limits to the size of the audience as long as masks are worn properly for the whole time, and we contact-trace the audience. Contact tracing is simple - just visit our audience registration post on our website https://www.northernutahyouthsymphony.org/2021/05/audienceregistration.html.

The Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Nathan West will open the concert with The Three B's: arrangements of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Brahms Themes from Symphony No. 1, and Beethoven's King Stephan Overture.

The Youth Symphony will then take the stage, featuring their brass and percussion in Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, then featuring many soloists from the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, and Richard Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger. There will also be a special feature of a string quartet from members of the orchestra, and their concert master, Natalie Nef, will perform Weiniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2. 

The orchestras are a project of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, based in Brigham City, and supported by the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Utah Arts & Museums with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Box Elder Tourism Tax Advisory Board. Musicians come largely from Cache, Weber and Box Elder Counties. Thank you to their business sponsors for this season: Classical Strings, Edge Orthodontics, BrainTrainUT, PetsFirst! Wellness Center, and Curtis Financial & Tax Management, Inc. 

Featured soloist Natalie Nef:
Natalie is a senior at Weber High School.  Natalie is a member of the Weber High School varsity swim team (four time letterman), soccer team (defender of the year and team captain), and honor society. Natalie has been school concert master for six years. She has received superior marks at region and state solo and ensemble in piano and violin for 3 years. She has been in the district high school honor orchestra for ten years and All State Orchestra. Natalie has received superior marks at ASTA competitions at Utah State and Weber State multiple times. Natalie has competed at federation at the University of Utah for four years scoring superior ratings. She was the Ogden Youth Symphony Concerto winner in 2017, where she soloed with them and the Weber State University Symphony. Natalie won the Ogden Symphony Ballet Youth Benefit Concert Competition 2017 and 2019. She was also the recipient of the Jean Poll music scholarship in 2017 and took second in the American ProtĂ©gĂ© International Concerto competition 2018, 2019, and 2020. Natalie was able to solo at Carnegie Hall June 2018, May 2019, and will be performing December 2021. Natalie has been a UTMA winner in both piano and violin. She has been a member of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony for seven years, with whom she has won their concerto competition twice.  Natalie also has played with the New American Philharmonic. She also is an accomplished piano and organ player. She studies violin under David Porter. Natalie will be continuing her violin studies at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, where she received the Presidential Scholarship.