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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.

2016-17 Calendars, Schedules, Timetables, etc. are ready for viewing

We hope our OSA families have had a great summer so far.  Dare we say that the first day of school is just a little more than 3 weeks to go!

So for your planning pleasure, dates and/or time for major OSA events, Group Violin, Kodaly, Theory, Preludio, Vivace, Group Cello and ECM are now available.  Please check them again closer to the dates of the first event, should there be any changes between now and then. 

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.

2015 Parent Survey Results

The results of the 2015 Parent Survey are in.  To protect the privacy of our members, comments have been excluded.  There are 5 pages in the summary

We were able to gather important data and feedback that will help us to set priorities and make decisions over the coming year. We welcome the chance to better understand your needs and interests.  We are listening!

Thank you for participating. 

2015-16 Vivace Violin Group

See what it's all about in the Vivace Promotional Video...

 

...contact Bethany for more information about the Vivace Violins 2015-16 season

 

Congratulations to our OSA students

Congratulations to our senior students for recent awards:

  • Lilly Dettweiler: awarded the Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal Award for receiving the highest mark in Ontario for 2014-15 year (September 2014-August 2015)  on her Grade eight violin performance exam, June, 2015. She will receive her award at the awards ceremony later this month.
  • Aisha Sato: Peel Music Festival Scholarship Winner ($150)
  • Joseph Smith (student of Pierre Gagnon): First place in the Oakville Symphony Orchestra’s Developing Artist Award competition ($200).
  • Alannah Constable (student of Bethany Goluboff): Oakville Symphony’s Young Artists Award ($1500)
  • Lyndsay Tran (student of Bethany Goluboff): Oakville Symphony’s Young Artists Award ($1500)

Oakville Suzuki Parents on Facebook

Join the Oakville Suzuki Parents Facebook group

A place for current and alumni Oakville Suzuki parents to get to know each other, share resources, tips and experience that can help our kids through their music education with the OSA.

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