21 December 2019

Rescheduled Christmas (NEW DECADE) Party!

NUYS & NUYCO - Our Christmas Party has been rescheduled to January 4th, after rehearsal.

The white elephant gift exchange is still ON! Please save your white elephant gift and bring it then.

Here is the link for the spreadsheet to sign up to help with the newly-named party. It's a NEW DECADE Party! :)

Reminder also to let me know if you'd like to perform at the recital on January 11th!

Merry Christmas! See you in January!


14 December 2019


Today's rehearsal and party are cancelled for safety reasons. This message went out via REMIND as well. Please talk to each other and make sure everyone gets the message. 

Sardine Canyon is snow packed and requiring chains and 4x4s. Cache Valley is snow packed. The roads on the Box Elder and Weber County side of the mountains are bare and wet, but deceptively icy in places, and the weather is not slated to improve before 1 pm.

Mr Dunn & Mr West encourage you all to practice over the now-three-week holiday break and come ready to really dig in on January 4th.

And we will have our party January 4th as well. We'll just call it a New Decade Party!

Thanks for all your awesomeness! Have a safe and wonderful holiday!



12 December 2019

Announcements for Saturday, December 14th


If you have friends, especially those who play violin or viola, we'd love to have them come play along at our rehearsal this Saturday. Reply to this email and let me know if this might be happening so we don't have too many surprises! Friends are also welcome to stay for the party!

Food for the Party
This Saturday, potluck food for the party should be dropped off when you arrive in the hall. There will be a table provided, so the set up people know what they have to work with. 

This Saturday's rehearsal schedule will be as follows:
Sectionals 8:30 to 9:25
Strings - Go straight to separate sections at the beginning. Come back to the gym for full string sectional by 9:15.
Violin 1 on the stage
Violin 2 across from the woodwinds
Viola in the entrance hall
Cello in the gym
Bass in the hall by the art room
Woodwinds - down the right hall to the left
Brass - down the left hall to the right
Harps - I will assign you a space upon arrival where you can practice together

Full rehearsal beginning at 9:30 - Jupiter, then Mars

Lark Ascending at about 10:30

Christmas Party at 11:00. We will start with food, then the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Keep it under $5. Extra kudos for music related items.

A note about repertoire: 
the concert on February 22nd will be Jupiter, Mars, The Lark Ascending, and one other piece (Rebecca's concerto - a rental piece arriving in January). 

We will also be handing out Narnia in January to add to our program for Abravanel Hall, March 2nd, so we will play Mars, Jupiter and Narnia for that performance.

We are taking sign ups for the recital night in January. It will be on Saturday the 11th at 6:30 pm in the Brigham City Tabernacle. If you have a piece to perform, as a solo or ensemble/duet, hit reply on this email and let me know! This is a great opportunity to perform!

Upcoming Schedule
There will be no rehearsal December 21st or 28th. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Our first rehearsal in January will be Saturday the 4th. 


05 December 2019

This week's rehearsal


This week's rehearsal plan is as follows:
8:30 to 9:25 - Sectionals
Woodwinds - down the right hallway, to the left, with our NEW clinician, Heather Lyman (Thank you, Heather!)
Brass - down the left hallway, to the right, with Andrew Watkins
Strings - all together in the gym
9:25 Break
9:30 - Full rehearsal. We will work on Mars and Jupiter.
Harps: We will add you next week. 
Percussion: We definitely need you!
10:30 (or thereabouts) - The Lark Ascending (Lark Ascending has the following instrumentation: 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 Clarinets in A, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, and Strings).

We need to expand our Violin and Viola sections with strong players, and The Planets has many Bassoon and ContraBassoon parts! Know anyone? We need more!
If you plan to bring a friend, please please please warn me ahead of time!

Messiah, Tomorrow!
For those involved in the dress rehearsal (concert attire not required), it's tonight at 6:30. You should have received other info from the Community Symphony email.

Performance: Messiah Sing-in, Tomorrow night, 7 pm. If you aren't already playing in the group, come sing along as we usher in the Christmas Season. It's free, and there are scores available for checkout.
Christmas Party, December 14th!
Our annual Christmas Party is NEXT WEEK, December 14th, after rehearsal. 
Bring a food item to share. We need several more people to bring "protein" offerings, hot or cold, so we don't end up with only sugar.

Have a look at the volunteer spreadsheet at this link to sign up for protein offerings, set up, and clean up. (If the spreadsheet doesn't work for you, just reply to this email and I will add you to the list on there.)

We will also do a white elephant gift exchange "game", with more info coming this Saturday! 

Recital Night, January 11th
This is a great performance opportunity! 

Be thinking about if you would like to perform. It can be solos or small groups, and it will be in the Brigham City Tabernacle, January 11th, 2020, at 6:30 pm. 

We especially invite those who performed in the concerto auditions, but the program is open to anyone in the orchestra who would like a performance opportunity. We have also had a parent perform before, and alumni of the orchestra.

You will need to provide your own accompanist.