SSSG Notes June 6,  2019

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Hello all,

Please know that the official private lessons finish this week.
Check in with your teacher to see if you are "owed" any missed lessons & keep an eye out for SSSG teachers' summer schedules.


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

SSSG Announcements announce

    • Joy Schuster has been selected as  the new conductor for the GYMC string orchestras. Congratulations, Joy!!!
    • Alexander Barnstjin won second place in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals for Grade 10 lower strings. Congratulations, Alexandre!!
    • Rudolf Matz Cello Choir won first place in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals for Best performance at the senior level by a Community String Orchestra. Congratulations, Ms K and Matz Cello Choir!
    • GYMC Junior orchestra won first place in the provincials for Best performance by a Community String Orchestra up to and including Grade 8. Congratulations, Tak Kwan and all the Junior orchestra students! 
    • Concorde received an honourable mention for Best performance at the senior level by a Symphony Orchestra or String Orchestra that features a solo performer. Congratulations Paule Barsalou and all the Concorde members!
    • This year, 11 SSSG students are participating in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals:
    • Alexander Barnstjin, Shayla Bird, Maki Burgess, Natasha Cook, Seungmo Gu, Noah Huang, Emily Rak,  Mathili Shende, Stefan Sommerfeld, Kevin Wu and Selina Wu. This event is happening in the Niagara region from June 3 to June 8. Good luck to everyone! More updates next week... 
    • Guelph MusicFest Announcement: Due to health reasons, the June 7 concert with David Gillham and Ken Gee and the June 8 master class with David Gillham are postponed. There will be a "rain" date in November 2019. Stay posted for updates.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program Open House SECE
MusicFest 2019 fest
Due to illness, violinist David Gillham must postpone his June 7th Musicfest recital
While disappointing, there is nothing that can be done except cancel or postpone, and I hope most of you will want another chance to hear David play at the GYMC. So for the first time, Guelph Musicfest will postpone a concert to (tentatively) sometime in November. As soon as a date can be confirmed, it will be announced.

Tickets purchased for this Friday will be honoured at the "rain" date performance, but if you would like a refund, just let me know (just reply to this email). I do hope you can come in November.
You may also exchange your ticket for one of the remaining 2 concerts below:

1)Musicfest will continue on June 14  as Guelph-born artists return to join Ken Gee in the popular FESTIVAL TRIO-violinist Sadie Fields (Brussels, Belgium) and cellist Paul Pulford (New Brunswick). 

The annual appearance of the Festival Trio is always a Musicfest audience favourite. Sadie lives in Brussells, but loves the opportunity to visit her home-town Guelph and perform in the Festival Trio. Paul Pulford has retired from Wilfrid Laurier University and moved to New Brunswick, but returns to continue in the trio. They're all good friends with musical synergy, and love playing together. Come and share in their musical reunion.
2) The series finale on June 21  is a recital by the superb Montreal pianist CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN. 
Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He also won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. Charles was recently awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. 
Both concerts are on Friday at 7:30 pm in the beautiful Recital Hall of the Guelph Youth Music Centre , 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Musicfest ticket table... Enjoy the concerts for FREE by helping out at the door (adults or senior students). Contact Ken at or 519-993-7591