ALL OSA students of cello, flute and violin, are being offered a great opportunity to be part of the annual Suzuki Association of Ontario (SAO) conference, hosted by us this year, on Saturday, November 10, at QEPCCC.  It is my expectation that everyone take part in this unique and exciting event. If you look at the cello group schedule sent to you in August, you will see that this date has been reserved since then. There will, we hope, be cellists attending from other Ontario Suzuki schools and the day is full of interesting classes and presentations for everyone. This event is in lieu of a cello workshop during the 2012/2013 season.

Our own Genevieve Schirm-Joyce will be teaching, along with Amber Ghent, another of my cello “daughters’, who teaches at the Guelph Suzuki String School. More complete bios can be seen on the registration site.

Cellists from beginner through early Book 3 will attend in the morning. In addition to a cello group class, there will be an introduction to Irish dancing, and a presentation for kids based on Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute by Clayton Scott. Concurrent to this event, we are offering a parent talk,  Teaching From an Open Heart, by Edward Kreitman, who is a well known violin clinician from Illinois.

In the afternoon, Clayton Scott presents a “Performing with Poise and Pizzazz” class. It is possible to sign up as a demonstration student, and equally interesting and beneficial to watch this class. There will be a repertoire class, a technique class and, at 5 PM, a gala concert together with the violins and the flutes, at Thomas Aquinas High School.

We have been working on this conference for many months and know that everyone will benefit greatly from it. Unless you are in the hospital or out of the country, see you there!



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