19 February 2011

Abravanel Hall Permission Slips


Our trip to Abravanel Hall is next week! Information sheets including permission slips and school excuse forms were handed out today. There were several people who did not receive one today. They will get them in the mail on Wednesday (as there is no mail on Monday, they will not go out until Tuesday). The permission form at the bottom of the paper must be returned at rehearsal on Saturday Feb 26. All who bring them will receive a slice of homemade bread! :) From Me!

Here is the information about schedule from the top part of the letter:
Our performance at Abravanel Hall is February 28, 2011. Our schedule is as follows (times subject to change):
·          6:15 a.m. Load the Bus and leave ACYI
·          6:30-6:40 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the Park & Ride
·          6:45-6:55 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S
·          7:30-7:45 a.m. Arrive Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City: Please bring a sack lunch and any snacks you will need to get you through the entire morning. There are no nearby eating establishments. You may eat on the bus or outside before we leave. We are not allowed to eat in Abravanel Hall, and you will not be allowed to leave & find food.
·          8:00 a.m. Granite Jr Youth Symphony and Jordan Youth Symphony performances
·          9:00 a.m. Warm Up in the Green Room
·          9:30 a.m. Lincoln Youth Symphony performance!!!
·          10:00 a.m. Group picture on the grand staircase. Bring $15 for an 8x10 picture [this slightly higher photo cost now includes shipping to each musician's home instead of sending the photos to me... since they tend to arrive after our last concert, this makes things less stressful for me! Yay]. Make checks payable to Patrick Webster.
·          10:30 a.m. Utah Valley Youth Philharmonia, Granite Youth Senior Symphony, Jordan/Canyons Symphony Orchestra performances
·          12:00 p.m. Load the bus and head for home. We will leave Salt Lake at about 12:15 p.m.
·          1:00 p.m. Arrive at Riverdale Park & Ride.
·          1:20 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride
·          1:40 p.m. Arrive at ACYI
Ø       These times are dependent on traffic and unforeseeable events, so we'll need to be flexible. Parents, please come to pick up your musician a few minutes early just in case!
Ø       There is room on the bus for cellos and probably basses… We've seen them fit before!
Ø       Each musician is very important to our performance. Since this is not technically a school-sponsored activity, their time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. 

Our Fundraiser went very well last night!

Many thanks are in order, including Tami Hunter for her indefatigable work to seek out silent auction items, and all those who sold tickets or purchased tickets. Thank you sooo much for your support!

Paradise Furniture's generous donation of the recliner is deeply appreciated, as well as all the other businesses and individuals. 

I'm a little loopy right now, so I'm not going to even try listing anyone else [Tiffany Schultz] who deserves deep gratitude [Many Local Businesses], but we brought in more than $2000, similar to what we get from some grants - which is the goal - to make up for a lost grant. Thank you for your kind support!

If you need another copy of the permission form, please email me at LincolnYouthSymphony AT gmail.com (replacing AT with @).

See you next Saturday, normal time! If, for some reason, you are not going to be at rehearsal next week, please find a way to relay the necessary information, and be prepared to turn the slip in to the chaperon in charge on the bus!

Remember: Home Made Bread :) Mmmmmmmm.

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

15 February 2011

Please reply! Thanks!


I was so pleased with last Saturday's rehearsal. It really felt like we made good use of our time, and the Schubert is sounding great! We will be handing out at least one more piece (for the April 16 final concert) this Saturday, but we will still focus almost exclusively on the Schubert for Abravanel Hall for the next two rehearsals. I will send a separate email with the schedule and other information for Abravanel Hall.

Thanks to all of last Saturday's sectional specialists. You all did a fantastic job! Having "new blood" around really energized me. I hope it did the same for you.
Sarah Pehrson
Nada Pehrson 
Me :)
Chuck Thompson
Melanie Pehrson
Linda Hansen

This Friday is the Gala, 6pm, Brigham City Senior/Community Center, 24 N 300 W, Brigham City. The silent auction and door prizes will be awesome, and don't forget to buy raffle tickets. Paradise Furniture has donated a recliner - the winner of the raffle gets a certificate and goes to the store to choose their own color for the brand new chair (it will not be the floor model). Tickets for the raffle will be $1 or 6 for $5. Silent auction items are plentiful. It's going to be awesome, but you need to bring your neighbors and friends so that the fundraiser is successful. There's nothing like trying to squeeze blood from a turnip!

I will be making phone calls tonight to everyone who hasn't notified me about tickets. We need numbers for the Caterer by Wednesday.

Save me a phone call and send me an email, K? This is going to be a wonderful dinner and the Silent Auction is going to be stupendous. I have asked each student to try and sell 4 tickets. Please put an extra push on it today!

You are all awesome. 

It takes a great rehearsal with good attendance (like last Saturday) to really show me why I put so much time and effort into this. 

Thank you!

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

11 February 2011

Utah Symphony Classical Countdown Student Voting

The following email is from Beverly Hawkins of the Utah Symphony. You all should vote! It sounds fun!


Youth Orchestra Directors,

Utah Symphony would like to invite your student musicians to participate in the voting to select the pieces to be played on our Classical Countdown concert on April 26, 2011. You can help by forwarding this email to your youth orchestra, bringing their attention to the invitation in the box below. Thanks for your help in getting the word out.

We need your help! On Tuesday, April 26, the Utah Symphony will present a Classical Countdown concert on our Family Series. Big Budah from Fox 13 will host the concert, leading us through the thrilling countdown of pieces voted on by young musicians. That's where you come in.

We invite you to look through the list and vote for up to 10 pieces. Voting closes at 5 pm on February 28.

Then plan to join us for the concert on April 26. You'll want to see how your choices stack up to your young musical colleagues. Student tickets are only $8

($10 on the day of the concert). You can buy them at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or order them by calling 801-533-6683.

To vote, go to this link: http://poll.fm/2p66d

We can't wait to see the results!

Beverly Hawkins
Symphony Education Manager

09 February 2011

Great Concert!


Thanks for a great concert! I had many positive comments. Thanks to Hector and Sarah for all their incredibly hard work preparing to perform, and thanks to our extra helpers as well, including the really cool string players who played percussion for Aladdin! 

Wasn't Rob funny? 

Thank you, parents, for your continued support! Your youth are awesome!

Update: Last week, I contacted the dispatch for our bus to Abravanel Hall, but I'm still waiting to hear back. I will let you know the official schedule as soon as I know. Just plan to be gone from about 6:30am to 1pm on February 28th. That should about cover it! If you have a schedule conflict, you can have a parent drive you down, or pick you up early. We can discuss this at length as soon as I have the official schedule.

Gala Gala Gala Gala Gala

Oh, the Gala! Please Please Please bring ticket money this Saturday. The dinner is only 9 days away! Everyone needs to sell at least 4 tickets. To be in the running for the prize, you'll for sure need to sell more - Preston had 6 people buy tickets at the concert. Remember I have all the forms on the website. Click here for a direct link.

See you Saturday for regular rehearsal 9-11:15am!


04 February 2011

Press Release for Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society Fundraiser Feb 18

The Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society runs local projects supporting youth and adult classical musicians in Brigham City, Tremonton, Ogden, and surrounding communities. Lincoln Youth Symphony and Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Lake Bonneville Community Symphony, are projects of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society.

In addition to funding from the George S & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the Utah Arts Council, the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society relies on their annual Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction as an enjoyable way to spotlight local support.

So far this year, they would like to thank the following businesses that have graciously donated to the effort: Paradise Furniture, Honeyville Grain, Hair Therapee, Utah Jazz, Attitudes Salon, Footzoning from Misa Findlay, Piano Tuning from John Findlay, Hand-Carved Walking Stick from Bruce Howard, Alpine Gardens, Canyon View Animal Health Center, Classical Strings, Idle Isle Candy, Peach City, Holmes Clothing, Cover Up, Murphy's Appliance, Sonic, Hunan Village, Domino's, Drewes Floral, Premium Meat Company, Idle Isle Cafe, R & K Marble, The Ark. 

The organization is still seeking additional donations for their silent auction, as well as cash donations to support this worthy cause. It is imperative that this year's fundraiser be highly successful to keep the programs serving the youth of this and surrounding communities. Grant money is never a guarantee, and awards have been smaller each year for several years.

This event will be Friday, February 18, 2011, at 6:00 pm at the Brigham City Senior/Community Center, 24 N 300 W. Tickets for the roast beef dinner are currently on sale at $15 per plate. The evening includes a raffle for the Paradise Furniture recliner, a silent auction, and live entertainment. If you know a member of either youth symphony, please contact them for your tickets, or contact Julie Gardner, 435.723.8262, LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com.

Concert Tomorrow


Here's the low-down for tomorrow, February 5, 2011:

Don't forget that rehearsal is at Box Elder Middle School, 18 S 500 E, Brigham City, at 9am sharp. We may end at 11am, but we reserve the right to go until 11:15. Hee Hee. 

Don't forget to bring money for ticket sales to the Gala Fundraiser. I will have tickets for you!

Don't forget that the concert is at 5pm at Box Elder Middle School. It will last 30-40 minutes. Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors, $2 children 11 & under, $12 Families under one roof.

Don't forget to bring your instrument. Ha Ha.

Don't forget to turn in all music except the Schubert after the concert. There will be a regular rehearsal every Saturday this month, even President's Day weekend.

Don't forget we will be playing the entire Schubert at Abravanel Hall on Feb 28, so start polishing that first movement again!

I'm glad to be home again! See ya tomorrow!

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott