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Inspired by the pedagogical philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, Ottawa Suzuki Strings provides a learning environment for children that encourages and supports them in their pursuit of personal excellence, and that nurtures the development of their musical abilities and also their human spirit.


Ottawa Suzuki Strings is a music school characterized by a culture of innovation in training and development.  The school aspires to become widely recognized for the quality of its pedagogy, and for the achievements of its students and faculty.

Our school has an inclusive culture, where students are encouraged to strive for personal excellence.  We seek to create opportunities for all children, including those who face specific challenges.

In the practice of our teaching, and in our operations as a school, we will nurture strong parent-teacher-student relationships with close ties to the community.  We undertake to foster, recognize and appreciate the contributions and achievements of our members.  We will support our members’ development through an active program of individual and group study and performance.


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Board of Directors

OSS Board members, effective November 21, 2016:

Ammar Gharbi
Meenakshi Gupta
Randi Karstad
Johanna Jochumsdotir
Anna Katra
Duncan McCallum (Vice-President)
John Royle (President, Acting Treasurer)
Francine Schutzmann (Secretary)

Advisory (non-voting) Board Members:

Elaine Klimasko (Artistic Director)
Jerry Csaba

Letter from the President of OSS

Dear OSS Parents, Teachers, and other Corporation Members,

I am happy to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Ottawa Suzuki Strings, which will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 7pm in the cafeteria at Woodroffe High School.

We need your participation at this meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please fill in a Proxy Ballot, and give it to the school, either to the duty officer, or else Deanne or Judy, prior to the meeting. There will also be a table outside the cafeteria where you can leave your Proxy Ballot just prior to the meeting.

At this meeting we will present the Financial Report for the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2017, prepared by our accounting firm, OHCD. We will also elect the Board members for the coming year.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact me (contact information below). See the Meeting Agenda, and the Minutes to last year’s Annual General Meeting.

The Proxy Ballot form, the Financial Report, Meeting Agenda, and Minutes from last year are all available on our website, at ottawasuzukistrings.ca/about/ .

As usual, after the meeting adjournment, there will be time to answer any questions you have about Board-related topics regarding Ottawa Suzuki Strings. I look forward to meeting you,

Yours truly,

John Royle
President, Ottawa Suzuki Strings