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Insurance Orientation & Orchestra Retreat

We are pleased to announce an upcoming overnight retreat for orchestra students at the Bennett Centre (located at 9703 94 St NW, Edmonton) on January 23 – 24, 2015!  This exciting opportunity will include workshops by some excellent Edmonton Area string musicians, and the chance to get to know your orchestra peers in all four levels of Enrichment Orchestras (Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Singing Strings).

Bennett CentreMore details will follow soon, but please note that any parents/guardian who wish to participate in this, or any other, Music Enrichment Program tour or retreat are required to complete a police information check and Abuse Insurance Orientation Session before the event takes place.  The next Abuse Insurance Orientation session is Thursday, November 20 at Victoria School of the Arts, during the regular rehearsal time for Junior/Intermediate/Senior.  We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming EPSB School Closures

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
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Fee Payment Deadline – October 31, 2014

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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: execdir.mep@gmail.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 LeungKiwanis Festival, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, SSO European Tour to Berlin Prague and ViennaOrchestra 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!


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Music Enrichment Program Special Offer – Bergmann Piano Duet

Music Enrichment Program Special Offer – Bergmann Piano Duet


Dear Parents and Adult Learners,

Membership in Edmonton String Players Association has its privileges! 

A special offer has been made to our membership from our supporters at Horizon Stage for their upcoming November 7 concert of the Bergmann Piano Duet. 

Please see brochure for more details!
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Volunteers Needed for Bingo November 5th

Our next fundraising bingo is Wednesday, November 5 at Fort Road Bingo (13403 Fort Road).

We need:
  • 5 volunteers for
  • 5 bingo positions which take
  • 5 minutes of training to learn.  The bingo will require volunteers to work
  • 5 hours and 45 minutes (4:30 to 9:45 p.m. approximately)
A free meal is provided to all volunteers from Fort Road Bingo.
Volunteers need to arrive at no later than 4:15 p.m.  (Fort Road Bingo staff may close and lock the work area by 4:30 p.m., or they may allow later arrivals.  However, to be sure we have our full set of volunteers in place when the work area is locked up, please arrive at no later than 4:15 p.m.)
Please e-mail  Brent Gustafson at execdir.mep@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.  All volunteers are welcome, but priority will be given to parents of “Orchestra Only” student.  This volunteer activity will fulfill the obligations needed to have the volunteer deposit cheque returned to you, if you are a parent of an “Orchestra Only” student.
Thank you fellow members of Edmonton String Players Association for your support for this vital fundraiser for our non-profit organization.
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AGM Report & Next ESPA Meeting

Our 55th Annual General Meeting was a great opportunity for us to reflect back on a successful year!

Here are some of the exciting events that Music Enrichment Program Students were a part of last season:

  • Afternoon of String Music at U of A (with ASA) – November 2013
  • Winterfest (CBC TV attended for coverage) – December 2013
  • Performance at Edmonton International Airport – December 2013
  • Cello Extravaganza at Edmonton City Hall (with over 80 cellists!) – February 2014
  • Group Class Concerts at Concordia University – February 2014
  • SSO Gala at Hotel MacDonald with Tommy Banks and Chan Wing Leung – March 16 2014
  • Kiwanis Festival – April 2014
  • Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – April 28 2014
  • SSO European Tour to Berlin Prague and Vienna – Spring Break 2014
  • Group Class Concerts at Concordia – May 2014
  • Orchestra Tour to Calgary – May 2 & 3 2014
  • Orchestra School Tour – May 2014
  • Special SSO Year-end Concert at Knox-Metropolitan with Recording – June 1 2014
  • Orchestra Extravaganza at City Hall (played for Mayor Don Iveson) – June 5 2014

What an amazing first season for our program under the operation of our Parent Volunteer Group, the Edmonton String Players Association.

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There will be some familiar faces heading up our executive committee this year:

President:  Carolyn Dagenais
Vice-President:  Alline Cormier
Secretary:  Sunita Coloma
Treasurer:  Mandy Liu

More details on our AGM, and everything we have on the go, will be available in the next newsletter.

Thank you to all our parent volunteers for your commitment to keeping quality, affordable instruction in string music vibrantly alive in the Greater Edmonton Area.

The next ESPA General Meeting will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., at Victoria School for the Arts.  Please meet outside Intermediate Orchestra (Room 1258) and we will proceed to the meeting location.

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ESPA Annual General Meeting

LogoThe Edmonton String Player’s Association will hold their Annual General Meeting from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014.  Please join us outside the Intermediate Orchestra Room (Room 1258) at Victoria School for the Arts, at 6:30 p.m. and we will proceed to the meeting area.  Please join us.

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Autumn Newsletter

Our [very short because we know everyone is busy] Autumn Newsletter is available for reading here:

Fall Newsletter

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New Classes at Westbrook and Westglen!

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Do you require a rental instrument?

Our 2014/2015 season begins September 15th!  To ensure that you have an instrument in time, please pick up soon!

Here is our pickup schedule below:

  • Thursday, September 11th - 6 to 8 pm
  • Friday, September 12th – 6 to 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 13th – 4 to 8 pm
  • Sunday, September 14th – 1 to 6 pm
  • Monday, September 15th – 1 pm and 6 to 8 pm
  • Thursday, September 18th – 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. Please confirm by emailing Angela at mep.instrument.adm.2014@gmail.com.

If you are unable to attend one of these pickup times, please contact Angela to make alternate arrangements for pickup.

Please remember to bring along a cheque for the instrument damage deposit post dated for June 5, 2015 for $150 if you have not already mailed one.  Thank you!