🌷May Issue | 2019
The name of our newsletter is Prima Sedia β€” Italian for First Chair
LYS End of Season Picnic πŸ‰
Come celebrate a successful season!
Date: Saturday, May 18 12:30 pm
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. This event will take place at the Rough and Ready Park in Longmont (301 E 21st Ave).
LYS Finale Concert 🎢

Date: Sunday, May 19 2:00 pm
  Location:  Longmont High School

Required Warm-up & Rehearsal Report Time:
  • LYSO @ 10:30am - 11:40am
  • LYWE @ 11:45am - 12:35pm
  • LYSE @ 12:40pm - 1:30pm

Parent volunteers begin to arrive at 12:45 pm; Doors open at 1:30 pm. Parent volunteers help with clean-up, usually finished by 4:30 pm. 
Please  sign-up  to volunteer.
2019-2020 LYS Auditions 🎢
Saturday, June 1: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (First Lutheran Church)
Sunday, June 2: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (First Lutheran Church)
Just as a reminder, these are new member auditions only . Returning members are not required to re-audition. If you would like to join LYSO , you are also welcome to audition during this time.
July 4th Concert in the Park

Rehearsals: Tuesday, July 2: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 3: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: First Lutheran Church, Longmont

Performance: Thursday, Jul 4:  12:00 AM (with picnic to follow)
Location:  Thompson Park, Longmont

All LYSE, LYWE, and LYSO members are invited to participate in this concert. More information to come. Please respond no later than June 8 if you plan to participate so we know how many to expect.
LYS Finale Concert 🎡

Come help us make the concert a success!  Please  sign-up  for several opportunities before/ after the concert, and to bring refreshments.

Season Tickets are accepted for this concert. Please remember to bring your season ticket.

Individual tickets  may be   purchased online or at the door for:

  • $12.00 - Adults
  • $7.00 - Seniors 65+
  • $7.00 - Students age 13-18
  • FREE - Kids 12 and under

**Please note, online ticket sales will end at 12:00 pm on May 19
Student of the Month:  Taylor Simpson, Saxophone   (LYWE)

Taylor was accepted to and will participate in the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts Saxophone Institute and Wind Symphony program this summer.  

ο»ΏShe has performed with LYS for the past six years, and was chosen to perform with the All-State Orchestra, All-State Band, CSU Honor Band and CU Honor Band earlier this year. 

Congrats on your great achievements!
The King Soopers Card program has changed. Here is how to set up your account so LYS continues to benefit:
  1. Become a King Soopers member. Most already have done this -- if you use your SooperCard or enter your 'Alternative ID' upon checkout to receive the price discounts for members.
  2. Log into the King Soopers website and establish a login/password if you haven't already. You'll be asked to enter your account number (Alternate ID).
  3. Under 'Savings & Rewards > King Soopers Community Rewards' (https://www.kingsoopers.com/topic/king-soopers-community-rewards), select 'Enroll Now' to link your account to LYS. Search by organization name and confirm your selection. It may also be helpful to know our organization number: IA105

A representative will be available at the Finale Concert with a computer to assist anyone who has questions.
Notes 🎢 from Mr. Kemp
LYWE Music Director
Dear LYS Families,

Have you ever tried to get through a day without music? It would certainly be easy to get through a day without personally producing music, although I certainly don't recommend that! ( have you practiced yet today? ) Going a whole day without being exposed to music at all would be far more difficult. 

Our lives are surrounded by music, and we don't have to seek it out. We are continuously exposed through television, video games, advertisements, and even our ringtones. The bells in my school play a C Major triad in root position. My Xbox One plays a descending melody when it is turned off: Scale degrees 8, 5, 1.

I challenge you to identify as many musical exposures as you can during a single day ... and then try to break them down. Can you figure out how the rhythm would be notated? Can you figure out how to play the notes your computer produces whenever you plug something in? In other words, try to think musically even when you aren't actually making music . You will find that your music-making skills will increase too.

Warmest Regards,
Mr. Kemp
Notes from the LYS Board of Directors
Greetings LYS Families,

The season finale concert always brings with it a wide range of emotions.  Excitement and pride as we celebrate our students' accomplishments.  Sadness that the season has come to an end.  Anticipation , but perhaps also a bit of relief , as we get some time to catch our breath before the next season begins.

This year the mix is particularly strong as we bid farewell to our ensemble directors, Sean Kemp and Katie Schmitt . Sean and Katie have been valuable assets to LYS, not only as ensemble directors but also as board members and mentors to the students. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them well in their future endeavors.

At the same time, we are excited to welcome our new ensemble directors , Tony Kading for the wind ensemble and Robert Stahly for the strings ensemble . Tony brings with him 10 years of experience as a high school band director in Wisconsin and has recently returned to school at the University of Colorado in pursuit of a Master's degree in Music Education. Robert should be familiar to many of our families as he is the orchestra director at Longmont High School, having held that position for the past 10 years. Robert and Tony are planing to join us for the season finale concert, so please introduce yourselves and welcome them to LYS !

Thank you to all of our LYS families for sharing your students and their talents with us over the past year. To our graduating seniors, congratulations and our best wishes for success as you move on to this next stage of your lives. We look forward to seeing the students back for another great July 4th performance, and in the fall to kick off another exciting year with LYS!

Take care,
Jon King
LYS Board President
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