01 September 2017

NUYS Auditions: Important Changes

This is going to everyone from last year that hasn't graduated, and everyone new who has signed up so far. It will also be posted on the blog.

Audition Excerpts
This year, instead of sight reading, we will have your sight reading available ahead of time! Visit the NUYS Auditions tab and download your excerpt, then you have a chance to practice it before auditions, or learn it for the video you are about to make.

Schedule Changes
This year, the time available for auditions is greatly reduced (Just 7 am to noon on 16 Sept) so we are encouraging you to audition with an uploaded video.  We do hope new musicians who haven't played with us before will still be able to audition in person. 

(If you already signed up for a time after 12 pm, I will be contacting you to change your appointment or encourage you to upload a video. Feel free to go on the spreadsheet and change it before I catch up with you!)

Already signed up and want to make a video instead? Please visit the audition appointment spreadsheet and move your name to the "Uploading a Video" column if you already signed up but choose to audition with an uploaded video. This will make room for more new students to audition in person. If we simply run out of room, please audition by uploading a video even if you have not played with us before.

Video Option
You will record your audition and upload it somewhere (dropbox, google drive, youtube, etc) and create a link. If you choose youtube, you can set your video as only visible to those with a link, so it doesn't have to be public. This must be a video that is made specifically for this audition. Click here for a script. No videos of last year's recital! 

You will submit the video link to us via this specific google form. It must be less than 5 minutes, and it must be submitted before Sept 16. If you are new to the youth symphony, we encourage you to audition in person if at all possible. 

(In case you were wondering, Chamber Orchestra auditions remain "in person" by request of the conductor, unless the musician has extenuating circumstances, in which case you'll need to contact Jenny Murrow, their manager.)

Changes to Membership Fees
Please notice that the membership fees have changed this year. We are cancelling the gala fundraiser dinner in exchange for somewhat higher membership fees. 

Your yearly membership fees still do not cover all our costs: Generous grants from George S and Dolores Dore Eccles and the Utah Arts and Museums make this program affordable. Membership fees help considerably, but without this other funding, our program would not exist. Thank you all for your continued support, and thank you to all who have supported the gala fundraiser over the years. What generous people you all are! It's a privilege to know you!

Concerto Audition Results
We spent the day on August 26th listening to 15 amazing concerto auditions! I just have to say that being locked out of the "deliberations" by the judges made me crazy! It took so long! 

Congratulations to every person who practiced their butts off this summer! You are all awesome!

So, our three concerto soloists this year are:
Sarah Francis, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, 1st Movement
Kristene Murrow, Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major, 1st Movement
Natalie Nef, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, 3rd Movement

Honorable Mention goes to:
Jacee Taylor, Haydn Piano Concerto in F Major, 1st Movement
Amelia Merkley, Accolay Violin Concerto, 1st Movement

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