26 March 2018

Abravanel Hall Recordings, 2018


I have uploaded two files into a google folder. Both recordings are identical, and continuous (just one track). It's a recording of the performance last week at Abravanel Hall. 

The two files only differ in their format:

One is an MP3 file and is about 27 megabytes. 

The other is a WAV file and is about 301 megabytes. 

If you have the internet connection to do it, and want to burn a CD, use the WAV file. 

If you want to listen to it on your phones, use the MP3.

Have a great day!


24 March 2018

Approaching the End of the Season



As we approach the end of the season, I just want to take a moment and express my gratitude to everyone who has set up, taken down, driven, hauled, helped, supported, reminded their kids to practice, or helped in any way this year! You are all amazing!

This last Monday's effort to get everyone to Abravanel Hall is another example of the wonderful families in this organization. If you rode the bus, drove a carpool, drove yourself, hauled instruments, etc, etc, we invite you to fill out the Volunteer Follow-up Form so we may accurately track the many hours you have donated to this organization. It also helps us immensely in our grant writing to have this record!

Upcoming Schedule

Here is a snapshot of our upcoming schedule. Please note our rehearsal next Saturday is at a modified time: 8 to 10 am.

Saturday, 24 March, Regular Rehearsal 8:30 to 11:30 am (This was today. Thanks to everyone who came today. It felt very small today!)

Tonight, Saturday, 24 March, NUYCO Recital Night, 6:30 pm, Brigham City Tabernacle (Should be a nice evening of music. I'm sure they'd love an audience!)

Saturday, 31 March, MODIFIED SCHEDULE Regular Rehearsal, 8:00 to 10:00 am

Saturday, 7 April, Regular Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:30 am

Saturday, 14 April, Regular Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:30 am

Saturday, 21 April, Regular Rehearsal, 8:30 to 11:30 am

Thursday, 26 April, Dress Rehearsal, 4:00 pm, Box Elder High School

Thursday, 26 April, Concert, 7:00 pm, Box Elder High School, Free admission sponsored by PetsFirst! Wellness Center

​Also, please note that the calendar at the very beginning of the year had the final concert on a different date. April 26th is the Correct Date! Please check your phones and your fridges and your calendars and be sure that you have April 26th for the final concert!!!!​

Honoring Eliza

Eliza Corrington, first violin and percussionist, is a national finalist for a song writing competition with the National Endowment for the Arts!  Her mom pointed out that since she has been learning and improving her musical skills for several years with NUYS, this helped her develop her musical talents- she wouldn't have won something like this without being a part of NUYS for so long. Take a look at the following link!
She will be in New York April 20-24, and will be back to Utah just in time for the final concert!

Congratulations, Eliza! 


08 March 2018

Abravanel Hall Reminder (and Bribe)

Greetings, lovely people!

Congrats on a fantastic concert last weekend. What a wonderful relief to have no weather problems whatsoever! It was a stressful decision, but obviously the right one.

Rehearsal Time this week
We will still be meeting 8:30 to 11:30 for all who can stay.

Abravanel Hall
I have 21 responses out of 101 orchestra members on what your plans are for Abravanel Hall! That's only 20%. A failing grade.

By this Saturday, that number needs to be 100%. A+ is the only acceptable grade on this! 

I just need the bottom half of the second page of the Abravanel Hall papers either handed to me or turned in electronically by this Saturday! Thanks! If you didn't bring your form home, I have attached it again to this email. 

Please please please let me know if you have questions. Email or text (435.740.4335) or call! 



PS THE BRIBE: Do you like homemade rolls? I make the BEST homemade rolls. I will bring 101 of them on Saturday for break. I'll even bring butter. But... you don't get one unless you have Abravanel Hall taken care of. (sorry, they won't be GF)


03 March 2018

The Show Must Go On!


The storm has stalled and when it starts again, it is predicted to have turned to rain!

At the point it is predicted to turn back to snow, it should be quite late in the evening. So we are going ahead with the performance tonight at Logan High. I've looked at all the traffic cams and the only route that looks sketchy is the route from Tremonton to Logan. Sardine is bare and wet.

Please arrive by 2:30 pm if you can, or earlier if possible to help with set up, and we will have two hours on stage from 3 to 5 pm. 

Chamber will have an hour on stage from 5 to 6pm, and then the concert will be at 6:30. 

We will get you out of there and on the road as soon as possible - likely by 8 pm - so as to avoid any of the snow that's supposed to come back. 

As soon as you decide, please please inform me if you choose not to make the drive. We are hoping all key people will be able to make it. We understand the risks involved, but believe they have been minimized to the point where it's safe to put on the concert. 

What a great place to be on a rainy day! Indoors making awesome music!

Thanks again for your patience as we've made this decision. It has not been an easy one.


PS I will send a Remind indicating people should look at this email.


02 March 2018

Remind & General Email List Maintenance


In anticipation of the possible cancellation of the concert tomorrow morning (assume it's officially on for now, folks!), I have spent a few hours auditing the email list, removing people who have left, and also adding people to the remind system. 

Tomorrow, I will rely on remind to notify people about the possible cancellation, so it is very important that you accept the invitation if I've sent one to you. 

I will send any notification via email as well. In fact, the email will have more details; the remind system limits me to a certain number of characters. I will also send a test remind notification in about a half hour as it seems people are still accepting my invitations. If I didn't send one to you today, it's because you already joined a few months ago. If you do not receive a remind notification in about a half hour, please make sure you follow up and contact me. Best way to join is to text the code @746kb42 to 81010.




01 March 2018

To Clarify about the concert and snowmageddon

You are all amazing!

Thank you for the amazing and prompt response to the survey about availability to possibly reschedule the concert. We need you to understand a few things. 

1. There have been a lot of invitations made to build and audience for this concert. We will not reschedule it unless it is absolutely necessary. There will be people trying to come in a locked door if we do. 

Rescheduling it will be last resort, and if it is cancelled, it may not actually be feasible to reschedule. Rescheduling is just a hope, inkling, or possibility, and according to the results from the survey, there really isn't a good day to do it. Jazz festival in Idaho next week, FBLA, etc, etc. 

Something like this that involves so many hundred people is just difficult to reschedule, especially at short notice with an already full schedule of music to prepare for Abravanel Hall and the season finale. Some of your comments on the survey indicate it's not a done deal. It is not. As you can see below, there is not one day that everyone can switch to, according to our survey. (As of 2pm today).

2. Almost exactly one third of our players come from Cache county, one third from Weber county, and one third from Box Elder county. So one third of our players (and all our artistic staff) drive over Sardine Canyon every week for rehearsal. Just so you know. It's not that bad, especially late enough in the day to be there after the snow plows have done their jobs. For those of you who haven't driven Sardine in a long time, it's almost entirely divided now. (I'm not minimizing the risk here, just helping you see that this is not on the level of driving the North Ogden Divide....)

3. Sardine is NOT the only way. There is another -- flat and generally safe -- alternative to taking Sardine Canyon into Logan. Notice the difference on the map below, timing-wise. The blue line takes you through Sardine, the gray line over the alternate way. Also notice that if you would rather stay on the freeway longer, instead of following the (alternate) gray line, you can continue north, take the I-15 split, and then exit directly onto UT-30 (where it says "Riverside" on the map) which takes you directly into Logan on 200 North. 

4. As of now, the forecast is for the snow to taper off early Saturday afternoon, so we might be just fine. It would be silly to cancel a concert when we don't need to, especially since it's so problematic to reschedule. We will not make any premature decisions.

5. As always, if you feel deeply uncomfortable driving in for the concert, please stay home but let me know that day so we can adjust the seating, but mostly so we don't worry about you. Also, I encourage you to find a friend to ride with if you are concerned. 

​Thanks for your patience in this matter! You are all on my mind, and we all want to be safe, and warm, but if we can put on the concert without safety issues, it would make a lot more sense than cancelling or rescheduling.

Please feel free to contact me with additional thoughts or concerns.