20 November 2011

LYS: See You in Two Weeks!


Thanks for the great time this weekend at the retreat. Please be sure to contact me if you have suggestions for our retreat next year. We are on the Camp UTABA calendar for October 26-27, 2012 -- maybe it won't be snowing. Nice!

This is just a quick reminder that there is NO rehearsal next Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving. It is (in my opinion) the best holiday of the year!

Next rehearsal: December 3, 9:00 - 11:15 am, ACYI.


Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

10 November 2011

Cookie Reminder


I have cookies for everyone who brings the retreat permission slip on Saturday!

Strings: Don't forget we start at 8:00am, Box Elder Middle School, 18 S 500 E, Brigham City.

Need another copy of the permission slip? Click Here.


Reply to this email or call me with questions: 435 723 8262.

05 November 2011

Retreat Confirmation (Extra Note)

I just sent an email like the one below to everyone, but with personal information in it. 

Please contact me if you did not receive one -- that will mean I made a MisTaKe! 

So, I'm hoping you all got it and that you read it to the very bottom! Please REPLY to the aforementioned personal email I sent so I know you received it and I know how to count you for overnight and meals!  :D

Thanks so much for being awesome!

-- Julie


I'm just writing to every member of LYS and double checking on plans for the retreat. I've listed below who I am planning on attending, and whether there are any specific scheduling issues for that student, and what their payment situation is. Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for someone to carpool with. I'd be happy to connect people! The information sheet (which you keep) and permission form (which you turn in on Nov 12 in exchange for a cookie) are attached to today's email that I sent out earlier.

Student(s) attending:
Any scheduling conflicts:

I must have a solid headcount by the end of the weekend. I will be turning in numbers for meals & accommodations on Monday morning. 

Thanks so much!

Julie Gardner

Links to Retreat Forms


This is for anyone who read today's email online and wants the attached documents (which are obviously not attached on the blog post!) so here are the links to PDF Files uploaded to Google Docs. Anyone with a link can view them - you do not need a Google account.

Great! I'm hoping that works fine and dandy! :)


Concert then Retreat


Thanks for your hard work this morning, and a huge thank-you to Diane Austin and Amy Braithwaite for working with the violins, Anna Henke for working with the cellos and basses, and Diane Beeton working with woodwinds -- a big thank-you to all of you for helping to make it such a productive rehearsal. You are truly appreciated!

Retreat Handouts

I have attached the Retreat Permission Form and the Retreat Information sheet that I handed out at the end of rehearsal today. Please look them over, and fill out the permission form. I would like to collect all of the Permission forms next Saturday. (I will have cookies for everyone who remembers to bring their permission form!)

Extremely Important: I will be sending individual emails today to each member about their plans are for the retreat. I need to know by this MONDAY if you will be attending all or part of the retreat, and which meals we need to order for you. Remember, we'd love to have you there -- even it it's just for part of it. Camp UTABA needs a headcount! 

Remember next week's timeline:

Location: Box Elder Middle School Auditorium, 18 S 500 E, Brigham City
Click Here for an exact location on Google maps of where to enter the building (the green arrow); you can also "zoom" or "get directions" as needed.

8am Strings Rehearsal
9am Woodwinds and Brass join rehearsal
11:15am (or possibly earlier) End of Rehearsal (LYCO is right after us)

4:00pm Arrival Time for Concert
4:30pm Concert Begins (LYCO is first)
5:45pm Concert will end by then :)


Please note that there is a small admission fee for the concert: $3 for Adults, $2 for children (11 and under), $12 for Families under one roof.

Concert Dress

If you have questions about concert attire, please contact me by replying to this email, or call me 435.723.8262.

Calendar & Website

Please note that I diligently update the Online Calendar, so if you have questions about where, when, what, how, who, or whether (giggle), you might check the calendar. If you have a Google account, you can actually subscribe to the calendar. Ah, the intrigue of technology! 

Did you know that every email I send to the group is posted on the website? So, if you aren't sure what I said and you deleted your email, check it out! LincolnYouthSymphony.blogspot.com


I'm still looking for a camera volunteer, as mentioned last week.

See Ya Next Week!

Thanks bunches for everything! I'm wishing Rob a safe trip home from Boise!

Practice, Practice, Practice! It's going to be a great concert!

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

02 November 2011

LYS - Nov 12 Rehearsal Time Change - Please read to the end! :)


Thanks for a good rehearsal last week. It's going to be great to have everyone involved in the play back at rehearsal again.

Concerto Auditions

A big congratulations to all the students who auditioned for the Concerto Night concert. It takes a long time and a lot of work - and diligent practice - to prepare a concerto. I'm sure you see that as you watch Krystell prepare for her performance! She is a great example to all of us. (If this is something you are interested in doing in the future, please talk with Rob or me and let's choose a piece together that will work well for the orchestra -- before you spend a year learning it!)

Our concerto night performers will be 
Joshua Musselman, from Logan, playing the first movement of Piano Concerto No 1 by Liszt
Ryan Stocks, from Brigham City, playing the first movement of Cello Concerto No 1 by Saint-Saens
Andrew Johnson, from Perry, playing the third movement of the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn

These are three of the pieces we will be diligently learning for our next concert! I'm excited because they are all FULL orchestra pieces --  not that we don't love the Accolay, but it's only scored for Strings! :)

Volunteers needed - if you have a sense that either of these might be something you can help with, please step forward! 

I no longer have a van to haul percussion, and I need someone with a large enough vehicle to fit a few timpani & other various pieces of equipment. I can NO LONGER do this myself, so I need a volunteer to meet me at ACYI on Saturday, Nov 12, at 7:15 am. We load percussion, haul it to the Middle School, and leave it there for the day. Preferably, the same volunteer would then haul the percussion equipment back to ACYI after the concert (at about 6pm). It's a good deed to help a stranded symphony manager! Let me know if you'd like to help! :)

Still looking for someone to video the concert -- if you don't have a good camera, I have one that works really well and records the sound very nicely. Let's get together on it, K?

November 5 Rehearsal

This Saturday, November 5, is our last rehearsal before we go to the auditorium for the dress rehearsal. We have a lot of work to do, and Rob is going to be out of town for a wedding. Actually, he loves us so much that he tried to get out of going, but in the end he really needs to be in Boise, so he has created an elaborate schedule for us. We will be having sectionals (split into smaller groups) for the first hour, and then running through pieces during the second hour + 15 minutes. Please be on time, and come ready to work! :)

November 12 Rehearsal

This is the one with the big change, and it only involves the strings: The strings will be starting rehearsal on Saturday November 12 at the Middle School Auditorium (18 S 500 E, Brigham) at 8:00 am. Yes, you read that right. Woodwinds & Brass will join us at 9:00 am, the regular time. Rehearsal will be over by 11:00 or 11:15 am and LYCO will begin their rehearsal as soon as we are done. If you think you're going to die, bring a snack! :)

November 12 Concert

Remember we have changed our concert time to 4:30pm. Please arrive at 4:00pm dressed for the concert. We perform after LYCO. I have posted the press release (with the non-silly photos) on the website. Click here to read it. Hopefully the papers will publish it! 

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students, and $12 for all family under one roof.

Why is there is an admission charge to the concert? (I wish it were free!) If someone wants to take the banner of finding sponsors for our concerts, we would be able to do away with admission, but at this point, it covers the cost of the hall and also supplements some operating expenses. Please come talk to me or a member of the board if you would like to carry this banner!

Concert Dress -- a reminder that you need to get your wardrobe ready.

Extra Extra: Don't find yourself frantically searching thrift stores for black clothing the day of the concert! 
  • Male: Black tux or equivalent suit (*this includes black slacks and a black jacket), white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black shoes. 
  • Female: Black dress, formal trouser suit, or blouse & skirt, midriff covered, conservative neckline, skirts & dresses at least tea-length, slits no higher than knee, black stockings, black shoes, accessories & trim in black.
Thanks for everything - especially all your support! You are all awesome!

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

Press Release for Lincoln Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Concert November 12

The Lincoln Youth Symphony and Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra are pleased to announce the opening of their 2011-2012 season. You are cordially invited to attend their first concert, "Symphonic Sampler", November 12, 2011, at 4:30 pm, at the Box Elder Middle School Auditorium, 18 South 500 East, Brigham City. This will be an eclectic concert, featuring a wide variety of music sure to please all tastes. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 11 & under, or $12 for under-one-roof families.

Click on Photos to Enlarge
Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra

The Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra, the LYS training orchestra for strings, will begin the program. LYCO is conducted by Amanda Kippen, currently a senior at Weber State University in Music Education, and the program will include Christmas favorites such as the Overture from Handel's Messiah, and Sleigh Bells Jingling, as well as Satie's Gymnopedie No 1, and Critter Crawl.

Lincoln Youth Symphony

The Lincoln Youth Symphony, conducted by Robert Bott, will feature Krystell Taylor, violinist, performing the first movement of the Accolay violin concerto. Krystell was one of the winners of the LYS Concerto Competition last year, but broke her arm before she was able to perform in last season's concerto concert. The Lincoln Youth Symphony will also perform a medley from Sound of Music, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, A Bach Christmas, and the Russian Sailor's Dance by Gliere.

Krystell Taylor

Krystell Taylor is 15 years old, and attends Wahlquist Jr. High School in Farr West, Utah. She lives in Plain City, and is the oldest of four children. Krystell started playing the violin when she was three, and took lessons from her mom until she was 11. She then started lessons with Diane Austin, and has taken from Diane for the last three and a half years. Krystell loves music, and is often found singing while working on various projects. She has participated in different ward and school choirs, orchestras, and is currently principle over the second violins in the Lincoln Youth Symphony. She has started teaching some of her own private students, and wants to go on to major in music in college.

LYS and LYCO include students who are participating in their school programs but are looking for more music in their junior high and high school experiences. Students come from as far north as Tremonton, as far east as Logan, as far west as Plain City, and as far south as Riverdale. The orchestras are the main project of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by grants from the George S & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts, and their annual Gala Fundraiser -- supported by many local businesses, parents, grandparents, and Paradise Furniture in Willard, Utah. More information is available at LincolnYouthSymphony.blogspot.com.