Stellar First Year for UBYCO Culminates With San Francisco Trip

Some people only dream big while others live big dreams and that is exactly what the members and leaders of the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra have done in their first year as an organization. A year ago, the concept of organizing a youth chamber orchestra was the dream of local viola and violin teacher and performer Brad Vanfleet, a dream his wife and students urged him to make a reality. Vanfleet took the jump and by the end of summer he had a talented group of local youth to start practicing with. The group’s first concert received a standing ovation and they finished out their season with two additional local concerts and an appearance during the UBOC spring concert. The season didn’t end there, however, as 10 members of the youth orchestra traveled in June with Vanfleet and parent chaperones on the experience of a lifetime to San Fransisco. The group joined with the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra to practice and perform under the direction of revered conductor Dr. Cheung Chau. “The experience was life changing for most of the kids,” shares Vanfleet. “The trip was an incredible educational experience where the kids made connections and memories they will never lose.” Season 2 of the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra has started with auditions underway. The group will perform two local concerts this season and also have the chance to play at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake next March. Call801-979-2267for information on auditions.   


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.