SSSG Notes January 26, 2018

In This Issue:

Hello Suzuki families,

Please note: there are  NO regular SSSG Group classes on Saturday, January 27.
There are however, Master Classes for those who registered instead.

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

  On January 27 , Master classes are scheduled throughout the day, working around the GYMC orchestra rehearsals. Those who registered will have received  their schedules.

Parent talks are open to any SSSG family
People interested in attending should sign up through the doodle poll links below:
1) 1:30-2:30 p.m.
2) 3-4 p.m.
* Please know a movie will be playing in a nearby room for children in attendance.

"Why Suzuki works so well"
The Suzuki method is emphasizes daily listening, standardized and sequential shared repertoire, and the close involvement of parents in their child's training. The fact that parents are so involved is particularly unique among music education methods, and an important part of what can make Suzuki training effective. This talk will discuss how the Suzuki method is designed to encourage student progress, and ways that Suzuki parents can help their children learn more easily!
Dr. Kate Einarson has been teaching music for over fifteen years, and earned a PhD studying musical development. She currently teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Music for the Oakville Suzuki Association, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.
Kate completed her doctorate at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind studying the development of musical knowledge in infants and children, and the effects of music training on children's abilities. She also conducts research on Suzuki students as parents as the co-coordinator of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education.

As space is limited, for those interested in attending please fill in the Doodle poll through the link below:

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

GSO presents Hansel and Gretel han
Sunday February 11th at 3pm, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra  presents  Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, Hansel and Gretel, featuring an all-Canadian cast, staged by one of the most celebrated "Gretel"s of her generation, director Linda Kitchen, Conductor, Judith Yan. Tickets available through River Run Centre

SSSG Music Fair-donations needed books
The  SSSG Music Fair is fast approaching on Saturday February 24.   Please let us know if you have any of the following to donate for this day:   used books, cds or dvds 

Please contact Janet at: & or leave donations by the File folders.
Thanks kindly for your  support.

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