Saturday, September 20

Dear String Project Family,

This week there is no football game, so if you have purchased an N/N+ permit you should be able to park on campus. Remember to pay attention to the parking signs on campus to be 100% sure you are legally parked.

It is very likely that your student’s classes are meeting in different locations from last week. A Saturday Schedule is attached, but do check the schedule posted on the walls when you arrive Saturday to confirm that there haven’t been last minute changes.

That’s all for this week. As always, do not hesitate to e-mail the office if you have any questions or concerns!

Best,

Matthew Chan

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dear String Project family,

The fall semester is off and running! This Saturday, classes will begin at 9:00; the Saturday schedule is attached. You will see something called “T&R” happening at 9:00- this class is only for students that are enrolled in an orchestra (EO, IO, AO, and CO). Early Childhood Class, Stepping Stones, Junior Cadets, and Beginning Parent Guitar Ensemble will also begin this Saturday. All other ensembles will meet at 10:00. Further, if you were not able to pick up your Convocation folder last week, they will be at the main table on the ground floor of the music building.

It is very likely that your student’s classes are meeting in different locations from last week. Check the schedule posted on the walls, and as always, confirm when you arrive Saturday that there haven’t been last minute changes. If you were not able to attend Convocation this week, please make sure to turn in an absence form at the main table. You can also find this form on our website http://stringproject.music.utexas.edu/ under “forms and documents”.

This week there is no home football game, so if you have purchased an N/N+ permit you should be able to park on campus. Please pay attention to the signs on campus to be 100% sure you are legally parked. If you have not received the e-mail for parking, respond to this e-mail so that I can forward you the parking e-mail as the method to obtain a parking permit has changed this year.

This Saturday, the UT Wind Ensemble is having a recording session, so there will be no classes in Bates Recital Hall or room 2.604. As this is a recording session, please be mindful to keep the noise level to a minimum, especially near the entrances to Bates, whether on the 2nd floor or the 3rd floor. If you see a child becoming disruptive or noisy, we appreciate your help in quieting them down.

I hope everybody has a great rest of the week! As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns. See you Saturday!

Best,

Matthew Chan
Assistant Director
UT String Project

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Convocation this Saturday

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Dear String Project Family,

We hope you enjoyed a restful and happy summer. We are excited to begin another String Project year this coming Saturday, September 6th. Our fall Convocation will start at 9:00am in Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music followed by regular classes from 10:00-12:00pm.

Attached you will find this Saturday’s schedule of classes and rooms. Please note that ECE, Stepping Stones, Junior Cadets (group classes only), and Beginning Parent Guitar Ensemble will not be meeting this Saturday. Dr. Scott will be in the answering any questions related to ECE & Stepping Stones between 10:00-11:00am in the Mirror Room, and we request that NEW parents to the instrumental program (parents of Junior Cadets, new Saturday-only students) attend Parent Info Meeting with Dr. Scott at 11:00am (also in the Mirror Room).

Schedules and maps will be posted on the walls as you walk into the music building and you will receive a copy with your personalized Convocation folder.

When you arrive on Saturday, report to the main lobby of the music building and pick up your Convocation folder. We ask that you and your children please report to Bates Auditorium inside the Butler School of Music by 8:50am. Our program will start promptly at 9:00am. We will begin with a performance by the String Project Faculty Orchestra followed by an informative session on activities and schedules for the 2014-2015 year.

Once Convocation has ended, around 9:50, we will dismiss students to attend classes. Parents will have the chance to walk their students to their classrooms.

Parents who are interested in joining Beginning Parent Orchestra should report to 2.118 at 11:00 to sit in and listen to the Returning Parent Orchestra plus a short info session with Aurora Zenfell.

If you need to make a payment, please see our office manager, Mikaila Powers, between 8:00-8:50am or 11:00-noon at the main table on the ground floor. If you do not make it during this time please see her the following Saturday or mail your payment to the String Project office.

The UT Football game is a HOME game this weekend, so parking will be extremely limited. This means that even if you have purchased one of the N or N+ parking permits, you will NOT be able to park on campus. If you are new to our program, you will want to leave exceedingly early on days with home games; parking on campus is prohibited and even driving is problematic. Fortunately, the game doesn’t start until 6:30pm, so there should be reasonable street parking available.

Full time students, your teachers are in the process of scheduling lessons for the fall. Your lessons will commence the week of September 8.

Thanks everyone! I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and beginning another fantastic year.

Best,

Matthew Chan

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Convocation on September 6th

Dear parents and guardians,

Welcome back! I hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. I would like to give a warm welcome to the new families joining us this fall, we are excited to have you join the String Project family! You can find the 2014-2015 String Project calendar of events here: String Project Calendar 2014-2015

If you have not yet registered with us for the fall, please e-mail the String Project office to request a form. To avoid a long line at Convocation on September 7th, please fill out this form and send it back to the String Project office with a $100.00 non-refundable deposit at your earliest convenience. We will be set up at the concessions table on the 2nd floor taking tuition payments that morning.

Our first day kicks off with Convocation on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00-10:00am followed by regular classes from 10:00am-12:00pm. Convocation will be held in Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music on UT Campus. There will be maps posted on the walls as you walk into the music school as well as friendly teachers waiting to help direct you to your classes. Make sure to stop by the main table on the ground floor to pick up your personalized String Project folder! We ask that you please report to Bates shortly BEFORE 9:00 with your children. Our program will start promptly at that time. We will begin our Convocation with a performance by the String Project Faculty Orchestra followed by an informative session on activities and schedules for the 2014-2015 year.

At 10:00, we will dismiss students to attend classes. Parents will have the chance to walk their students to their respective classrooms. As we get closer to this date, we will send out a Saturday schedule. New families will be expected to attend a parent education session with Dr. Scott at this time.

Monday, September 8th will be the first week of Private Lessons. Parents will be contacted near the end of August by their child’s private teacher to schedule weekly lessons at the Butler School of Music, be looking out for their email or phone call!

As we get closer to our start date, we will be sending you more details regarding Convocation. If you have any questions about the information above, and if you did not receive an e-mail with the above information, please contact the String Project office at: string_project@mail.music.utexas.edu.

Again, welcome to the new families joining String Project this fall and welcome back returning families! We are looking forward to a great String Project year!

Best,
Matthew

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Fritzie is a “Master Musician”

Fritzie Schwentker

Fritzie Schwentker

Fritzie was named a master musician for her grade at her elementary school.  Congratulations Fritzie on your accomplishment!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday is another exciting day of String Project!   We are delighted to let you know that cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, the “Low and Lower“, cello/bass duo, will be visiting String Project this Saturday. They will be working will some of our students during to 9:00 & 10:00 o’clock as indicated on the attached schedule.  The duo will have a great concert during our11:00 hour!  All students will be escorted to Bates Recital Hall by their 10:00 teachers for the concert.  For more information on Low and Lower, please visit their website: http://www.getlowandlower.com/home
 
That is all for now, see you on Saturday!
 
Best, 
Jordan
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String Project Classes Resume Week of March 17th

I hope everyone has had a safe and restful spring break.  This is a reminder that private lessons will resume starting Monday, March 17th and Saturday classes on March 22nd.

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No String Project Classes March 8th & 15th

Dear String Project families,

This is a friendly reminder that there will be no String Project Saturday classes on March 8th or 15th as the university is closed for spring break.  There will be no lessons for full time students during the week of March 10th.  String Project private lessons will resume the week of March 17th and Saturday classes on March 22nd.

 

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

This weekend is Explore UT, which means that parking will be very limited.  Please make sure you leave much earlier than you normally do for parking and getting into the building. There will be many school buses surrounding the music building.  I have attached the Explore UT bus parking map, this will give you an idea on where we will be parking all the buses.  N+ permit holders will still be allowed to park in the San Jacinto Garage and N permit holders will need to park in locations where they are not parking school buses.  This includes East 25th Street, Trinity Street, East 23rd Street, and Robert Dedman Dr.  There will still be street parking available on Dean Keeton between Red River and San Jacinto.

Schedule Notes:

During the 9 & 10 o’clock hours you will notice some classes with 2 rooms listed.  Make sure that your students go to the first room listed for the play down rehearsal.  Students will go to the rooms in parenthesis once the combined play down rehearsal is over.

Lemony Snicket Family Concert tickets:

We have some Lemony Snicket tickets still available on a first come first served basis.  They will be available at the main table starting at 8:30.

No String Project on March 8th & 15th:

There will be no Saturday classes meeting on these days due to spring break.

That is all for now, see you Saturday!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday is another exciting day of String Project!  The Menuhin International Violin Competition will be taking place at the BSoM this weekend so needless to say, the building will be very busy.  We have cleared our scheduled rooms with the BSoM scheduling office for this weekend, however, make sure to check the posted schedules on Saturday for last minute changes. 
 
Other notes include: 
 
  1. Lecture with Dr. Laurie Scott—Parenting the Developing Musician @ 10am
  2. Lemony Snicket Family Concert tickets available at the main table 
  3. Practice Masterclasses resume NEXT Saturday, March 1
  4. Concerto Festival audition recordings deadline this Saturday, February 22 
 
1. PARENTING THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN – PANEL DISCUSSION – Saturday 22 February 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Butler School of Music, Bates Recital Hall.  Laurie Scott, Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the University of Texas String Project, sits down with former Menuhin Competition Junior First-Prize winner Kevin Zhu and his father, Daniel, for a discussion about parenting a young musician.  This hour-long forum is free and open to all who want to learn and share experiences. Discussion topics include creating a supportive learning environment, balancing social, academic, and musical development, the value of excellent instruction, and the benefits of a musical peer group. This event occurs concurrently with the first day of the free Senior Rounds, a great opportunity for parents and students to witness amazing developing musicians in action.
2. Lemony Snicket Family Concert 
We have been given the opportunity to offer 100 families 3 tickets each to attend the Family Concert at the Long Center on Saturday March 1, 2014.  The tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis starting at 8:30 on Saturday Morning February 22 at the main string project table.
 
We ask that families who receive tickets commit to attending this event. Please check your calendars to be sure you are able to attend before taking the tickets.  We do not want to have any of the complimentary string project seats left open. DO NOT PLAN ON SECURING TICKETS UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU CAN
ATTEND THIS  CONCERT.
 
3. Practice masterclasses will NOT meet this Saturday, but will resume next Saturday, March 1.  We have now filled every weekend between now and May and will not be taking any more requests.  Those who emailed me first have priority and will be sent a schedule for the remainder of the semester.  
 
4. The deadline for this recording is this Saturday!  Students performing advanced literature are invited to submit a video recording of their performance for consideration for the concert.  Selected students will perform their concerto accompanied by the String Project. This audition is limited to students in Advanced Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra.  To enter, please submit a DVD or computerized video of the student performing the selected repertoire memorized with piano accompaniment.  Video auditions tapes are due by noon on Saturday, February 22nd.  The concerto festival will be Saturday, March 29th.  
 
That is all for now. See you Saturday!
 
Best, 
Jordan 

 

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