Saturday, September 27

Dear String Project Family,

This week the football game is an away 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.

Attached is the Saturday schedule. A couple changes are going into effect starting this week: Pre-Ensemble A (PEA) and Pre-Ensemble B (PEB) are going to merge back together. Beginning Guitar Ensembles (BGEA, BGEB, BGEC) will be grouped differently from before as well. BGEA and BGEB will be together, and BGEC will be separate.

That’s all for this week. See everyone on Saturday!

Best,
Matthew Chan

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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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