SSSG Notes September 20, 2018

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Hello Suzuki families,

Please note the annual SSSG AGM.  All are welcome!!
Saturday, October 27 - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
GYMC Upstairs Foyer
"Nurturing Independence Through Collaborative Note Taking"
With Christie Zimmer and Paule Barsalou
Would you like your child to take on more ownership of their musical learning? Would you like your child to be able to evaluate his/her own playing. Would you like your child to get more joy out of practising? Would you like your child to develop strong life skills through practising? Come join Suzuki teacher Paule Barsalou and Suzuki parent and journaling expert Christie Zimmer as they discuss the way they use note taking in the lesson and at home to strengthen communication, develop a reflective mindset and problem solve as a team.
Followed by SSSG Annual General Meeting
*There will be a children's movie in the Recital Hall.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

What to do if missing any Group class? missing

What should we do if we have to miss group class?

    • Please make sure you contact your group class teacher and your music enrichment teacher (rhythmic reading, orchestra, Concorde) as soon as you know that you will be missing. Here are the email address of all our teachers:
Paule Barsalou
Carmen Evans
Anna Hughes
Sandy Kiefer
Caroline MacDonald
Elayne Ras
Joy Schuster

The SSSG's new Double Bass program bass
The Suzuki String School of Guelph  is excited to be offering  double bass  private lessons and group classes for the first time. Lessons will be available for students of any age and experience level, and appropriately sized instruments will be available for sale or rent. 
Double bass lessons can be an excellent way to help retain older students who are craving a new challenge. They can also be a great way to get a sibling of any age involved in Suzuki while playing a unique instrument. Bassists are highly in-demand, and pursuing the double bass will lead to many exciting performance opportunities with orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and more!
Any students interested in adding this instrument to their schedule this fall should contact Paule Barsalou: . All bass private and group classes will be offered on Mondays after school and evening.

Meet our new Suzuki bass teacher:  Jesse Dietschi
With performance credits ranging from orchestral soloist to jazz session player, Toronto bassist Jesse Dietschi is a truly versatile musician and composer equally experienced in jazz, classical, and popular music. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (RCM, Toronto) in Orchestral Performance, along with Masters degrees in both Jazz Performance (U of Toronto) and Composition (Brandon University). Jesse is a faculty member at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, St. Andrew's College, and the Oakville Suzuki Association. He has appeared on international broadcasts including the CBC's Sounds of the Season and Murdoch Mysteries, and NBC's hit show Hannibal. Jesse is a member of the international touring ensemble Tunnel Six, contemporary jazz outfit the Nick Maclean Quartet, and has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Sony Centre/Attila Glatz Productions, and Against the Grain Theatre. As a composer and bandleader, Jesse leads the Catalyst Ensemble, a Toronto-based chamber jazz hybrid ensemble that uses strings and rhythm section to perform genre-bending compositions. He has also appeared as a soloist with chamber and full orchestras throughout Ontario, and has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide range of artists including The Headstones, Metric, the Gryphon Trio, Robi Botos, Ken Lavigne, Tapestry Opera, Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils, and Mexico's Festival de Febrero. He has studied with Jeffrey Beecher, Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti, and Stan Label, and has worked in masterclasses with Joel Quarrington and Timothy Pitts. 

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Dear Friends of Guelph Connections Concerts,
Although our summery weather continues, soon cooler evenings and deepening autumnal colours will herald the beginning of the Fall Cycle of Guelph Connections Concerts. This 9th season of the concert series begins on October 2nd - just two weeks away - and will continue each Tuesday afternoon at  4:30 pm at St. George's Church through November 13th.
My continuing goal is to bring to Guelph nationally and internationally acclaimed classical musicians to perform in an inviting and beautiful space. All are warmly and unconditionally welcome to attend. The music is always accessible and the up close and personal connection between the audience and the performers continues to be a special highlight of these concerts.
Below is a brief overview with posters attached. I invite you to enjoy these concerts, bring your friends, check out the new web site and help me in any way you can to spread the word about our amazing concert series.
I look forward to greeting you at the door!
Marlena Tureski
Artistic Director, Guelph Connections Concerts
Guelph Connections Concerts
St. George's Anglican Church
99 Woolwich St. Guelph
Tuesdays at 4:30pm (Approximately 1 hour in length)
No Admission: free and open to all
October 2          Ensemble Celandine, Flute, Bassoon and Piano
October 9          Sarah Fraser-Raff, Jeewan Kim and Mary-Katherine Finch
October 16       Ton Beau Quartet with Talisa Blackman, piano  Brahms Quintet in F minor
October 23        Luke Welch, solo Piano, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann
October 30        Hog Town Brass, Gershwin, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla
November 6      Trio Moyen, Clarinet, Viola and Piano
November 13     Madawaska Quartet, Haydn,  Shostakovich


SAO Conference 2018 SAO
SAO Conference,  November 10, 2018
Lakeshore Campus of Humber College,  Toronto

Come to Toronto for an exciting day of stimulation and renewal for all sides of the Suzuki Triangle. Registration deadlines are fast approaching!  September 30 is the deadline for the student day.
Saturday November 10: SAO Student Day is directed to the three corners of the Suzuki triangleTeachers and students will both benefit from observing and participating in the various classes being offered by fantastic clinicians in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar and flute as well as SECE. Group classes, play-ins, and exciting music enrichment classes will be an inspiration to all. Students will be placed in the enrichment class that best suits their age, schedule and instrument. Enrichment possibilities will be: Drumming (Cheryl Reid), Fiddling (DnA), Create an Opera (Dean Burry), and String Orchestra (Tony Leong)
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend one of two special parent talks that day: Ed Sprunger, author of "Helping Patents Practice" on "Resistance" and Christy Zimmer (parent) and Paule Barsalou (teacher) "A Tool to facilitate Communication Flow in the Suzuki Triangle"

Instrument Rental & Return in

Returning an instrument? Please return the instrument on the first individual class that your child has in September: week of the 10th. This is important for our seasonal inventory and to do any repairs necessary before beginner parents rent the instrument. 

Want to keep an instrument? Your rental period ended August 31, to keep the instrument use this   form. 

Any questions, please email Amy/Thomas at