10 December 2011

LYS Saturday Report!


Thanks for the very productive rehearsal today. We are making progress on our music, and having a nice time with it as well. You are all a delight to spend Saturday mornings with! I just want you to know that -- I would not love coming if it weren't for your smiling faces and hard working attitudes. Keep up the great work!

We look forward to having everyone back next week after a weekend of ACT tests and other things!

Here is the list of what we are playing for the Feb 4th concert:
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, last movement
Saint-Saens Cello Concert, first movement (ends at letter F)
Liszt Piano Concerto, first movement
Orchestra Pieces (if we don't use all of them, we will still perform them at Abravanel Hall):
Haydn Surprise Symphony (No. 94), Andante - second movement
Grand March from Tannhauser - Wagner
Little Russian - Tchaikovsky

Other stuff in our folders:
New World Symphony Excerpts (we probably won't play this one at all - we'll work up to playing the real thing)
Prometheus by Beethoven - we are planning to perform this at Abravanel Hall, so practice the fast parts!

We have one more rehearsal before Christmas break. Let's make it a great one! Today we had some extra help for the violins with fingerings on the Mendelssohn. Thank you, Amber Taylor! You are a gem! If you are a 1st or 2nd violin and you didn't make today's rehearsal, be sure to get fingerings from a friend. Help for the cellos is also on its way. :)


I have posted information on two competitions - a concerto competition for woodwind, brass and percussion players, and a chamber music competition for any group of 3 to 8 players - on the blog. It is good information worth passing on, so be sure to check it out!

I have also posted a cartoon featuring Haydn's Surprise Symphony. It made me laugh, so I hope you like it. Here is the link.


Now, since we are laughing about the cartoon, I have to ask for parental help! We need more people on the Gala committees. You know you should help! Ticket sales (keep track of tickets sold by students - submit numbers for the caterer), Silent Auction (organize & display stuff for sale), Donations Committee (procuring donations), Decorations & Setup, Publicity, Entertainment. So far, if there is someone on these committees, it's only one person! Let's spread the love, get to know each other better, and have a great time into the bargain.

This year's Gala is on February 11th. 

Blessings to you all! Thank you for sharing your gift of music with us.

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

Haydn's Surprise Symphony

from The Hoffnung Music Festival by the late Gerard Hoffnung,
a very silly Englishman!

2012 Utah Chamber Music Competition for high school and university students

The Student Advisory Committee at the University of Utah School of Music
proudly presents the


Open to college and high school chamber groups of all instruments and voice types

The Student Advisory Committee at the University of Utah School of Music is excited to announce the Second Annual Utah Chamber Music Competition! The competition will be held on Monday & Tuesday, March 5 & 6, 2012 in David P. Gardner Hall at the University of Utah. College and high school chamber groups of all instruments and voice types with three to eight musicians are invited to compete. Five groups will be chosen to win a cash prize, a one-hour coaching session with one of the judges, and a featured performance at the Winners' Concert on Monday, April 9, 2012. We are also very excited to announce that this year we will be offering a scholarship to the University of Utah Chamber Music Workshop to the top winners.

** Note from Julie: I encourage you to compete and I am willing to help you prepare for this wonderful opportunity. The application deadline is February 20, 2012. Click here to download and print a poster to advertise at your school and click here to view their competition rules and guidelines.

The purpose of this competition is to foster and inspire enthusiasm and passion for chamber music in students of all levels while providing opportunities to improve chamber music performance skills. It is our hope that through this competition, students will cultivate greater communication and collaboration across schools and communities in order to create uplifting and enriching music for all to enjoy.

To learn more about the Utah Chamber Music Competition as well as complete application materials and view competition rules and guidelines, visit umarket.utah.edu/uumusic.

Please direct all questions to umusac@gmail.com

We appreciate your help in continuing the success of the Utah Chamber Music Competition!

School of Music Student Advisory Committee

This event is funded in part by Fine Arts Fees.

The first annual Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition

New Logo Bar
The first annual Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition

Legacy Music Alliance and the Utah Wind Symphony are pleased to announce the first annual Utah Wind Symphony Student Concerto Competition for junior high, high school, and college musicians. Designed to enrich music education in our state, this event will give three of Utah's top student musicians the opportunity to perform a solo work with the UWS. Selected students who advance to the finals round will participate in a professional audition process, helping to prepare them for professional auditions, job interviews, and other critical moments in their lives. An event like this is only possible through UWS's partnership with Legacy Music Alliance.

Students will be selected through a competitive audition process, and three winners will be selected to perform with the Utah Wind Symphony in concert at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City on March 29, 2012. All students who participate will receive written feedback based on their recording. Additionally, students will be competing for the opportunity to win one of the following scholarships generously donated by Legacy Music Alliance:

  • Three $1,500 scholarships for collegiate division students
  • Three $1,500 scholarships for high school division students
  • Two $1,000 scholarships to junior high school division students

All woodwind, brass, and percussion students who currently reside in the state of Utah and are of junior high (grades 6 -9) high school (grades 10 -12), or college age (students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, no age limit) are eligible to compete.

Application Guidelines
  • Applicant must provide an unedited DVD video recording with piano accompaniment of the first or last movement of a work for their instrument from the approved repertoire list.
  • A non-refundable $75 application fee is required. The fee will be waived for members of Legacy Music Alliance's moNET (Music Opportunity Network). Learn more about moNET at www.musicopportunitynetwork.org
  • Application form, recording, and non-refundable application fee (checks payable to Utah Wind Symphony) must be postmarked by January 3, 2012 and sent together in one packet to: UWS Concerto Competition Committee, 1498 North 125 East, Layton, UT 84041.
  • Applicants will be notified by January 21, 2012 regarding their selection as a finalist in the live audition.
  • Live auditions will be held before a selection committee at Summerhays Recital Hall on January 28, 2012. Finalists are required to provide their own accompanist for the audition.
  • The winners will be announced by January 30, 2012. The decision of the judges is final.
All scholarship winners must be present at the March 29, 2012 concert to receive their scholarship.

Important Dates

January 3, 2012 - Application packet postmarked

January 28, 2012 - Live audition for finalists held at Summerhays Music in Murray

March 29, 2012 - Top three winners will perform with the Utah Wind Symphony, and all scholarship winners will be presented with their awards.