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April Practice Contest!

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This April, keep track of how long you practise each day and send us your completed Movie Contest Practice Form for the chance to win two movie passes!

The student with the most practice time from each orchestra, and the top two students from all other group classes, will be rewarded with a pair of movie passes.  There are more prizes to be won, too, so make sure to enter!

Please see the practice form for more information and instructions.

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ESPA General Meeting – March 19

The next meeting of the Edmonton String Players Association, which is the registered charity that runs Music Enrichment Program, will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Victoria School of the Arts.   All Are Welcome!  We will initially meet outside of Room 1258 (listen for the Orchestra rehearsing), at 6:45, and proceed to the meeting spot from there.  Please email any suggestions for agenda items to our Secretary, Sunita, by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

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Next ESPA Meeting – March 3

The next meeting of the Edmonton String Players Association, which is the registered charity that runs Music Enrichment Program, will be at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Victoria School of the Arts.  Please join us as we welcome in our new Treasurer, Anna.  Welcome!  We will initially meet outside of Room 1258 (where Singing Strings Orchestra is rehearsing), at 7:45, and proceed to the meeting spot from there.  Please email any suggestions for agenda items to our Secretary, Sunita, by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 2.

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Chamber Music Program Starting This Week!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Guillaume Tardif and Prof. Yue Deng, of University of Alberta, have now completed forming groups for their FREE Chamber Music Program.

Thank you to all the Music Enrichment Program students who auditioned for Dr. Tardif.
Please note that several players who auditioned have been invited to join this program in the next session (date to be announced), once they have completed more training in their group classes.
Playing in a chamber group is an excellent way to strengthen your skills on your string instrument, and we look forward to having more of our Music Enrichment Program students take part in this excellent opportunity in coming seasons.

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Dr. Tardif and Prof. Yue will be instructing groups in the presentation of the 6 Sonatas from Op. 4 by Leclair, with the following players assigned to each piece:

Sonata No. 1:  Elizabeth (Vn), Abigail (Vn), Tatiana (Vc);
Sonata No. 2:  Sunny (Vn), Savannah (Vn), Rygel (Vc);
Sonata No. 3:  Neoki (Vn), Matsuo (Vn), Melissa (Vc);
Sonata No. 4:  Sawyun (Vn), Sarah M. (Vn), Tatiana (Vc);
Sonata No. 5:  Simon (Vn), Jenny Z. (Vn), Melissa (Vc);
Sonata No. 6: Yue (Vn), Guillaume (Vn), Louise (Vc)

Each group is invited to join Dr. Tardif this Saturday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m. in U of A FAB Room 2-15 (2nd level, where auditions were held).  Please print your music to bring with you.  Please note that all violinists are to learn both the first and second violin parts.
Please email our Program Coordinator, Annette, with any questions.



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Bowling for All!

We have a limited number of additional FREE bowling spots for Sunday, February 22, 2015, open to all registered Music Enrichment Program students (all classes).  Please RSVP to Alline by email by Wednesday, February 18, with the information requested on the Bowling Form below.

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What’s Happening?

What’s Happening?  Lots!!  Here are a few Music Enrichment Program items to keep in mind for the rest of February:

Next ESPA Meeting

The next meeting of Edmonton String Players Association, which is the registered Charity that operates Music Enrichment Program, will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2014.  This is a very exciting time for ESPA – after operating nearly 2 full seasons as a community group (and without approximately $220,000 of support from a school board), we are now finally able to qualify for some of the grant funding we need to help this program fly.  On the agenda – reduced fees and free classes for next season, ideas for building our visibility, new streamlined registrations on our upcoming re-designed website, and MORE!  Email any suggested Agenda items to our secretary, Sunita, by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 17.

Chamber Music Program

Auditions are now complete for the FREE Chamber Music Program, being offered by Dr. Guillaume Tardif and Professor Yue Deng of University of Alberta.  Stay tuned for more details from Dr. Tardif and our Music Enrichment Program Coordinator, Annette Gustafson.

Bowling for Orchestras

Our Orchestra students will be going bowling, for FREE on February 22, 2015.  Check out the Bowling info sheet for more info (RSVP deadline is February 14, 2015).

Free EYO Tickets

Thank you again to our wonderful friends at Edmonton Youth Orchestra for providing FREE TICKETS to ALL registered Music Enrichment Program students (all classes).  One complimentary ticket for each student will be available for pick-up at the ticket desk at the Winspear, with additional tickets available for purchase from Tix on the Square, or at the door.  Check out the excellent program, featuring soloist (and concertmaster) Rafael Piesiur.

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Senior Violin Classes Concert for Seniors in Jasper Place

Our two Senior Violin classes were joined by the New Measure Orchestra on January 26 to entertain the residents of Jasper Place Continuing Care Centre. 

Under the baton of senior violin instructor Christina Jang, our students brought the joy of classical string music to the senior citizens, warming their hearts on a cold winter night.

Congratulations to Christina and her students for this kind and generous concert. 

This is Music Enrichment Program.

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Winter Concert! February 3rd!

Our Winter Class Concert is Tuesday, February 3 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. at PCL Hall at Alberta College Campus (Grant MacEwan University) – 10050 MacDonald Drive.  Admission is free.

This is a special, mid-season concert for a select number of our group classes to perform at.  Group classes performing at the Winter Class Concert are as follows:

  • Combined Bass – Virginia Park School – Instructor Ted Tessier
  • Beginner Viola (Both Classes) – Caernarvon School – Instructor Michael Zackhary
  • Violin Level 1 / 2 – Virginia Park School – Instructor Michael Zackhary
  • Beginner Violin – Bessie Nichols School – Instructor Michael Zackhary
  • Beginner Cello (Adult) – Richard Fowler School – Instructor Timothy Wong
  • Violin Level 2 – George P. Nicholson School – Instructor Jackie Power
  • Beginner Violin – Esther Starkman School – Instructor Jackie Power
  • Violin Level 3 – Esther Starkman School – Instructor Jackie Power
  • Cello Level 2 – Virginia Park School – Instructor Amy Nicholson
  • Cello Level 3 – Virginia Park School – Instructor Amy Nicholson
There will also be a special performance by our M.E.P. instructors.

Please come out and cheer our students and instructors!

EPSB Locations Only – NO Classes on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

On Monday, February 2nd, 2015, all Edmonton Public School Board locations are closed for a Professional Development Day.

Please see the list of classes below that will NOT be running on Monday, February 2nd, 2015:

School Class Time Room   Instructor
Bessie Nichols Beginner Violin 5:35 – 6:45 pm Music Room Michael Zackhary
Bessie Nichols Violin Levels 1 / 2 4:15 – 5:25 pm Music Room Michael Zackhary
Victoria Violin Level 7 (Senior 1) 4:20 – 5:30 pm Room 1304 Christina Jang
Victoria Violin Level 9 (Senior 2) 5:30 – 6:40 pm Room 1304 Christina Jang
Virginia Park Beginner Guitar 5:00 – 6:10 p.m. Music Room Ted Tessier
Westbrook Cello Level 2 6:20 – 7:30 pm Music Room Christine Hanson 
Westbrook Cello Level 3 5:10 – 6:20 pm Music Room Christine Hanson 
Westbrook Beginner Cello 4:00 – 5:10 pm Music Room Christine Hanson 
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Photo Shoot Opportunity for Music Enrichment Program Students

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Landmark Homes is pleased to offer a fun opportunity for the student musicians of Music Enrichment Program to be part of a photo shoot at the Winspear Theatre on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015.

The photo shoot is for artwork for an Alberta wide marketing campaign for Landmark Homes, an Edmonton based home builder and a supporter of Music Enrichment Program.  Landmark is looking for student musicians between the ages of 8-12 that would be willing to volunteer and appear in still images for this campaign. This could include billboards, print and online advertisements in Edmonton and Calgary.  Refreshments will be provided, and participants will also get to use the professional photography in their own portfolios.  Click HERE for more details.  Further questions should be directed to Casey by emailPlease note RSVP to caseym@landmarkgroup.ca is required.  Participation is limited to 30 students – email today to avoid disappointment.

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