Bright Future for Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra

Talented, young musicians had the audience on their feet at the debut concert of the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra. The musicians ranging in age from 10 to 20 years old, took the stage at the Vernal Middle School on Saturday night and impressed with a program lineup that included Holt’s St. Paul’s Suite and the energetic Palladio composed by Karl Jenkins. Executive Director Brad Vanfleet and Assistant Director AnnaMae Drechsel took turns on the podium conducting the young, talented musicians; each fulfilling a lifelong dream. “It went perfect. I’m still in awe,” shares Vanfleet. “The audience obviously loved it. They were on their feet before the song even ended.” The excitement following the concert has been overwhelming and positive, fueling the youth as they prepare for their next big event, a side-by-side performance with the Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus during their spring concert. Earlier this month, the UBOC board approved the adoption of the Uintah Basin Youth Orchestra as an organization under its umbrella. Learn more about the youth orchestra


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.