Convocation this Saturday


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.


Matthew Chan