Youth Orchestra Concert This Weekend; “You Won’t Know What You’re Missing Out On Unless You Come Watch!”

It’s been an amazing time of growth and reaching goals for the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra. “I remember our first rehearsal three years ago and seeing everyone’s reaction to the sound they just heard,” shares organization founder and executive director Brad Vanfleet. “Everyone was surprised. I could see it on their faces, like, ‘we are kids and we sound this good!’ It was a miracle.” That was back when there were 22 youth in the orchestra. Now in their third season, the orchestra has expanded to 60 musicians. “We’ve grown in different ways too,” shares Vanfleet. “This year we decided to add winds, brass, and percussion making a full symphony for the first time, and the best part is, they sound incredible! They are playing the standard pieces at near professional level.” Their season three concert opener is this weekend and in addition to classical pieces, they will also play one modern piece that Vanfleet says everyone will recognize. “I don’t want to give it away but when you hear the first notes, the saddest part is knowing it will have to end,” says Vanfleet. “You just won’t know what you’re missing out on unless you come watch!” The concert is this Saturday, November 10th, at 7:00pm at the Vernal Middle School. Tickets are $5 at the door. K-12 students are free.


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.