Stephanie Miletic (Operations Manager)
It was an early morning start yesterday with an education concert in Sundridge. The principal in Sundridge got wind that we had a few gluten allergies in the group, so she made gluten free muffins! The students at Sundridge Centennial Public School are in kindergarten to grade 6 and they were the most attentive junior/intermediate students that I have ever seen. They had superb listening skills and knew how to be a good audience. Bravo Sundridge Centennial Public School!
The education programme that we are touring with was created this year by Julia Wedman. It is a fabulous programme that guides students into different rooms of a baroque house or palace. The students experience the music that would have been played in the various different rooms. All schools have thoroughly enjoyed the programme so far.
We drove an hour to North Bay to play our next education concert at West Ferris Secondary School. Julia’s programme is so brilliantly created, only a few minor adjustments are necessary to tailor it for different age groups. The Tafel trio played for mostly high school music students who were very interested in the music and instruments. At the end of the concert, the students graciously gave each of us a piece of student artwork inspired by the Group of Seven. We vowed to return.
The students helped load the spinet back into the mini-van and we were off to Sudbury. I haven’t driven up there since I was a child, so it was a treat to drive through the Canadian Shield and see the northern landscape again. The scenery reminded me of Neil Young’s song Helpless which starts with “There is a town in North Ontario.” Soon we all started to suggest songs about Ontario; thanks to Julie and her iPhone, we grooved all the way to Sudbury with Stompin’ Tom Connors – Sudbury Saturday Night and Wade Hemsworth – The Black Fly Song.