SSSG Notes February 3, 2017

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Dear SSSG families,

The SSSG Annual Workshop Day is this Saturday February 4 at J.F. Ross High School 8:30-10:45 a.m. 
Please know Molly will be there with the SSSG Cafe & that stellar Guelph based artist, Adrienne Spier ( will be running a visual art class as part of this workshop day. 
The movie for the youth will be:  Tackling the Monster: Marsalis on Practice
(Trumpetist Wynton Marsalis and cellist Yo Yo Ma talk about practising).

All regular SSSG classes will be cancelled this day.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

SSSG Workshop 2017 wkshop

SSSG Music Fair-donations fair
The SSSG Music Fair is fast approaching on March 4.  Please keep an eye out for any used books, cds or dvds to donate to the fair! More details to follow....

Behind the Scenes scenes
This week we snuck into the GYMC concert hall just moments before the start of the annual SSSG Faculty Concert. We found Helena and Lucas volunteering at the projector and Ken ready to take the stage on piano with music in hand. The stage was set for SSSG teachers: Anna, Elayne, Joy, Amber, Andrea, Paule, David, and Caroline to delight us with stories and music. A wonderful time was had by all -- especially during the impromptu children's dance! -- and all proceeds will go to support the Endowment Fund.

Thank you to the SSSG fundraising committee, Paul Rak, Louise McCallum and Christie Zimmer for their support in promoting this event  for the lovely refreshments after the concert!  Thank you to all the volunteers who made it all possible. We raised $500! Hurray!
Music at the GYMC gymc
The Guelph Connections Series connection
Fiddling Workshop with Shayne Cook fiddler

There is an exciting workshop opportunity for violin students at the SSSG! 
Shane Cook, a Canadian and International fiddle champion will be visiting our school to teach a class on fiddling. 
About Shane
A Canadian and international fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers' Hall of Fame as one of the "finest fiddlers in the world today," Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. He also excels at styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian and Bluegrass. Shane is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion and the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship.  Shane leads his own group, Shane Cook and the Woodchippers, and performs with several ensembles including the PBS hit Bowfire. He has toured extensively in Canada,
the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.
Class Description
Students will have the opportunity to expand their musical vocabulary and explore styles beyond classical music. For our students who already enjoy playing a fiddle tune, come out and learn some specialized techniques and a new tune.   The class is offered to all Book 4+ students and any other enthusiastic musicians (parents/teachers) who would like to learn a fiddle tune!
Workshop Schedule
1:30-2:30 p.m. February 11
The cost is $20 per student

If you are interested and would like to sign up please email:
Kathleen Miller - or
Marius Pop - 

Screening of: Growing up in the Digital Age film

Please know that organizer, Natalia Brajak is offering up 10 free tickets to youth (grade 4 & up) & their parents to this screening.  The tickets will be released on a first-come-first-serve basis.  If interested please contact:
Guelph Symphony Orchestra GSO

Guelph Symphony Orchestra's Musicians' Choice concert shines the spotlight on emerging artists.  Sunday, February 12  @  3 pm , River Run Centre (  
YouTube sensations, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of ASAPScience (of 'What Colour is this Dress' fame, and authors of the New York Times best selling book, AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena ), will perform their Periodic Table Song.
The GSO Under-23 Concerto winners , Morgan Melbourne (Grieg Piano Concerto), Felix Hong (Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2) and Leslie Ashworth (Barber Violin Concerto) will rock the house with their impassioned performances
Dylan Langan, the GSO's new Assistant Conductor will make his debut, conducting the Barber
The concert will conclude with one of the most well-known, masterpieces in the symphonic repertoire. Fourteen years in the making, Brahms Symphony No. 1 is the Musicians' Choice!

Catherine Molina
General Manager, Guelph Symphony Orchestra

Paule's special moment this week.... special

So this happened today: my lovely student Nicki Alarie met her new friend and hero, Adrian Anantawan. He was so kind and generous and wonderful! Two hours he spent helping us develop a better prosthesis to help her play her violin along with the wonderful prosthetist, Amy at  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital! The best day I've had in a long time! Paule