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Violin-Viola Workshop - 2017--Register now!

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Every year, the OSA offers a special workshop for our violin students. It is included in your group class fee, which makes it free to attend!* This year we are also featuring a Parent Talk.
 

Schedule reminders:

A quick reminder that regular group classes and Kodaly classes do not take place on Saturday, April 1st--because of the violin workshop. However, Theory classes WILL take place. The RCM level 5 classes will both take place as usual at 11:15am- 12:00pm. The RCM level 6 class will take place at 10:15-11:15am. Please note the change in time. If you are unsure, please check the downloadable group class calendars which you'll find in the lower right hand sidebar of the OSA website homepage.

Calling our OSA Group cellists!

You are invited to join the improv classes! Please register via the link below.

Saturday, April 1st

Violin-Viola Workshop 2017 Features:

  • special Guest Clinicians (Suzuki specialists, brought in just for the workshop)
  • opportunity to sign up for master classes, for one-on-one feedback from our clinicians
  • improv classes (*new* and tons of fun!)
  • Parent talk: 9:45-10:30. This will be first come first serve (until we reach the room's capacity)

*Workshop classes are free to attend for registered Violin Group students. Improv Classes (extra fees apply) will be held Friday, March 31st and Sunday, April 2nd. Master Classes (extra fees apply) will be held Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd.

Downloadable information:

Registration links:

Volunteer needs:

As usual we will need some help from our parents to pull off this event. We'll need help at the event and also donations for the teacher's luncheon. Please check the link below and sign up. Also, we are asking for parents/caregivers to provide sharable snacks for the participants.

You don't want to miss this event - it is always productive (and fun) when kids have the chance to learn from other teachers.

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March 2nd: Cello Solo Recitals

Solo Cello Recitals:

This year's solo cello recitals will take place at Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville on March 2nd, 2017 at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

April 9th: Junior Recital and Book Graduations

Registration is open for the spring Junior Graduation Recital on 9 April 2017

Junior Students Recital and Book Graduation Twinklers to students Book 3. Space is limited, so please register early.


April 9th at Lakeshore Place, 5314 Lakeshore Road in Burlington, Ontario:

  • Rehearsal (to be confirmed):  Friday, April 7th at 6:30pm at the home of Jean Grieve (216 Third Line at Hixon Rd in Oakville).
  • Recital: Sunday, April 9th at 2:30 pm (2:00 pm tuning, 2:30 pm recital) at Lakeshore Place, 5314 Lakeshore Road in Burlington, Ontario.

More Information
Register

OSA Performing Arts Camp 2017!

Registration is now open: July 10-14 and/or July 17-21, 2017

Summer and the OSA Performing Arts Camp go hand-in-hand!

Register Here

 

Register using the being red “Register Here” button above, or see our camp page for detailed information.

February 25: Abols Studio's Piano Festival Prep Recital

Abols Studio's Piano Festival Prep

Date: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm
Where: Anglican Church of the Incarnation

Details about the event, including scheduling will be available from Silvija Abols.
Piano Festival Prep Event Information

Festival Prep Recital information for download
 

February 26th: Oakville Symphony's Young People's Concert

OSA Students to Perform with the Oakville Symphony 

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the OSA has a wonderful opportunity to perform with the Oakville Symphony in their Young People's Concert on Sunday, February 26th.

Concert Update (Feb 16):

Congratulations on the amazing rehearsal on Sunday February 12, 2017!

Here are a few reminders for our next rehearsals:

Date: Thursday, February 23 Rehearsal

  • Start time: 4:45 to 5:30 pm: Vivaldi G minor concerto, 1st movement only

Date: Saturday February 25--NO REHEARSAL

Date: Sunday, February 26 Rehearsal

  • Start time: 3:00pm. (Please arrive at 2:40 for tuning)

Additional Notes:

  • Dress code in effect for concert: White top, black bottoms, dress shoes
  • Cellists please remember to bring your strap and bench if needed.
  • For all other info see below.

OSO Young People's concert update for download

February 26: Cello Workshop

Cello Workshop: Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at QEPCCC

Registration is required. You can register directly with your teacher or online. The price is $10.

Information and Registration here

The schedule (below) has been set to avoid conflicts with the Oakville Symphony's Young People's Concert which is on the same day.

Cello Workshop Schedule (for viewing or download)

Finally, please help treat our wonderful OSA Cello Teachers and Clinician by donating food/beverage items for the OSA Cello Workshop on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Coffee/tea, juice and cookies for workshop participants and parents also appreciated. To sign up please follow the link below.

Lunch/Snack Signup Sheet

Cello workshop information for download

February 20th: Family Day 2017: Chamber Music Festival and More!

Volunteer opportunities are now open.

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:

www.volunteersignup.org/BWFET

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Try-an-Instrument and the Chamber Music Festival

Once again the OSA is participating in the Town of Oakville's Family Day Events at QEPCCC on Monday, February 20th 2017. We will be running the wildly popular Try-an-Instrument. As well we will be running our Chamber Music Festival in recital format--similar to last year. This year we are dividing the performance into two: Junior Chamber groups will perform at 11:45am-1:15pm, and Senior Chamber groups will perform from 1:30-3:00pm. Registration is required.

The Chamber Music Festival is a wonderful opportunity to make music with your friends and relatives. Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome. Come on out and join in the fun!

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.

New OSA Operations Team

Dear OSA families,

Great news - we have completed our search for the new OSA Operations Team. We are confident this team will help our organization, which has grown in size and complexity, to run more efficiently.
 

February 5th: Senior Recital & Book Graduations

Online registration is now open for our next Senior Recital, which will be on Sunday, February 5th at 5:00pm at the Church of the Incarnation. If numbers warrant, the recital may be split into two shorter recitals with the second beginning at 6:15pm. Please note that there is no longer any fee for book graduations, but you still need to register in advance. Space is limited so please register soon.

Information:

Registration:

Accompanists:

Note for first time senior recital registrants:

Teen Mentor Course 15 January 2017

Teen Mentor Training Course (a.k.a. Practice Buddy Course)

The Oakville Suzuki Association is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a course for advanced students who would like to become a Practice Buddy.

We welcome back our guest instructor, Elayne Ras, from Suzuki String School of Guelph who has provided Teen Mentor training to a number of Suzuki students across Ontario.

Oakville Suzuki Association Annual Christmas Concert

Thanks to everyone who came and helped to make the OSA Christmas Concert such a success!

Dress Rehearsals for the 2016 OSA Annual Christmas Concerts

It is important students play harmoniously with others during the 2016 OSA Annual Christmas Concerts, on December 18th.  All students are required to attend at least ONE dress rehearsal, either on Thursday, December 15th or Saturday, December 17th. 

Repertoire

Upcoming OSA Christmas Flute and Piano Recitals!

Come to see our OSA students perform!

OSA Students of the Studio of Michelle Coon

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

OSA Students of the Studio of Catherine Balmer

Church of the Incarnation 1240 Old Abbey Lane, Oakville

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:30pm

OSA Students of the Studio of Silvija Abols

Church of the Incarnation 1240 Old Abbey Lane, Oakville

  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm

OSA Students of the Studio of Hana Gurtlerova

Church of the Incarnation 1240 Old Abbey Lane, Oakville

  • Saturday, December 11, 2016 at 5:45pm

 

Oakville Suzuki Association Parent Coffee Chats

Let's Talk!

Announcing the 2016 OSA Parent Coffee Chats:

  • Thursday, December 8th (5:00 - 6:30 pm) and
  • Saturday, December 10 (9:30-11:00 am)

Join us for a coffee (on us) while your kids are in group lessons at QE Park. Members of the OSA Board and the new Operations Team will be in the lobby area (by the glass display) outside the group classrooms

This is a free and informal event--no registration required. It's an opportunity to get to know the OSA and meet some of your fellow members.

OSA Christmas Concert 2016!

Christmas concert poster

The Oakville Suzuki Association Annual Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday December 18, 2016
Location: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre
1280 Dundas Street West
Oakville, ON
​L6M 4H9

The Advanced Students Christmas Concert starts at 1:00 pm
The Junior Christmas Concert starts at 3:30 pm

 

Christmas Concert Information and Instructions:

First time at the OSA's Christmas Concert? Or just need more information? Please download and read our guide: "What to Expect at the 2016 OSA Christmas Concerts"

Please remember to bring a nut-free bake'n savory sale donation!

We are looking for all kinds of sweets and cookies. Savory goods suggestions: sausage rolls, samosas, spanakopita, Jamaican patties, BBQ pork buns...

We are looking for volunteers!

Please sign up on our online Volunteer Sign up Sheet. Many hands make light work!

To purchase tickets please see below:

Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund

This year's Giving Tuesday falls on November 29th. Please consider making a donation 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. Select Oakville Suzuki Association Bursary Fund from 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.

2015-16 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

 

Let's Get Festive!

Christmas concert poster

The Oakville Suzuki Association Annual Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday December 13, 2015
Location: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre
1280 Dundas Street West
Oakville, ON
​L6M 4H9

The Advanced Students Christmas Concert starts at 1:00 pm
The Junior Christmas Concert starts at 3:30 pm
Please see the Christmas Concert guide for dress rehearsal and arrival times

 

Please remember to bring a nut-free bake'n savory sale donation!

We are looking for all kinds of sweets and cookies. Savory goods suggestions: sausage rolls, samosas, spanakopita, Jamaican patties, BBQ pork buns...

We are looking for volunteers!

Please sign up on our online Volunteer Sign up Sheet. Many hands make light work!

​Click here for full concert details or here to purchase tickets.

Hallowe'en Play-in Thank you!

BOO!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our cello and violin Hallowe'en Play-ins at QEPCCC last Thursday and Saturday such a success!!

Regular classes will resume this week.

Hallowe'en Play-ins for Cello and Violin Group Classes

BOO!

Students in cello and violin group classes are invited to join in the (separate) Hallowe'en Play-ins at QEPCCC on Thursday, October 27 and/or Saturday, October 29. 

  • Bring your instrument - a must!
  • Wear your costume - optional
  • Be prepared to have fun - this is non-negotiable! 

There are things for all creatures, ghosts, ghouls and fairy princesses!

 

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)

The OSA & Culture Days

Canada's Culture Days were created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and culture sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society.  Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the cultural life of their communities.  The OSA has been a part of Oakville's Culture Days and 2016 is no exception.

This Saturday, October 1st, the OSA will take part in Culture Days at QEPCCC by allowing the public to view/watch our group classes.  There will be added people/activities around QEPCCC on October 1st, but rest assured that your group classes and private lessons will take place as regularly scheduled.

For more information on the happenings on Oakville's Culture Days (Friday Sept 30 to Sunday Oct 2), go here.
 

Thank you!
 

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