16 October 2020

Tomorrow's Rehearsal - NUYS

Greetings! 

YES we have rehearsal tomorrow. If you are in town, be there!

And if you are not in town, please let me know. Best way? Attendance form. 😉

Our rehearsal schedule for tomorrow will look much like last week:
8:00 Doors Unlock
8:20 Find your seat, prepare for sectionals, warm up
8:30 Strings all together in the gym, with Woodwinds and Brass in their usual places
9:25 Dismiss sectionals
9:30 Full rehearsal, Star Wars, Broadway, Saint-Saens, and Mozart
11:00 Clean up
11:30 Doors lock 

If you need to prop the outside door to arrive or leave, please close it again out of respect for the utility costs of the school.

NEXT WEEK, Oct 24, plan to stay until 12:30 if you can! We will have TShirts to hand out and we'll take some pictures and play some games! Plan to bring a snack to share. We will work out the social distancing, etc, so we can at least do that much, since we canceled retreat. (For those of you who are new, retreat is where we always hand out TShirts!)

FOLLOWING WEEK, Oct 31, our rehearsal date falls on Halloween! Costumes are welcome, and we may have a social hour after rehearsal as well, so stay tuned. 

Hoping everyone's fall break is enjoyable!

Julie

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Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

09 October 2020

Medical Form - Everyone

We also need a medical form from each one of you - even the section specialists! This helps us know what allergies and medical needs we are dealing with and who to call in case of an emergency, among other things. If you have already filled this out, thank you! :)


Rehearsal and Retreat Info - NUYCO

Hello families! Rehearsal is back to our normal schedule tomorrow - 9:45 to 11:15 AM at Promontory. Please bring a music stand if you have one, and a quick snack and water bottle for the break. Here is the Youtube channel Mr. West has put together with our current concert music. Please utilize it!

Quick Note about tuition: Before this Saturday, we will be sending receipt confirmations if you have taken care of all your paperwork and tuition. If you haven't turned it in, or we are missing forms from you, you will also be contacted with your list of what is missing. 

This is also our official notice of the cancellation of this year's retreat. However, we will be offering after-rehearsal activities a few times in the next month or two. These activities may include pizza, games, musical games, and get-to-know-you activities. We may also hold an extended rehearsal; that is still being decided. Stay tuned for more info! If anyone has ideas of fun activities we could do, please let us know!

We have rehearsal on Halloween! The last time rehearsal was on Halloween, we opened it up to costumes! It was really fun. So, that will definitely be one of our social activities, and we will work out a way to have safely-served treats and a short activity after rehearsal as well. 

Be well, and see you soon! Remember the routine about attendance. If you're sick or have been quarantined, don't come. Here's the attendance form

Thanks for helping us have a chamber orchestra this year - we are so happy to know all of you!

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

08 October 2020

Announcements for this Saturday & Retreat decision - NUYS

Greetings! 

We have rehearsal at our normal time again this Saturday, 8:30 to 11:00. There are several important announcements below. Please read to the end. 

Here is the planned schedule:
8:00 Doors open; set up help is appreciated
8:20 find your seat, get warmed up, prepare for sectional
8:30 Sectionals as follows:
Strings all together in the gym
Woodwinds to the right and left
Brass to the left and right
9:25 Dismiss sectionals
9:30 Full Rehearsal 
Music will be rehearsed with "shrinking" instrumentation in mind: Star Wars, Salute to Broadway, Saint-Saens, Mozart, with an emphasis for concertos in String Sectionals as well as in full rehearsal on putting together the orchestra, so the soloists may be playing a lot less.
11:00 Rehearsal Ends
11:30 Doors lock

Quick Note about tuition: Before this Saturday, we will be sending receipt confirmations if you have taken care of all your paperwork and tuition. If you haven't turned it in, or we are missing forms from you, you will also be contacted with your list of what is missing. I have only received 15 medical forms! You may turn in forms to me or to Josie; you may also turn in payments to me or to Josie. (I may be absent for all or part of the rehearsal this Saturday.)

This is also our official notice of the cancellation of this year's retreat. With only 60% responding, and only half of them willing to participate fully, and out of an abundance of caution, which it seems you are asking for, we feel that there will be more connection between musicians if we keep our activities at Promontory School this year. Remember, it's pretty great that we are doing this at all, and we are working on getting dates for next year!

Plans for alternate social activities are being made, so keep an eye on these emails. If you want to volunteer, as a youth or parent, with ideas or for facilitating activities so we can get to know each other, please let me know! 

T-shirts will still be ordered and passed out at our first social activity. (Possibly the same day as retreat would have been, Oct 24). If I don't have your t-shirt order, I will let you know when I send out tuition requests/receipts. This order needs to be placed asap!!!!

Additional heads-up. We have rehearsal on Halloween! The last time rehearsal was on Halloween, we opened it up to costumes! It was really fun. So, that will definitely be one of our social activities, and we will work out a way to have safely-served treats and a short activity after rehearsal as well. 

You are all amazing! Thank you for who you are and what you do. I love this orchestra, especially because of who's in it. 

Be well, and see you soon! Remember the routine about attendance. If you're sick or have been quarantined, don't come. Here's the attendance form

Julie

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Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

01 October 2020

Early Rehearsal on Saturday! - NUYCO

Hello families!

Please be aware that tuition is due (today, actually). Forms for payment and medical release can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Calendar heads-up: We have a firm date for our February concert, on the 27th, at Mount Logan Middle School. and.... We have a "tentative" date for the April concert. (Tentative in quotes because they are not officially scheduling the auditorium for April yet, but when (hopefully) they do, this will be our date.) It's Thursday, April 29. :)

Please remember to bring your own music stand to rehearsal. A water bottle and quick snack for the break are also welcomed!

See you Saturday! Remember, if you are feeling sick or have been quarantined from contact tracing, Stay Home! If you will not attend, please fill out this attendance form

-- Josie Anderson | NUYCO Managing Director

Retreat 2020 Survey and Rehearsal Announcements - NUYS

Greetings! 

This Saturday's rehearsal has a slightly different schedule. Please note that we are starting a half hour early, and ending early, at 10 am.

Here is the plan: 
7:30 am, doors open
7:50 am, prepare for sectionals, start warming up
8:00 am, sectionals (including strings)
8:35 am, head back to the gym
8:40 am, full rehearsal - Pieces with larger instrumentation first, ending with the Cello Concerto. 
Keep working on the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at home and ask questions in sectionals. We will work on that piece next week. Wieniawski is in your folder to work on individually. 
10:00 am, rehearsal ends
10:30 am, doors lock

Thanks ahead of time for your very quick response to the survey below, regarding the retreat! Responses needed before this Monday!

Please be aware that tuition is due (today, actually). Forms for payment and medical release can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Calendar heads-up: We have a firm date for our February concert, on the 27th, at Mount Logan Middle School. and.... We have a "tentative" date for the April concert. (Tentative in quotes because they are not officially scheduling the auditorium for April yet, but when (hopefully) they do, this will be our date.) It's Thursday, April 29. :)

See you Saturday! Remember, if you are feeling sick or have been quarantined from contact tracing, Stay Home! The Attendance form link is, as always, in the signature of this email. 

Julie

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Retreat 2020 Survey
Our retreat has been a highlight yearly since 2010. It usually runs for 24 hours, and this year is scheduled from 5 pm on Friday, October 23, to 5 pm on Saturday, October 24, which enables people to drive to and from the camp's remote location in the daylight. Camp UTABA http://camputaba.org/ is in the north end of the Ogden Valley. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/aDceY9efPnWPjYwt8

At Camp UTABA, they cook for us and we make music. We gather Friday, have dinner, a rehearsal, and play get-to-know-you games, then sleep in cabins. On Saturday, we have breakfast, a rehearsal, skits, lunch, a cleaning session, another rehearsal, and then a final sweep up before heading home. Included are several well-loved outdoor activities: Carpet Ball, a Giant See-saw thing with springs under the center, and, of course, the great outdoors.

This year, the camp hosts have been working closely with the Weber County Health Department. Several bunk beds have been removed from each cabin to reduce cabin capacity and enable social distancing, but they still have room for us because of the smaller orchestra this year.

The lodge where we dine and rehearse, however, does not give us the same amount of space for physical distancing that we are getting used to in the gym at Promontory School, and the get-to-know-you games may need to be changed and / or moved outdoors (for those of you who have been before, we're not sure about whack 'em - might need to play some outdoor night games instead - suggestions welcome). So, be sure to bring a coat!

The chance to get to know each other and make music together in this lovely setting with the beavers, moose, and other wildlife (sometimes skunks), has been a beloved kickoff for our season over the past decade.

We would dearly love this activity to happen, but we need to know your thoughts and intentions in regard to running it. Our date is roughly 3 weeks from now, and we need to make a decision by Monday, Oct 5.

This survey is to find out who would be committed to participating in the retreat this year, or what your level of interest is in an alternate activity.

The cost is minimal. We just pass the money on to the camp. Total cost is $55. If you don't spend the night, but eat the meals, it's $30. Meals average out to be $10 each. If we only go for Saturday we may choose to eat 3 meals, so the tentative cost would be $30. If you are on a scholarship, please understand that the scholarship does not cover the retreat. If it's still a financial burden, please talk to us. We can usually find a sponsor.

I collected a few pictures from the last couple years, so you can see a little of what it's like.

Thanks!!!!
Julie

    Cabins in the background

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    Carpet Ball

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    Lodge in the Background

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    Whack-'em

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    Rehearsal

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    Giant See-Saw

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Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director