SSSG Notes June 2, 2017

In This Issue:

Dear Suzuki families,

I wanted to share with you the information about the visitation and Celebration of Life for Graham Kidd.

SSSG students are invited to play as people are arriving to the celebration on Monday, June 5 , at the Guelph Youth Music Centre from  6:30 to 7:30  in the downstairs foyer. Students will tag-team playing beautifully polished review pieces as people are arriving. If you would like to play, please contact me at:

Here are the details about the visitation and the celebration:
Family will receive friends at the Gilbert Macintyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street Guelph on  Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 5-9 pm . A celebration to commemorate Graham's life will take place on  Monday, June 5, 2017 from 7-9 pm  at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph. Everyone of all ages are welcome. If desired, donations in Graham's memory made to the Lions Foundation Dog Guides of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Suzuki dad, Graham Kidd passed away on Friday, May 26 at Hospice Wellington, surrounded by his family. Our sincere condolences to his wife, the chair of the SSSG board, Dorothy Vreeswyk-Kidd, their two children Sophia and Noah. Graham was a kind, considerate, warm, funny and supportive Suzuki parent and member of our Suzuki community. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all.


SSSG Bursary & Scholarship application process sch
I SSSG Bursary Fund
The SSSG has a Bursary Fund to assist students in financial need. Applications for assistance are reviewed by a committee that is independent of the school.
  • Bursary application forms can be downloaded using the link below.
  • Bursary assistance is dependent on the availability of bursary money and on the family's financial need.
  • NEW: Bursaries are open to first year students.
  • Deadline for bursary application submission is May 29th. Response to request will be made no later than June 30th. 

II Iris Tryon Memorial Scholarship
Iris Tryon's love for music is the founding reason for the creation of this memorial scholarship in her name. Through this scholarship, may the gift of music, which she shared with each of her students over her lifetime of teaching, continue beyond it. 

"Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent."  Victor Hugo 

The Iris Tryon Memorial Scholarship is a bursary for full tuition for one school year.
Two categories:
  1. Students who have been in the school for 5 or more years
  2. Students who have been in the school for 1 to 4 years 
The criteria for each category is as follows:
1. Students who have been in the school for 5 or more years
  • Essay written by the student about what their music lessons means to them.
  • Letter of recommendation from the teacher. 
  • Proof of financial need (preceding year income-tax report) and letter from parent explaining the need.
2. Students who have been in the school for 1 to 4 years
Deadline to apply: post mark May 29

Please mail your application to:
Tracy Jewell
Suzuki String School of Guelph
75 Cardigan St.
Guelph, ON
N1H 3Z7

Canada 150 celebrations canada
On Saturday, June 10, all SSSG students are invited to participate in 150 Strong at the GYMC. The event will have many opportunities for SSSG students to perform.  This event will be done in collaboration with the GYMC and Guelph Youth Singers. The event will run all day and feature performances from more that 150 young Canadians, James Gordon, and Relative Harmony (barn dancing anyone?). There will be free food to snack on, and even face painting! 
Warm-ups and rehearsals will be from 11 am to 12:45, there will be a rehearsal in the Navy League building attached to the GYMC. The rehearsal schedule will be out shortly.


Performance Schedule:

11:30 to 12:15
Fiddling with Relative Harmony. Please will be dancing while you play. Judy Greenhill will be the caller on that day and will instruct people on the dance moves to do. Lots of fun! Fiddling repertoire for this is as follows:
Mussels in the Corner
Pretty Little Mary
Boston Laddie
Dr. Kielly O
Auntie Mary
(Maybe Mrs. Daly's Dance Tune if time)

Anyone who knows how to play these tunes and would like to join the group should sign-up on the following doodle poll:

1:15 to 2 pm:
SSSG group class performance. We will be performing Canada 150/O Canada as we did for the Spring Concert. Depending of numbers of available players, we will also perform the pieces that were played by the various group classes at the Spring concert. Your group class teacher will send you a link to the doodle poll to participate in this part of the day.

2:30 to 3 pm: 
Song of Our City by James Gordon. This is an arrangement for string and choir of this popular song by James Gordon. The arrangement is by Ken Gee. The following group classes are invited to participate: 
Violin: Perlman, Ehnes, Benedetti
Viola: Primrose, Bashmet
Cello: Matz, Bacchianas

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a rehearsal with the choir on Wednesday, June 7 from 7 pm to 8 pm at Dublin United Church, 
68 Suffolk St W, Guelph 
Here is the link to sign-up:

So we have an idea of who will be participating from each group class, please click your group class link below to sign-up for Canada 150/O Canada and your group class performance.

Benedetti (Carmen):

Crow (Carmen):

Mullova (Carmen): 

Lauzière (Elayne):

Ehnes (Elayne):

Dubeau (Elayne):

Nosky (Joy):

Gomyo (Paule):

Isserlis (Amber):

Bacchianas (Amber):

Looking for SSSG parents and/or teen volunteers to help at this event.  Please visit the following doodle poll to sign up:

1) Instrument Petting Zoo

2) Face Painting

3) Stage Crew 

Thanks for your support!

Guelph MusicFest GMF
Guelph Musicfest presents the FESTIVAL TRIO tonight at 7:30 pm at the GYMC
You're going to love this ALL-BEETHOVEN CONCERT with our own Ken Gee at the piano, joined by violinist Mark Fewer (artist-in-residence at McGill, soloist, recording artist, and former concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony), making his first Guelph Musicfest appearance), and renowned cellist Paul Pulford(Festival Trio regular and Musicfest favourite).
They will perform the amazing Archduke Trio-you will be thrilled by the utter brilliance of the writing, the clarity, excitement, and true genius-this famous trio still feels "modern" today. In addition, Mark and Ken will perform Beethoven's incredible Kreutzer violin sonata, another true masterpiece. Paul and Ken will perform the beautiful Cello Sonata in D major, which is another work of genius. It is a great program to end Musicfest's string concerts (the final two programs are all piano concerts).
Tickets will be available at the door. Details at

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute 2017 SOSI
  Please note:
If all your fees are paid by the Early Bird Draw deadline  of  MAY 15, you will be entered into our  Early Bird Draw for a refund of Half of One Tuition Fee! There will be one winner
Recommended for all our students and parents to keep your motivation up during the summer:
Canada's largest Suzuki institute offers student programs for all ages, in exceptionally well-equipped, air-conditioned facilities at Wilfrid Laurier University. Students & parents get recharged with an energizing head start for regular lessons in the fall. Plus you make great new friendships! It's the ultimate musical family vacation!

Complete String & Piano programs, Four Orchestras,Optional & Enrichment Classes, Chamber Music,Young Artist Program for advanced students, Body Mapping, Suzuki Baby & Toddler Classes, Mini Institute for youngsters 7 & under.

SOSI Bursaries and Scholarships
Bursary application deadline. For more information go to:

For other Suzuki Summer Institute throughout North America: 


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