24 May 2021
20 May 2021
I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate you on a great concert, but to thank you for an incredible season! What would otherwise have a difficult year, we made the best of it and made some wonderful music.
All of our concerts this season were incredible, and Monday's concert was a spectacular ending to our season! The music was a little more challenging and everyone met that challenge and played well. The Fanfare was spine chilling. These brass and percussion players were awesome. It really wowed the audience!
The Meistersinger was the best you had played it and all those little themes came out nicely. Natalie's violin concerto brought a lot of emotion as it was so beautifully presented. What a great artist you are Natalie! And what a great closer with the Capriccio Espagnol! Our wonderful soloists in the Capriccio really made it memorable. Everyone seemed to get into the Spanish spirit!
How great it was to be able to perform a full season this year! A lot of great music with our great members. Our soloists Elizabeth Archuleta, Kai Bowen, and Talmage Kay, were outstanding!
Last but not least, we need to thank our wonderful manager Julie Gardner!! Her hard work and a lot of organizing made it all possible!
I look forward to seeing many of you return next season. To those who are graduating – Thank You! We will miss you. But just know you may play with us whenever you get the chance.
Conductor, Northern Utah Youth Symphony
16 May 2021
Our concert is Monday, May 17th, 5:30 pm, at Box Elder High School. In order to attend the concert, you will need to register your group and wear masks properly for the whole concert. The concert is free to attend. Thank you for your interest!
Here is the Audience Registration Link!
14 May 2021
Concert Registration and Volunteers!Today is the day before our final rehearsal, and today is also three days before the final concert of our miracle year!I have thought of some things that didn't happen this year, like our retreat, recital night, Abravanel Hall, and the Side-by-Side concert with the Utah Symphony....But by and large, we have done so much! Three concerts, a T-Shirt Party, good connections with each other, wonderful music, so much opportunity for musical growth! We have had superb section specialists, an amazing lineup of soloists, and so much more! Totally worth the time and effort!
Audience registration for the concert is going well. So far we have 360 people registered, so keep inviting people! I will not be counting "available seats" because I can tell we have plenty. If your spectators request or have requested more than 10, I have automatically added those to their group. No confirmation needed. Just come. They will be choosing their own seats, as well, just as we've done in the past.
As far as volunteers go, we definitely need more check-in people and ushers. I know with continued revisions of rules it seems silly, but we promised to do it. Perhaps some youth symphony musicians can help with it since you don't play at the beginning of the concert, and you will likely be available during the check-in and usher times. Feel free to sign up if you feel comfortable doing it.
Rehearsal will look a little different tomorrow. We will still begin with sectionals at 8:30 for 45 minutes, but Mr Dunn will work with the strings the whole time.At 9:15 when we gather for our full rehearsal, we will run the concert straight through. Here is concert order:Fanfare for the Common ManDie MeistersingerWieniawski ConcertoCapriccio EspagnoleThen, after a break, we will reconvene and work on spots... Whatever Mr Dunn feels will be the best use of our remaining time.As usual, doors automatically unlock at 8 am, and lock again at 11:30.
We will be setting up as soon as school lets out, and will be in full swing by 3 pm.We will NOT be using the band room for cases. Instead, we will use the Drama room, which connects to backstage on stage left. Just come in the front door to Box Elder High School and go through the cafeteria. The drama room double doors are on the other side of the cafeteria.We aim to begin rehearsal at 3:30. I am aware some of you will have to check out of school a little early. We only have 45 minutes on stage, and most of it will be for stage management, knowing where to be and when, and doing some sound checks, especially with the concerto and the harp/solo spots.We will NOT require concert dress for the rehearsal; however, after the performance, you will be asked to come down the steps at the front of the stage for photos!If anyone has a quality DSLR that could give us a good clear photo - and the Chamber Orch as well, and would be willing to take photos and share them, please let me know!
All folders will be collected at the end of the concert.PLEASE remove all personal papers and other music from your folder. If you are graduating, you can even take the stack of cards from over the years. I will still know it's your folder.If you are continuing next year, you will have the same folder next year.Please remove the special keepsake programs from the previous concerts and keep them! There are no extras, so those programs are one-of-a-kind, just for you to remember this weird year.
- Male: Black tux or equivalent suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black shoes.
- Female: Black dress, formal trouser suit, or blouse & skirt, midriff covered, conservative neckline, skirts & dresses at least tea-length, slits no higher than knee, black stockings, black shoes, accessories & trim in black.
- Let me know if you have questions... By now, we kind of know the drill!
12 May 2021
07 May 2021
3:00 set up. If you live closeby or go to BEHS, please come help. I know this is not closeby for many of you, and I really appreciate anything you have to do to make it on time. If you need a note from me, please ask.3:30-4:15 NUYS practice/sound check4:30-5:00 NUYCO practice/sound check/audience seating begins5:30 Concert, about 1 hour and 15 minutes, NUYCO firstAfter each segment of the concert we will have that group pose on the stairs of the front of the stage for a picture.
August 14, concerto auditionsAugust 21, regular auditions for both orchestras, in person and virtualSeptember 18, first rehearsalOctober 22-23, retreat at Camp UTABA - If you need to take the ACT this fall, take it in September or December! Our retreat is ACT weekend! Plan ahead.... 😉
04 May 2021
- Invite anyone you want!
- Have them register ahead of time.
- Make sure they know they have to wear masks the entire time because the social distance restrictions have been lifted.
Here is the Audience Registration Link!
Here is the Volunteer sheet!