21 September 2010
You are receiving this email because of your successful audition for the Lincoln Youth Symphony. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to a new year with new exciting adventures! Whether you are new and this is your first year, or you are returning for another year, I applaud your willingness to make music on Saturday mornings!
It's going to be a fantastic year!
Please Note: This may look like a long email but PLEASE read it. There are changes this year. It's not the same thing. Read on:
- Print the acceptance & payment form. Fill it out and bring it to rehearsal (9-11:15am) this Saturday, Sept 25th. The membership information referenced in the acceptance & payment form is also attached to this email, as is the printable calendar for the year (remember, the most up-to-date calendar info is online on LincolnYouthSymphony.blogspot.com - click "Calendar - LYS" on the right).
- This Week's Schedule -- Saturday, Sept 25th:
- 8:45 am -- Arrive, Set up, Warm up
- 9:00 am to 11:15 am -- Rehearsal
- 11:30 am to 12:15 pm -- Mandatory Parents' Meeting (LYCO & LYS)
- Be sure to get at least one of your parents to attend the Mandatory Parents' Meeting with you. That's this Saturday after our rehearsal from 11:30-12:15. It will be a short meeting and will earn your parents a discount on tuition! Please see the attachment "LYS acceptance and payment form" for additional tuition information.
Next week: Come for a special get-to-know-you weekend including rehearsals, skits, and special workshops with fantastic musicians (I am so excited!). You will learn & grow and come back ready for an awesome year of music making and friendship!
- What: Lincoln Youth Symphony Kickoff and Retreat
- Why: For a Mini-Music-Camp Experience
- Where: Camp Utaba north of Eden, Utah. See www.camputaba.org and click on "maps" on the left sidebar.
- When: Oct 1st, 4pm to Oct 2nd, 1pm, 2010
- Who: All musicians (& chaperons - please contact me if interested)
- Cost: $35 (It is extremely important that each student attend. If the money is a problem, please plan to come anyway and we'll help you work it out!)
Just a note about this retreat: A highlight of my teenage years was Olympic Music Camp near Port Orchard, Washington! I loved it; I went twice. It was a 2-week summer camp. We had orchestra rehearsal morning and afternoon, played in chamber groups, had movie night and skit night and hiked to the big rock on the nearby lake; the percussion & brass learned Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, hauled their equipment around to the other side of the lake, and performed for us! It was amazing. I still get chills just thinking about that music drifting across the lake towards us! One year, the youth symphony learned Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony to perform for our parents on the last day -- like we played the entire symphony -- all four movements! It was intense, but it was amazing! I learned about myself, I made friends, and I wish everyone had that kind of opportunity.This LYS retreat will not be two weeks. In fact, it won't even be a full 24 hours, but it will be as close to music camp as I can make it! We will have specialists up there on Saturday morning for workshops and sectionals. Prepare to be inspired! We will rehearse twice - Friday evening and again Saturday morning. We will have a really outrageous performance & skit night (start thinking now... music-themed skits, please!). You won't want to miss this! Be prepared for a great time!
Okaaaayyyyy! Back to business: we will hand out music this Saturday at our first rehearsal. For our November 20th concert we will be learning:
- Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, 1st movement (we will be learning the entire symphony over the course of the year)
- Suppe's Poet & Peasant Overture
- Copland's Variations on a Shaker Melody
- Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride
Below is a list of this year's orchestra. When you arrive at rehearsal this Saturday, please sit in the order on the list. (Side note: please be aware that there may (not necessarily "will"... just "may") be seating changes after each concert to give leadership opportunities and to balance sections.)
Please also note our needs: Oboes, another bassoon, more horns, Trumpets, another trombone, tuba, percussionist, and MORE STRINGS!
THIS IS A BIG DEAL! IT'S ABOUT GROWING THE GROUP: For a limited time (until the seats are filled), our conductor, Robert Bott, is offering membership to anyone who you think can handle it and who wants to come and play - the audition will be for seating purposes only - your friends' willingness (and your recommendation) takes the place of the membership audition! Get those friends to come! They'll miss the fun retreat if they don't join up right away! Bring them to rehearsal just to play along and check it out! Let's grow this orchestra and help each other make it a fantastic experience!
Okay, okay, here's the list (not that you didn't already scroll down and read it, right?!)....
Flute 1: Jessica D
Flute 2: Becki H
We need oboes!
Clarinet 1: Tami H
Clarinet 2: Ohne
Clarinet 2: Matthew R
Bassoon 1: Jessica R
We need another bassoon!
Horn 1: Jeffrey H
Horn 2: Melinda K
We would happily take more horns!
We need Trumpets!
Trombone 1: Zach F
We need another trombone!
Do you have a friend who plays tuba or percussion?
Kylie C (Co-concertmaster - first chair for November concert)
Sarah P (Co-concertmaster)
Preston S (Principal)
Brittney R (Principal)
Rebekah T (Co-principal - first chair for November concert)
Matthew P (Co-principal)
Thank you for your time! Guess what? This is the end of the email. If you still have questions that were not answered, please contact me!
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10 September 2010
Come Play With Us!
Now for the main reason behind this email: Just a GENTLE REMINDER!
Auditions for this year's Lincoln Youth Symphony are just ONE WEEK AWAY, by appointment, on Sept 18, 2010, from 8:30 to 11am at Adele C Young Intermediate School, 830 Law Drive, Brigham City!
If you have any questions or concerns about the audition process, don't hesitate to contact me by replying to this email or giving me a call at 435.723.8262.
If you are planning on participating, please hit reply to this email and ask for an appointment time. I have spoken to several people who have said, "Oh, yeah, I need an appointment"... so I know you're out there. I have had a few dedicated folks actually make appointments, but I am visualizing a much fuller schedule! Thank you so much... just tell your friends how easy it was to make the appointment!
No one will be turned away without an appointment, but they may end up waiting. Longer. Than. Necessary. I am leaving some spaces for walk-ins, but it's like having reservations at a fancy restaurant! Those who make reservations do not deal with the crowd in the entryway waiting for their turn on a first-come-first-served basis, eh?
Network with friends!
I'll bet you know people who might be interested in LYS, so please pass this information on to them. If you are a teacher, please make this information available to your students. Remember, students must be enrolled in their school music programs to participate. We work together - school programs support us and we support the school programs in return.
Let's work together to make this an amazing year! To start the year out right, we will be going on an overnight retreat October 1-2. It will be an awesome mini-music-camp experience. Don't put off your audition; you might miss the retreat! It's only 2 weeks later!
I have attached [Editor's note: If you are reading this on the blog, please click here for a link to the information packet], for your perusal, all the information that was sent out to returning or prospective musicians. I know some of you have graduated, but many have younger siblings or friends that might absolutely love the experience of playing original compositions with motivated musicians.
Peach Days Concert Tomorrow!
How exciting it has been to get the new season started with Peach Days. It's going to be a fun concert tomorrow, Saturday, 11 September at 1:30pm! If you're not involved but would like to still come, it's on Main Street in Brigham City. After we play our set, we are even collaborating with Kahuna Beach Party on some Beach Boys music!
If you click here, google will show you an aerial shot of where the stage will be - it will face south in the parking lot at the top of the picture. Isn't technology amazing? Now you can zoom out to get your bearings and even get driving directions (beware, however, that Forest will be closed from 8th West all the way to Main Street all day Saturday).
Julie Gardner, Managing Director
Robert Bott, Music Director - Conductor
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