SSSG Notes October 24,  2019

In This Issue:

Hello all,

As Halloween will be upon us shortly all musicians are welcome & encouraged to wear their costume to group classes this Saturday, October 26!

Please note that there are no regular group classes the following Saturday, November 2 due to the SAO Conference at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School (54 Westmount Rd, Guelph).

Don't forget the SSSG family discount to the GSO Gala (see details below) this Saturday.

Lastly, please bring in any black & white concert clothing that is now too small for our
Black & White Shoppe which will be on November 16. Instead of heading to the mall....reduce & re-use!!! There will be a donation bin for your clothing items this Saturday by the Grocery Card table & after this point below the folders.  Thank you kindly.   


Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

GSO Opening Gala opening

Discount for SSSG families
 Promo code: SUZUKI20 (not case sensitive)
- 20% discount on price tickets to the October 26th Opening Gala 
- Valid from Sep 19 to Oct 26
- tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person
* Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
* Offer is not valid for previously purchased tickets.
* All tickets subject to availability.
SAO Conference Update sao
If you have signed-up for the SAO conference student day, watch for an email from the conference in the coming days to let you know about your schedule.
If you would like to sign-up and haven't done so already, it's not too late!

  • BEGINNERS: beginner students may participate in the Mini-workshop. There is no cost, but please register.
  • Students in the GYMC Junior and Intermediate Orchestra should sign-up for the workshop. We will schedule your workshop activities around your orchestra rehearsals.
  • Adults interested in participating are welcome to sign-up. You will receive an adult group class, a music enrichment class and participate in the student play-in. Please do not use the SSSG promo code for your adult registration. Your fee is not covered by SSSG.
  • Here is an updated list of teachers for the conference: 
Teri Einfeldt (CT), Karen Kimmett (Kingston), Venetia Gauthier (Kingston), Margot Jewell (Etobicoke)
Viola: Christine Vlajk (Waterloo), Venetia Gauthier (Kingston)
Cello: Sally Gross (IL), Rachel Gauntlet (Etobicoke)
  • Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) class: Anyone with a child 0-3 may sign-up for this class. Each child must be accompanied by an adult

Repertoire Emphasis Lists 
Violin :
Book 1-4 all pieces
Book 5 Bach Gavottes and Vivaldi G minor Concerto, 2nd movement
Book 6 Fiocco Allegro, Rameau Gavottes
Book 7 Bach A minor 1st movement
Book 8 Eccles Sonata 1st movement
Viola :
Books 1-3 all
Book 4 Telemann Concerto 2
nd  Mvt.; Telemann Double Concerto 1 st  and 3 rd  Mvts.
Book 5 Old French Dances, La Matelotte
Book 6 Hungarian Dance #5 
Cello :
Book 1-2 all pieces
Book 3 Bocherinni Minuet, Humoresque, La Cinquantaine
Book 4 Breval Sonata in C Major, first movement
Book 5 Arioso
Book 6 Tarantella

Get ready for the workshop, start reviewing now! 
SSSG Chamber Music program chamber
SSSG and area Suzuki Piano teachers collaborate each year to offer a program for our students in Chamber music. This is an optional program which is different to, and complementary with, our lessons, groups and orchestra programs, as it encompasses small groups of different instruments working together with one person on each part. The most well-known example would be a string quartet, but many other combinations of instruments are also possible.
Students who are in late bk 2 and above, and who are comfortable reading music can apply to participate in the program. Please discuss with your teacher if your child might be ready to participate in a chamber music experience.
A registration fee of $20 needs to accompany the application form and payment for coaching by our teachers (which occur sporadically throughout the year) is the responsibility of the individual group's members. 
Please have all forms and the application fee (either in cash or a chq made out to SSSG) in to Elayne's folder by this Saturday, October 26.

*Please ask your teacher for an application form for the Chamber Music Program or contact Elayne directly at: 
SSSG at the Movies: Faculty Concert movies

Featured new Song for Snowflake Concert chan
A new song for our Snowflake concert (December 1) this year is Chanukah Oh Chanukah. All violin, viola and cello students who can play in G major can learn this song. If you're not sure if you can learn this song, ask your teacher.  Here is a link to recordings to help you learning this by ear: 
You can hear the words to this song in English and Yiddish here:

Playing with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra: Calling all book 2 students!book

The Guelph Symphony Orchestra is inviting all SSSG book 2 students to perform with the orchestra. All instruments are invited.

WHEN : Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm
WHERE : River Run Centre Main Stage
REHEARSALS : Saturday, Dec. 7 - 1:30 pm River Run Centre Cooperators Hall. Please arrive at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, Dec. 8 - 2:20 pm River Run Centre Main Stage. Please arrive at 2 pm
REPERTOIRE : Chanukah Oh Chanukah, O Come Little Children in D major and Jingle Bells in D major
We will need chaperones for this event. I you would like to be chaperone, please let Paule Barsalou know:
If your child is interested in joining this project please sign-up here: 
Shoulder Rests and Chin Rests for El Salvador Suzuki Studentssalv
Paule will be going to teaching in El Salvador at the end of November. She is accepting donations of: shoulder rests, chin rests and strings of all sizes as well as small violins and violas to take El Salvador as these are in very short supply over there. If you have some that are not  being used at home, please bring them to her studio no later than November 22. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Guelph Musicfest fest
Guelph Musicfest continues with a pair of Fall (winter) concerts beginning with Vancouver violinist David Gillham in Recital with pianist Ken Gee on Saturday November 23  at 7:30 pm in the GYMC Recital Hall.
This is a programme with incredibly beautiful and virtuoso music for violin and piano by Vitali, Prokofiev, Debussy, Smetana and Wieniawski.
On Sunday December 15 at 2:30 pm, the FESTIVAL TRIO reunites for an encore performance of the Debussy Cello Sonata, Ravel's Violin Sonata no. 2 and the popular Dumky Trio by Dvorak. It's a live recorded concert for the trio's first CD. Violinist Sadie Fields returns from Brussels, and cellist Paul Pulford from New Brunswick, to join Ken Gee and record music from their sold-out Musicfest June! Come to the concert-you'll love the music plus help with the cost of the recording and travel. Ticket holders will get a free digital download of the concert when available!

For more information: 
To buy tickets online:

The Edison Singers: Inaugural Season 2019/20 edison
Upcoming Cambridge Symphony Orchestra concerts  Cam