May Minutes

Friday May 26, 2017 - May/June year end luncheon.

Chilliwack Christopher Norton workshop – only Kathleen Feenstra went from our branch. She was reimbursed $50. Our branch budgeted $300 for 2017 workshops, so now we will end with a profit. Instead of reading a report at our luncheon, Kathleen is willing to give our branch a little workshop of the things she learned from Christopher Norton! (to be scheduled)

June 1, 2017 midnight is the deadline to submit student/teacher compositions and artwork – please send your work to Joyce Janzen (email is fine

Jean told us of an organization that promotes Canadian events on their calendar – if anyone is interested in crafting up a page advertising our Canada Music Week Recital or our booklet of compositions, please send your ideas to the executive if you have put something together.

Saturday October 28, 2017 is our 'Young Artist Concert' organized by Calvin Dyck at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium! Save the date and register your students to audition Auditions are Friday and Saturday June 9 + 10, 2017. There is still lots of room available to audition – only 9 have registered so far. A total of 12 students will be chosen for the concert night to perform. Please audition with the piece you would like to perform at the concert – whatever piece of your choosing Gr. 1-10. Cost to audition is $20/student or a family rate of $35. Everyone who auditions will receive a free ticket for the concert (whether you are chosen to play or not).

Joyce informed us about receiving high school music credits with music exams: you must write exams for all theory levels (not just skip ahead to the advanced rudiments exam) in order to show extra credits on high school transcript.

  • Gr. 10 school is Level 6 music exam with intermediate rudiments
  • Gr. 11 is Level 7 exam with advanced rudiments
  • Gr. 12 is Level 8 exam with advanced rudiments

Abbotsford Music Festival 2017 – was a great success! A big thank you to Beth and Julia for chairing the committee. Thank you to everyone else for your help and support. Photos from the Honors Concert can be found online at – you may download and print the ones you wish.
Festival art cover drawings will be returned.

There will be a festival meeting to debrief on Friday June 23, 2017 at the Cannor Nursery at 10:30 am. Julia announced that she will be stepping down from the chair position of the festival. Julia, thank you for your many years of service and commitment!

Calvin invited our branch to a private concert that will be taking place on Friday July 21, 2017 from 7- 9:30 pm. 'Three Slices of Summer' is a progressive concert of 3 groups of musicians: a Cuban assemble, a flamenco guitar and a string quartet - each located in a different place where you will start at the first concert and then receive directions to travel to the next concert! Only 150 tickets available – first come, first served! Here is the Eventbrite link to purchase your tickets online at $35/ticket. Take note that 1/3 of the proceeds will be given to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Thank you for your support!