SSSG Notes May 19, 2017

In This Issue:

Dear SSSG families,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your last month of private classes. Please take note of the wonderful music performance opportunities listed below.

Please know that all SSSG 2017/18 registrations are now well past due (see details below).


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

Photos & Video links from the SSSG Spring Concert photos
Please click this link to enjoy some delightful pictures by our volunteer photographer, Marius Pop from the April 30 Spring Concert. Thank you Marius for capturing such great moments from the concert!

A Sneak peek...

Here's the video link to David Jones' Canada 150 performance:
SSSG Registration 2017/18 reg
SSSG Registration for 2017/18 was due May 1
Please find the link to the SSSG 2017-18 registration below:

*Please note that we are now offering online single or monthly payments.  
Cheques can be dropped off the file folder at the GYMC: Janet Johnson assistant administrator.

Please know:
No lessons will be scheduled before we receive your registration and payment as well as paid off any overdue balance owing on your String Shop account.
Thanks for your diligence.
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 7,  all SSSG students are invited to participate in 150 Strong at the GYMC. The event will have many opportunities for SSSG students to perform.

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.

Saturday June 10:
There will be a rehearsal of Canada 150/O Canada at  9 am in the recital hall.
There will be a run through of each of the group class pieces at  12 pm  in room 110.

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

There will be a rehearsal with the choir on  Wednesday, June 7  from  7 pm to 8 pm . Location TBA.  
Here is the link to sign-up: 

Looking for SSSG parents to help with the Instrument Petting Zoo at this event.  Please visit the following doodle poll to sign up:
Thanks for your support!
String Workshops in kindergartenskin
One of Audrey's (the new Canada Summer Jobs' staff) tasks is to organize String Workshops in kindergartens around the city this spring.

We would like the SSSG students at the schools where we go to help present the workshops.

The workshop includes the following:

·      A show and tell activity given by SSSG students demonstrating the workings and identifying the major components of string instruments 

·       A Q&A session 

·      A performance by SSSG students accompanied by the Audrey 

·      An instrument "Petting zoo" 

·       A colouring activity related to music 

·       The reading of a story related to music 

Paule will be calling on our students to join Audrey in presenting these workshops to kindergarteners!

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra cam
Guelph MusicFest GMF
Guelph Musicfest , the city's annual spring festival (directed by Ken Gee), opens its 11th season at the GYMC with the internationally-acclaimed CECILIA STRING QUARTET. 
Hailed for their "powerful" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "dauntingly perfect" (Berliner eitung) performances, the CSQ perform for leading presenters in North America and Europe. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Northwestern University in Illinois, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and London's Wigmore Hall. Their live concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia (ABC Classical FM), Canada (CBC/SRC), the United States (WQXR), England (BBC Radio 3), and Germany (DeutschlandRadio). Prize-winners at several international competitions, including Osaka (2008) and Bordeaux (2010), they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), where they also won the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work.
(student volunteers needed for the 4 concert series. Contact Ken at 519-993-7591 or

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: