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Welcome to The Oakville Suzuki Association

The Oakville Suzuki Association embraces the philosophy that all children can develop musical ability, within a nurturing, enriching and socially positive environment.  We strive to provide a comprehensive musical training program consisting of private lessons, group lessons, and performance opportunities that promote the development of each individual student while providing musical gifts to our community.

OSA Performing Arts Camp Bulletin 5 - Information on Thursday and Friday Concerts

Week 2 of OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp is on...

Check https://www.instagram.com/oakville_suzuki_association/ or #osamusiccamp2016 on Instagram for pictures and videos to see campers and what they have been up to at camp.

Please join our students on:
 

  • Thursday July 21st, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Trafalgar Presbyterian Church (345 Upper Middle Road East).  Our advanced students in the Senior Orchestra, Senior Chamber Ensemble, Senior Choir and Senior Chamber groups will be performing.
  • The program can be found here
  • Your GPS will lead you astray here: the church is better thought of as being located on Litchfield Rd. in Oakville.  You can access by turning onto White Oaks Blvd off Trafalgar, then left on Litchfield. 

and/or

  • Friday July 22nd, 12:15pm - 3:30pm at the camp location - École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité (2600 Grand Oak Trail Oakville).  All students will perform.
  • Schedules are attached here (subject to change, please check the white board by the Front Desk in the morning for changes).

You'll be amazed at the collective display of talent and the quality of the performances that the teachers and students can pull off in just 4 days! 

Note: There will be no afternoon private classes due to the performances. If your lesson has not been rescheduled, it means you will get a refund (to be processed within the next week or two).

 

 

 

 

OSA Performing Arts Camp Bulletin 4 - Info for both Week 1 and Week 2

Week 1 of OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp is going splendidly...

Check https://www.instagram.com/oakville_suzuki_association/ or #osamusiccamp2016 on Instagram for pictures and videos to see campers and what they have been up to at camp.

On Thursday evening (14 July) and Friday afternoon (15 July), students will treat families and friends to top-notch performances.  You'll be amazed at the collective display of talent and the quality of the performances that the teachers and students can pull off in just 4 days!  Schedules are attached here (subject to change, please check the white board by the Front Desk in the morning for changes).

  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Trafalgar Presbyterian Church (345 Upper Middle Road East)  Your GPS will lead you astray here: the church is better thought of as being located on Litchfield Rd. in Oakville.  You can access by turning onto White Oaks Blvd off Trafalgar, then left on Litchfield. 
  • Friday, 12:00pm - 3:30pm at the camp location -- École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité (2600 Grand Oak Trail Oakville)

Note: There will be no afternoon private classes due to the performances. If your lesson has not been rescheduled, it means you will get a refund (to be processed within the next week or two).

Week 2 of OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp is fast approaching...

Individual schedules will be emailed over the weekend.  Please refer to Bulletin 2 for more detailed information.

If there are missing information or if you have questions that are not answered in When you arrive at camp on Monday July 18th, help are available, as well as 2 orientation sessions on Monday for parents and campers: 8:15am - 8:30am and 8:40am - 8:55am.  Some students will start their day at 8:30am and others at 9:00am.  Please attend at least ONE session prior to the first class on your schedule.  Even if you are a seasoned OSA camp family, there are new and exciting changes that you will want to know.  For ECM families, there will be a modified orientation session at 9:15am. and class starts at 9:30am

 

 

Online Registration for OSA Performing Arts Camp is opened!!

Summer and OSA Performing Arts Camp go hand-in-hand!
Click here for detailed information or Click to register!

Week 1 SOLD OUT!

Week one has now started with a record number of students!

Week 2
There is still room in Week 2, including premium spots with TJ McAvaney!

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide instruction in Guitar in Week 2.

However, we are introducing Harp lessons in Week 2, which were not available in Week 1.

Click to register!

Don't forget to join us on Thursday evening at Trafalgar Presbyterian Church (345 Upper Middle Road East) for performances by the senior orchestra, senior chamber groups, choirs, and chamber ensembles.  Please invite families and friends to attend these free events (voluntary donations supporting our bursary program for families in need, are collected).  You'll be amazed at the collective display of talent and the quality of the performances that the teachers and students can pull off in just 4 days!
 

OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp - Bulletin 2

Two more sleeps until the first day of the OSA Performance Arts Summer Camp!!

  • Date:  Week 1 is July 11 –15 and Week 2 is July 18-22
  • Location:  École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité, 2600 Grand Oak Trail Oakville (you can click on the address to see a map).  
  • The map of the classrooms and portables can be found here

  

Important Information:

 

OSA at the Oakville Children's Festival - Sunday 10 June 2016

The OSA is participating in the Oakville Children's Festival for the first time and would like to make a good showing of our music 'school' and our great community of teachers, students, guardians/parents (and grandparents!). 

  • Date:  Sunday 10 July 2016
  • Time:  10am - 4pm
  • Location:  Coronation Park, Oakville.  Access from Lakeshore Dr.
  • Admission:  FREE
  • Overall schedule of OSA participation is here
  • Listing of jobs and volunteers we need is here
  • Information on the Festival can be found on the Town of Oakville's website here

We need you! 

Thank you for a great 2015-16!

Dear OSA Community,

What a busy, productive year at the OSA!

We're so proud of our students and teachers for their hard work, their perseverance and their progress.

And we're proud of our parents, who quietly practise, prod, encourage and support. Thank you for being the all-important cheerleaders of our young musicians.

A quick look back at 2015/16:

Oakville Suzuki Association 2015 -16

Just a small sample of the events and recitals at the OSA in 2015/16. See you at summer camp!

Thank you to all the wonderful students, teachers, parents, and volunteers who help make the OSA work!

 

OSA EARLY REGISTRATION IS HERE!

Take advantage of this year's membership rates! Log in to your OSA account and register for 2016/17 before June 15th.   Find out more about early registration and rates increase here.

 

EARLY OSA REGISTRATION AND FEES INCREASE FOR 2016-2017

Dear Parents, Grandparents and Guardians,

The OSA Board is excited to announce early registration and fees increase for the 2016-2017 year. Teachers and parents have been requesting this and we have listened! Registration will be done online at oakvillesuzuki.org.   A critical mass of early registrations will help us to better plan events and group classes.

1 May to 15 June 2016 - FOR A LIMITED TIME $5 savings on OSA Membership  AVAILABLE NOW!!

  • OSA membership fee remains at 2015-2016 level – $85 for the first student in the family, $55 for the second, $35 for the third and free for subsequent children
  • For Early Childhood Music families, OSA is introducing an ECM membership at $30 for the full year or $20 for one term - NEW AND WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
  • Group class registration for violin, cello, Kodaly and theory will be available at 2016-2017 rates which represent a small increase over 2015-2016 as a direct result of QEP increasing room rental rates
    • $10 increase for all violin groups, cello groups, Kodaly and group theory
    • $20 increase for Preludio violin group
  • Note:  Fees and/or registration for ECM and group class for other instruments continue to be established and managed by teachers offering the programs.
  • Note:  EMC Membership is not counted toward the sibling discount for OSA Membership

16 June 2016 and on

  • OSA membership fee will increase by $5 ($90 for the first student in the family, $60 for the second, $40 for the third and free for subsequent children)
  • ECM membership fee will increase to $35 for the full year and remains at $20 for one term
  • Group class registration for violin, cello, Kodaly and theory will continue to be available at the same revised 2016-2017 rates listed above

Why is OSA Implementing Early Registration?

  • To help parents plan their schedules well in advance of the back to school chaos
  • If the majority of parents take advantage of the early registration discount before 16 June 2016 the OSA will be better able to provide members with an accurate calendar of events at the start of the fall term.  You will be able to plan in advance for seasonal events, recitals, concerts etc.

To ensure success with this new initiative we need your help!  Please take advantage of our new format and register online prior to 16 June 2016.  Please direct any questions/comments/feedback to your private teacher, group teacher, the Registrar or a board member.

Thank you,

The OSA Board

Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund

In time for Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, December 1st) we are pleased to announce that donations can be made to the Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund through the Oakville Community Foundation's website.

To make a donation:

  1. Click the Donate Now button below (it will take you to the Oakville Community Foundation's website)
  2. Where it says "General", select Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund in the drop-down menu
  3. Continue to complete the on-line donation
Donate Now button

Thank you for helping the Oakville Suzuki Association bring music to more families in our community.

2015 Year End Financials for review and Board of Director nominees

Click here for year end financials.  Questions?- email Barb Gowing (our treasurer).

The Board of Director nominees are listed on page 3. Please review and come ready to vote at the Christmas concert.

Final Violin Concert - Download Your Program

We are going green!  To reduce the number of hardcopies we have to print, the program for the 2015-16 Final Violin Concert is now available for you to download.  There will NOT be hardcopies distributed to the audience at the concert today.  Please download and save on your mobile devices if you would like to have a copy.  But worry not, our MC Lynn Leitch will do an excellent job at walking you through the concert from start to finish.

Downloadable Program

See you at the concert.

 

2Birds Band String Workshop was inspirational!!

As expected and more!  2Birds Band hosted a workshop for OSA students on 17 March 2016.  More than 50 students and family members attended the workshop where the band performed a couple of selections from their latest album, For Lack Of A Better World, released just a week ago.   

 

 

Matthew, Aisha, Helen and George played their solos beautifully in the Masterclass portion of the day and received some inspirational feedback from the band members.  

And onto the jam session where all students picked up their instruments and played along.  They were tentative at first but they soon got over their shyness and jammed along.  What a thing to learn that one could actually "improv" and make music with just a couple of simple notes.

It was a special occasion that became available last-minute and the Board was able to organize it.  The event was declared as a success by studends, parents and teachers! 

Dimitar Penchev has written a blog about it here  and was able to capture the day through some wonderful pictures here

Samples of the music played by the band and the jam session are posted in the Facebook Oakville Suzuki Parents group
 

 

What fun was the 2016 Cello Workshop!

Thank you to our OSA cello teachers for arranging the Cello Workshop held on Saturday, 20 February 2016.  Students of all levels participated and gained valuable tips and wisdoms from clinician Carey Cheney. 

The event was declared as a success by studends, parents and teachers!  It was a special occasion especially for the beginner cello students because they were all workshop-newbies.
 

Combined session for Book 1 and 2 students
Combined session with Books 1 and 2 students

Performance Opportunities at Oakville's Ten Thousand Villages Store

A Pilot Collaboration: Oakville Suzuki Association and Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages (TTV) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that has opened their store to provide OSA students performance opportunities at their Oakville downtown location.  The primary purposes for these performance sessions at TTV are to provide OSA students small/chamber-style performance opportunities and to promote and bring awareness to both OSA and TTV organizations.

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