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Instrument Pick Up

Welcome to our 2014/2015 season!

Now’s the time to pick up instrument rentals before classes begin on September 15th.  Come early to ensure best choice of instruments!

Here is our schedule below:

  • Wednesday, September 3rd – 6 to 8 pm
  • Thursday, September 4th – 6 to 8 pm
  • Friday, September 5th – 6 to 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 6th – 10 am to noon
  • Monday, September 8th – 6 to 8 pm
  • Thursday, September 11th - 6 to 8 pm
  • Friday, September 12th – 6 to 8 pm

Our storage location is located at 3603 122a Avenue.  Please only come during the times posted and use back alley entrance. To confirm, email Angela at mep.instrument.adm.2014@gmail.com

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Welcome Back Frazzled Parents – Pub Night!

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Senior and Junior Orchestra Auditions

Auditions for our Senior and Junior Orchestras!

Auditions for the Senior Orchestra (R.C.M. Levels 5 and 6) and for the Junior Orchestra (R.C.M. Levels 1 and 2) will be held Friday, September 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 7 on the Sixth Floor of the Stanley Milner (downtown) Library.  Please see the Auditions page for the audition requirements for these two orchestras.
Please contact our Registrar  at registrar.espa2014@gmail.com or call (780) 406-7404 to book an audition.

For those who are new to Music Enrichment Program and want to take a group class at an advanced level, but are uncertain about their student’s level for the Program, an evaluation session may be booked during this event as well.  Again, please contact our Registrar to book and audition.

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St. Albert Newspapers Share MEP News

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Thank you St. Albert Leader for your excellent article on the Music Enrichment Program’s second season in Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, and to the St. Albert Gazette for your article on Music Enrichment Program Instructor Lara Hyrak.  Please note that any interested parents or students should contact our Registrar, Annette, at registrar.espa2014@gmail.com.Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 2.54.29 PM

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Offering FIRST AID Course!

Edmonton String Players Association is sponsoring a one-day Emergency First Aid (Adult) Course on Saturday, October 18.  This is a course certified with EMP Canada, and will provide participants with Emergency First Aid Certificate valid for three years.

The Course is open to all our E.S.P.A. members, but especially for those who are parent volunteers or those who would like to become volunteers.  For those current parent volunteers who have also completed our Abuse Orientation Session (and are therefore cleared to volunteer for tours), this is a wonderful opportunity for you to also obtain your First Aid certification ready upcoming tours and seminars.  Participants must be 18 years or older.

The seminar will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 7 on the sixth floor of the Stanley Milner (downtown) Library.  Please bring your own lunch.

Our first aid instructor will be Myles Swann of the South Cooking Lake Fire Department. Mr. Swann has been performing first aid training for many years throughout Strathcona County and for the Edmonton Fire Department.

To register, please e-mail Brent Gustafson at execdir.mep@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Edmonton Community Foundation Supports Music Enrichment

ECF_logoWe are very pleased to announce new support from the Edmonton Community Foundation!

Thank you ECF for the recent grant to aid in development of a new visual identity and communications materials for the Music Enrichment Program.

We are now working with Woodward Design to develop materials that will allow us to expand awareness of the Music Enrichment Program in the Greater Edmonton Area – and to bring affordable, quality instruction in string instruments (including our four levels of Enrichment Orchestras) to ever more students.

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Music Enrichment Program needs your help!

Music Enrichment Program needs volunteers now!

As parents with children registered in Music Enrichment Program, you are a member of Edmonton String Players Association, and are needed to keep our volunteer-run charity delivering its wonderful music program for our children. Edmonton String Players Association, which operates the Music Enrichment Program, has several exciting opportunities for parents to volunteer right now, and throughout August and September.

Please call me (Brent) at 406-7404 if you would like to volunteer for any of the following events.

August 14 – 24
Fringe Festival – Flyer Distribution

Our 2014/15 brochure needs to be handed out at the Fringe Festival in Old Strathcona. Please call me at 406-7404 to arrange a convenient time to meet together for this important promotion.

Saturday, August 23 – 10:00 a.m.
Instrument Moving

We need two volunteers to help moving cellos from the downtown Royal Bank Building to our east-side instrument storage facility (3603 – 122 A Avenue). These are the cellos received in January as another generous gift from Edmonton Public School Board to us. It would be a bonus if you have a van, SUV or truck to help with the move, but this is not a requirement to volunteer.

Saturday, September 20 – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Review of Annual Financial Statements

We need ideally three volunteers to perform the review of the Annual Financial Statements. You do not need a background in bookkeeping to do this, just a inquiring nature and basic math skills. It is easier than you think. Refreshments and baked goods will be provided for all volunteers. Yummy!

Wednesday, September 23 – 7:00 p.m. onward
Pub Night Volunteers

Our “Welcome Back Frazzled Parents” Pub Night is the social event of the season! Be part of the fun by helping to us ask for silent auction items from sponsors, sell admission tickets and help run the silent auction on the night of the event. This is a great chance to meet other M.E.P. parents in the relaxed, happy atmosphere of the Lions Head Pub (4404 Gateway Boulevard ~ Radisson Hotel).

Thank you for supporting Music Enrichment Program. If you want to make a donation to Edmonton String Players Association (a federally registered charity), please go to our website www.musicenrichment.org.

Brent Gustafson
Executive Director
Music Enrichment Program
(780) 406-7404

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Next ESPA Meeting – Monday, August 11

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Please join us in Meeting Room 7 on the 6th floor of Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014, for a General Meeting of the Edmonton String Players Association – the registered charity that operates the Music Enrichment Program.

Any suggestions for Agenda items may be sent by email to:  secretary.espa2010@gmail.com, by no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 8.  See proposed Agenda here.
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BIG Cheques, BIG Smiles!


Edmonton String Players Association (ESPA) President Carolyn Dagenais happily accepts the proceeds from the 27th Annual PACE Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts at the year-end Orchestra Extravaganza (L to R: Carolyn Dagenais, Daniel Cournoyer of PACE, Mayor Don Iveson, Michael Peng of PACE).

Thank you Professional Arts Coalition of Alberta & Mayor Don Iveson!

cip cheque presentationOn behalf of ESPA and the Music Enrichment Program, President Carolyn Dagenais and a beaming Executive Director, Brent Gustafson, gratefully accept CIP grant funds from David Dorward, MLA Edmonton-Gold Bar, on behalf of Minister Heather Klimchuk.

Thank you, Alberta!



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Music Enrichment Program Returns to Northeast Edmonton!

Music Enrichment Program Returns to Northeast Edmonton!

After a hiatus of one season, Music Enrichment Program Returns to Dr. Donald Massey School (5435-162 Avenue) and Mount Royal School (11303-55 Street). Beginner Cello classes will now be offered on Thursdays, starting September 18, 2014, with Instructor Amy Nicholson. The Dr. Donald Massey class is from 2:40 to 3:50 p.m. , and the Mount Royal class is from 4:20 to 5:30 p.m., each class 70 minutes long. For only $330 (less than $10/week), these excellent classes will teach the fundamentals of cello fingering, music theory and performing. Classes are once a week until the end of May 2015. Music Enrichment Program has cellos to rent for only $75 for the period of September 2014 to June 2015, and $30 for July and August 2015. The instrument damage deposit is still only $150 (cheque post-dated June 5, 2015).

Parents can register their child at the Registration Page of this website. Deadline for registrations (without prior consent of the instructor) is October 1, 2015.

If you would like your child to “test drive” the Beginner Cello class to see if it is for them, the deadline for withdrawal with a full refund is October 31, 2015. So what are you waiting for? Enrol your child in Beginner Cello at Dr. Donald Massey School or Mount Royal School today!