SSSG Notes April 16,  2020

In This Issue:

Orchestras Canada Analyzing Impact on Member Orchestras

Dear SSSG families,
It's spring! At least I thought so until I saw those unwelcome flakes of snow in the air again.  
There is an old farmer's term "onion snow", referring to a snowfall in the spring after the onions have been planted.  
I always found the expression a poignant one. When you think you are through the hardest part of a task, sometimes you have to take a few steps back.  
We all see dark news every time we look at our phones. Which makes it even more important to find creative ways to add beauty to the world.
Making lovely music. Growing colourful flowers. Reaching out to check on a neighbour. I'm inspired 
by the thoughtful ways people find to keep connected. 
Be patient. Spring will arrive eventually. I promise!  
Lynda Hester
How to improve your set-up for your online music lessons: 
As we complete our first month of online lessons, I'm sure many of you have been making adjustments to your technical set-up to get the most value out from your time with your teacher.
Here are a few tips to achieve this:  
  •  Use the largest screen you have available 
  •  If you use a computer, use an ethernet cable rather than WiFi if at all possible. 
  • If you have an external microphone that can attach to your device, use it. It makes it much easier for your teacher to hear the best sound.  
  • If you use Zoom for your lessons, make the following sound adjustments to your settings as listed on our website. 
Visit the SSSG on Facebook    
We have been posting lots of short videos that you can watch with your children and brighten your days.

In the last few weeks, we have been sharing videos from a very sweet SSSG father and daughter team, Daev Mulholland and his daughter Kira. They have been entertaining us with their beautiful playing, quizzes, jokes and generally silliness from their basement. Don't miss their upcoming episodes!

Visit us on Facebook. Like our page, and you will see our posts in your newsfeed.  

Grocery Cards Are on the Way! 
The grocery cards are packed and ready to be delivered. Board members have kindly volunteered to help distribute cards for April, May and June. One of us will be in touch by phone or email to arrange a convenient time to stop by - at a safe distance of course!

Registration Time
Look for a link to our online registration forms next week. We have extended the deadline until mid-May.      

Virtual Play-in with your Group Class
Due to the current social distancing situation, we have decided to offer our families two Virtual Play-in dates when each group class will meet online. This will provide our students a way to connect with each other and their group class teacher and break the social isolation in a musical way.

Please be ready for a Zoom meeting with your group class at your regular group class time on Saturday, April 25th and May 2nd. This will include all of our group classes and rhythmic reading classes but not Tanglewood orchestra or Concorde. You will receive an invitation from your teacher the night before each meeting.
In order to reduce the likelihood of a time conflict between classes for siblings, we are moving our rhythmic reading classes to the afternoon on those two same days:
1 pm: Rhythmic Reading 3
2 pm: Rhythmic Reading 1A
3 pm: Rhythmic Reading 1B
4 pm: Rhythmic Reading 2
Caroline will be emailing the invitation to your meeting the night before the class.

Rhythmic Reading: A message from Caroline  
Hello rhythmic reading families! I hope you are all doing well. When you have completed your homework from our last class, please scan it or take a picture of it and email it to me at:
Show everyone how you're keeping the music going
Share the creative way you are making music while staying safe at home. Send your pics to 
Call for COVID-19 Performances
Calling all students to submit performances to be posted on the SSSG YouTube Channel. We want to hear how you are continuing your work on your instrument and sharing your music during this time of social distancing.
Make a video of your child performing a polished piece that he or she would like to share with the world and we will share it on the SSSG YouTube channel. Some of the videos may also be shared on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Performances can be accompanied or unaccompanied, family members playing together as a group, recordings of online lessons or practice sessions (playing a duet with your teacher or practice buddy). Let your imagination run wild!
How to record your video: No need for fancy equipment! Just use your phone or your camera. Record at a lower resolution to ensure the file isn't too big: 1080p HD 30fps is a good video setting for this purpose.
How to submit your video:
  1. Fill out our submission form
  2. Upload your video to our COVID-19 Performance Dropbox
Free concerts, plays and tours to keep you entertained 
Organizations are being wonderfully creative in offering new ways to enjoy all types of events online.
Orchestras Canada Analyzing Impact on Member Orchestras   can
A letter from Executive Director, Katherine Carleton

Dear Members,

In the last four weeks a wave of cancellations has spread across the country in the wake of lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Every one of our approximately 130 member orchestras has been affected. It has been nothing short of inspirational to see the adaptability of Canadian orchestras who are now creating more online content than ever. Orchestras Canada has also increased our level of online activity to support our members going through these unprecedented challenges. We know that orchestras are stronger together than they are alone, and we have been expanding and adapting our four mission pillars to help orchestras respond to the current crisis.
So far we have run two surveys that have measured the immediate impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns on our members, and have reported back with some initial insights from our statistician, Steve Smith. This data collection is an ongoing process: while we're aware that you're being approached we'll be collecting and analyzing further data.

I encourage you to take a look at what we've been up to, and encourage you to get in touch with us to share resources, brainstorm ideas, or just to check in. Take care,

Katherine Carleton C.M.
Executive Director
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