Youth Orchestra Launches Local Talent

Young talented musicians have a new opportunity to stretch and grow with the formation of a local youth orchestra. The Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra(UBYCO) was officially approved as an organization under the umbrella of the Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus(UBOC) during Friday’s UBOC board meeting. Organizing a Youth Chamber Orchestra has long been a dream of Brad Vanfleet, local viola and violin instructor and Principal Violist for the Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus. Back in June, Vanfleet held a group lesson with his 20 students, one of which brought up the idea of forming a youth orchestra. “They just begged me and at the time I had been thinking about starting something,” says Vanfleet. With the ball rolling, auditions were held in August and 20 talented youth from Bluebell to Naples joined the newly formed chamber orchestra. “Our mission is to inspire our youth to realize their true potential and enrich the community through great music,” says Vanfleet. “They play the standard repertoire at a potentially professional level.” The group’s first concert will be this Saturday, November 12th at 7:00pm at the Vernal Middle School. Tickets are $5 at the door for adults. Kids 5 and under and students K through 12 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.