09 February 2015

Mid-Year Showcase Press Release

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony (NUYS) and Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra (NUYCO) will present their winter concert Saturday, February 21, 2015, 5 pm, at Logan High School Auditorium, 162 West 100 South, Logan. Admission is free thanks to the sponsorship of PetsFirst! Wellness Center, Brigham City.

NUYCO, an all-strings orchestra conducted by Amanda Kippen, will open the concert with Beethoven's Fidelio Finale and his Adagio Cantabile - Pathetique, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 8, and Italian Folk Festival. 

NUYS, a full symphony orchestra conducted by Conrad Dunn, will follow with Beethoven's 5th Symphony (1st mvt), Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnole (mvt 1&5), Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Sampson & Delilah, and Elliot Del Borgo's Aboriginal Rituals. In addition, two featured soloists will be accompanied by the orchestra. Joshua Austin and Jaquell Taylor will perform a concerto for two celli by Vivaldi.

These youth orchestras are projects of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society. Join us for the Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction March 14. More info at www.NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org.


Joshua Austin is a senior at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah. He is the son of Ken and Diane Austin. He began cello lessons with Meg Ferry and studied with her for 8 years. Joshua is a member of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony as principal cellist. He is also a member of his school's orchestra where he is principal cellist. Music is a big part of Joshua's life. He also studies guitar and piano, and is a percussionist in the Box Elder band program. He enjoys marching band, jazz band, drum line and drumming just for fun. He freely shares his talents in other groups, as well. He is a member of and plays guitar with the Hot Apple Pie Fiddlers and cello in a double quartet group, Aspen Strings. Joshua also teaches private cello and guitar lessons. In his spare time, he likes to compose New Age music on the computer.

Jaquell Taylor is a sophomore at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah.  She is the daughter of Joel and Amber Taylor.  She has studied cello for 10 years with John Findlay and Paul Joines.  She started at the age of 3 on violin, but three years later fell in love with the sound of the cello, and has never looked back.  Jaquell is a member of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony in Brigham City, Utah.  Jaquell is involved in the Fremont High School Orchestra as well where she serves as principal cellist.  She is also serving as principal cellist in the Weber School District Honor Orchestra this year. Jaquell enjoys being a member of the Hot Apple Pie Fiddlers, as well as a member of a double quartet, Aspen Strings.  She has received superior ratings at ASTA festivals for the past 9 years. Jaquell also has her own private cello studio where she teaches private cello lessons. Jaquell loves the challenge of performing music, and the emotional outlet that it can give to her during practicing.  

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