☘️March. Issue | 2019
The name of our newsletter is Prima Sedia — Italian for First Chair
Spring Break: No Rehearsals Mark Your Calendars

There will be no LYS rehearsals  from March 16-March 30 . Have a great spring break! Rehearsals will resume on April 6.
LYSO Required Spring Retreat 🎶
Friday, April 12: 4:30-9:00 pm (First Lutheran Church) &
Saturday, April 13: 9-11:45 am (Altona Middle School)
 
Please  sign-up  to chaperone &/or bring snacks.

More information to follow to LYSO families directly.
LYS Open House Rehearsal

Saturday, May 4:  9:00 AM
Location:  Altona Middle School, Longmont

Please invite anyone  you know who might be interested in joining LYS to attend our  open house rehearsal  . This is a great opportunity for interested students to see what we are all about. Anyone is welcome to attend this rehearsal and there is no cost to attend.
A NNOUNCEMENTS
End of Season Picnic 🍉

Come celebrate a successful season!
The board will be providing burgers and hot dogs as main items. Please  sign-up to bring side dishes and desserts.

Please mark your calendar for this fun event. Location is still TBD.
Student of the Month: Jameson Darcy, Violin (LYSO)

Jameson was accepted to participate in the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy this summer in Michigan. He will be participating in both the Violin Institute as well as the Orchestra program.

He also was accepted into the Boulder Symphony Orchestra's apprentice program.

Congrats on your great achievements!
We are in the process of standing up a Student Leadership Team. Ultimately LYS exists for benefit of the students, and we want to make sure you have a voice in current activities and the future direction of the organization. Kristen Beeman and Keynes Chen will be providing board oversight and structure, but the committee will be driven primarily by the students. Ideally we want to have a cross-section from all LYS ensembles, including new students as well as those who have been with us for a while, so all are encouraged to participate.  Please contact Kristen if you are interested in being part of this committee.
Notes 🎵 from Longmont Performing Arts Initiative
The Longmont Performing Arts Initiative has launched a drive to raise funds to cover its share of the projected $150,000 cost of a study to explore the possibility of developing a performing arts and cultural center in the city .

The Longmont Performing Arts Initiative, a collaboration of nonprofit performing arts organizations, is trying to raise $75,000 over the next 75 days.

Read more of the article posted on the front page of the Times-Call!

Notes from the LYS Board of Directors
Greetings LYS Families,

If you have a student in the wind ensemble or strings ensemble , then you likely already know that our ensemble directors, Sean Kemp and Katarina Schmidt, will be stepping away from their positions at the end of the season. Sean and Katie have been with LYS for a combined 7 years and while they will be missed , we know they will continue to be great ambassadors for LYS in the local music community and wish them well in their future endeavors .

We have identified several strong candidates for each director position and are currently in the process of conducting interviews. The top candidates will be invited to participate in observation rehearsals with the ensembles in April Feel free to reach out to Kristen if you are interested in participating in those observations and sharing your feedback. Our goal is to get a complete assessment across students, parents, the current ensemble directors, and board members.

We appreciate everyone's patience and support as we work through this process. Please feel free to contact me or Kristen if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to introducing our new directors at the Season Finale concert in May!

Take care,
Jon King
LYS Board President
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