September 2008

Greetings all -


Here are some notes from the Meeting help September 26th, at Ann Mendenhall's. We began the meeting with music by Bernie, playing some beautiful, popular music, and eating the delicious goodies. Thanks to all who contribute to the food every month, and to those who host the meetings!






Music of the Renaissance

Oct. 23 - 25th


St. Peter's Anglican

Church Hall


Early Bird registration


Oct. 10th


    Planning is nearly complete - now we need everyone to register their students. Here is how it works:


    All the info about the events/workshops/concert/dinner is on the website linked here.  You can also just visit   and follow the links at the "History of Music" menu item. Either way you'll see info about the clinicians, the workshops and other events, and a registration form to download. Just as we've done with Pianofest and Songfest, you are asked to collect the registrations and fees from each student, do the on-line registration and then, the week before the concert, hand out the tickets.


   Please print out registration forms for each of your students and hand them out this week! (feel free to be a LITTLE flexible with the registration deadline, but they must be entered in the computer, or delivered to Marilyn, by the 15th.)


    Anyone who wants to avoid the on-line registering, can bring their completed forms to Marilyn for processing.


    We have half a dozen fabulous clinicians, and lots of interest, especially from people who attended the last one. But we need to bring it to the attention of all of our students, and do our work to fill every class, and we'll meet out commitments for fees and expenses.   


    And if you sing in a choir, please bring it to the attention of your fellow choristers - the Sat. morning is especially for them, but they'll likely enjoy it all!


   Sue Doughty  is handling the organizing of volunteers for help with vegetable prep for the stews and people for the door for each class. Please email or call her (746-2326) to volunteer.


   Lastly, there are more posters to put up around town(s). Please stop by Marilyn's if you can put up some.



Susan Doughty



The year's meeting schedule:


Oct. 31 - Judit Kabath - Discussion topic "How to teach chording"


Nov. 28th - Ruth Williams - Business meeting


Dec. Luncheon TBA


Jan 30 - Trisha Daniell - Business meeting


Feb. 27 - Christine Gillespie - "The Ergonomics of playing piano"


March 27 - ___ (business) 


April 24 - Sue Doughty - Discussion "TBA"


May 29 - Judith McIvor -



June potluck ___ - Bernie Brown's



Congratulations to Susan Doughty

    - and to her two students who won Medals of Excellence for the top marks in the province in Conservatory Canada's spring examinations, Gr. 3 and Gr. 4!


Treasurer's Report:

    Thanks to the successful Music Marathon last June, we have enough funds to cover the bursary and award budget of $1500, with the balance to remain in the fund, as a backup for the Music History weekend, and possibly to provide an additional scholarship/bursary to a new Kelsey music student. The committee of Brenda Braaten, Ann Mendenhall and Trisha Daniel will meet to finalize bursaries next week.


I Played this Better at Home III

    Rehearsals are underway, there is room for one or two more performances at 5 - 6 minutes each. Contact David Walden to participate. Dates and venues are as follows:

Shawnigan Lake School Chapel - Sun. Jan 11 (afternoon) 

Bethel Baptist Church, Duncan, Fri. Jan 16th (evening).

 Tickets will be available next meeting for sale to your students. $12 advance, $15 at the door, $30 family rate.


Cowichan Valley Arts Council

   We've agreed to become a member - David Walden is our contact person.


Cowichan Consort Concert with Ann Mendenhall and Ron Killian

   Oct. 18th, Saturday afternoon at Brentwood. A program for kids 6 - 96! Ann and Ron will play the two pianos for the Carnival of the Animals, and many other pieces will feature student performers. Ann has tickets ($10) - sellout expected.




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