30 July 2020

Survey for 2019-20

One More Email

This is a survey regarding last season, if you can remember back that far. I know it didn't end the way we would have liked, but here's for going forward! If you don't mind responding, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks! 


I will be retiring this 2019-20 mailing list after this email.

Thanks!

Julie

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Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

NUYCO is back!

Welcome to the 2020-21 season of NUYCO!


My name is Josie Anderson and I'm the new Chamber Orchestra Managing Director! I may be familiar to some of you, as I've assisted Jenny Murrow over the last few years. I am very excited to take on a more substantial role and get to know you and your musicians. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I am always available via email (chamber@northernutahyouthsymphony.org) or text (435.452.8173), and I will answer any calls when I'm able.


We are excited to present a plan to open up our new season! Having had many inquiries regarding the possibility of an upcoming season, we have decided to go ahead with it and proceed with caution. Promontory school is allowing us to use our regular rehearsal space, and we have scheduled our first rehearsal for September 12th. We recognize that there are some who will choose not to join us this fall, or even for the whole year, and we respect that choice. We would love to hear from you, however, if you would like to remain on the email list to keep your future options open. 


In order to delay personal contact with each other as long as possible, we will be accepting auditions exclusively online, preferably via uploaded video. Priority deadline for auditions will be Saturday, August 22nd. Auditions will be accepted after that date, and in fact are ongoing throughout the year, but seating may not be optimal since the process of making seating assignments will have already begun. If your musician is going to audition for NUYS instead of NUYCO, please contact me so we can be prepared!


We will do our best to make our rehearsals COVID compliant. We will set up our rehearsal spaces with as much physical distancing as possible. String players will be asked to bring a music stand to facilitate physical distancing by eliminating sharing a stand with a partner. Those who can wear masks without interfering with their health are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Everyone who enters the building will be required to wash or sanitize hands upon arrival; there will be a bottle of sanitizer available if needed, but please plan to bring your own.


The NUYCO Audition page has been updated with new instructions and with audition excerpts. We are looking towards augmenting audition information with sample solo repertoire for those who need suggestions. Since this is not set up yet, please contact us if your student needs suggestions for solo music for their audition.  


Thank you!


Important Links: 

NUYCO Audition Page

Membership Form

Sample Script for your Video

Video Upload Form

Post-Audition Instructions Page

Facebook Page  



-- Josie

This year! It's happening!

Greetings! 


We are excited to present a plan to open up our 2020-21 season! 


Graduates: If you will be in the area, contact us about playing as an adult volunteer! Or, just forward this email to all your friends who would like to play with us! We will miss you!


Everyone else: Having had many inquiries regarding the possibility of an upcoming season, we have decided to go ahead with it, and proceed with caution. Promontory school is allowing us to use our regular rehearsal space, and we have scheduled our first rehearsal for September 12th. Tuition will not be collected until the week after the first rehearsal. 


We recognize that there are some who will choose not to join us this fall, or even for the whole year, and we respect that choice. We would love to hear from you, however, if you would like to remain on the email list to keep your future options open. Just reply to this email and let us know.


In order to delay personal contact with each other as long as possible, we will be accepting auditions exclusively online, preferably via uploaded video. Priority deadline for auditions will be Saturday, August 22nd. Auditions will be accepted after that date, and in fact are ongoing throughout the year, but your seating may not be optimal since the process of making seating assignments will have already begun. 


We will do our best to make our rehearsals COVID compliant. We will set up our rehearsal spaces with as much physical distancing as possible. String players will be asked to bring a music stand to facilitate physical distancing by eliminating sharing a stand with a partner. We should have enough stands for all the wind and brass players. Those who can wear masks without interfering with their playing or their health are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Everyone entering the building will be required to wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival and we will keep a bottle of sanitizer available, but please plan to bring your own.


The NUYCO and NUYS Audition pages have been updated with new instructions and with audition excerpts. We are looking towards augmenting audition information with sample solo repertoire for those who need suggestions. Since this is not set up yet, please contact us if you need suggestions for solo music for your audition.  


I'd also like to take this opportunity to  introduce our new Chamber Orchestra Managing Director! Josie Anderson will be familiar to you since she's been my assistant over the last couple years. She will still be helping me, and will be around more often as she takes on a more substantial role with Chamber. Welcome once again, Josie! You rock!


Important Links: 

On the NUYS Audition Page:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Thank you for your patience as we have worked this out!

Have a great day!

Julie
Mr Dunn

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Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

11 May 2020

NUYS Followup... And a Request!

Greetings!

You are all wonderful! How I wish things hadn't ended the way they did for the 2019-2020 season! Going through folders made me sad!

My Request to You:
Could you record yourself, video or audio, for a few seconds or a few minutes, talking about who you are, what you play, and why you love the youth symphony, why you give up sleeping in on Saturday mornings for Classical Music, about the friends you've made, or the great music we've played! Whatever you would say to convince your friends to join!

End your recording with "Come Play With Us!" if you like. ... Then, just send it in to me! I will use clips to make a recruiting video! So Fun!

Photos & Certificates:
If you ordered a photo at Abravanel Hall, you should have received it in the mail by now. 

If you are graduating this year, you should have also received a certificate. 

Please please let me know if you should have received either a picture or certificate and did not! My greatest anxiety is that I'll miss honoring someone!

If we had been able to perform our concert on April 23, we would have had 25 students lined up across the stage, bidding them farewell as they graduate from High School. We will deeply miss you all!

Adult Volunteers Play for Free: 
If you are a graduate and you are still around and would like to play with us, come back as an adult volunteer!

Music Roundup needs to be complete this week:
I drove the long loop Saturday and collected all music folders that had been turned in. I came home and sorted folders, then went through both spreadsheets and checked in everyone's music. THANK YOU to everyone who turned in their folders last week! 

There are still 18 folders missing from NUYS and 14 missing from NUYCO. 

The Music Roundup will continue for this week, but only at Promontory School 9am to 2 pm, and at my house, 2800 S 1200 W, Perry, anytime. 

I will work through the spreadsheet and send personal emails and text messages to all students who have not turned in a folder according to my records, but you probably know if you still have your folder. You have until the end of this week! Thanks ahead of time for your cooperation. 

Concerto Auditions:
If you are working on a concerto and plan to audition, I need to know about your intentions asap! Thank You! :)

God bless! Be well! Here's to the possibility of NORMAL!

PS A Bit of History: Here is a link to our OLD OLD OLD recruiting video. The last one we made. It's rather funny, actually! And really OLD! I promise with your help, I'll make a better one!

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02 May 2020

NUYCO & NUYS Music Folder Roundup

Hi Everyone! 

It's time to round up our music folders! 

When: Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th (Josie, Jenny & I will pick up boxes on Saturday)

Where: Lots of places! North Logan, Hyrum, Tremonton, Honeyville, Perry, Pleasant View, Ogden and Plain City (addresses below)

Who: Everyone who has a NUYCO or NUYS folder

What: Turn in your folder to the box at one of our several locations (addresses below). 

Also: Be sure to clean out your personal or school music and only turn in the music that belongs to NUYCO & NUYS.

So we know approximately how many to expect at each location, please fill out this form. 

Drop point locations, including google map links, listed by area:

Cache County


Box Elder County

Josie Anderson's House: 8770 UT Hwy 38, Honeyville, UT 84314

Promontory School is open from 9 am to 2 pm and will also have a collection box: 1027 W 2700 S, Perry UT 84302

Julie Gardner's House: 2800 S 1200 W, Perry UT 84302

Weber County



Photographs: If you ordered an Abravanel Hall Photo, I FINALLY have them! I will be mailing them to you! If you don't want to wait for the mail, you may pick them up at my house but let me know asap, before I put them in the mail. :)

Now go outside in the sunshine and play your instrument. Make it loud and wonderful for all the neighborhood! :)

Blessings for a speedy return to normal, and may you all be healthy and well, 
Julie

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23 April 2020

Greetings from NUYS!

Greetings from your conductor and musical director!

First off, I hope everyone is well! I hope you are able to get through all of your online school work and still have a smile on your face! Being a school teacher, it has been quite a challenge for me. Especially doing orchestra through a computer. I am having to be creative on top of creative!

To be honest with you, what I miss is the YOUTH SYMPHONY! Those Saturday mornings are the highlight of my week. Yes, we were mostly tired from a busy week and would sometimes rather sleep in. But now that it has been temporarily suspended, WE ALL MISS IT! I was really looking forward to this concert (that would have taken place this evening). It would be great to play the Conus Violin Concerto with Natalie, and some fun pops music. Julie and I have decided that this concert will still happen in the next season.

But rather than focus on what could have been, I want to focus on the fantastic rehearsals and performances we all enjoyed this past season! I am still hearing great compliments on the concert in February. It was an honor to perform the "Lark Ascending" with the symphony that I have conducted for over eight years. Rebecca did an incredible job, as did Ashley in November. BRAVO!  Life's great moments for me are standing on the podium and conducting you, the Northern Utah Youth Symphony! It is an awesome experience – and a thrill to conduct Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Holst. I honor all of you for your great contribution and accomplishments with our symphony. I felt particularly proud at our Abravanel Hall performance this year.

I want to honor those graduating seniors! Many of you have been with us for many years. Thank you for those years of dedication with the symphony. Thank you to those who performed the "Messiah" with us. I will miss you! Make sure you stay in touch, and if any of you would like to come back and play with us again, PLEASE do so.

I look forward to next season! I can't wait to get into more of the great musical literature. Make sure you audition and play with us next year! And please help us by talking to fellow musicians. We are always recruiting! I also need to let Julie know how much we appreciate her hard work too. I miss you all and wish you all the best. Stay Well!    

Mr. Dunn 

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And greetings from me, Julie, as well. I just can't believe tonight was going to be our concert and everything is simply shut down, including our happy youth symphony program. 

Announcements: 
  1. We are still waiting for pictures from the photographer at Abravanel Hall. I'm sure life has been just as weird for her as for all the rest of us. I have to admit I'm feeling impatient! When we do receive them, we will set up collection points for music and bring your photos so we can trade. If you didn't order a picture, you'll still need to turn in your music & folder. Watch your email for more info!
  2. If you would like to host a collection point for your area, please let me know. It would entail having a sheltered porch with a box. :)
  3. We will still be holding concerto auditions this August, on the 15th. We will, however, only be choosing 2 candidates since we were unable to have Natalie perform her piece this year and we plan on her performing next season.
  4. We will still be holding membership auditions on August 22nd. This is our in-person audition date. We are currently working on updating our audition requirements, resources, and excerpts. We will let you know when it's all up and running so you can invite your friends!
  5. We are so so so sorry that we cannot plan anything this summer with any kind of confidence. :(
Thanks for being so awesome! I miss you all sooooo much!

Julie
 

 
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27 March 2020

Until Further Notice...

Dear Fellow Musicians,

Although I consider our program essential (to our minds, and our souls!), we still do not fall within current guidelines. I wish I could say more than this, but because of these current guidelines, we will remain "canceled" until further notice. Still hoping for something wonderful to happen...

Keep a positive attitude, and practice your music, even if it's just for the sake of practicing! If anyone wants to share fingerings, bowings, or woodwind and brass things, or has questions for each other, I will happily be your go-between and send out your info to your section. If you want to make a video of your part for others to play along with, I'm happy to be the communicator to send that out as well. 

If it's a funny video, that would be even cooler! :)

I didn't realize how much I enjoyed running around facilitating this until it was suddenly shut down.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience. Good luck with all your current challenges! Josie has the rest of the unclaimed music right now (there isn't much), and she may contact you, or just send it to you... 

You are all awesome!

Julie

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20 March 2020

Rehearsal still canceled

Hello all ye awesome people! 

I hope if you get bored you're working on your music! We are hopeful that we'll play it eventually.

If things settle down in time, we'd like to explore putting together a summer workshop where we meet intensively for a week or less intensively for two weeks and put on the same concert we were planning for April.

This is just in its embryonic stage and will depend on lots of variables! 

If we decide to go forward with exploring this, we will send out a detailed survey to figure out what dates might work etc.

In the meantime, I think you are awesome! Reach out safely to one another, and be supportive of all those around you! 

Musically yours,

Julie and Mr Dunn, Andrew, and Heather

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13 March 2020

Going Forward - Rehearsal Canceled for Tomorrow

Greetings!
The symphony board met last night and a very difficult decision was made. We will be suspending rehearsal this weekend, and will continue forward on a week-by-week basis. Please continue to read my very exciting emails to keep up with this "rapidly changing situation". 

The All-Star Concert that several of our students are involved in has been canceled for next week (but not their mentoring sessions this week), along with everything taking place at Abravanel Hall at least through March 28. I'm sure you've also heard about universities, the NBA, March Madness, and Disney shutting down. (All I can say is it's surreal. We are not afraid; we are just doing our part to contain the virus.)

Concert Date - also a changing situation
Likewise, the Box Elder High School Auditorium has been closed to any event involving the public, until further notice. Our April 23rd concert is included in that category, and when they decide to open the auditorium again, we may be facing a change of date! Please be aware of this and we will do our best to make sure this final concert happens, if at all possible!

Come Get Your Music
In the meantime, if you missed rehearsal last week and didn't get your new music, let's arrange to get it to you! You are welcome to pick it up, or I can even mail it to you -- good old snail mail! I will work through contacting each individual and making arrangements, but it would be even better if you reach out to me first. Let's at least act like this is going to happen and we're going to be able to put on our final concert. 

Our pieces are still the same, Conus concerto, Star Wars Through the Years (talk about some wicked rhythms!), Salute to Broadway (this will now be the combined piece with Chamber), and Lord of the Dance. If you are disappointed that there is not enough "classical" music in this program, think again. We are up for a challenge, especially with the rapidly changing situation. 

Going Forward
Thank you all for your patience and especially for your awesomeness! Also, let us know if you do get sick and if you have the virus. That could also affect how soon we meet again.

Have a lovely weekend! And practice that music ... if you have it!

Julie, Mr Dunn, the board

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06 March 2020

This Saturday will be different, but the same

Greetings, all ye earthlings! :)

Here are several reasons this Saturday will be different:

We are handing out new music (see below), and collecting old music (Mars, Jupiter, Narnia, anything else you still haven't turned in from your folders). Bring your folders! If you ended up with extra music after Abravanel Hall and the craziness, bring that too! A couple people had missing music after the chaos.

There will be no sectionals. We are reading new music and getting a feel for what we are planning to learn for our April 23rd concert.

We will discuss our performance at Abravanel Hall.

There will be some seating changes, especially in the strings. It's time to mix things up a bit! Look for your card to be in a different place!

We will listen to clips from the music we will be playing. For a sneak preview, here's what we're handing out:

Conus Violin Concerto - Natalie Nef's piece (This will have a large cut in it - like 300 measures - so we're not playing the whole thing)

Salute to Broadway - for the old people in the audience! Your grandparents will love it!

Star Wars Through the Years - An official recording of this is not yet available, although there's one online called the Star Wars Saga with the same sequence of music, albeit for band. So we might have to wait until tomorrow to hear it for real! 

Lord of the Dance Hardiman arr Moore (to combine with Chamber) This recording has weird beeps in it because it's a sample, and then fades out half way through. Ugh. Here is a short clip of the end of Lord of the Dance when we performed it in 2014.  There are other (likely illegal) videos of it on Youtube as well.

Here are the reasons this Saturday will just be business as usual:

Doors open at 8 am, lock again at 11:30. Come help with setup! And please don't prop the door open unless you're going to unprop it too!

Rehearsal runs from 8:30 to 11:00. 

Thanks again for all the people who made our performance at Abravanel Hall come together! We are proud of you!

:)