Manti students to perform with Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
OREM—Since early October, four Manti High School (MHS) students have given up most of their Saturdays to travel to Utah Valley University to practice as part of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Nate Thomas, Anna Johnson, Tyler Boylan and Keston Thompson responded to an invitation from Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Director Kameron Conley to participate after he visited their band classes at the request of MHS band teacher Brian Sullivan.
All four are part of Philharmonia, which is considered the premier ensemble. Thomas is also a member of the youth symphony. Thomas, Boylan and Thompson are seniors. Johnson is a sophomore.
The combined symphony practices every Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and members can miss no more than three rehearsals for any reason.
Performances have included a concert at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo and the Youth Symphony Festival on March 13. The four will finish up rehearsals April 15 and Youth Symphony Orchestra spring concert will be held April 17 at the Covey Center for the Arts. A San Francisco tour is planned for late-June/early July.