SSSG Notes September 6, 2018

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Hello Suzuki families,

Welcome back from the summer holidays! We hope your upcoming SSSG year is full of great fun, music making & community.
Please know that private lessons commence the week of September 10 & that the first group lessons are on Saturday September 15.

Janet Johnson
Suzuki String School of Guelph
administrative assistant

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. 

A note from new Cello teacher, Sandy Kiefer sandy
Dear Students and Families!
I would like to introduce myself.   My name is Sandy Kiefer and I am going to be teaching cello at the Suzuki school in September.   I am looking forward to being your teacher!
I have been teaching cello for thirty years.  By now I have taught over 1,000 students.  I am certified through Book Ten in the Suzuki Method.  I have a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory.  I went to the Yale Chamber Music Seminar where I got high honors.   I have played with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and San Juan Symphony.  I have also  done TV and radio commercials. I have given cello workshops in Oregon, Kansas, Boston, Indonesia,Ethiopia,  and Thailand.
I love to do sports and  I have hiked 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail, canoed the Boundary Waters, and done deep ocean scuba dives. But most of all I love to teach and play cello.
I am looking forward to meeting you. See you soon!
Sandy Kiefer
PS.   All my students call me "Ms. K"

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