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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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New FREE Chamber Music Program with Dr. Tardif

We are very pleased to announce a new FREE Chamber Music Program with Dr. Guillaume Tardif and Prof. Yue Deng (artist-in-residence) of theUniversity of Alberta.

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This amazing opportunity is open to ALL Music Enrichment Program students currently registered in a Level 3 or higher class, including ALL students currently registered in Intermediate, Senior or Singing Strings Orchestras.

This program consists of group instruction by Dr. Tardif and Prof. Deng, every second Saturday, at the University of Alberta.  Playing in a chamber group is an excellent way for students to improve their performance skills, and the small-group setting (typically with 4 performers per group) allows Dr. Tardif and Prof. Deng to provide more focused attention on individual players.  This program will culminate in a spring concert featuring performances by all chamber groups.

A short audition will be required for the purpose of placing students in groups with peers of a similar ability.  Auditions will take place in room 2-15 of the University of Alberta Fine Arts Building on the afternoon of Saturday, January 31, 2015.  A detailed schedule will be provided once auditions are complete.

Please email our Program Coordinator, Annette, at registrar.espa2014@gmail.com to book your audition time.  Additional audition times may be made available, if required, at the discretion of Dr. Tardif.

Thank you Dr. Tardif for providing Music Enrichment Program students with this incredible opportunity!

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Next ESPA General Meeting

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The next meeting of the Edmonton String Players Association, which is the registered charity that operates Music Enrichment Program, will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2014, at Café Blackbird, in Edmonton’s Crestwood neighbourhood.

We will be discussing some major items, including a new free Chamber Music Program in partnership with Alberta Strings Association, the future of the volunteer deposit for orchestra students, the upcoming search for our new Program Director, and the composition of, and fees for, our orchestras.

Please join us – all are welcome!

Please email suggestions for agenda items by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, to our secretary, Sunita, at secretary.espa2010@gmail.com.

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2 for 1 Ticket Offer – The Judgement of Paris

Horizon Stage is pleased to present Music Enrichment Program students, adult learners, & parents/guardians with a wonderful promotion -
2 for 1 tickets!

This offer is for the January 23, 2015, production of Tom Allen’s incredible concert that combines chamber music with storytelling: Debussy vs Ravel: The Judgment of Paris, featuring Canadian cellist Kevin Fox

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Use the promo code “STRINGS” for purchase by phone, online, or at Horizon Stage the night of the concert (January 23).

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ESPA General Meeting – January 11, 2015

TLogo Colour webhe next General Meeting of Edmonton String Players Association, the registered charity that operates Music Enrichment Program, will be at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the Starbucks located within the Matrix Hotel in downtown Edmonton (10640 100 Ave).  All are welcome.  Please email any suggestions for Agenda items to ESPA Secretary Sunita by no later that 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2015.

Thank you Starbucks for your generous support of our recent Winterfest Concert!

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“Spring Strings” Recording has Arrived!

SSO CD CoverSinging Strings Orchestra’s year-end recording has arrived!

This recording, called “Spring Strings” was the culmination of the 2013/14 Music Enrichment Program season, and includes pieces that Singing Strings Orchestra performed on their European Tour last spring.  The CD is now available for purchase, at the price of $10.  Please email Carolyn at president.espa2010@gmail.com to reserve your copy.

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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!

Don’t forget…

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.

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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.

Happy Holidays!
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Fundscrip and Regal Order Deadlines

Don’t forget to get your Fundscrip and Regal orders in soon to receive them before December 25.

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Use our Fundscrip registration code 2HZJ33 to order your gift cards by Saturday, December 13, and get entered to win a $25 gift card of your choice!


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Regal Gifts is a great source for unique and personalized gift ideas. By placing your orders at espa.shopregal.ca, a portion of your purchase is donated to our program. No hassle, FAST shipping direct to your door makes this an easy way to shop from home. 


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Giving Tuesday ♥

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday!

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December 2 is Giving Tuesday - the perfect time to remember your favourite charity (or charities), and get your tax-deductible donations in before the year is over!  This season,  ATB has set aside $150,000 to match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta, non-denominational charities through their website, ATBCares.com.

Please visit ATBCares.com today and search for “The Edmonton String Players Association” (the registered charity that operates Music Enrichment Program in the Greater Edmonton Area) – and help us keep the tradition of quality, affordable instruction in string music vibrantly alive!  ♥

Tax Receipts are issued for all donations of $25 or more to the Edmonton String Players Association