28 February 2018

Possible Storm Rescheduling

I need your response on this ASAP. Thanks. This does not mean we are cancelling Saturday, but it does mean we are preparing for a possible change of plans.

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27 February 2018

Abravanel Hall Schedule & Information -- immediate attention requested

We have Information! The information in this email is also included as the first page of the attachment so you can easily print it to have on hand. The second page of the attachment includes an excuse letter for you to get time off school, and the permission slip for you to turn in to me. You may scan and email it, or bring it Saturday. My personal goal is to have them all returned to me by this Saturday at the concert. Please do all you can to get this information to me asap.


PS if you are reading this on the blog, here is a link to the attachment.

Abravanel Hall Information Sheet
Our is March 19, 2018. Our schedule is as follows:
(times are approximate; arrive early)
Ø  10:30 a.m. Begin loading bus @ Perry Walmart 1200 South Commerce Way; Use North East corner area of the parking lot
Ø  10:45 a.m. Leave Perry Walmart
Ø  11:00-11:05 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the
Park & Ride (@ 1850 W & 2700 N, across from Maverik)
If you bring a brown bag lunch, you may carefully eat it on the bus. You will not have time after arrival because we perform first. Absolutely no drinks except water.
Ø  11:15-11:20 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale (Roy area) at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5212 Freeway Park Drive, Riverdale 84405
Ø  12:00 p.m. Arrive at Abravanel Hall.
NUYS will be sitting in rows 3, 5, & 7, placing regular sized instruments in rows 2, 4, & 6, and storing large instruments in row 31. Seating for spectators is free; please sit in rows 26-30.
Ø  12:15 p.m. Place cases in your designated rows and get your instruments out. Bring instruments and music to warm up in the green room. Do not take any cases to the green room!
Ø  12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Youth Symphony Festival, Afternoon Session.
We are FIRST on stage! We perform at 12:45 pm, and during the Davis Youth Philharmonic performance at 1:15, we will go out to the lobby and up the grand staircase for our picture. Enjoy the instruments on display from Summerhays, and only re-enter the auditorium when allowed by the ushers, between pieces, or preferably between orchestras. We are assigned the front rows, and the recording equipment will be between us and the stage.
Ø  1:15 p.m. Group picture on the grand staircase will be taken after our performance.
Bring $15 if you want to buy an 8x10 photograph. Make checks payable to Shyan Valentine.
We will stay for the entire session, all the other orchestras that afternoon: Nebo Youth Philharmonic (1:45), American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic (2:15), Young Artist Chamber Players (2:45), and Utah Valley Youth Philharmonic (3:15)
Ø  4:00-4:15 p.m. Load the bus.
Ø  5:15 p.m. Arrive at Roy Park & Ride
Ø  5:30 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride
Ø  5:45 p.m. Arrive at Walmart
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. If you volunteered to help with transportation at the beginning of the year, I will contact you on an as-needed basis. Once everyone's intentions are known, we will ascertain if additional transportation is necessary.  Even if we don't need extra people movers, we will definitely need help hauling percussion and cellos/basses.
v  Please let Julie know a.s.a.p. if you would like to volunteer but aren't sure if you already did.
NUYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org, 435.740.4335 mobile
v  Since this is technically not a school-sponsored activity, musicians' time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. Use the top half of attached page to ask to be excused!
v  Decide what you are doing for transportation, mark, sign, and return the bottom half of the attached page asap. Scanned and emailed permission slips are allowed.
*********** (FYI: If you play in Ogden Youth Symphony, they will perform last during the morning session: 11:10 a.m.) ***********


26 February 2018

Concert Day Schedule

Saturday March 3 Schedule
Our dress rehearsal and concert are this Saturday at Logan High School. We are excited to perform there, and are grateful to the administration. They have made us feel welcome. In an orchestra setting, dress rehearsal really means "rehearsal on stage". You can bring your clothing and change after the rehearsal if you like. You may also want to brush up on the formal concert attire specifications, linked here, especially if you are new to the orchestra. Don't forget your black socks and black bow tie, men!

​Logan High School Auditorium
162 W 100 S, Logan

2 pm - Julie arrives, starts setting up. Helpers appreciated
2:30 pm - Call time for NUYS Dress Rehearsal
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Dress Rehearsal, Youth Symphony
4:30 pm - Call time for NUYCO Dress Rehearsal
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Dress Rehearsal, Chamber Orchestra
6:30 pm - Concert

What to bring: 
A sack dinner, all your formal concert attire (or wear it!), a water bottle (only thing allowed in the auditorium), high energy and enthusiasm!

Who to invite:
All your friends, relatives, neighbors, leaders, teachers, and other folks who might enjoy a concert. It's going to be great!

Please share with them that we are interested in good audience etiquette. 

Please note: There is no morning rehearsal at Promontory School the day of the concert.


23 February 2018

Concert Publicity - March 3, 2018, Logan High School

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their Mid-Winter Showcase on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Logan High School Auditorium, 162 W 100 S, Logan, Utah 84321. Admission is free, thanks to our sponsors Mountain View Veterinary Health Center and Logan Music Academy.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Nathan West, will open the concert with Themes from the Moldau; Themes and Variations from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A and Turkey in a Tux.

Continuing the concert, the Northern Utah Youth Symphony under the direction of Conrad Dunn will take the stage. Featured on the program will be movements from Dvorak's New World Symphony, music from the Titanic movie soundtrack, and a Haydn violin concerto performed by Kristene Murrow.

Kristene Murrow, age 14, is the daughter of Randall and Jenny Murrow from Howell, Utah. She is in the eighth grade and attends Bear River Middle School in Garland. Kristene began her violin studies at the age of 4. She has studied with Nonie Reesor, Sharon Kline, and currently studies with Diane Austin. Kristene’s first orchestral experience was with the Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony and has been so for the past 3 years. She also is a member of a performance chamber group, All Strings Attached, where she serves as concert-mistress. Kristene is expanding her musical abilities by playing viola in her school orchestra at Bear River Middle School.

Kristene has competed in many competitions and has received numerous honors and awards. She soloed with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony in 2014. Kristene has participated and received superior ratings in the ASTA String Festival for the past 10 years and was featured on the ASTA String Festival's Honor's Recital in 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Utah State University and in 2013 and 2015 at Weber State University. Kristene enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and having jam sessions with family and friends. She likes to be in the outdoors hiking and camping, and enjoys nature photography. Other pastimes include reading and playing board games. 

1702 N 800 E, North Logan, UT  84341  - 435-752-8251
516 W Golf Course Rd, Providence UT 84341  - 435-755-3202


3002 N Main, North Logan, UT 84341  -  435-265-6691


09 February 2018


Rehearsal Times

Starting this week (tomorrow) regular rehearsal will run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, until further notice. With our upcoming performance schedule, this is necessary in order to do a good job with the difficult music we have chosen. Any changes will be announced and will also be reflected on the online calendar.

If you need to still leave at 11, please do so quietly and with minimal disruption. Thanks so much!

Tchaikovsky Cuts

The version of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto which we are playing from is slightly different from the version Natalie is playing. The following small cuts in our music are necessary. Please mark your music.
69 to 81
424 to 432
476 to 432

Next Concert Planning

If you have a conflict and will not be playing on March 3 at Logan High, please notify me immediately so we can make adjustments in the orchestra as needed. We have a few major conflicts that day, but hopefully the orchestra will be performance ready! :)

Abravanel Hall Questions

I have had a couple questions from new people about Abravanel Hall, so here's a run-down.

This is not a school sponsored field trip, but it is a school day (this year it's March 19). Please keep your grades up so no one has to miss!

We charter a school bus for the day, but you still have the option of providing your own transportation.

The schedule has not yet been published, but when it is, we will either be in the morning session (8 to noon) or the afternoon session (1 to 3 pm). We have requested afternoon, but will let you know the schedule for the day as soon as we know it, and get permission slips out as soon as possible. 

Parents or other family are allowed to come to the performance. There is a specific area in the auditorium set aside for spectators. 

Each orchestra has 30 minutes on stage, and also climbs the grand staircase for a picture after the performance. 

More details on all this stuff to follow, as soon as we have a schedule from the organizers.