23 September 2021

Parent Meeting Info & Rehearsal Announcements


After rehearsal this Saturday, Sept 25: 
What: Our parent meeting: Parent Forum, Q&A, is this Saturday after rehearsal, 11:15 am to noon in the library. 
Who: Parents of new members. If you're not new, you can pay tuition and skip the meeting.
To Prepare: Read the Membership Information and come prepared with questions

Volunteer needs: Retreat; Concert setup, equipment moving, etc; Abravanel Hall chaperones; Parties at Christmas and End-of-Year; Serve on the board! We will send a spreadsheet you can add your name to, so you can sign up to help out!

Tuition collection - in the hall: Cathy will be at the school to collect tuition. You may pay with a card (the fee is slightly lower than online), or cash or check. Be sure to remember your payment form and medical form.  (We will also have extra forms at the meeting.)

Rehearsal Announcements
8:00 computerized doors unlock
8:30 to 9:15 Sectionals:
Strings in gym
Woodwinds down the west hallway, then to the left
Brass down the east hallway, then to the right
9:15 Full Orchestra
Beethoven in this order: 4, 3, 1
This way, if you don't play in Beethoven 3 or 1, you can be excused.

See you Saturday!

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

17 September 2021

NUYCO - See you tomorrow!

 Hi families!

Woohoo, rehearsals start tomorrow! We are so excited to start our new year. If you would like to get to know the specialists, Mr. West (our conductor), and me, check out this document with bios and photos!

LOCATION: Promontory School Library, 1051 W 2700 S, Perry (the library is right across the hall from the gym where NUYS will be rehearsing - follow the music and you will find us!), 9:30 - 11:00 AM (NUYS will meet 8:30-11). You are welcome to bring your own music stand but we will have one set up for you already. No food or drink (besides water) is allowed in the library.

MUSIC: For this concert, we will be playing the Italian Folk Festival arr. Bullock and Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart. Mr. West will be deciding on a 3rd piece in the near future!

RECRUITMENT: Please recruit more members! We could really use more violas especially, but would gratefully accept any instrument. NUYS could also use basically any instrument!

PARENT MEETING: Our parent meeting Forum and Q&A is next week, Sept. 25, at 11:15. Our bookkeeper will be there also to collect tuition. You are welcome to turn in forms and payments tomorrow if that is more convenient.

ATTENDANCE: If you will be missing a rehearsal anytime between tomorrow and April, please fill out our handy Attendance Form! It's linked at the bottom of all my emails. If you are sick for any reason at any time, please fill out the form and stay home. 

CONCERT: Our first concert will be Friday, November 12, at Ogden High School. Yes, Friday - check your calendars. If you have a conflict, please tell me what time would work best for you to perform. The concerts at Ogden High are always my favorite - it's an amazing venue and you don't want to miss it! Please keep Thursday, November 11, open as well. We may need an extra rehearsal that evening to prepare for the concert the next day.

Awesome! See you tomorrow! Please email or text me with any questions. 435.452.8173

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

See You Tomorrow!

At long last, rehearsals begin tomorrow! So excited to see everyone. This is the part that makes it all worth it.

Location: Promontory School, 1051 W 2700 S, Perry
Time: 8:30 to 11:00 am

We will be sight-reading tomorrow. Here are the pieces, with youtube links...

Beethoven's 6th Symphony, more than one movement, to be determined.

Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed 
This link is for the concert band version. I assure you we will be playing the full orchestra version. If anyone finds a recording of the full orchestra version, please share the link with me! Such a cool piece!

Violin Concerto No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens. We will be playing the first movement, which is roughly 8 1/2 minutes in this version.
Congrats to Hugues Herpin Lemonnier, our soloist!

Set up
When you arrive, music stands will be set up for you - your folders will be on your stands. 

If you can come early to set up chairs, please do. The computerized doors will unlock at 8 am, and I will be there [much] earlier, just getting everything ready.

Parent Meeting
Reminder that our parent meeting Forum and Q&A will be next week, Sept 25, at 11:15. Our bookkeeper will be there also, to collect tuition. You may also turn in forms and payments at tomorrow's rehearsal, if that works better for you.

Recruit your friends! You don't really want me playing viola with you. Really. What happened to all the violas? There were so many last year!  We need another Clarinet, 3 more French Horns, 2 more Trumpets, and another Trombone.... And more cellos. We would even accept more violins... 😉

If you are playing in a Marching Band, or in a Pit Orchestra, or on a Swim Team, or you already know when that family wedding is going to be, I need you to go into the Attendance Form and fill it out multiple times for all the times you will be missing. 

I know there are more people that need to do this. After you submit for one date, it will ask you if you would like to submit another form. It's pretty easy and will give us a better picture of what rehearsals are going to look like. Thanks so much!

If you are sick for any reason (not just COVID symptoms), or you've been quarantined, the attendance form is also the best way to let me know. The system notifies me immediately when someone fills out the form, so you can even fill it out tomorrow morning if you wake up feeling ill. 

Concert - Important!!!!
Our first concert will be Friday, 12 November, 2021 at Ogden High. Yes, you read that correctly. It's on a Friday. Please Please Please check calendars and get back with me so we can set a time when everyone can be there to perform! I promise you it's worth it to work this out. It's such a beautiful venue!

Please keep Thursday 11 November open as well, and let us know if evening or earlier would work for you. We are anticipating the need for an extra rehearsal that day so we have a good feeling of momentum going into the Friday concert. Ask your band teachers, etc. It is Veteran's Day and there may be issues with rehearsal time, so let's work together to pick the best time.

Thanks, and let's make this a most exquisitely wonderful year!


Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

13 September 2021

Northern Utah Youth Symphony


This is addressed to all school music teachers, but it's also being sent to all who have already signed up for this year, parents, adult leadership, etc...

For this coming year, we are still accepting auditions, especially for Violas, Cellos, Basses; we also need another Clarinet, another Bassoon, 3 more French Horns, Trumpets (2 might be thinking about it) and possibly another trombone - or really any high school student who is interested in the opportunity to play masterworks as part of a full symphony orchestra.  

Our numbers are lower this year at this point than they were last year at a similar time, and last year's numbers were only 3/4 of what they had been the year before; it's like we are losing our graduates, but not fully replacing them! I know, COVID....

I'm a little concerned that we will have trouble providing our traditional experiences which rely on good numbers of musicians, and would love your support if anyone comes to mind. I have attached our flyer... If you are a teacher, hopefully you also received a poster/flyer in the mail. We begin rehearsals this coming Saturday. If musicians want to come sightread with us, they are welcome as long as they email me ahead of time so I have music and a seat for them.

Thank you so much! We are all on the same team as we enrich the lives of the youth. Thank you for all that you do! You are all amazing!

Julie Gardner, Manager

PS Our intermediate orchestra (Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra) could also use more players, just to be fair!

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

11 September 2021

NUYCO Final Audition Results

Hello Families!

One of our wonderful NUYCO moms alerted me, very nicely, that I had not notified our video auditioned-members about the audition results! My deepest apologies. I'm a teacher and shoot, things are busy. As a gift to you in compensation, here are the seating results as well, so you can know right where you are in the orchestra!

Two IMPORTANT notes about seating... 

1. This will change for every concert. If you were really hoping for a principal seat and weren't chosen this time, never fear! We will have two more seating changes for the next concerts. 

2. In some orchestras and symphonies, the conductor places the members by ability. Therefore, the most advanced players are in the front and the beginner players are in the back. But Mr. West doesn't do that! He believes that no matter your ability, you can learn from the people around you. He seats you based on what characteristics and abilities you bring to NUYCO and what you might be able to learn. There might be an advanced player in the back, and there might be a beginner in the front. And then it will all be changed up again in November! :)

At long last... find the seating HERE! Let me know if you have any questions.

-- Many of you haven't signed up for your shirt yet. Please do that here! ALL members AND section specialists get one free NUYCO shirt! Don't miss out!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

01 September 2021

NUYS Audition Results

Be sure you read these announcements, not just the list below!

Rehearsal starts 18 Sept, 8:30 to 11:00 am at Promontory School. Please come early. Regarding COVID guidelines, we will do what is asked of us by the school.

NUYCO (Chamber Orchestra) will be rehearsing from 9:30-11:00 am. Their audition list was sent out last week.

Please read the audition packet if you submitted an audition video! It includes the following: A printable calendar, your Acceptance, Release and Payment form (to turn in with payment, or if you are paying via online check or some other way, to turn in separately), Membership Info, Rules and Policies, and a Medical Release Form.

At long last, here is the acceptance list! Please keep checking your email in the next couple weeks to stay informed as we prepare for our first rehearsal. For the strings: this is not a seating arrangement, just audition results - 1st & 2nd violin assignments are subject to change or rotation.

If you have played with us before and you have mentioned you are planning to audition, we have included you on the list with an asterisk (*) with the assumption you will still make a video or audio recording and send it in. As the list changes over the next week, it will be revised on the blog post as well. If you have not played with us before (including NUYCO), we have not included you on the list as we await your audition.

Libby Tarbert (principal)
Sarah Wilde (2nd & Piccolo)
Arthur Grover

Alexis Jensen (principal)
Tehya Gonzales

Elizabeth Archuleta (principal)
Taiten Moss (Bass Clarinet)

*Aaron Watkins

French Horn:
Tanner Chipman

Milton Farr

Dawson Pitcher
Jarin Oxborrow

Parker Rowan

Madeline Palmer
James Steele
Brody Lister

Harp: (to be filled as needed)

1st Violin:
Hugues Herpin Lemonnier (Principal)
Kaitlyn Bailey
*Anjali Edwards
Quin Powell
Daniel Hochstrasser
Jayden Quinn
Evan Baer
Jacob Lund
Stephen Hales
Brooklyn Mumford

2nd Violin:
Katelyn Rollo (Principal)
Andrea Gibbs
Elizabeth Duncan
Esther Christiansen
Kassie Norris
Isaac Sealy
Audrie Browne
Sally Hurd
Averi Van Tassell
Claire Herrin

Viola: (Principal TBD)
*Erik Petersen
Sadie Olsen

Cello: (Principal TBD)
Gentrie Robinette
Silvia Schmit
Toby Carlton
Jexton Bodrero
Caitlin Whitaker
Mathieu Pace

Ben Rich, Principal

We are low on numbers. Please recruit!
Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

26 August 2021

NUYS Auditions


Audition Timeline
Thank you for your patience with our audition process. We truly appreciate everyone who has submitted an audition video, as well as those who came in person last Saturday! It was wonderful to see you in person, by the way! It always boosts my spirits to see you again!

We thought you all would like to know the status of audition evaluations. We should be through all the videos by the end of the upcoming weekend, maybe even by Saturday night, at which time we will send out a list via email, which will also be posted on the website. 

Again, thank you for your patience!

Let's find more people!
Here's a plug for more players! Let's get the word out as schools are gradually coming back in session.

We currently have a possible 4 flutes, 2 oboes, 1 clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 French horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, 3 percussion, 22 violins, 2 violas, 5 cellos, and 1 bass. 

It would be amazing if we could total out with one more clarinet, one more bassoon, 3 more French horns, 2 more trumpets, one more trombone, a harpist, as many more violins as we can get, at least 6 more violas, 5 more cellos, and 3 more basses. 

That may sound like a tall order, but we know it's possible. We would love to have 80 players in the orchestra, like we did 2 years ago, before COVID. In reality, the best recruiters are YOU. Let's work together to make this an amazing come-back year!

Thank you so much! 
Julie 🎶

PS If you need to be unsubscribed from this list, please reply and let me know! I did my best.

Here's what we looked like March 2nd, 2020!

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

15 August 2021


Announcing the winners of this year's concerto auditions, and which concert they will be featured in:

November 2021 Concert:
Hugues Herpin Lemonnier, Violin concerto no. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens

February 2022 Concert:
Tanner Chipman, Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss

April 2022 Concert: 
Alexis Jensen, Concerto for Oboe and Strings by Vaughan-Williams

Congratulations on all your hard work! You are each an inspiration! 


27 July 2021

Audition Information


Our audition information is complete. 

Thanks to everyone who is interested, and all those fabulous new people that we expect to recruit this year! 

Auditions will be held Saturday, August 21st, at Promontory School.

Pages: NUYS Auditions for Youth Symphony, and NUYCO Auditions for Chamber Orchestra, include:
A membership form
A spreadsheet link to sign up for an in-person audition time
Instructions for the video option
A link to choose your size and color for your t-shirt
Audition instructions, including:
Downloadable orchestral excerpts
The Audition Packet will be handed out if you are in person, but is also available digitally. Here is the link.

This year's auditions will be a hybrid format - you may choose to audition in person, in which case you'll need to sign up for a time on the spreadsheet. All in-person auditions will be videoed for reference as seating is arranged. More times will be added on the spreadsheet if necessary.

If you cannot attend on the in-person audition date, or if you prefer a video option, we encourage you to submit a video. Auditions submitted by the 21st will receive priority handling, but all auditions will be considered, even if they are "late". We are aware of the timing with some schools that don't start until after August 21st, so there is time worked into the schedule for you to submit your audition before we begin rehearsals. 

We encourage you to spread the word! Don't forget about our recruiting contest! For each person who auditions & credits you as their referral, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

I hope your summer has been wonderful! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

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