SSSG Notes December 8, 2017

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Hello Suzuki families,

 A  Snowflake Concert Thank You! from P aule ......
Congratulations to all for a fabulous concert last weekend! Well done everyone!
Our sincere apologies for a glaring omission from the programme. Our brilliant cello soloists in Concorde's performance Gabriel's Oboe by Enio Moricone were Anton Schuster and Alexander Barnstijn. You two played exquisitely and deserve the recognition.
  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this concert possible, chaperones and stage hand. We could not have done it without you! 
  We hope that by next week we will be able to send you a link to pictures and videos from the concert.
*Please know that there are NO SSSG group classes until Saturday January 13-when we return after the Holidays.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Grocery Cards as Holiday gifts or donations?groc
Grocery Cards as Holiday gifts or donations?
  • We have cards from Loblaws that will work at any Loblaws store. This includes No Frills, Zehrs, and Superstore to name a few
  • Cards are worth their exact value, i.e. if you buy one for $50, you now have $50 that you can spend at the store
  • The SSSG receives %5 of the cost of the card, and that money goes into our operating budget
  • You can buy cards (available in $25, $50, $100, and $250) with cash or cheques
  • You all paid a fundraising fee of $75 to the school, and you can offset that cost by purchasing cards-for every $100 card you buy you will be refunded $5, up to the full amount of your fundraising fee. The card sellers will record your purchases and the bookkeeper, Tracy Jewell, will refund you at the end of the year
  • If you pre-purchased cards, they are available from the card seller at the first group class of each month
  • You can buy cards on behalf of friends, coworkers, and family if you wish
  • Grocery cards will be available at all SSSG Group Class Saturdays
Grocery cards are also great donations to make to charities who feed people such as:
- Guelph Food Bank
- Hospice Wellington
- Children's Foundation of Guelph Wellington Food and Friends program
- Lakeside Hope House
-St James the Apostle's Anglican Church Breakfast program and others.

SSSG Master Class Workshops 2018 master
SSSG Master Class Workshop January 27, 2018-Masterclasses

This year, students have the opportunity of signing up for an optional master class with our expert Suzuki guest clinicians! This is a great chance to have an outside teacher give you  some new ideas and perspectives and some general inspiration in the blah days of winter! The master class format is a semi-private lesson where students a scheduled with 3 or 4 students per hour depending on the level. Students stay for the full hour and watch each other's lesson. It's a great way to learn from your peers as well as from your master teacher. On  January 27 , master classes will be scheduled throughout the day, working around the GYMC orchestra rehearsals. Schedules will be out first thing in January.
Another exciting new activity we are adding this year is the opportunity to participate an Introduction to Bass Workshop that day from 2-4 pm with Jesse Dietschi! This workshop is open to violin, viola and cello students age 8 and up. Double basses will be provided by the school. Spaces are limited, only 6 students can participate in this class. We will take students on a first come, first serve basis. Instruments for the introduction to bass workshop will be provided by The Sound Post. Shhhhh... you are the first to know... SSSG is planning to start a Suzuki bass program in  the 2018/19 school year! Students of all ages will be able to join the program.
Please fill out the form below, and return it to Anna Hughes' file folder with your cheque by December 22nd.

Classical Music Holiday Concertshol
Cambridge Symphony Orchestra  A Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 9 - 7:30 pm
Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church
2 Grand Ave S - Cambridge
This very special holiday concert will be sure to lift your holiday spirits.
By popular demand a mass choir drawn from local churches 
will once again add to this festive occasion.
Soprano Stephanie DeCiantis will be sure to inspire! 

II Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra  YULETIDE SPECTACULAR
FRI DEC 15 | 8 PM
SAT DEC 16 | 2:30 PM
SAT DEC 16 | 8 PM
SUN DEC 17 | 2:30 PM
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Conductor
Joni NehRita, Vocalist
Mike Nadajewski, Narrator 
Grand Philharmonic Choir
Grand Philharmonic Children's Choir 
Carousel Dance Company
Waterloo Region's favourite holiday tradition is back and more spectacular than ever! Featuring the classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, with images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story, and favourites like the upbeat All I Want for Christmas Is You, The Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night, The 12 Days of Christmas, plus the hilarious 12 Days After Christmas. With singers, dancers and special guests, you'll be feeling festive!

III The Guelph Chamber Choir invites you, your family, and friends to our annual performance of Handel's Messiah

On Saturday December 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm Canadian soloists and an orchestra of period instruments will perform Handel's Messiah with the Guelph Chamber Choir. This annual concert has continued to be a major success drawing near sold out audiences every year. Since 1999, concert master Joe Lanza has contracted many of the finest Canadian instrumentalists who play on instruments replicating those of the Baroque era. Performing together with players knowledgeable in historically-informed performance practices over the past 17 years has been a very exciting journey for the members of the GCC. The expressive quality of the instruments enhances stylistic considerations for the singers and soloists, contributing to performances that our audience members enjoy immensely for their clarity, nuanced phrasing and expressive delivery.

This concert also marks our music director Gerald Neufeld's final Messiah with our choir in this concert season before his retirement, so you won't want to miss it. A true Christmas tradition for many local families! Please join us.

Copies of our new Christmas CD "Carols of the Bells" will be available for sale in the lobby at this concert. The perfect stocking-stuffer for the choral music fans on your list.
Soloists: Meredith Hall , soprano, Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Neal Banerjee, tenor, Alex Dobson, baritone
Musica Viva Orchestra on period instruments
Alison MacNeill on piano
$40.00 Adult, 
$35.00 Group of 4 or more (use promo code FOURPLUS)
$10.00 30 and Under
$5.00 14 and Under
$5.00 eyeGO 

IV The Guelph Symphony Orchestra


Musical Gift Ideas from The Sound Post gift
The Stonefields Quartet stone
"The Stonefields Quartet is the Faculty Quartet with the members being: Joy Schuster, Elayne Ras, Andrea Cook and Anna Hughes. We have put cards in all of the family file folders so that if you or anyone you know is interested in hiring a quartet to provide quality, live music for any occasion, we would be happy to provide that service. If you did not find your card feel free to contact us through Anna Hughes at:  and I will give you a card and answer any questions about the quartet."
Anna Hughes