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 Protégé 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.

NUYS Announcements for 5/8 rehearsal


Thanks to everyone who has registered audience members! Just to clarify, you can have more than one group register, just try to keep the number of people coming to see you at 10 or under, and do request additional seats as you see fit. I will keep track and let you know if it looks like we will be going over our limit, but I doubt we will. Here's the link for the registration.

Tomorrow's rehearsal will follow roughly the same schedule as last week, with doors opening at 8, sectionals at 8:30, with strings all together, running Fanfare at 9, and then full orchestra at approximately 9:15, with the concerto last. Clean up at 11.

This week and next week we will be at promontory school at our normal times, and then we will be at Box Elder High School on Monday May 17th.

Schedule for concert day:
3:00 set up. If you live closeby or go to BEHS, please come help. I know this is not closeby for many of you, and I really appreciate anything you have to do to make it on time. If you need a note from me, please ask.
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. 

I have sent a press release to the papers, and will have it up on the website sometime today, when I get a chance.

Thank you! I can't believe we've had such a great year, considering everything!

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 22-23, retreat at Camp UTABA - If you need to take the ACT this fall, take it in September or December! Our retreat is ACT weekend! Plan ahead.... 😉

If you are sick or quarantined, you know the drill. Here's the link to the Attendance Form.

See you all tomorrow! You are all wonderful!

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

05 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!

04 May 2021

Concert Audience Registration

Hello all! The time has come, for the third time, to register your concert attendees! 

The concert is finalized! (Thanks, Julie!) It is Monday, May 17, at 5:30 PM at Box Elder High School. We get to have a normal sized audience - wahoo - because of two reasons: 1) we will contact trace everyone, just as before, and everyone will wear a mask, just as before. You guys know the drill. Thanks for this amazing year! We feel so fortunate.

There is a 10 person limit per family. If we get close to overbooking, we will let you know! Invite anyone you would like! Please remind them to wear masks the entire time

We also need extra check-in people and ushers to handle the larger audience, plus volunteers to strike the stage at the end. Please either fill out the volunteer sheet if you are interested or email or text me!

Here is the Volunteer sheet! 

Thanks again! What an excellent year this has been. 

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

Audience Registration Begins NOW!

Audience Registration for our May 17th concert begins now! 

The concert is Monday, May 17th, at 5:30 pm at Box Elder High School. We have permission to invite a normal sized audience!

There is basically no limit to how many people you can invite or bring, as long as we contact-trace the audience, and everyone wears a mask. If it looks like we're going to overbook the place, I'll let you know!

I'm putting a 10 person limit per family and as long as we don't go over about 750 people in the audience (which I don't think we've ever done in a normal year), then we're good to go! Feel free to ask for more seats in the comments. But don't claim seats that you won't be using!

Let's build a great big awesome audience!

The short version: 
  • Invite anyone you want!
  • Have them register ahead of time.
  • Make sure they know they have to wear masks the entire time because the social distance restrictions have been lifted.

Volunteers Needed
We will also need extra check-in people and ushers to handle the larger audience, plus volunteers to strike the stage at the end. 

Please consider signing up to help with this! 

Here is the Volunteer sheet! 

If you can see it but can't figure out how to sign up, just reply to this email and let me know what you want to sign up for... I'll add you to the list. 

Thanks, everyone, for participating in this miraculous season!

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

30 April 2021

NUYS Announcements for 1 May 2021


Countdown to the concert: We have rehearsals May 1, 8 and 15, with a half hour sound check on the stage before the concert which will be at either 5 or 5:30 pm (depending on requirements at the school). 

Tomorrow's rehearsal will look similar to last week with the following approximate schedule: 
8:00 am Doors unlock automatically - come help set up!
8:20 am Set up for sectionals
8:30 am  Sectionals as follows
Woodwinds and brass separate - with Fanfare at 9:00 am
Strings all together in the gym
9:15 am Full Orchestra with the concerto going last so we can excuse the Harp
11:00 am Clean up
11:30 am Doors lock automatically

I will send a separate link for you to forward so we can get our audience registered. I haven't sent it yet as I need a few more details from the school.

Thanks, everyone! You are all awesome! What a wonderful year we have had! 


Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

23 April 2021

Rehearsal Plans tomorrow - NUYCO


Mr. West asked me to notify all NUYCO members about our rehearsal plan tomorrow so you can be prepared! It will go as follows...

9:45 Full ensemble, focusing on the Beethoven, sections J and K
10:00 Sctionals
10:30 Full ensemble

See you tomorrow!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

NUYS Announcements for 24 April


I hope you've had a great week! 

Tomorrow, our best-guess schedule will be: 
8:00 doors automatically unlock - come help set up!
8:20 prepare for sectionals - GOAL: Start on time... or early!
8:30 sectionals:
Strings together for 25-30 minutes, and then separated until 9:15
Brass and woodwinds in their normal places
Fanfare at 9:00
9:15 full orchestra 
Starting with Die Meistersinger, then Capriccio, then the Concerto at the end
11:00 clean up - realize as we get closer to the concert, the details we need to work on may cause rehearsal to run a little long.
11:30 doors automatically lock

Reminder that the concert is Monday, May 17, at 5 or 5:30 pm, with very short rehearsals for each orchestra right before.

We will start our audience registration very soon! Watch for an audience registration email.

Naomi Miles has more Smith's gift cards to sell, as well as Kent's cards which work at Macey's and Lee's as well. They are in $50's and $100's. She will have them at the concert, but if you'd like them earlier, contact her directly. Her number is 435.553.9395.
Don't forget about the Attendance Form! If you are sick with anything, or quarantined, or have to miss. If the form is glitching on you, send an email or text me (435.740.4335). Although I prefer the form, I'd rather have the information. 


Thanks so much! See you all tomorrow! 
Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

16 April 2021

NUYS Announcements for 17 April


I've noticed that we are getting tired and coming later and later! Please be sure to come early so you're ready for the start time of sectionals. It's a short sectional tomorrow, and every minute counts! We can power through these last few weeks and put on a stupendous concert! I believe in you! 

Here's our schedule for tomorrow:
8:00 doors unlock automatically - thanks to those who so consistently come early and help set up! You are wonderful!
8:20 prepare for sectionals
8:30 short sectionals (all separate, strings where we've been sending you, with Fanfare for a minute down the hall)
9:00 Full Orchestra 
Wieniawski will be first, for about a half hour
Capriccio Espagnol
(Mr Dunn is leaving early, at which time Jarom will guest conduct the rest of the rehearsal)
(There will also be a break sometime in there!)
11:00 Pack up and put away
11:30 doors lock automatically

You know the drill with attendance, especially if you are sick or quarantined! Please let me know:
Attendance Form.

Have a most wonderful afternoon! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

Rehearsal Tomorrow - NUYCO

Hello all, just a quick reminder about rehearsal tomorrow! 9:45 - 11:15 AM, like normal. I may not be able to attend rehearsal, so if you have a question for me, please text or email me. Thanks!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director