Remember that our Winterfest Concert will be this Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m.
This free event features all four levels of Enrichment Orchestras, and takes place at MacDougall United Church, located at 10025 101 Street, Edmonton.
We are still looking for more donations of items for the Silent Auction that will occur as a part of Winterfest. Please email us if you have something to share – and remember, all moneys raised always go to toward keeping the 55 year tradition of quality, affordable, instruction in string instruments, vibrantly alive!
classes will break for the holiday season after this week, resuming the week of January 5, 2015. Please note that some teachers have scheduled make-up classes during the winter break – please contact your conductor or instructor for details on your class.
While you are at home enjoying the holidays, remember to take a peek at our Winter Newsletter.
Did you know…
All general meetings of the Edmonton String Players Association (the charity that operates Music Enrichment Program) are open to the public, and we keep all of the Agendas and Minutes right here on our website. We are happy to hear your ideas and input on how our parent volunteers can work to improve the program – please email us your suggestions, and we will add them to the Agenda for discussion at an upcoming meeting.
The next meeting of the Edmonton String Players Association, which is the registered charity that operates Music Enrichment Program, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Café Blackbird, in Edmonton’s Crestwood neighbourhood. Please join us – all are welcome!
Please email suggestions for agenda items by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, to our secretary, Sunita, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our friends at Edmonton Youth Orchestra have again extended the offer of FREE tickets to EYO concerts for ALL Music Enrichment Program students.
Tickets are available for all Music Enrichment Program students registered in group classes, as well as those in our own 4 levels of Enrichment Orchestras). Thank you to EYO for sharing our vision of enriching children’s lives through music!
Please click here for more information on the November 30, 2014, concert. Any Music Enrichment student who would like a free ticket should email Eileen, as soon as possible. Tickets will be available for pickup at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert.
And coming up even sooner…
The Vaughan String Quartet (with Music Enrichment Program instructor Mattia Berrini) is performing in a FREE concert with clarinetist Amandy Bandeira – this Friday, November 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Part of the 4 and More Series
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Ave NW. Edmonton
J. Haydn: String Quartet in Eb Major Op. 33 No. 02 “The Joke”
J. Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Edmonton Public Schools are all closed on Monday, November 10 for Day Off In Lieu and on Monday, November 24 for Professional Development Day. All normally scheduled classes at EPSB schools for Music Enrichment Program are cancelled for these dates.
Registration fees pay for classes until the end of May 2015, but not for a specified number of classes. However, make-up classes may be offered at the discretion of the instructor and the availability of the school or suitable public facility prior to the end of the season.
Thank you for your patience and support of Music Enrichment Program.
~ Brent Gustafson, Executive Director
Music Enrichment Program
Thank you to all our Music Enrichment Program parents/guardians and adult learners for your commitment to making our 55th season of quality, affordable, instruction in string instruments a success. As you are aware, our program is operated by the Edmonton String Players Association, which is a registered charity made up of parent volunteers, together with a few devoted alumni and community-at-large members (thank you!) Although our program is offered at very low cost to students, we do rely on your payment of fees to operate the program – for everything from paying our conductors & instructors, to keeping our instrument inventory in shape.
The deadline for payment of Music Enrichment Program Fees is October 31, 2014.
We are truly devoted to insuring that instruction in string music is available to as many students as possible. If, for some reason, you are unable to pay your program fees by the deadline, please contact our Executive Director, Brent, by email to: email@example.com, again by no later than October 31, 2014.
For parents/guardians and students registered only in one of our four levels of enrichment orchestra, but not in a group class for a specific instrument, please note that your post-dated Volunteer Deposit Cheque is also due by October 31, 2014.
As a parent volunteer group, we are, of course, reliant on volunteers to help operate the program. Volunteering is easy – something as simple as working at one bingo or casino, or assisting at a concert, will fulfill your volunteer requirements and ensure your volunteer deposit cheque is returned to you. A listing of volunteer activities is available here.
Q: Why do we ask only our orchestra students for the volunteer deposit?
A: We actively seek out opportunities for all our Music Enrichment Program students to engage more fully with the vibrant Greater Edmonton Area music community, including participation in concerts and performances. Our orchestra students in particular, however, benefit from a large number and variety of events that are planned for them – often at no cost. Last season alone, our orchestras participated in: Afternoon of String Music at U of A (with ASA), Winterfest, performances at Edmonton International Airport, Cello Extravaganza at Edmonton City Hall (with over 80 cellists!), SSO Gala at Hotel MacDonald with Tommy Banks & Chan Wing Leung, Kiwanis Festival, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, SSO European Tour to Berlin Prague and Vienna, Orchestra Tour to Calgary, Orchestra School Tour, Musicians in the Making at Winspear, Special SSO Year-end Concert with Recording, and Orchestra Extravaganza at City Hall (played for Mayor Don Iveson). Because of the amount of effort we put into these (again, mostly free) concerts and events, we need extra volunteer support from our orchestra parents.
Thank you again for helping keep the tradition of quality, affordable, instruction in string instruments, vibrantly alive!