Group Lesson date revisions, from now until May



As you will know from reading our page on the toolbar “GROUP LESSONS”, we set the schedule in August and reserve the right to make changes to dates. We schedule extra groups so we have the flexibility to cancel some groups during the year.

In addition to this week’s cancelled group, and barring any last minute illness or poor Thursday weather, these are the changes:

We have:

*Cancelled this week (January 30)
*Cancelled February 13
*Added March 6

We will not be participating as a class this year in the OSA Chamber Music Festival. The main reason is a major conflict that weekend with a performance of the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra, in which a number of our cellists play. Also this has been a year of major transition for the cello program.


Feb 6
Note two weeks off
Feb 27
March 6 (added from original)
March 27
April 3
April 10
April 24
May 1 dress rehearsal 530-730
May 4 spring concert at QEP

Please change your calendars accordingly.

And, I need a quick email from all families to

saying “no group this week, Jan 30”

We do not want anyone turning up this Thursday for nothing!

Thanks, and remember that the up to date Group Lesson Schedule is always available on the blog under the header GROUP LESSONS.



Great Article about the Brain and Music

Happy New Year to all you cello “groupies”.
Here is a link to another article about the long term value of music lessons!

See you in the studio!


The Cello Concert on December 7th has been cancelled

Genevieve and Jo-Anne announce the cancellation of the December 7th Christmas Concert at 3PM at QEPCCC.
The number of families unable to attend makes it impractical to devote the next three groups to concert rehearsal, and the cost of renting a venue, which is considerable, is not sensible.
A lot of factors have come together here. As well, we have observed over the years an increasing expectation that every organization must stage a December holiday event. People are thus busier and busier every year, during December.
We feel that this is the best decision and will be welcomed by most families.

Please note that there are 4 more Thursday Groups for small Red, Blue, and Yellow, on November 21, 28, and December 5th and 12th. We will continue to work on seasonal repertoire for fun.

Magenta has two Monday groups with Amber, on Nov 25th and December 9th.
Magenta now also has full RED on November 28th and December 5th.
We are aware that this means no groups at all for Magenta this week, but two the following week.
This is because we cannot use the larger room on Nov 21 at St Paul’s as we will be in the nursery, and full RED does not fit into that room.

Please address any questions, if you are still not clear, to Jo-Anne or Genevieve by email.
Discussions and questions on group evenings between classes are not a good plan. The teacher needs that time to take a short break, and to set up for the next class.

Thank you, everyone, for your forbearance.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th: Cello Christmas Concert, 3-6 PM

Cello Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 7,
3:00 PM till 6:00 PM At QEPCCC.
This year, our Red, Magenta, Blue, and Yellow cello groups will not perform at the OSA multi instrument concert on December 15.

It has been a fall of transitions, and some considerable problems, for your Cello Group Teachers. We teachers have had concerns for a number of years about the amount of time involved in preparing for a concert that uses huge teacher, student and family energy resources, is at a terribly busy time for everyone, on a prime pre-Christmas weekend.
Teachers must donate a full Sunday of their time, free, to this event.
In order to give a creditable performance, ALL groups in November and December are devoted to preparation of music that, historically, is not chosen by us, and has often been of dubious pedagogical benefit to our students. Last year, in the wake of similar problems at the November SAO conference, there were utterly unacceptable actions affecting the cellos, taken by another teacher, during the actual Junior concert. An added complication this year, is that the newly amalgamated Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra has a major concert that same weekend and half of Red Group are members of this Orchestra. It would be an unwise burden to put on them.

The late announcement of this December 7th Cello Concert is a result of St Paul’s Church, which we had booked for the Christmas Concert, sending, immediately after the Hallowe’en Concert, to Jo-Anne, as the signer of the contract, (although I was injured and not present at the event) , a formal letter of complaint, citing the extremely poor condition in which the Sanctuary, Narthex and Balcony were supposedly left, and forbidding us to serve food of any sort in the Narthex in future. This letter was not friendly. We were told we could rent yet another room elsewhere downstairs in the facility at greatly increased cost of course.
Given that there are conflicting views of the situation: from the parents and teachers who were last out, versus the report from St Paul’s custodian, (leading to a ” he said/she said” situation), whatever the “facts”, it is their church and we can be summarily asked not to return, at any time without recourse. We have also been forbidden to move the piano. Given all this, and the small size of the room, we felt it prudent to relocate the concert, and received confirmation from QEPCCC just this week.
I feel it is unprofessional to give more detail here. If you feel truly concerned about this, please be in touch with either Genevieve or Jo-Anne and we will be glad to discuss this matter privately.
Our new, December 7th Concert is based on the lovely model that the flutes use for a similar concert every year.
We will feature some advanced Suzuki repertoire, plus ensemble music, some seasonal, from Red group and some from Blue as well. There will be some carols, and, some solo performances. All students will participate.
If your child would like to perform a solo, please tell your teacher at the next lesson. Subject to teacher approval, solos can be performed at any level from Book 1 through Book 7.
We also need an accompanist, (as, sadly, Paul M. cannot be there) who will be paid a modest honorarium. If you can help in this way, please let Jo-Anne know asap.
Also, as a result of the food clean-up issue, while we enjoy cookies and drinks after, and hope these can be arranged, your teachers feel that this matter needs to be taken over in full by a group of parents. Genevieve and I (plus our husbands) have, historically, been the last out and have been the go to persons re food at concerts. We have over the years, pre arranged who will bring what, overseen (and often done by ourselves), all the set up and clean up, taken leftovers home, vaccuumed, stacked tables -the whole 9 yards. (I do not in anyway minimize the hard parent work at the Halloween concert this year, saying this. I refer to the last 15 years or so) In fact, often we are so beleaguered that we ourselves end up eating nothing, we are so busy. This happened to Genevieve this year at Hallowe’en and has been the case for me as well in the past, on several occasions.
QEPCCC has relaxed their rules and now allows post concert refreshments to be brought into the facility. We would like a nice, Christmas cookie/squares, fancy drink, pretty table set-up.
However, we are done being in charge of it!
If you are willing to do this, I am sure many willing hands will be available.
Please step forward if you can. The teachers will oversee the concert. The parents will oversee, entirely, refreshments, with no teacher input.
We hope this happens :it is a nice touch, especially at Christmas.
Repertoire, concert order, and dress detail will follow in a later post. I know this is a lot to absorb. Thanks for reading this long post!
Your loving Cello Group Teachers, Genevieve and Jo-Anne.

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Group Cancelled tomorrow, please respond!

Hello Cello Families,
Your cello teachers are a sorry sight! Jo-Anne’s bad back is still being iced and rested and taken to the osteopath after 19 days, sigh.
And Genevieve has a nasty nasty cold that seems to last and last at the acute stage which involves a throat that will not allow her to speak through 3 (plus) hours of group.
So between us, we cannot manage group this week. (This does not apply to Magenta group)
All Cello Group Lessons for this week are CANCELLED. There is NO group this Thursday, November 14, which is tomorrow.
IMPORTANT: Please email Jo-Anne at with a short acknowledgement that you are aware of the cancellation. I need to know that everyone has heard as I do not want any of you going to the church unnecessarily on Thursday.
There will be no make-up group, as there are four or five extra groups, (that you do not pay for) scheduled during the year to make room for possible cancellations.
Genevieve plans to come and teach her private lessons on Friday November 15 as usual. If this changes, last minute, you will be emailed and there will also be a post here.

Has anyone seen my bow????

Hi cello players and parents,

This will sound weird and irresponsible, but here it is:

I own two bows. One is a relatively inexpensive carbon fibre bow worth about $275. This is my second (spare) bow. I use this every time I teach.

My good bow is a $1200. full sized, wooden bow with the name of the maker which is KNOLL stamped into the wood of the stick adjacent to the frog.

Incredibly, this bow is missing. Generally I teach using my spare bow to save the good one but when I came back in the Fall to teaching, it was missing.

Certainly I do not believe that anyone deliberately stole it! But someone may have it in their case by accident or may be using it not realising that it was  switched  in the studio with mine. Or, as I am sometimes a senile old lady, I may even have lent it to someone and then forgotten about it.

I sure hope it will turn up, so I ask everyone with a full sized or even 3/4 cello and/or bow to check all your bow(s) CAREFULLY, please. I am quite worried and  really hope someone has it, since two months of searching has not been successful.

Thanks everyone!

More to come soon, regarding our new and exciting Cello Christmas Concert Format!

Jo-Anne Goyder, AKA


Details for our Cello/Flute Hallowe’en Concert, this coming Monday, October 28th.

5:00-5:30 Set up and tuning
5:30-6:30 Halloween Concert (“Play-In” style-as in, informal)
6:30-7:00 SUPPER for EVERYONE, players, audience, siblings, parents and teachers! IN THE LOBBY-no food in the sanctuary, warn the kids, please.
7:00-7:30 “Trick-or-treating”, back in the Sanctuary. If you want to be one of the treat giver outers, please tell us! Kids will move from person to person, playing a very short bit of a piece, or, if they prefer, singing a song, or telling a joke, and collecting candy from each adult. It is a lot of fun and ALL kids, visitors and siblings, too, are welcome to join in.
7:30-8:00 Clean Up.

Our Cello/Flute Halloween Concert is a great tradition, and is a good time for parents to socialize as well.
PROGRAM ORDER is at the bottom of this post.
Please put your music in your Halloween folder in the given order. (see bottom of this page). This means you, REDS! (and Blues, as well)
This will avoid a lot of music-falling-right-off-the-stand issues. You must bring your STRAP, your CELLO STOOL if you are using a smaller than regular chair-VERY IMPORTANT as there are NO substitute small chairs at the church, and your MUSIC., AND A MUSIC STAND, preferably a solid black one if you have one. ALSO YOUR BOW. (not a joke!)
We will have the use of the Sanctuary from 5 until 8 PM at our usual church, St Paul’s United. Enter as usual and go right at the top of the stairs (instead of left as usual.) Please arrive as soon after 5 PM as you can. Tuning and set up in a new place always takes a lot of time. Cases may be left at the sides of the Sanctuary itself. We will need and will appreciate lots of parental help moving things and assembling cello chairs, and also disassembling and food clean- up at the end. Plus as usual, veteran parents to set up the potluck as in other years in the lobby area behind the Sanctuary, before and towards the end of the concert. If you can bring
any of the following:
DRINKS (bottled water and juice boxes)
Please email me at if you want to bring one of these items,
so I can know we are covered and can avoid too much of one thing.
Please bring an ample first course dish to share. The kids will get candy after supper so please, no sweet desserts. Fruit (such as fruit trays) is fine. Pizza is fine too. As are long, cut up Subway subs, etc. No need for fancy cooking if it is not your thing. Please, no dishes needing heating up or cooking at the church. Our rental does not include a kitchen.
Also, try to bring things that are relatively neat to eat-for the kids anyway. This true potluck-as-in-bring-anything system has worked well for a great feast, other years.
(Make sure the costume is cello playing friendly)


Program Order
Cello only:
The Swan, book 6
Gavotte in C Minor
Witches’ Dance
Minuet in C

Flutes only:
Night on Bald Mountain
The Adam’s Family
Groaning Twinkle

Cello only:
In Dreams

Hedwig’s Theme
Nimbus 2000
The Ghost of Tom
Moon Over The Ruined Castle
Hallowe’en (“Who’s that…..”)
Aunt Rhody Goes To Arabia
Grammacello’s Haunted House