SSSG Notes February 21,  2019

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Hello all,

Please know that there are classes this Saturday, February 23.  
Please invite interested family, friends & neighbours to this Saturday's  SSSG Music Fair  (see the poster below for details).


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Update re. David Evenchick even
1.  Letter from David Evenchick

19 February 2019,  Montréal
Dear SSSG cello students, parents, faculty and families
A teachers' dictum-that it is their goal is to teach their students to be independent learners, resilient to life's many changes and challenges, whether it be with their education, their career goals, or personal lives. As time moves inexorably on, none of us are immune from change and challenge. Even teachers need to draw deeply upon their independence and resilience. 
The time has now come for me to inform you of my future plans. After months of soul searching I have decided that I will resign from the Suzuki String School of Guelph. By doing so now, it gives our hard-working board time to find the most qualified and suitable replacement, and it also gives us time to work together for the smoothest possible transition. 
I am so grateful to you all for your support and your inclusion of me in your efforts to make music a part of your lives. I extend to you my most sincere thanks.  Without doubt the school has an exceptionally devoted board, and a faculty rich in talent, expertise, dedication, and diversity.  Working with you has been an honour and I send to you my genuine appreciation. Finally, special thanks go to Sandy who has so courageously and successfully stepped into the school in a "tour" year. I know you will all take the time to also thank her. 
This has been such an extremely difficult decision. I needed to weigh my habitual life and career path against family harmony. While thinking about the satisfaction and excitement of being a part of our students' progress, I came also to see more and more clearly that our close relationships are to be cherished and not taken for granted. As I write I am feeling that you will understand this. Furthermore, I am confident that I will remain attached to the SSSG in one way or another. 
So, when I tell you that there is joy, I am telling you that I am healthier and happier than I have been in many years. I think of all of you with great respect and affection. My association with you will remain a happy star forever. 
Thank you so much, not only in granting me this year to "find myself" but also for the many years of personal growth in your midst.  
Very best regards
A bientôt

2. Regarding David Evenchick's letter of resignation
Dear Suzuki families of David Evenchick's studio,
It is with sadness that we received David Evenchick's letter of resignation from the SSSG. In his time at the SSSG, David made an immense contribution to the school's cello program, school vision and a wide variety of events large and small. David's wonderful gifts as a teacher and human being are unique and abundant. In particular, his creativity and vision have been a huge asset to our organization.
For sure, we will want to celebrate David's time with us, and a special tribute will be organized at the Spring concert. If any of you would like to be involved in the organization of this tribute, please contact Paule Barsalou
In the months ahead, the SSSG will be conducting a teacher search to find a permanent replacement for David. The school has a very stringent hiring process and no efforts will be spared to find the best teacher possible for your children. We will be advertising this position throughout North America. We will keep you updated on our progress and when time comes for interviews, we will ask for volunteer students to have lessons with the candidates in front of the hiring committee to help us assess their teaching.
Again, we are very sad to lose David, but we are happy that he has found a new life in Montreal which gives him companionship and joy. We wish him much success in his new adventures!
Very sincerely,
Paule Barsalou, artistic director
Dorothy Vreeswyk-Kidd, chair of the board

A Practice and communication framework for music studentspractice
Hello Suzuki Parents,

As you may know, for the past two years I have been working with Suzuki violin parent Christie Zimmer to develop a practice and communication framework for music students, parents and teachers with the following objectives in mind:
  • managing frustration and resistance in home practice sessions,
  • encouraging practicing with a purpose -- both to make practicing more effective and repetitions more interesting,
  • fostering independent learning through observations, problem solving and asking questions, and
  • strengthening communication between students, parents and teachers.
Together we created a guided notebook for lesson and practice notes and many of our Suzuki families are trying it this year for the first time. 
I would like to invite you to join Christie and me on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 pm at the GYMC for a chat on the progress of your practicing so far this year and your experience with our notebook. We'd love to share our ideas for using notetaking to guide your child toward independent learning and we'd love to hear about your and your child's practicing and learning experiences so far this year.
If you haven't had the chance to see our notebook yet and would like to learn more, we'd love for you to join the discussion, too.
In addition to our chat, there will be coffee, tea and sweet treats. If you're able to join us, please let us know using this doodle poll:
Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th!

Paule and Christie

Come See the Stars! stars

Come See the Stars! - Sunday February 24, 2019

Join hosts Trevor Chandler of Starguide Planetarium and Helga Sonnenberg of EcoReg Solutions on behalf of the Suzuki String School of Guelph and the Guelph Youth Dance Co. Spain Fundraising Committee.

Come and experience the beauty and wonders of the night sky on this personally guided tour of planets, moons, constellations, and our home galaxy inside a digital planetarium star theatre-and help send our talented young stars to Spain!

Downtown Guelph at Guelph Youth Dance
42 Quebec Street 3rd Floor Studio
(across from The Bookshelf)

Plenty of parking in municipal lot off of Chapel Lane

Matinee: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM or Evening: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

$30 per person. No children under 6, please.

Seating: Only 25 people per show! Floor cushions provided.

Refreshments available
Order tickets at 
The GYMC's Spectacular Fundraising Concert spec
Spectacular Fundraising Concert at the Guelph Youth Music Centre featuring Guelph Youth Singers, Suzuki String School of Guelph, GYMC String Orchestras and Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. Grand Finale with everyone performing James Gordon's Song of Our City.

Tickets $25 adults, $15 seniors & students (to age 18)
Phone orders 519.837.1119 
Buy online

Under One Roof is a fundraising concert organized by the Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) to help support its programs for children and youth in the community.

SSSG Music Fair fair

  • Discover Suzuki Early Childhood Education for children ages 0-3
  • Enjoy a snack in our café
  • Create a craft
  • Ask musical questions to the experts
  • The always popular instrument Petting zoo
  • Bring your young children to try violin, viola, cello or bass
  • PLUS: Used book/CD/DVD sale

SOSI 2019sosi
Discover all the great things that make SOSI the biggest and most comprehensive Suzuki Institute in Canada-still the "ultimate musical vacation" for the entire family, and much more than just a camp. It's also an ideal, fun way to prepare for a productive year come September and to make lifelong friends.
We have a number of exciting offers to tell you about, including one to help you encourage new families to attend SOSI. Visit our web site to explore all the exciting possibilities, and be sure to talk to your teacher. Brochures will be available this weekend at the GYMC.
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