SSSG Notes January 13, 2018

In This Issue:

Hello Suzuki families,

I hope your holidays were restful and rejuvenating.

Please note: there are group classes this Saturday January 13.

A gentle reminder to please leave all snowy/wet boots/footwear & coats in the GYMC cloakroom.  Thank you.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

SSSG Board seeks a Fundraising Chair fund


Volunteer Role Description: Fundraising Chair
Seek contributions from the corporations to increase SSSG's Endowment Fund
Facilitate the search for corporate sponsors either for the school or for the two yearly large concerts
Disseminate fundraising information within the school
Communicate with Parent Liaisons
Attend monthly Board meetings during the school year (10 meetings)
Have an interest in and be enthusiastic about fundraising
Be a clear and effective communicator 
Be dedicated to the SSSG's mission
Be engaging and outgoing
Motivate without being dictatorial
Be creative 
Possess business acumen, especially with corporate funding
*As of September 8th, 2017, the Endowment Fund is at $205,000.  
The Fund goal is to raise $1,000,000.
For more information, please contact SSSG Human Resource Committee Chair, Katharine Creery:

SSSG Master Class Workshops 2018 master
SSSG Master Class Workshop January 27, 2018 -Last day to register!!
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 are 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 served 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 January 12.

Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph 2018kiw
Time to register for the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph
Hello Parents & Students,

You are receiving this message because you participated in last year's Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph and I wanted to be sure you don't miss the opportunity to participate again this year!

Online Registration is now up and running smoothly at: 
and registrations are pouring in already! 
Make sure to register before the January 30 application deadline!
Paper Applications will still be accepted with a $3 paper handling fee. 

There are classes available for all ages and levels in a wide variety of disciplines.  Download the Syllabus in it's entirety or by discipline on the Syllabus Page of our website to find the classes available to enter.
Important Dates

Entry Deadline - Extended until January 30, 2018!!!
Online Registration - available now!
Festival Gala ConcertSaturday, February 10 at GYMC at 7:00 pm
FestivalApril 7 to April 28 - see Tentative 2018 Schedule on our website
OMFA DeadlineMay 10 for all Guelph nominees and recorded competition
Highlights of the Festival Concert & Awards Ceremony - NEW DATE - Saturday, May 26 at St. George's at 7:00 pm
Festival Gala ConcertSaturday, February 10 - GYMC
We are still seeking performers  for this exciting annual fundraising event!  Every year, local professional musicians and advanced students donate their time and talents for the listening pleasure of our appreciative audience. 
This year's Featured Guest Artists are Pianist, Morgan-Paige Melbourne and Singer/Songwriter, Mikalyn Hay!  If any advanced students are interested in performing a piece or two, please let me know.  This is an eclectic concert and we welcome all styles of musical entertainment.

This elegant evening features not only a delightful concert, but also a vast selection of hors d'oeuvres and desserts including cupcakes and a chocolate fountain, and a huge silent auction with something for everyone.  Beer and wine are also available.  Mark your calendars now and plan to come out for a very enjoyable evening in support of your Kiwanis Music Festival!
Hope to see you all soon,
Heather Fleming
Festival Coordinator

SSSG Alumni Miranda Mulholland is coming to perform in Guelphmir

SSSG Alumni Miranda Mulholland is coming to perform in Guelph 

On Saturday, January 27
2:30 door - 3:00 show

PWYC (pay what you can) at the door

Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players).

Originally from Guelph, Miranda is classically trained on violin and voice and is in high demand as a singer and fiddler covering a wide range of styles. She has sung and played fiddle with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Calexico, Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Alan Doyle, Raine Maida, Dan Mangan, John Borra, The Rattlesnake Choir and Justin Rutledge, among others.

Their RBC Noon Hour concert in St George's Square was rained out last summer and I'm very excited to have them back!!
Miranda is also very involved in advocacy for fair remuneration for artists:
Here is a list of things consumers can do so artists get paid for their work:
There are a number of best practices that every streaming service gives to artists and labels. These are ways that they want artists to reach out to their fanbase that they have built and to plug into the system. Fair enough. Make it easier for your favourite artists.
Here are some FREE ways to help.
- Be a tastemaker. Create playlists for events, road trips, friend's birthday's. Add your favourite artists.
- Write reviews and rate. Getting reviews and ratings helps shift algorithms in favour of artists, helps their work come up as "things you might like" and can give your favourite artists an edge in the very competitive granting and funding races.
Here are some PRETTY CHEAP ways to help.
- If you think you're going to buy a record or you've been tempted by a great track in advance of its release, buy the record on release day. This can accelerate an album onto the front page of whatever service you use to buy music, which is an excellent advertisement.
- Buy merchandise. Show off your band love with a sweet t-shirt, poster, tickets. Go to live shows!
- If you love an album or a book, buy it and buy one to give to a friend. 
- Subscribe to a music service. For the price of 1 album a month, you not only get millions of songs at your fingertips with no ads, but you also are making a difference. The revenue gap between ad based services and their subscriber versions is significant.

 Harrow Fair

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