27 July 2021

Audition Information


Our audition information is complete. 

Thanks to everyone who is interested, and all those fabulous new people that we expect to recruit this year! 

Auditions will be held Saturday, August 21st, at Promontory School.

Pages: NUYS Auditions for Youth Symphony, and NUYCO Auditions for Chamber Orchestra, include:
A membership form
A spreadsheet link to sign up for an in-person audition time
Instructions for the video option
A link to choose your size and color for your t-shirt
Audition instructions, including:
Downloadable orchestral excerpts
The Audition Packet will be handed out if you are in person, but is also available digitally. Here is the link.

This year's auditions will be a hybrid format - you may choose to audition in person, in which case you'll need to sign up for a time on the spreadsheet. All in-person auditions will be videoed for reference as seating is arranged. More times will be added on the spreadsheet if necessary.

If you cannot attend on the in-person audition date, or if you prefer a video option, we encourage you to submit a video. Auditions submitted by the 21st will receive priority handling, but all auditions will be considered, even if they are "late". We are aware of the timing with some schools that don't start until after August 21st, so there is time worked into the schedule for you to submit your audition before we begin rehearsals. 

We encourage you to spread the word! Don't forget about our recruiting contest! For each person who auditions & credits you as their referral, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

I hope your summer has been wonderful! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

15 July 2021

Concerto Audition Deadline

Just a quick reminder that today is the concerto audition registration deadline. If you are working on a piece and even possibly planning to audition, you must let me know by the end of today. 

Here is the concerto audition page with rules and past winners. 

Hope you're having a happy summer! The page will be complete soon - I'll let you know!

Don't forget the recruiting competition - see below!


Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director

07 July 2021

Announcing the NUYS Search for a new Managing Director

After much soul-searching and watching-where-my-life-is-taking-me-in-the-foreseeable-future, it has come time to announce (after this upcoming season) my pending retirement as Managing Director of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony. Hence, the following notice. 

Please help us network, passing it on to music teachers, musician friends, colleagues, and whoever might know someone who knows someone who might be the right person! 

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony announces an opening for a new Managing Director-in-Training, set to take over the Managing Director position by May of 2022, when the current Managing Director will retire. 

It is anticipated that the Managing Director-in-Training will work alongside the current Managing Director beginning August 2021; therefore, time is of the essence in this search. 

The Managing Director of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony:
  • Works closely with and supports the Conductor/Music Director, currently Conrad Dunn
  • Gets to know the youth in the orchestra, and enjoys working with them
  • Attends monthly Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society Board Meetings as Youth Symphony Liaison (zoom option available)
  • Runs rehearsals each Saturday morning in Perry, Utah, September through April
  • Communicates regularly with parents and musicians
  • Works closely with the managing director of the Chamber Orchestra (younger group)
  • Updates website as needed
  • Sets up three concert venues per year
  • Oversees students' music checkout and return (in collaboration with a librarian)
  • Takes roll and manages musicians' attendance
  • Brings in section specialists and clinicians (as contract labor)
  • Facilitates a yearly retreat each October
  • Sets up transportation to Abravanel Hall for the springtime Youth Symphony Festival
  • Oversees parent volunteers
  • Lives in the Cache/Box Elder/Weber county area
  • Plans to come and stay on a long term basis, becoming part of the core of this non-profit organization
  • Addresses all aspects of managing a dynamic orchestra of motivated Jr High and High School age musicians in their love of music and ensemble
There is a stipend for this position, paid quarterly, amount DOE. 

Music, management and youth symphony experience preferred but not required. 

Background check is required.

Thank you! 
Julie Gardner, currently the Managing Director, Northern Utah Youth Symphony

Please note: This email went out "BCC" to "All Contacts" for the last decade or so, a seldom-used list, just to be sure to catch as many people in the network as possible. Apologies for the intrusion! 

Julie Gardner | NUYS Managing Director