25 February 2019

Well Done, NUYS!

A Note For All Of You:


What a wonderful performance! 

I was so proud of all three pieces. The quality and interpretation of the flute concerto was beautiful. You responded well to Dr Blanchard's baton in the Movie Spectacular - the audience loved the familiar music. 

And I'm incredibly proud of each and every one of you for stepping up to the task to create one of the biggest performances we've ever done. It takes each individual learning their own parts so we can bring together a gigantic number like that! Every phrase and section of the 1812 right up to the last cannon shot and last ringing of the chimes of the church bells were so well done! 

We had such an extended standing ovation that I walked off the stage and came back for a bow 3 times. The standing ovation spoke for itself. Every one of you should be proud of what you did with that music! 

We will have a practice this Saturday and then we get to perform the Movie Spectacular and the 1812 Overture again at Abravanel Hall. And keep practicing it up, because we will be doing the 1812 Overture as an encore performance at Box Elder High School on April 26th. 

Thank you again for all your work, and all your practice, and your heart and soul on stage the other night. It was simply thrilling!

Mr Dunn


Jed Connell, Bailey's grandpa, has shared these pictures from the concert with us with this note: 
Please feel free to share these with everyone that wishes a copy.
They are yours from me without cost or obligation.
I hope you and the Orchestra enjoy them. I am glad to be of assistance.
Jed Connell  

Thank you so much, Mr Connell!

If anyone else has photos they'd like to share, I'd be happy to facilitate that!
See you Saturday! Keep sending me your plans for Abravanel Hall!



22 February 2019

Announcements, and REVISED Abravanel Hall Announcements

Hello, everyone! 

Concert Reminders:
We'll see you tomorrow at Logan High at the concert, wearing concert black and ready to rock the house! You have all morning to practice!
Set up begins at 1pm
Call time for rehearsal 1:45
Rehearsal 2 to 3:15 (or so) followed by a break. 
Bring a snack in a sack, and if you leave for a while, 
Call time for concert 4:30 pm
Concert time: 5:00 pm

And.... the Abravanel Hall organizers have revised the schedule, so here is a revised paper. The permission slip is the same, and the excuse paper has slightly different times, but the info sheet now includes the seating assignments, and a revised schedule! Our session now begins at 12:30 and goes until 4 pm! So all the morning transportation stuff has been moved a half hour earlier!

Fun, right? 

So, instead of sending an attachment which is really hard to recall after it's been suddenly revised, here is the link to the revised Abravanel Hall PDF. If you print it so it's one-sided, fill out the bottom half of the second page, and bring it tomorrow, I will ... smile a lot, and give you a fist bump! Please???? 

And, if not, I will have paper copies for everyone in Logan tomorrow so you can fill them out and turn them in. Tomorrow. Did I mention I need these tomorrow? 
(All this info has also been revised on Monday's blog post.)

Thanks so much!


PS We have a new triangle and triangle beater! It's the most amazing thing I've ever heard! I hope you all are as amazed as I am!


18 February 2019

Abravanel Hall Information -- Immediate attention needed

We have our schedule!

As we await confirmation from the bus company, we are going to assume that everything works out because you all need to be able to make plans.

I have copied and pasted the information below, but you can find all of it also in the attachment (along with an excuse letter for school and a permission slip to turn in to me). And here is a link to the (REVISED) attachment in case you are reading this on the blog. 

Regarding the permission slip - I need it this Saturday! I will bring all this on Saturday printed out for you, but if you want to be on the ball, just print and fill it out for me now. You can take a picture and send it, or hand it to me when you arrive for the dress rehearsal.

Dress Rehearsal: We are not asking you to dress up for the dress rehearsal this time. But bring your concert black so you're in proper formal attire for the concert! and guys! Don't wait until Saturday to get your black bow ties!

Okay, here's all the Abravanel Hall info. Last year we were first. This year we are last! Let's end the day with a big booming blast!

Have a great day, and do let me know if you have questions!



Abravanel Hall Information Sheet -- REVISED
Monday, March 4, 2019. Our schedule is as follows:
(times are approximate; arrive at your stop comfortably early)
Ø  10:30 a.m. Begin loading bus @ Perry Walmart 1200 South
Commerce Way; Use North East 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
Ø  11:10-11:15 a.m. Pick up students at Venture High School, 508 N 1500 W, Marriott-Slaterville 84404
Ø  11:30-11:35 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5212 Freeway Park Drive, Riverdale 84405
LUNCH: If you bring a brown bag lunch, you may carefully eat it on the bus. You might have a chance after arrival to eat in the lobby, depending on timing. No one is to leave to buy food.
Absolutely no drinks except water. No food to be consumed in the auditorium.
Ø  12:00-12:15 p.m. Arrive at Abravanel Hall.
NUYS will sit in rows 3, 5, and 7, with instruments on the rows 2, 4, and 6 in front of them. Fill the whole row! Go all the way across. Large instruments in row 30. Spectators rows 26-29.
Ø  12:20 p.m. Place cases in your designated rows and get ready to be an appreciative audience.
Ø  12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Youth Symphony Festival, Afternoon Session.
Performance Order: 12:30pm Utah Valley Youth Philharmonic, 1pm Lyceum Philharmonic at American Heritage School, 1:30pm Zion’s Youth Symphony, 2pm Nebo Youth Philharmonic, 2:30pm Davis Honors Orchestra, 3pm Young Artist Chamber Players, 3:30 pm Northern Utah
Youth Symphony
Ø  3:00 p.m. We go to the Green Room to warm up.  Do not take any cases to the green room – Leave them in the seats in the auditorium. We will pick them up after pictures!
Ø  3:30 p.m. We perform on stage. Time is somewhat approximate. By this time in the afternoon, it’s often running early. Spectators should keep that in mind.
Ø  4:00 p.m. Group picture with instruments on the grand staircase will be taken after our performance.
Bring $15 if you want to order an 8x10 photograph.
Make checks payable to Shyan Valentine. Orders will only be taken on-site.
Ø  4:15-4:30 p.m. After the photo, pack up your instruments and immediately head out to load the bus.
Times for the trip north will depend greatly on traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Please keep in touch with your student via mobile phone or an adult chaperone. Julie will NOT be with the bus.
Ø  About 5:10 p.m. Arrive at Roy Park & Ride
Ø  About 5:25 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride (with a stop at Venture if needed)
Ø  About 5:45 p.m. Arrive at Perry Walmart
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. If you would like to volunteer to help with transportation, please contact me. 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.
NUYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org, 435.740.4335 mobile
v  Since this is 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  Make your plans for transportation, mark, sign, and return the bottom half the page below by February 23, 2019 (you may also send a scan or photo via email).
****** (If you play in Ogden Youth Symphony, they will perform during the morning session at 10:25 a.m.) ******

15 February 2019

NUYS Announcements


1. The press release for the upcoming concert has been updated. Here is the link.

2. Yes, it's President's Day Weekend, and yes, we have regular rehearsal tomorrow morning just like any other Saturday. Weather reports are that the storm should blow through tonight and should peter out into scattered showers tomorrow. Let's hope!

3. We have discovered additional costs at one of our venues and are looking for one additional Season Sponsor to be featured in all our remaining programs this year. Thanks for your help!

4. If you are wanting to sign up for Messiah in Montpelier, reply to this email and let me know. There will be one rehearsal in Perry in late March (date to be announced tomorrow by Mr Dunn), then one rehearsal in Montpelier the afternoon of April 13th, with host families giving us a place to sleep that night, and then the performance on Sunday, April 14th. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up! We will try to have music there for you tomorrow. 

Have a great night! 


11 February 2019

Press Release - Northern Utah Youth Symphony Concert

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their mid-winter showcase concert Saturday February 23, 2019, at Logan High School. The concert time is 5:00 pm with free admission thanks to our season sponsors.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra, Nathan West conducting, will open the concert with arrangements of Grieg's Prelude to the Holberg Suite, Saint-Saens' Theme from Havanaise, Schubert's first movement of the Unfinished Symphony.

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony, Conrad Dunn conducting, will then take the stage. They will begin one their concerto audition winners, Allison Cook, Flute, performing the first movement of the Quantz Flute Concerto in G. Then the full orchestra will take the stage with "Movie Spectacular" featuring music from Batman, Dances With Wolves, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. There will be no cannons at this performance due to the indoor venue.

The youth orchestras are a project of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, with the help of our season sponsors, Classical Strings of Harrisville, PetsFirst! Wellness Center of Brigham City, BrainTrainUT of South Ogden & Logan, Edge Orthodontics of Brigham City, and Cache Valley Endocrine & Diabetes Center. Our funding also includes the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and the Utah Arts & Museums with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Allison Cook
Allison Cook, a senior at Mountain Crest High School, loves animals, camping, music, and hanging out with friends. She has studied the flute for eleven years, under both Rebecca Fuller and Cindy Henderson. She has received many awards and recognitions performing with her flute including Superior rating at the National Federation of Music Clubs' competition, 2nd place at the 2017 Young Artists' Cup, as well as the 2017 Cache Valley South Town's Got Talent Show. She was also the winner of the talent section of the 2018 Cache Valley Distinguished Young Woman Pageant. Allison is currently in her second year with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony, and enjoys working with so many great young musicians! She is delighted to share her talents with so many people.


Announcements: Abravanel Hall and Concert Day Schedule

Concert Day Schedule

Logan High School Auditorium, Saturday February 23, 2019
Arrive and set up 1:00 pm
NUYS Rehearsal 2:00 to 3:15 pm
NUYCO Rehearsal 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Concert 5:00 to appx 6:10 pm

Abravanel Hall
I've had several people ask about the schedule for March 4th. We have not had word yet on what our schedule will be, but for those of you who haven't gone before, it is a daytime festival, and we will either be assigned the morning or the afternoon session, so our schedule


01 February 2019

A Few Announcements


1. Our February 23 Concert at Logan High School will be at 5 pm. I will have a press release, and all the details about our schedule that day, including call times, before next week. 

2. If you are missing rehearsal tomorrow or sometime in the future, please use the attendance form! Thanks!

3. Regular schedule tomorrow. 8:30 to 11:00. Help with setup is greatly appreciated. Outside doors will be unlocked from 8 to 11:30.

4. If you still have Lark Ascending music, please be sure to turn it in tomorrow. We will not be performing it.

5. We have a guest clinician working with our brass tomorrow! Welcome, Liz Graden!