Congratulations to violinist Jillie Hansen | 2017 ASA Concerto Competition

Congratulations to violinist Jillie Hansen, winner of the 2017 ASA Concerto Competition!

Jillie will perform Vieuxtemps’ Concerto No. 5 in A minor, with conductor Cristian Neacsu and the Burman University Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will be held on April 8th, 8PM, at College Heights Church, Lacombe, AB (Campus Map).

Admission is free, with a freewill offering following the performance.

amici string programs 2017

Upcoming Amici String Camp and Calgary Stringfest info:

String camp poster: amici-string-camp-poster-2017-2

Summer camp application: amici-summer-camp-application-2017

Stringfest: stringfest-application-2017

Strigfest poster: stringfest-camp-2017-poster-1



ASA Annual General Meeting | Dec 4

You are invited to attend the Alberta String Association’s December 2016 Annual General Meeting:

Alberta String Association Annual General Meeting
Dec. 4, 4:30 pm
3-17 Fine Arts Building
University of Alberta
Remote access (Google Hangout Tardifg)

If you are looking for even more string news or are interested in sharing news, events and interests, please contact us via the online contact form or by letter, phone or fax (listed on our contact page).

The Alberta String Association is always looking for volunteers for events, contributions to newsletters and other forms of participation. If you are interested in becoming a part of the ASA, feel free to contact our Interim President Renee Perez Rodriguez at

New ASA Newsletter Spring/Summer 2016 now available online

The ASA Newsletter Spring/Summer 2016 is now available –

Your String Association has been very busy this term, with levels of activity reminding me of November 2004, when we held a large ASA Conference event in Banff and Calgary. Highlights include a report on the inaugural 2016 ASA Concerto Competition, and the recent 2016 ASA Conference in collaboration with Wilder & Davis and Emmanuel Euvrard (the Makers’ Forum). This issue also reflects your many activities – we enjoy hearing from you!

Please also welcome  Renee Perez Rodriguez, interim President, who will lead the ASA during my sabbatical year at the University of Alberta.

We also hope to see you at Music Conference Alberta, which will be held at the Banff Centre (October 20-23). Our younger members should consider applying to the 2017 ASA Concerto Competition, and if you want to become involved with the ASA this year, please let us know.

Guillaume Tardif

Music Conference Alberta 2016


This year, Music Conference Alberta will be held at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, October 20-23.

Join us for 4 days of interest sessions, interactive panel discussions, open rehearsals and rehearsal labs, masterclasses, One-on-One sessions, and concerts.

Music Conference Alberta is jointly presented by Choir Alberta, Alberta Band Association, and Alberta Music Education Foundation in cooperation with Alberta Kodàly Association, Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and Alberta String Association (*A special thanks to the AMEF and Crystal Krips for assisting the ASA in joining the Alberta Music Conference).

For more information, please visit

Bill Vandersloot
Bill Vandersloot

This year, the ASA is sponsoring one of the two sessions offered by Bill Vandersloot:

Saturday, October 22
1:30-2:30PM Kinnear Centre (Interest Session) | From Twinkle to the New York Philharmonic – The Role of the Studio Teacher
4:15-5:15PM Kinnear Centre (Interest Session) | Development of Technique and Artistry in Young String Players


Heifetz transcribing at the piano

Guillaume Tardif, violin – with Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, piano – will also be exploring the artistic dimensions of working with transcriptions and arrangements for violin and piano, focusing on selections realized by Jascha Heifetz.

Friday, October 21
10-11AM Kinnear Center (Thematic Workshop)
1:30-2:45PM Kinnear Center (Open Rehearsal
4:30-6:00PM Eric Harvie Theatre (Recital; with Cantare Children’s Choir)

2016 ASA Conference – Masterclass Participants

We are pleased to announced our masterclass participants for the 2016 ASA Conference, which will be held on April 20, 2016 at the University of Alberta:

WED | April 20 | 3:00-4:20PMwan_v3mg_2796_0_250px
Andrew Wan, Concertmaster, Montreal Symphony
(room 1-29, fine arts bldg)

Sonya Shin | Ysaÿe Sonata no. 3
Esther Yao | Kreisler Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Kathleen Pickford | Bach Partita for Solo Violin no. 3, Preludio
Jillie Hansen | Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto no.5, I

jonathan-crow-250pxWED | April 20 | 4:30-5:50PM
Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster, Toronto Symphony
(room 1-29, fine arts bldg)

Maya Budzinski | Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella
Alexa Miyashita | Dancla Fantaisie op. 86, no. 7 “La Cenerentola”
Gabrielle Després | Dvorak Romance, op. 11
Kyung Rok Moon | Berg Violin Concerto

2016 ASA CONFERENCE April 20

Pablo Picasso | Violin and Grapes (1912) | Museum of Modern Art NYC
Pablo Picasso | Violin and Grapes (1912) | Museum of Modern Art NYC


The 2016 Alberta String Association Conference will be held at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB on April 20, 2016, from 12:30PM to late evening.

Deadline to register: April 6, 2016

This year, we feature the following:

  • instruments by Canadian makers offered by Wilder & Davis Luthiers, in collaboration with Makers’ Forum | Des Fabricants
  • lectures on violin making and violin performance
  • masterclasses with Andrew Wan, concertmaster, Montreal Symphony andJonathan Crow, concertmaster, Toronto Symphony
  • reception and annual Alberta String Association Teaching Awards
  • evening concert

For full schedule see our 2016 ASA Conference brochure.

Register at

Guitar Concert

The Edmonton Classical Guitar Society 2015-16 season

From Thailand – winner of the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition!
Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:00 pm

Muttart Hall, Alberta College
10050 Macdonald Drive, Edmonton

 ● $25 regular admission
● $20 students, seniors and ECGS members

Available at
 ● Tix on the Square (on Sir Winston Churchill Square, ph. 780-420-1757)
● Avenue Guitars (10550 82 Avenue)
● Acoustic Music Shop (9934 82 Avenue)
● online through the ECGS website
● at the door

$10 youth tickets (age 12 and under) available through the society and at the door only

For more information call 587-708-2044, or check the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society website at



7:00 pm, Thursday, April 7 (the day before the concert).
Alberta College, 10050 Macdonald Drive, Room 428
Admission is free for both performers and auditors
For more information please call the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society at 587-708-2044

Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul was born in 1987 and began his study of the guitar at age thirteen. He is a graduate of the Mahidol University College of Music near Bangkok and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied with Marco Tamayo. Jearakul has won first prizes in numerous international guitar competitions, and has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico and the United States. In 2014 he became the first Asian guitarist to win the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, the most important event of its kind in the world. In addition to a cash award, his prize includes a fifty-concert tour in of Canada, the USA, Mexico and China, and a recording in the Naxos “Laureate” series with worldwide distribution.

“immaculate….colourful….a dizzying display of agility.”
– David Denton, David’s Review Corner


Rito de los Orisha                                                                   Leo Brouwer
Fantasie, Op. 19                                                                     Luigi Legnani
Sonata, Op. 61                                                                        Joaquín Turina


Selections from H.M. King Suite                                            His Majesty, The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Sonata Capriccioso                                                                Stephen Goss
Concertino                                                                              Johann Kaspar Mertz

For more information on the concert and masterclass, please get in touch with David Grainger Brown (president of the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society) at 587-708-2044 or Ernst Birss (vice-president) at 780-482-3741. Information on the society can also be found on the internet at

More information on Ekachai Jearakul can be found at
Listen to Ekachai Jearakul on YouTube.


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