27 October 2014


Did you have fun? I had fun, for sure. I enjoyed getting to know you, or getting to know you better. I enjoyed making music with you, attempting to whack you (or watching you attempting to whack each other), and I especially enjoyed the good laugh you provided with your skits!
This Saturday, November 1st (8:30 to 11:00) you are invited to wear your costumes to rehearsal, just to prolong the silliness. Sounds fun, eh? Be sure to wear something that doesn't interfere with your main job, which is playing your instrument!
Concert schedule
Our concert is just a few weeks away. Here is a reminder of the schedule:
Saturday, November 22, Bear River High School Auditorium
11:00 am to 1:15 pm, NUYS Rehearsal
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm, NUYCO Rehearsal (flyers will be handed out this Saturday regarding food for this break)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Combined Concert

Thank you for being flexible with our concert schedule! We are pleased to perform at multiple venues throughout Northern Utah, even if it means making some adjustments ahead of time.
For your calendars, our remaining concerts this year will be:
Saturday, February 21, Logan High School Auditorium (we are holding off scheduling the time in case we really like the timing of the November concert)
Monday, March 3, Youth Symphony Festival at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City
*Thursday, April 23, Box Elder High School Auditorium (If you have a foreseeable problem or unresolvable conflict with the Thursday concert next April, be sure to contact me asap.)

Lost and Found:
I have a black cardigan found on the porch between Agape and Gohio. Let me know if it's yours!

See you Saturday!
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22 October 2014


We are really looking forward to the retreat!

Just a couple notes: 
If you get this email in time and would like to bring a snack or treat to share for Saturday afternoon, that would be great. Our lunch is at 12:30, and then we have rehearsal, so we will be possibly hungry when it's time to pack up and go home. The camp is feeding us three meals, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch, but not Saturday dinner, so if you are like me, you might want a bit of something after Saturday afternoon rehearsal.

We are looking for someone to help transport a string bass, possibly to camp on Friday, and for sure home from camp on Saturday. The bass player lives east of the Lowe's on Washington and North Street. Please let me know if you can swing that direction either on your way, or on your way home. Thanks!

Don't forget to bring a music stand, and a jacket. It gets chilly up there at night.


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13 October 2014

NUYS Announcements


Fall Break
There is no rehearsal over Fall Break. That's this Saturday, October 18th. We had such a great rehearsal last weekend, so ride the wave by continuing to practice!

We will make up our missed rehearsal, and then some, at the retreat the following week. With a rehearsal on Friday evening and two more on Saturday, we will accomplish a lot, but will have a lot of fun, too! If you lost your retreat schedule, click here for another copy. There is a list of what to bring (and not to bring) included. Be sure to bring at least one music stand. 

The retreat is at Camp Utaba. Here is a link to the camp on Google maps.

Here is the schedule (subject to change, of course).
Friday October 24
4:30pm Adults, any youth helpers & equipment arrive & set up
5:00pm Youth arrive, set up sleeping quarters, meet in the lodge
6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
8:30pm Introductions, Play whack-em (you'll like it) & other games. 
            Create skit groups.
10:00pm Bedtime
10:30pm Lights out

Saturday October 25
7:30am Rise & Shine, pack up, roll up sleeping bags, etc.
8:00am Breakfast 
8:30am Orchestra Rehearsal including group picture (during break)
11:00am Prepare Skits
11:30pm Skit Performances
12:30pm Lunch 
1:00pm Clean cabins; bring luggage to lodge
1:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
4:00pm Snack & one more game
4:30pm Final cleaning (lodge & bathrooms)
5:00-5:30pm Youth picked up, head home before dark (Sunset is 6:30pm) 

I recently sent an email to those who have not turned in permission slips. If you were not a recipient of that email, I have your permission slip.

Our first concert is November 22 at Bear River High School in Garland (near Tremonton). It will be a matinee performance, beginning at 3 pm. We will rehearse on stage 11 am to 1:15 pm, then make way for the Chamber Orchestra to rehearse for an hour or so before the concert. 

We have a parent organizing food for the break in between. Stay on the lookout for announcements about this. If you would like to volunteer to help, let me know.

The concert will be sponsored by Classical Strings. You may have noticed Grover Wilhelmsen when he came and played bass with us last Saturday. He is the owner of Classical Strings, our sponsor for this concert.

If there are any other announcements, I will send another email. 

So excited for the retreat! Let me know if you have questions.

:) Julie Gardner

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03 October 2014

Forms, Tuition, Retreat, FOOD, etc.


Just a reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for turning in the Acceptance, Release and Payment form. Thank you to all who have already done this.

With our retreat coming up in just 3 weeks, don't forget your retreat forms tomorrow. There is a permission slip, and also an optional food suggestions form included at the bottom of the general information sheet. I automatically count everyone as "going" unless they tell me otherwise. Some people have already talked to me.

Important Food Announcement & Inquiry:
Our food committee head cooks from last year have discovered they will be unable to cook for the retreat this year. We have two options: Find someone else, or hire the Camp UTABA staff to provide the food for us. If there is anyone out there willing or able to feed upwards of 80 people for 24 hours, please contact me asap. (The camp kitchen is not available to us if we cater our own meals.)

However, we are not opposed to working with the camp staff for our menu needs, so don't feel too badly if you can't help out. I will have to know ASAP to coordinate our plans with them.

​Looking forward to a great rehearsal tomorrow!

-Julie Gardner, Managing Director​

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