🍁Sept. Issue | 2019
The name of our newsletter is Prima Sedia — Italian for First Chair
Fundraiser Dinner Night 🍕
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 5-9:00 pm
Location: Parry's Pizza ( 1232 S Hover St, Longmont)

20% of food and drink sales that evening directly support LYS. Mention LYS to your waiter.

Volunteer to help pass out flyers for LYS that evening.
LYSO Required Fall 🍁Retreat

Date: Friday, September 27: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Location:   United Church of Christ, Longmont ( 1500 9th Ave, Longmont)
Saturday, September 28: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Trail Ridge Middle School (1000 Button Rock Dr, Longmont)

 Please  sign-up   to chaperone and/or bring snacks.
LYS Rehearsal Location Change!!!!
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
  Location:   Trail Ridge Middle School ( 1000 Button Rock Dr, Longmont )
LYS Fall Concert 🎶

Date: Sunday, October 13 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.
LYSO Side-by-Side Concert with Boulder Symphony   🎼
Saturday, October 26:  3:30pm*** (note this change from original)
Location:  Jewish Community Center, Boulder |  Map

This is a family-friendly event that features fun, hands-on activities.
Tickets  can be  purchased  through the Boulder Symphony. Children and students are FREE!

More information to come to LYSO families regarding these rehearsals.
LYS Fall 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. We will have a "Will Call" table set up to check in all season ticket holders and pre-sale online ticket purchases. Additional season tickets will be available to purchase at the concert.

Please note, there is construction taking place at LHS. While this does not affect use of the auditorium, it does impact where you enter and how you get to the front of the auditorium. Students and parents will all enter through the same door which will take you in through the music wing. Follow the hallway around to find the auditorium entrance. Here is a map to help you on concert day.

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 Oct. 13
There will be a representative from the Interlochen Center for the Arts present at rehearsal on Oct. 5 at 10:30 am . Anyone who is interested in finding out more about applying for the summer academy is welcome to come to his presentation in the band room.
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 all rehearsals with a computer to assist anyone who has questions.
Notes 🎶 from Mr. Chen
LYSO Music Director
Dear LYS Families,

I hope everyone has settled down after the crazy but exciting back-to-school rush , and beginning to have a more productive routine with your school, work, and personal life:) 

I am very happy to see that we are having a very good start of this season already! Our first rehearsal went very well and I feel that our orchestra is ready and motivated to move to an even higher level this year than ever before:) VERY EXCITING!!! I always believe that if we don't continue to move forward, we are falling backward... so we are on the right path;) GO LYS!!!

Some of you may or may not know about this yet, but here is the official announcement from me directly to everyone: due to the teaching licensure program that I am pursuing, I will have to miss a total of 7 rehearsals this season (I think I have only missed 2 rehearsals during my past 11 years at LYS) :(... however, our ensemble will be in good hands because I will have very qualified conductor(s) and sectional coaches running those rehearsals while I am studying my Saturdays away in Greeley. There is a master rehearsal schedule posted on our website so everyone can see the sectional dates and my rehearsal plans.

With my unfortunate schedule conflicts this season, we are forced to be more creative and innovative... but the funny thing is that this type of rehearsal structure is what we really needed and I would actually like to continue with it in the future (without me missing the rehearsals that is ;) ). If funding allows, hopefully it can develop into a truly functioning "Mentorship Program" , which we can have regularly scheduled mentors to aid our rehearsals, sectionals, and/or performances. Believe me, if this mentorship program can be achieved, we will certainly be able to perform at a MUCH higher level, and as well as expanding our concert programs and repertoire.

It is very important for our musicians to be there during these sectionals and guest conductor sessions because that is when some of the most important and detailed instructions will be passed out. Also, it does not sound good as an ensemble when many people are missing and it is very difficult for our mentors and guest conductor to run effective rehearsals when we have missing members. I know that our musicians are very busy so I do understand if a student must miss a rehearsal... I am just asking everyone to try their hardest:) Thank you all very much for your understanding and all the continuous support!!!

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

Welcome and thank you for joining us for the 23rd season of the Longmont Youth Symphony! We are looking forward to an exciting year of musical growth, performances, and, of course, fun!

As I mentioned at the parent meeting, we are always looking for new additions to our board and/or committees . In particular, we would like to get a couple more volunteers involved with the grant application process.  Grants make up about 25% of our annual revenue, allowing us to keep tuition costs as low as possible as well as to provide the Spreading the Harmony scholarships. We have one volunteer who is organizing and heading up the grant application effort, but could really use more hands to take full advantage of the available grant opportunities.  The great thing about this work is that it not only covers your volunteer hours, it can also be done largely on your own schedule, with coordination via email and/or phone calls.  If you are able to help out in this area, or would like to explore other volunteer opportunities for board or committee service, please reach out through Kristen, or directly to me at  jeking@longmontyouthsymphony.org.

Take care,
Jon King
LYS Board President
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Longmont Youth Symphony is a non-profit organization established in 1996.The Longmont Youth Symphony is an orchestra committed to serving the young musicians of the St. Vrain Valley and surrounding areas. The Youth Symphony provides a resource for young musicians to further develop and excel in their musical abilities through the guidance of professional leadership and direction. By doing so, we enable our youth to entertain, educate, and expand appreciation of music within the community.