SSSG Notes March 17, 2017

In This Issue:

Dear SSSG families,

I hope your March Break was full of rest & or adventure!  
 Please know that there ARE SSSG classes this Saturday.

Take note of the upcoming SSSG Spring Concert date on Sunday April 30 at 3 p.m. (Large group rehearsals for this concert will be on April 29-details to follow).


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Behind the Scenes: A shout out to the Board of Directors!! board

This week's photo collage takes us behind the scenes at the March meeting of the SSSG Board of Directors. We arrived at the GYMC meeting room just as Dorothy, Marius, Kate, Bridget, Paul, Lori, Paule, and Bart began to discuss the progress of the SSSG Endowment Fund. The fund has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and there are more opportunities than ever before for the SSSG to support music education throughout our community. Our mission "to build a sense of community through the love of music" continues!

Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute 2017 SOSI
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

For other Suzuki Summer Institute throughout North America: 


Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph k
The Kiwanis Festival Schedule is out! Please click this link to view it on the Festival website:
Please double check your posted schedule and let Heather know of any conflicts immediately: 

Group and Orchestra performance schedule:
Saturday March 25
1:00 pm GYMC Junior Orchestra 
1:20 pm GYMC Intermediate Orchestra 
1:45 pm Bashmet 
2:00 pm Ehnes 
2:20 pm Tanglewood Orchestra 
Dress code: Ehnes & Bashmet: all black/ Tanglewood:black & white

Friday March 31
5:30 pm String Ensemble - Large Ensemble - Senior: Primrose viola ensemble, Perlman violin ensemble and Matz cello choir.
6:45 pm String Ensemble - Large Ensemble - Senior: Concorde 

Warm up schedule for Senior Ensembles on Friday, March 31:
4:30 pm  Room 204 Matz Cello choir & Room 201 Primrose Viola Ensemble
4:50 Room 204 Perlman violin Ensemble
5:10 Room 204 Concorde

Things to know about the festival:
  • If your child is playing an accompanied piece (with piano), your teacher will schedule a rehearsal with Ken Gee when he/she (the teacher) can be present. 
  • Ken will invoice you for the rehearsal and performance time.
  • During the week of the festival, students participating in the festival don't have a private lesson. In lieu of a lesson, their teacher attends their rehearsal with the piano and their performance at the festival.
  • Students must provide the adjudicator with an original copy of their music. Please submit your music to the festival secretary at the beginning of the class.
  • Students may not perform from a photocopy. If you are performing with music, please make sure you are using an original.
  • Parents are allowed to videotape their child's performance but should not record the adjudication.
  • The festival provides a warm-up room at the GYMC. Please arrive early to allow your child to warm-up.
  • Make sure your child is well fed and well hydrated before a performance.
  • There is no formal attire for solo performances, however, out of respect for the audience and put the final touch on your presentation, performers should dress nicely. No jeans or running shoes please. Make sure you are comfortable in your performance attire. Very high heels, slipping spaghetti straps or clothing that restrains the freedom of motion are to be avoided.
  • Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any Festival classes.  Audience members only pay $2 for admission!  Festival Passes are available for $12 and allow entry to some 160 sessions during the entire Festival!  You will be sure to hear some stellar performers as they share their incredible musical talents!  Come out and support our aspiring, young musicians!

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