Borealis Suzuki Winds Institute 2017

The 2017 Institute featured many guest artist teachers from all over the world!

Music cognition researcher and Suzuki Flute teacher trainer Dr. David Gerry presented public lectures at McEwan University and a training class for teachers.

Christine Hildebrand was here from Germany – she attended the teacher training class and worked with some of our local students.

And the The Fourth Wall was here at the Fringe Festival, so we grabbed them on short notice for a  fantastic workshop!

 

10th Anniversary Celebration

January 28, 2017

10th anniversary Concert Celebration

Groups performed:

Mixed group with teacher Kathleen Schoen

Recorder group with teacher and pianist Dorothy Beyer

Flute group with teacher Beth Gardner

Soloists also performed on both flute and recorder:

And of course there was cake, and flowers, and general happy celebrations:

In our program, the beginners start out like this:

and end up sounding like this:

Many thanks to photographers Asanka Dissanayaka, Jackie Lalonde, Kelly Komm and Thomas Schoen.

Thanks to Susanna So for organizing and donating the cake.

Thanks to McEwan University for the use of the concert hall.

Thanks to Dorothy Beyer for playing the piano.

Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature

dsc01262Our groups often perform in the Alberta Legislature building during the holiday season. We perform under the rotunda in the main entrance before the grand staircase – a beautiful setting!

This year’s performance was at 6:30 pm on Thursday Dec. 15, 2016. We were joined by members of the Edmonton Recorder Society for some of the pieces.

Here are some highlights from that performance:

Here’s some highlights from the 2015 performances:

The Silverwinds senior trio playing the Healey Willan setting of the Huron Carol:

A collection of highlights featuring many of our different flute and recorder group combinations:

And from 2012, the senior trio playing Joy to the World:

and a Gavotte by Boismortier:

November Group Concert

At the end of November, our students perform duets, trios, quartets, and other ensemble music that they learn in their group lessons.  The group lessons are an important community building part of our program, and it is in the group lessons where the students learn the skills that will keep them able to play music with their friends throughout their adult lives.

This year, our concert will be at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (11223 – 51 Ave., Edmonton). Nov. 24, 2016 – Starts at 6:30pm – Admission is free – All are welcome!

We welcome families who are interested in having lessons with their children. Come to the concert and see what we do! Registration in our program is open year-round. Click here for registration information.

In 2015, the concert was at the Strathearn United Church. Here are some highlights from that performance:

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503In 2013 and 2014,  the concert was in the Expressionz Cafe. There were many favourable comments about the coffeehouse setting. Many parents enjoyed being able to sit back with a latte while enjoying the concert. Unfortunately, Expressionz had to close, so in November 2015 we found a new venue. Thank you Expressionz, for hosting us!

 

 

Opening Play-in and FREE drop-in beginner class

The first group event of the year is our opening play-in to start the fall term of group classes. All the students gather at the same time to play their known repertoire together. This is an opportunity for the youngest and the oldest students to play together and learn from each other in a multi-level group.

The beginner class, which we call the “Toolbox” class, includes students who have just begun their lessons. Often they will be working on fundamental skills away from the instrument. Since having the instrument is not a requirement to participate in the beginner class, we open it up to any parents with children who would like to try a class to see what it is like.

Group classes are normally on Thursday evenings, but we moved the play-in to the weekend in order to be part of the Alberta Culture Days events. Time and location of this year’s event:

Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 – Nordic Studio A, Arts Barns
  • Beginner drop-in class (anyone can participate) 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • Multi-level demonstration class noon – 1 pm
  • Grand march and performance in the Gazebo in McIntyre Park 1 – 2 pm

Check out our listing on the Alberta Culture Days page: click here

 

 

 

 

Borealis Suzuki Winds Institute 2016

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The Canadian Recorder team at the Instrument Olympics

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Mixed doubles “breath tennis” at the Instrument Olympics

 

The highlight of the Institute this year was the “Instrument Olympics”, inspired by the Summer Olympics happening in Rio de Janeiro at the same time.

 

 

 

Events included the Instrument Balance Beam, Feather Float, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Mixed Doubles Breath Tennis, Scale Relays, and Long Note. And of course, every participant received a Gold Medal at the medal ceremony on the last day .

 

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Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastic Recorder Team at the BSWI Instrument Olympics

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Gold medal presentation on the last day of the BSWI Instrument Olympics

Groups at Royal Alexandra Hospital – May 2015

Thursday May 7, 2015 – Our last group performance of the season before groups take a break for the summer. Our beginners were  participating fully without any help from their parents, and the more experienced students demonstrated a selection of pieces from their repertoire for this year.

Many of the hospital patients gathered around to listen, not just on the main level where the groups were playing, but on the balconies that surrounded the atrium on the floors above us.

Groups & Grads March 19, 2015

mixed Group at Milner

March 19, 2015 – 6:30 pm Suzuki Charter School gym

Groups & Grads Concert

This concert is the showcase concert of the year for our program. It features solo performances of students who are celebrating completion of a book level, and group performances from the ensembles who have been rehearsing in their group classes all year.