September marks the beginning of symphony season, but not this year. Usually the Utah Valley Symphony would start rehearsing this month, but like many other symphonies all around the world, we are putting our season on hold or finding alternate ways to move forward in order to keep everyone safe. I’ll keep you posted as to when we actually start rehearsing and you can look forward to our upcoming concerts at the Covey Center once again.
I first substituted with the symphony while attending college. It was under the direction of Dr. Clyn Barrus at the time. I substituted for many years before a permanent position opened up. I auditioned and, under the direction of Dr. Bryce Rytting, was appointed principal flute in 2002.
I love performing great works from Beethoven to Berlioz, from Concertos to Christmas Classics, and collaborating with other performing groups to include Broadway favorites and choral masterworks such as the Rutter Requiem. As a flute player, I get the privilege of always having a seat in the middle of the orchestra. There is nothing like the surround sound of the symphony and knowing you are a part of it.
Utah Valley Symphony was formed in 1959 and while auditions are required, it is a volunteer community orchestra that creates opportunities to perform great orchestral works. Many orchestra members have music degrees, performance backgrounds, and maintain private studios, while some have full time or part time jobs in other fields. In spite of our varied backgrounds, we all have one thing in common, and that’s the joy we feel when we play music together.
So…wait for it…our season will return…sometime. In the meantime, continue to fill your life with great music.