SSSG Notes March 17, 2017

In This Issue:

Dear SSSG families,

I hope you are enjoying your March Break. Please know private classes resume on Monday March 20.


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Behind the Scenes: SSSG Music Fair-Thank you volunteers!!! scenes
On your way into the GYMC, you'll often find a window open, just to right of the front doors. It leads to Room 106 and it is rare on a  Saturday that you won't hear music through that window, welcoming you in. On a recent  Saturday afternoon, we followed the sound of violins and piano to find the 2nd violins of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra rehearsing for their performance in the Gallery Concert Series at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. The following day, we were lucky enough to attend Elayne, Carmen, Paule, Janet, Alison, Veronica, Janine, and Ken's performance of a collection delightful pieces by Mozart, Bach, Suk and more, arranged in the order of a menu -- from first course to last. See if you can spot our teachers in the rehearsal and performance photos!

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: 


Invitation to SSSG students to perform on Canada Day canada
Invitation to all SSSG students!

You are invited to perform at the Canada Day celebrations this year on  July 1  at Riverside Park. All interested students, regardless of age or level should sign-up to perform. We will be performing repertoire from the Spring concert programme.

If you wan to participate, you must sign-up no later than  March 19 . Here is the link to sign-up:


It will be really fun! Join the party to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary!
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 

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 

A warm-up schedule for Friday evening will be available shortly.

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!