SSSG Notes September 22, 2017

In This Issue:

Hello Suzuki families,

Please know that there are group lessons on Saturday September 23.
A gentle reminder re. the September 30 deadline for the SAO Workshop (Nov. 4). Please make sure your forms have been sent in!

Lastly, please warmly welcome the new SSSG families who are joining us this fall!

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

SSSG Group Class reminders shoes
  • A reminder to supervise your children while you are at the GYMC. There should be no running or screaming in the hallways or the upstairs foyer.
  • Please remember to take off your shoes before entering the classrooms. 
  • Please be sure to bring cases and shoes inside the classrooms or into the cloakroom or the upstairs foyer. Please be mindful that all fire escapes and fire routes need to be free at all times.
  • Due to food allergies and to avoid littering, please remember not to bring food or drinks in any of the classrooms.
  • All  Rhythmic Reading classes have been moved to the  Dance Studio (3rd floor)
  • All indoor shoes will be taken off and lined up against the wall and all outdoor shoes must be left in the cloakroom.

Why support the SSSG fundraising by purchasing Grocery Cards? groc

Why support the SSSG fundraising by purchasing Grocery Cards?
  • We have cards from Loblaws that will work at any Loblaws store. This includes No Frills, Zehrs, and Superstore to name a few
  • Cards are worth their exact value, ie if you buy one for $50, you now have $50 that you can spend at the store
  • The SSSG receives %5 of the cost of the card, and that money goes into our operating budget
  • You can buy cards (available in $25, $50, $100, and $250) with cash or cheques
  • You all paid a fundraising fee of $75 to the school, and you can offset that cost by purchasing cards-for every $100 card you buy you will be refunded $5, up to the full amount of your fundraising fee. The card sellers will record your purchases and the bookkeeper, Tracy Jewell, will refund you at the end of the year
  • If you pre-purchased cards, they are available from the card seller at the first group class of each month
  • You can buy cards on behalf of friends, coworkers, and family if you wish
  • Grocery cards will be available at all SSSG Group Class Saturdays
  • Thanks for considering!

Suzuki Teen Mentoring Courseteen
Suzuki Teen Mentoring Course
Elayne Ras will be offering the Teen Mentoring course again this fall, on either  Sun Oct 15, or  Sun Oct 2212:30-5pm at the GYMC. If your child is at least 13 years old and in Bk 4 and up, and would like to take the course so they can be added to our "Practice Buddy" list, please contact Elayne at to let her know which of those days would be preferable for your child to attend the course.

The GYMC String Orchestras welcome a new conductor-Tak Kwan!tak
After more than 10 years, conductor Jef ten Kortenaar will be leaving our podium, and the GYMC expresses our deepest gratitude for his hard work and caring for the Junior and Intermediate string orchestra.
Jef was part of the conductor search committee, helping to screen the eleven applications for the position, which narrowed down to live conducting auditions for four candidates over the past two Saturdays. While all of the final four were capable, the committee unanimously chose Tak, not only because of his conducting and teaching skills, but also his wonderful musicality, and warm, gentle manner. We are sure the kids will love him, and blossom musically with his guidance.
Thank you to our committee for their time, thoughtfulness, and caring: Ken Gee (chair), Jef ten Kortenaar, David Evenchick, Anna Hughes, Pamela Young & Gabriella Currie-Ziegler (executive director, gymc)
Who is Tak Kwan?
Born in a musical family, his father was a violin maker in Hong Kong, and Tak started playing the violin at the age of seven. In 1988, he received a scholarship from the Hong Kong Bank to attend Wells Cathedral School, as a Music Specialist, in England. During his study, Tak represented the school to perform with visiting musicians from West Germany in Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A major as a violist, intensively for a week. He was also invited to give a violin recital in West Germany in the following year. Tak also received scholarships to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1989-1995. During his studies, he twice received full scholarships to attend the Summer Music Camp in Colorado Springs in 1994 and 1995. Later in 2011, he was invited to attend the Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard School of Music.
From 2002 to 2010, Tak toured the USA and France as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. In 2003 and 2007, Tak gave solo performances to over a crowd of 15,000 in Toronto and Tampa, Florida respectively. In 2010, Tak was invited to perform and work with the professors as the leading violinist at University of Concordia for the premiere of a work for string quartet in St. Paul, MN. In the same year, he was invited to perform for the Queen of England at Queen's Park in Toronto. In this past April, Tak was invited back to the USA for another solo performance in front of an audience of 2,000.
Teacher, Concertmaster, Performer & Adjudicator
He also appears in different music festivals in Ontario as an adjudicator. His thoughtful insight and the understanding of violin playing in performance has encouraged and helped a lot of young musicians through teaching and master classes.
He is currently Concertmaster of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. He was Concertmaster of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2016. His musicianship led Tak to be Conductor of Yip's Chamber Orchestra in Toronto since 2013. Under his conducting this year, the group won the first place at Kiwanis Music Festival of Toronto in its category and also received the Kiwanis Club of the Golden Mile Award as well as placing first in the Provincial Finals in 2016.
Founder and Music Director of Lavender Chamber Ensemble
Under Tak's direction, this professional ensemble focuses on promoting young and talented artists by rehearsing and touring together. Through the process of work and commitment, Tak shares and mentors young artists with his experiences and provides opportunity for performances for their future. Within a year, Tak has led two major tours as the first violin and fulfilled his vision. The feedback and response from the public was greatly successful. Tak also received a letter of approval from the Premier of Ontario, Ms. Kathleen Wynne for the last stop of the second tour, Turbulence and Grace in Toronto in June 2015.
Register for the GYMC Junior or Intermediate Orchestra
Please contact the GYMC office asap to register or audition.  Follow  this link for info. package & to register!

Guelph Symphony Orchestra Kinderconcertswooly

Wooly Kinderconcerts Presented by River Run Centre: 
Wooly Kinderconcerts introduce children aged five and under to the rich variety of instruments and sounds of the symphony. Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, which provide the soundtrack to fun, interactive stories. Kinderconcerts are hands-on experiences kids learn from and remember.
Inside every preschooler is a classical music fan waiting to blossom. Kinderconcerts introduce kids 5 and under to the instruments and sounds of the symphony. Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra play samplings of works by great composers, providing the soundtrack for fun, interactive stories.
Everyone must have a ticket, including infants and children. Tickets are available through the River Run Box Office, in early June.  519 763-3000
Free Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony ConcertKW

"This is your opportunity to "Sample the Symphony" and see what the upcoming season is all about! Don't miss your chance to preview the 2017/18 Season with incredible live music from Beethoven to movie music and more!"
Music at the GYMC gymc

All SSSG students get in for $5!!
Instrument Rental & Return in
Instrument Rental and Return:

Returning an instrument? Please return the instrument on the first individual class that your child has in September: week of the 11th. This is important for our seasonal inventory and to do any repairs necessary before beginner parents rent the instrument. 

Want to keep the instrument? Your rental period ends August 31, to keep the instrument use this form:

Beginners 2017-18 - Need your adult instrument? Adult instruments will be available for rent on the first 2 Beginners group classes:  September 30th and October 14th upstairs in the GYMC. Please check the upcoming Newsletters in September for more details.

Any questions, please email Amy/Thomas at