Fond Farewell and New Beginnings at North York Suzuki School of Music


 by Elizabeth Sherk


Elizabeth Sherk is glad that ten of her former students plus one of Maureen McReynolds’, and her son Ted Sherk were able to come to her retirement recital and party on Sunday, June 18 at Lawrence Park Community Church.  Since all these students left NYSSM they have each gone on to “find their own teacher” who, with mastery and skill, has helped each of them continue  developing  beautiful musicianship skills. Thanks to Gabriela, Ivy, Evan, Ethan, Caitlin, Kevin, Tyson, Jeremy, Tamara, Hannah, and Chloe. Ted opened the recital with a piece of his own composing, “Gloria in C Major”, and Elizabeth closed with a performance of a George Shearing jazz piece, “I’m in the mood for love.”


This video clip attached is the last phrase of that piece… It feels fitting for a retirement.

NYSSM teachers  have done a lot of scouting this spring and found a wonderful teacher to replace Elizabeth, Katie MA WAI SUM, recently come from Hong Kong to Toronto bringing with her twenty years of experience of teaching piano, choir and chamber music. We look forward to many more students from NYSSM learning under her guidance to be comfortable performing musicians for their own and other’s pleasure.

Katie Ma, NYSSM’s newest piano teacher


Fun moments at Camp Sparrow up north in Gravenhurst, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2023


by Gretchen Paxson


Elena Spanu and Lea Kirstein improvising together after breakfast.
All of us on the last morning of camp. Sad to say goodbye.
An impromptu “fiddle ambush” at breakfast time.


he kids also got into the game of creating a “fiddle ambush.”
Savouring the beauty of Sparrow Lake.


Fun moments at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Suzuki Music and Arts Camp – July 10-14, 2023


by Gretchen Paxson


Fiddle class with Anne Lederman
Yoga class with Rebecca Bel


Cello choir class with Natasha Zado
Fiddle class with Anne LedermanFiddle class with Anne Lederman