31 October 2018

Reminder: Tour Deadline is this Saturday!

Just an additional reminder that the tour deposit deadline is this Saturday. 

Let's make this happen! It's truly worth it!


NUYS Musicians,

Our plans for a summer tour are under way!  What do we need from you?  Your commitment to participate!

If you are thinking of participating, please review this information sheet and then Submit Your Deposit so we can hold your spot and get a count of who will be attending. 

Remember, we need 50 players to commit by November 3rd in order to move forward with the plans. Here is a slip you can bring with your cash or check (please write your check to Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society or LBSS).

Tom Francis our trombone dad will be taking final tour commitments/reservations this Saturday!

Our first fundraiser will kick off in November - soon - if we get the 50 players.

Sign-up today!

Debra Francis
NUYS Tour Chairman  


30 October 2018

Concert Press Release

Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras In Concert

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will be presenting their first concert of the 2018-19 season on Saturday, November 17th, 2018, at 3:00 pm in the historic Ogden High School Auditorium. Admission is free of charge thanks to our current season sponsors: Classical Strings, PetsFirst! Wellness CenterBrain Train Utah and Edge Orthodontics.

The all-strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nathan West will open the concert with arrangements of the Allegro from Beehoven's Symphony No. 5, Jupiter from Gustav Holst's The Planets, and German Dance by Mozart.

The Youth Symphony conducted by Conrad Dunn will then take the stage. They will be performing Schubert's Rosamunde Overture, Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 2, and Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves.

The concert will also feature Tyler Morgan performing the Andante from Bottesini's Bass Concerto No. 2. Tyler was selected to perform with the orchestra at the NUYS concerto auditions in August.

Tyler Morgan:
Tyler J. Morgan has been studying with Braun Khan, assistant Professor of Double Bass at Utah State University, and has been playing the bass for 8 years.  He is a Junior at Logan High School, where he is currently serving as the principal bass player for the Logan Philharmonic Orchestra.  This year marks Tyler's second year with the  Northern Utah Youth Symphony, where he is also serving as the principal bass player.   

While at Logan High School, Tyler has participated in Regional and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, where he has received superior ratings.  He has performed at Abravanel Hall, Universal Studios, Kingsbury Hall, Caine Concert Hall, and Ellen Eccles Theater.  Tyler has performed with Black Violin and has been coached by Fry Street Quartet, Corbin Johnston, Associate Principal Bassist with the Utah Symphony, and members of the Utah State Symphony and Weber State Symphony.

Tyler is currently participating with Mountain West String Academy Chamber Music Project and performed for the ASTA Master Class Workshop at Juan Diego High School.  Tyler has also played in the pit orchestra for several Musicals, including Cinderella and Singing in The Rain. Tyler currently teaches bass lessons and tutors bass students from Cache Valley.  
Tyler has admired this piece for many years and is inspired by Giovanni Bottesini.  Tyler would like to thank all his music teachers and mentors who have helped him along the way.  He would also like to thank his family and friends for their support.  


NUYS Announcements

Thanks for a great retreat last weekend! 
I had a great time, and I hope you did too.

Here is a group picture:

Jackson Neslen's music & music folder disappeared during the retreat. Please check your stuff. Maybe you have an extra folder! His folder is VIolin 1, Folder 11.

I have a black & gray jacket, lost and found after retreat, left draped over one of the benches outside the dining hall.

Sarah's Senior Recital:
Sarah Francis is presenting her senior recital this Saturday. All are invited. Here is the information:

Please join us for the

Senior Recital of

Sarah Francis

on Violin

Featuring works by

Bach, Saint-Saëns, and Mendelssohn


Saturday, November 3rd

at 6:30 pm

Ogden High School

Black Box Theatre


Light Refreshments Served    

The press release for the November 17th concert is ready! It will be sent in a separate email.

The schedule for the day of the concert has been posted on the google calendar. 
Here it is:
11:15 to 11:45 set up Ogden High School stage
12:00 to 1:15 NUYS Warm Up and Sound Check
1:30 to 2:30 NUYCO Warm Up and Sound Check 
2:30 Concert call time
3:00 to 4:15 Concert - NUYCO followed by NUYS 

Have a great evening! 

See you this Saturday! Regular Rehearsal 8:30 to 11:00, Messiah at 11:15.



19 October 2018

NUYS Announcements

Concert time, Rehearsal Announcements, and Retreat Information

1. The board has set our concert time on November 17th for 3:00 pm. Thank you for all your input! The dress rehearsal schedule will also be published soon!

2. There is rehearsal tomorrow, even though it's fall break! If you will not be attending, please be sure to fill out the attendance form. Rehearsal 8:30 to 11:00 am. Doors open at 8:00 am. The Messiah orchestra will rehearse directly following.

3. Next Friday and Saturday are our retreat. There are several people we have not received paperwork from, including the Acceptance, Release and Payment Form or the Retreat Permission Slip, so we don't know what their plans are. If you still need to turn in paperwork or make a payment or payment arrangements, I will contact you separately, but you don't have to wait to be asked. Just fill out the retreat form to indicate your cabin mate preferences, or to just let me know if you will be coming or not. You may also reply to this email.

4. We are doing sign ups for the Saturday Snacks at the retreat. Please sign up on the Volunteer Spreadsheet, or email me with what you can bring, or any other questions. There is a refrigerator for items dropped off Friday for use on Saturday. You do not need to be there during snack time in order to help! We are looking for apple slices or veggies in snack bags, chips & dip, and brownies/cookies.

5. The location of the retreat is Camp UTABA, in the Ogden Valley. It's closest to the North Odgen Divide, but it's also easily accessible through Ogden Canyon. Here is a google map link, and here is the directions page on their website. It is up to you to arrange carpooling. If you need help with finding someone to carpool with, let me know. 

6. If you are a chaperone and need to let us know about any food allergies etc, please do so. Youth who have already filled out their permission forms have already notified me, as these forms include this information.

7. Here is the schedule for the retreat, or click here for a PDF version of everything below this line:

Retreat 2018


This will be our ninth annual retreat. Not only do we have fun, we get to know each other, experience a top-quality musical experience, and have three full rehearsals for our upcoming concert. If you cannot stay the night, please be sure to attend as much of the retreat as possible on Friday evening, Saturday morning and/or afternoon. We can let you know what the cost is for the meals you eat if you are unable to stay overnight. We are assuming you are going unless you tell us otherwise.


Approximate Schedule

Friday October 26

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 probably like it) & other games.   

10:00pm    Bedtime

10:30pm    Lights out


Saturday October 27

7:30am     Rise & Shine, pack up, roll up sleeping bags, etc.

8:00am     Breakfast. Create skit groups.

8:30am     **Outdoor pictures with instruments wearing t-shirts (no bows)

9:00am      Orchestra Rehearsal

11:00am     Prepare Skits

11:30pm     Skit Performances

12:30pm     Lunch

1:00pm       Clean cabins; bring luggage to lodge or out to porches (weather permitting)

1:30pm       Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)

4:00pm       Snack & debrief

4:30pm       Final cleaning (lodge & bathrooms)

5:00pm       Youth picked up, head home before dark (Sunset is 6:30pm)


** This may be adjusted according to availability of photographer.


Families are responsible for transportation and are encouraged to arrange carpooling.


Contact Information

Julie Gardner's cell phone (435.740.4335) will be on and has service at the camp!
Doris D'Asto's phone (435.730.5417) will also be on.
You may also contact the Camp UTABA office (
801.745.3570) in an emergency. 

Extra Notes:

*Be sure to bring a sturdy music stand with your name on it. As not everyone has a sturdy stand, if you have more than one STURDY music stand, bring those too.

*If you have a battery powered LED book light, stand light, or reading light, you may find it useful during rehearsal.

*Saturday Snacks: Head for the Volunteer spreadsheet and sign up to bring sliced apples, chips & dip, veggies, or cookies/brownies.

Other Details:


WHERE: Camp UTABA, a year-round heated camp facility in Ogden Valley, dedicated to offering affordable lodging for religious, educational, and family gatherings in a safe and beautiful environment. 
It is 5 miles north of the top of North Ogden Divide. 

Please go to Camp UTABA's website for further information:
7005 North Fork Rd
Eden, UT 84310-9679
(801) 745-3570


WHEN:         Arrive Friday, October 26, 5:00pm;

         Depart Saturday, October 27, 5:00 pm.


COST:          $50.00, everything included, to be paid in addition to your membership fee


SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:  Camp UTABA has heated cabins with 8-14 bunks each.  There will be 2 adult chaperones in some cabins, and some cabins will be filled with youth with adult chaperones checking on them.


RESTROOMS & SHOWERS: There is a restroom facility in the main lodge, as well as restrooms and showers in a separate building with lovely hot water.





A Sturdy Music Stand with your name on it!


Cushion (optional – for hard cold chair)

Sleeping bag


Change of clothes

Personal care items

Towel, Soap & Shampoo


Extra Blanket



Electronic entertainment


Any prohibited substance


18 October 2018

Tour Information for 2019 - Deadline approaching!

Here is a message from Debra Francis, our Tour Chairman!


NUYS Musicians,

Our plans for a summer tour are under way!  What do we need from you?  Your commitment to participate!

If you are thinking of participating, please review this information sheet and then Submit Your Deposit so we can hold your spot and get a count of who will be attending.

Remember, we need 50 players to commit by November 3rd in order to move forward with the plans. Here is a slip you can bring with your cash or check (please write your check to Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society or LBSS).

Tom Francis our trombone dad will be taking final tour commitments/reservations this Saturday!

Our first fundraiser will kick off in November - soon - if we get the 50 players.

Sign-up today!

Debra Francis
NUYS Tour Chairman

12 October 2018

NUYS Announcements


Our Retreat is NOT today
For anyone who subscribes to the blog, or has checked the website, the retreat mentioned is for Chamber Orchestra, not for Youth Symphony. Just to avoid any confusion!

Concert Time - I need your response if this is a problem
We are considering 3:30 pm for our concert time at Ogden High School on November 17. If we decide on that time, we will create the rest of the schedule for the day. Please contact me asap if you have concerns about this concert time. It means the concert will end at approximately 4:45 pm. Some will not be able to come to the dress rehearsal because of swim meets or other things, but hopefully everyone can make the concert at this time. As I said, I need to hear from you if there's a problem! Silence is consent!

Shirt Order Deadline Today
I am still waiting for 5 shirt orders. These people have received text messages today. The order needs to be submitted by the end of today, so if you were thinking about getting anything extra, like a hoodie for yourself, or a shirt for your great uncle or second cousin twice removed or BFF, do it today! Here is the link for the form.

Retreat Form - Quick response needed
Retreat participation confirmation and cabin assignments needed. Please click here and fill this out whether or not you're able to participate.

See you at rehearsal tomorrow. Doors open at 8:00, rehearsal 8:30 to 11:00. 
Messiah Rehearsal, if you signed up, 11:15 to 1:00 pm.

Messiah Additional Info
If you are participating in Messiah, here are some dates from Doris. 
Sat. October 13, 11:15 to 1:00 pm, Strings Only
Sat. October 20, 11:15 to 1:00 pm, Strings Only
Tues or Thurs, October 23 or 25, evening, (due to 10/26-27 NUYS retreat)
Sat. November 3, 11:15 to 1:00 pm
Sat. November 10, 11:15 to 1:00 pm
Tues or Thurs, November 13 or 15, evening, (due to 11/17 NUYS Concert)
Tues, November 27, evening (make up for Thanksgiving Break)
Fri. November 30, evening, Dress Rehearsal at Brigham City Tabernacle
Sat. December 1, 7 pm, Performance, Brigham City Tabernacle

Have a great Friday! Thank you, everyone! You are all wonderful.



09 October 2018

Chamber Retreat Info. Please Read.

We are so excited for our Retreat!

This Weekend!! October 12-13!!

Please arrive Friday at 5:00.

We will eat dinner and fill in the rest of the evening with fun games and rehearsal.

Saturday will be filled with food, fun and rehearsing.

We will end Saturday at 5:00.


To find a map from your location:
Google "earley park lds camp"
Click on "directions"
This will pull up a Google map from your location.

There are 3 entrances into Earley Park.

1. There is an entrance off of Hwy 38. There is a small wooden sign that says Earley Park and a dirt road that goes east up into the hills. This road is fine to take but will require you to drive a little longer on a dirt road.

2. There is an entrance on Hwy 30 approximately 3 miles east of the Hwy 38 and Hwy 30 junction. There is also a small wooden sign that says Earley Park.

3. There is another entrance on Hwy 30. This entrance is 3.8 miles east of the Hwy 38 and Hwy 30 junction. It is on 2400 N. There is a large wooden sign that says Earley Park.

All 3 of these entrances will require you to drive a ways up into the park, but just follow the signs and you'll get there just fine. If you need assistance please call me. 435.279.6403



Music Folder


Sleeping Bag & Mat



Change of Clothing


Personal toiletries 

Food Assignment

Retreat Permission Form if you have not yet turned it in (located in your information packet)

Food Assignments for Fridays Dinner

If your last name begins with the letters A-H, bring rolls

If your last name begins with the letters G-L, bring fruit (cut and ready to serve)

If your last name begins with the letters M-N, bring vegetable tray/dip

If your last name begins with the letters O-Z, bring dessert (cookies, sheet pan desserts, etc.)


If you need a ride to or from the Retreat, please contact me. Jenny 435.279.6403 orjenmurrow@gmail.com 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!!! If you have any questions, please let me know.

08 October 2018

T Shirt Designs

As promised, here are the TShirt Designs!

I am still expecting orders from about 18 people. This includes me and Mr Dunn, but the rest are students!

Please be sure to order your shirt! It's included in your membership. I'll wait a couple more days and then send out a list of people I still need to hear from. 

You can still order extras if you like, as well. Here is the link to the form.

TShirt Front:

TShirt Back:


06 October 2018

T-Shirt Order Form

For those of you looking for the T-Shirt Order info:

We are collecting sizes and colors for t-shirts. All members of the orchestra get a t-shirt as part of their membership. Additional t-shirts ($10) and hoodies ($25) are available for family members and friends as well, but they all need to be ordered in one batch. 

Click here to choose your t-shirt size and color. We are still working on the design but will post it when it's ready. 


03 October 2018

Reminder: Early Rehearsal Schedule Oct 6th

This Saturday, October 6th, we have an early rehearsal schedule.

Doors will open for set up at 7:30 am, and rehearsal begins at 8.

Rehearsal will end by 10 am.

I really did mean to mention this at the Parent Meeting. :)

Have a great evening!



01 October 2018

Parent Meeting Notes

From many places, walks of life, love of music

How can I… help?
Pick your poison… 
Calendar Maven for each school
Haul percussion equipment (minivan preferred)
Chaperon the retreat
Abravanel Hall Chaperon and transportation help
Purchase grocery certificates
Concert set up & Clean up
Organizing car pools
In what ways have you volunteered?
Here is a volunteer spreadsheet where you can sign up!

Where do the… chairs come from?
I set up the stands, but, of course, they come from you, during setup time each Saturday morning. 
Sometimes the stands are too close to each other, so be sure to shift things as needed.

Are you trying… to fill any specific positions?
Look at our board meeting! 
Doris says we are hard at work…
We are looking for a Public Relations and Marketing Specialist. This isn’t as scary as it sounds, and there is a stipend for it.
We are looking still for an Executive Director, a liaison between the orchestras and the board, someone willing to be involved but not to the extent of a manager. This also includes a stipend.
And, of course, we are always looking for Board Members.

Why are the… concerts free admission?
Sponsors! The graphic represents sponsors from previous years.
We need to raise $1500 to cover all three concert venues this year. 
So far, we 3 sponsors – Classical Strings, BrainTrainUT, and PetsFirst! Wellness Center – who have each contributed $300.
Want to help us find two more? 
We are engaging all our sponsors now, so we can feature them in all the concert programs throughout the year!

Can you help me… set up a carpool?
29 Cache – Includes all of the valley, including Logan, Nibley, N Logan, Hyde Park, Cornish, River Heights, Wellsville, Paradise, Providence
27 Weber – Ogden, N Ogden, Farr West, Pleasant View, Hooper, Plain City, West Haven
25 Box Elder – Brigham, Perry, Willard, Garland, Tremonton, Howell
1 Davis – Syracuse 
2 Morgan
We had each group stand and look around. As there were people missing, it was difficult to get a firm handle on our carpool needs. Please contact us if you need to be connected with people!

I brought my… pencil. Now what do I do with it?
Mark Your MUSIC! 
You will have lots of music, not enough time to practice everything!
Practice the hard stuff first!

I forgot my… folder and music!
Please borrow from a friend or come talk to me. I usually have replacement music for temporary use.
Be aware that this music is of value, and the folders as well. Take good care of them!
We have nice folders because we believe in you and your ability to take good care of that music!

What if I’m going… to miss rehearsal?
Attendance form is so much better than a text or email!
To access it, there is a link at the bottom of every email.
You can fill it out ahead of time for the whole year.
You can fill it out the very morning of rehearsal if you wake up sick or have something come up. I get immediate notifications!
Be wise about reasons to miss. Tell your group date group that you have a regular Saturday morning commitment. 
Do your best to have a regular agreement with work commitments so you have Saturday mornings off.
How do I know when my… registration is complete?
Membership Form (online)
Acceptance & Payment Form
Retreat Permission
T-Shirt Form (online)

What about bad… weather?
Text @nuys to the number 81010
You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If any of you have trouble with 81010, you can try texting @nuys to (620) 652-0603.
This is why I sent a test message during the meeting! Must have seemed strange for those who weren’t in attendance.
What is your… preferred method of communication?
Email – But why?
Because all emails post to the blog.

Is there anything… special I need to purchase for concert attire?
Notice the black bow tie, black jacket and slacks, black socks (long enough to avoid exposed ankles), and white shirt for the men
Notice that women can wear dresses or slacks, and they should also wear black socks or tights.

Chamber (Extra Slide)
Men wear white shirts and long ties, black pants and socks.
Women wear white on top and black on bottom, skirts or slacks, with black tights or socks.

Please note ankles! They really show when the eye level of the audience is the level of the ankles on the stage. 

What does the… day of a concert look like?
On the day of the concert there will be a dress rehearsal on stage (usually not in concert dress unless we specifically request it), and then a break while chamber rehearses. Then call time, then concert. The schedule will be announced and also added to the google calendar.
Concert time – the concert times will be set once we know what everyone’s parameters are for the day of the concert.
Our first concert is November 17 at Ogden High School. Check your schedules! We need to hear from you. Do you have a pit orchestra or stage performance that night? What is your call time? Do you have a swim meet that day? How early can you make it to Ogden? Last year we set the concert as late as possible so our swimmers could come, but early enough for call times at various high schools. 
Last year, 3.30 pm worked, but I won’t publish a time until I know what works! 
LOOK AT YOUR PERSONAL and SCHOOL CALENDARS! I cannot guess ahead of time what your conflicts will be!
We need to do the same for other 

How do I… order my t-shirt?
Who gets a t-shirt?  - Every member of each orchestra gets a T-Shirt as part of his/her membership
Can I purchase extras? – Yes! Want one for a parent or sibling? They are $10 each. 
We are ordering Hoodies too. They are $25 each. If you want a hoodie, and you are a member of one of the orchestras, you still get a T-Shirt, so be sure to order that too.
If you are getting more than one, you will need to fill out the form once for each shirt.

Where is the… retreat, and what is it?
It’s at Camp UTABA in the Ogden Valley, October 26 and 27, from 5 pm to 5 pm; cost is $50. This is not covered by the scholarship.
You will need to provide your own transportation or find a carpool. 
When we count numbers for meals etc, we are assuming you are all coming unless you tell us you’re not! Please let us know your plans asap.
Our retreat is great fun, but it also includes 3 full rehearsals.
If you can’t attend the whole time, you can come to just part of it. You can just pay for each meal you eat, etc. 
Parent chaperones are asked to pay for their meals, but we will cover their overnight fee ($25). 

May I ask about… the youth symphony festival? (Be pompous!)
This is what we generally call “Abravanel Hall” in regular conversation.
We hire a bus, and many people take themselves
We need chaperones, extra drivers, and help hauling various percussion equipment.
We will know the schedule closer to the date. March 4th.

Are we going… on tour?
This is a tour year, and we are headed to Tuacahn, because now we know how to make it even better!
Debra Francis is planning it, and presented her powerpoint on it (info below.
Dates: June 18-21, 2019
The deposit for tour must be made by November 3. 
If we get the numbers and instrumentation we need, we will deposit your check and make the first payment to Educational Tours. Your remaining payments will be made directly to them.
Total cost is expected to be $525
Tour includes
o NUYS Performances at Tuacahn Mini Amphitheater
o Tickets to Two Tuacahn Main Shows 
o Back Stage Tour
o Sectional Master Class at Dixie State University
o Workshop at Southern Utah University
o Community performances in Cedar City and/or St George
o Zion National Park (a much longer visit this time)
o Coach transportation
o Accommodations at Ramada Inn, St George
o Group dinners
o Full breakfasts
o Tour T-Shirt (for performances as well)
o Truck Rental for all our equipment
o Chaperones Wanted!
o $525 total cost
o $50 tour deposit due Nov 3rd