29 December 2007

LYS Saturday Report December 29th 2007

Hello Parents and Musicians!

This is Julie Gardner, Managing Director, 435.723.8262, LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com or GJulieKay@juno.com. Access past LYS Saturday Reports, fundraising information, calendar, membership, etc., by clicking "weekly rehearsal report" on the Lincoln Youth Symphony website: http://LincolnYouthSymphony.googlepages.com

Remember to email me about attendance. This means a missed rehearsal, or if you will be leaving early or coming late, and please be choosy about what constitutes a "good reason to miss."

For the most part, everyone has been fantastic about letting me know!

Commitment makes this orchestra thrive! Block out Saturdays for the year. Tell people you are already booked.

Thanks to all who keep us going. 2007 has been a great year!

Please add LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com to your safe sender's list. My emails may be coming from that address from now on.

(And remember us if you are looking for a tax-deductible place for your money to land before the end of the year!)

Gala Fundraiser Date Change: February 8th, 2008

Our Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction has been moved one day earlier: It will be Friday, February 8th, 2008. Please block this out on your calendar. We expect this to be the major fundraiser for the year, and we know we can bring in much more than the measly $300 we made at the car wash last year.

Every musician will be expected to sell tickets, and also help out or participate in some way, either with the entertainment or other work. Prepare for a great opportunity to perform for an audience before solo & ensemble contest. Gear up for a fun party!

If you have ideas or questions or wish to be involved in a large or small way, please contact me or board member Tamera Terry office@infovets.com .

Our Last Rehearsal: Saturday, December 15th, 2007
We checked out Bacchanale and, for most people, Beethoven's 5th Symphony (we'll be playing the first movement). We will check out Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony (we'll be playing the 3rd movement) on January 5th since we now have the missing parts and transpositions. You should already have Hungarian Dance in your folders.

We will be choosing from these for our trip to Abravanel Hall on March 10th.
We will also be playing some of these at the final concert, which will most likely be on April 19th.
The final piece(s) for our next concert (March 1) will be a concerto (or two) from our concerto auditions on January 5th.
The Violas, Cellos, and Basses brought treats. Thanks to everyone who remembered (especially Amylee)!
If you meant to audition and didn't make it, please contact me. We might be able to have you come at 7:45 on Jan 5th!

Don't forget, we are still trying to fill seats in the brass section -- horns, another trumpet, a tuba or bass trombone. Let's expand our ability to play fabulous music by filling all our seats!

Our Next Rehearsal: January 5th, 2008
Our rehearsal time will again be 8:00 am for everyone.
We are relying on the Winds, Brass and Percussion for treats. Sustenance. We love healthy refreshments!

Our Concerto Auditions will be right after rehearsal that day. Students who I know of that are auditioning are: Rhiannon, Jana, Candace, Nathan S, and Hope. If there is anyone else (Eddy?) please contact me immediately. Otherwise, I will only send the detailed audition information to those five students.

Music Inventory
The Friday before Christmas, Marsha Stokes and I did the bulk of the work moving twelve filing cabinets full of Golden Spike Music into my garage in Perry. 7 of them seem to be full of Orchestra music, and the other 5 seem to have Marching Band music in them. The music looks to be in good shape, and if it's not usable by us and the parts are all there, we may be able to sell it on Ebay or to local schools as a fund raiser.

But the point is: We are now ready for the music inventory. We can't use it if we don't know what's there! We need willing helpers, and if someone has a propane heater, my garage is frigid!

Pencil in January 19th for an inventory party. There is no rehearsal that Saturday. Plan to bring a laptop computer if you have one. RSVP so I know how many people will be here.

Membership Fees
If you have not paid or made arrangements for your membership fee, I will begin contacting each of you on an individual basis soon.
Thanks very much to those who have saved me the trouble by contacting me instead. You are a blessing in my life!
VERY IMPORTANT:  Unallocated Membership Fee: We still have one fee that was paid in September and the last name on the check was Andersonwe are not sure who to credit that payment to. If it was you, or you have an idea of who it might be from, please let me know! Thanks. :)

If you purchased grocery certificates at the concert, you know by now how easy it is. If we make this an ongoing fundraiser, it can make a big difference. I will have green flyers for the grocery fundraisers at rehearsal. Please participate in this program. It is a painless way to raise money for the youth symphony. More information at http://lincolnyouthsymphony.googlepages.com. Click on "Fundraising" on the left sidebar.
Julie Gardner
John Findlay
James Arbizu

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