2016 Concerto Competition Results

Congratulations to our winners of the 2016 Concerto Competition:

Middle School Category: Esther Yao, violin

High School Category: Yuki Landry, violin

Join us on April 16, 2016 at Burman University (Lacombe, AB) to hear Esther and Yuki with conductor Cristian Neacsu and the Burman University Orchestra.

Calgary Civic Symphony’s 40th season

Dear Colleagues,
As some of you know, the Calgary Civic Symphony is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. We are kicking the season off Sunday, November 8 with violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, performing Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto. The programme also includes the world premiere performance of Allan Gordon Bell’s The Light of Adoration, Ottorino Respighi Fontane di Roma, and the Finale from Jean Sibelius’ Symphony no. 2.

We are pleased to offer this special deal to students of the Mount Royal Academy as well as students of ARMTA, APTA & ASA teachers to Sunday’s concert, billed “Glittering Gala”. Student tickets are normally $55 for this concert, but by using the promo code “ACADEMY”, students can purchase their tickets for $27.50 each. Tickets are available in person, online, or phone through the Arts Commons Box Office.

I have attached a poster for teachers to put up in their studio (Poster: 2015-11-08 Civic_Nov8.15)

We have another four concerts this year. You can check them out on our website: http://www.calgarycivicsymphony.ca  Stay tuned for more student deals from us.

Rhona-Mae Arca, B.A., B. Mgt.

Invitation to join a Baroque ensemble in Edmonton- Lori Klingbeil

I lead a baroque chamber ensemble for amateur musicians. We are mixed instrumental ensemble of strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord, which started in September 2014.
We’re looking to add a few players this year, including violin and viola (especially viola). If you think this might be of interest to any of your students, or others you know, please feel free to pass on my contact information.
There are 2 ensembles, both of which are mainly adult players, although keen youths are welcome.
1) “Intermediate Ensemble” –  around grade 4-6 level Toronto Conservatory
2) “Advanced Ensemble” – around grade 6-8 level Toronto Conservatory
– Rehearsal night is TBA, depending on what works best for players.
– The ensemble is informal and un-conducted; it is about getting together with other players and playing for fun with an emphasis on sight-reading.
– The advanced group will work in more detail on pieces and prepare them for performance at small community events.
Lori Klingbeil, B.Mus (Organ, 1986)

Call for Newsletter submissions

Dear ASA members,

Would you be so kind to share with your fellow members some articles, pictures, stories, trivia, advertisement, advice, discoveries, program notes, topics in string literature or string pedagogy, things to do, things to see and listen to, links to sites of interest?

Please forward ASAP to tardifg@gmail.com (We’ll start building the Newsletter March 11).

Thank you,

Guillaume Tardif, editor

Strings for Kids

Jenny Chai (jenny@harmonymusicschool.ca) would like to inform you about an educational event for kids titled “Strings for Kids” that we will be hosting at Harmony Music School’s Central Campus (2614 – 4 Street NW, Calgary, AB), on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 pm.

It is an admission-free event and our goal is to expose children to music and bring more knowledge of the beautiful sounds of different instruments, in an informal and intimate environment. With so many cuts in arts programming, we see this as an opportunity to step up and do what we can for the community we live in. We enjoy giving back to the community and bringing more of the arts to Calgary!

Harmony Music School strives to provide exceptional instruction that inspires our students to appreciate and achieve excellence in their musical education. This vision has served us well in that we have received the Consumer Choice Award for music lessons in Southern Alberta for the past two years and we have also been awarded the Top Choice award by Calgarians.  We have three locations for music lessons of all ages in Calgary, Alberta.

Welcome to our new site

I am pleased to announce the Alberta String Association’s new website.

Let me invite you to learn more about the ASA, and what it can do for you. Show solidarity to the cause of string education in the province
and become a ASA member today.

On behalf of your ASA Team,

Guillaume Tardif, President

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