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The Huntsville Suzuki School of Music will be presenting its Winter Concert on Saturday, December 16, 3pm at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville under the leadership of Director Philip Kashap. The program will feature group performances by students ranging in age from 4- and 5-year-olds to senior citizens, from pre-Twinklers to advanced students. The Huntsville Suzuki School and Philip Kashap are happy to have won the 2023 Huntsville Forester Readers’ Choice Awards in the “Favourite music lessons” and “Favourite music teacher” categories. This is the fourth year in a row they have won these awards!


The big news for our Suzuki School at the Sudbury Symphony Music Conservatory is a new community collaboration with the YMCA to offer a Mini Music Maker class for 2-5 year olds starting in January. We will also offer a beginner violin class and beginner guitar class for ages 10-13, as well as a violin class for seniors.


Peter MacKinnon of the Peterborough Suzuki School held a combined event with ORMTA, celebrating Canada Music Week on Sunday 19 November. This recital had two purposes: 1) Celebrating Canada Music Week, and 2) Marking the revival of the Peterborough branch of ORMTA, for which this was the first event since the beginning of the pandemic. We included Suzuki awards and scholarships for participation in last year’s western hemisphere and Falkland Islands remote Suzuki festival, organized by Elizabeth in Toronto, in which students were paired and matched internationally, and performed in online play-ins. There was also representation from the arts program at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. Pretty rave reviews all around!

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The SAA Every Child Can! course is being offered this winter by Etobicoke Suzuki Music. It will be taught online by Huntsville-based teacher trainer Margot Jewell. This is a great opportunity for parent education, as well as an introduction to the Suzuki philosophy for prospective Suzuki teachers. There will be 5 weekly Friday evening sessions from January 26 to February 23. See

https://etobicokesuzuki.ca/teachers/training/ for details.

Having recently been encouraged by several colleagues with whom I work closely at the MNjcc Suzuki Program, I have exciting news about resurrecting the Thanks to Dr. Suzuki Concert for Sunday March 3rd, 2024 in the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue) in Toronto. This will mark the 19th of such concerts. After a long four years since we last performed together (February 22, 2020), we are encouraging many schools and colleagues in and around the GTA to prepare their students and join the fun! Afternoon dress rehearsals will take place in various spaces within the Miles Nadal JCC. A late afternoon sound check and early evening concert (6:00 pm) will take place in the Al Green Theatre. This will be a first time collaboration with the theatre, and we are looking forward to working with their team. Violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, and piano will be represented. We will be programming two tutti pieces, like-instrument Suzuki repertoire, one featured chamber music piece from each school, and/or a combined school collaboration, something that has often happened in past concerts. As part of the event, we plan to pay tribute to several prominent Toronto area Suzuki colleagues who have recently retired: Tricia Balmer, Margot Jewell, and Elizabeth Sherk, all of whom supported and contributed generously to this event for many years. Tickets for the event will be sold through Eventbrite, or a similar platform one month in advance of the event. Prices are: $50 for a family of four, $20 for individual adults, and $15 for students & seniors.

– Gretchen Paxson

Bravo to two piano book graduates from the studio of Jeanine Noyes at North York Suzuki School of Music.

The North York Suzuki School of Music violin groups are excited to put on two concerts this December! First, our performance ensemble (book 5+) will be performing for the residents at the Greenview retirement residence; Then, on December 17 our whole violin program will present a holiday play-in concert at the Ontario Science Centre! 

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The Hammond Suzuki Studio teamed up with the Hogtown Brass Quintet for “Silver Bells” a benefit concert for FAMSAC, our local food bank organization. It was a fantastic evening of music, community and a little holiday sparkle. We are proud to announce more than $1500 was raised for this amazing organization.