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As we approach what most people call “the holidays”, I am reminded about how so many of us musical types are actually going into what is often the busiest time of the year - holiday concerts, innumerable Nutcrackers, parties for friends, colleagues and families, shopping. It can be exhausting. I know I often have good intentions of finally being able to take care of things that I can’t during the rest of the year (organizing up my office, for example), but after the holiday rush I rarely have any energy to do much more than relax. And that, I suppose is my holiday message. When you have the chance to stop, just stop! Without guilt! Enjoy your downtime.

On behalf of the AMEF board, Here’s wishing you a merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous, happy and musical New Year!

Rolf Bertsch
Above left: Judith Ammann and Crystal Krips
Above Right: Doug Campbell's enthusiasm!

Thank you to all our volunteers for helping out at the Foo Fighters 50/50 Raffle, and to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for your support!  Through this project we raised almost $6,000!
For more details, read the upcoming Winter edition of The Clarion.
Welcome to our newest Keyboards for Kids program, under the leadership of Carolyn Steeves, at École Brentwood School in Strathmore, Alberta!
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Call for Writers, Bloggers, Researchers and Contributors!

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  • About an incredible teacher or student you've had
  • About a fantastic teaching resource or strategy
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  • A photo essay of your school year
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Welcome to our new and returning Board Members:
Rolf Bertsch, Chair
Robert George, Vice Chair
Daniel Smit, Treasurer
Joel Windsor, Secretary

Doug Campbell, Robyn Hébert, Maria Medlow and Kent Sutherland

Crystal Krips, Executive Director

Most recent Board activity
The last meeting was held on September 16, 2018 previous to our Annual General Meeting.  The usual activity of approving reports and statements took place, and the following motions were also passed:
MOTION 2018-26: To add 30 hours to fund personnel during Music Conference Alberta.
MOTION 2018-29: To award $750 in grant funds to the Cochrane Music Society.
MOTION 2018-30: To award the AMEF Recognition Award to David Tutt.

Since that meeting, some business has been conducted online.  This includes the acceptance of the new Executive Director contract and the awarding of a $750 grant to the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music.

Next Board Meeting: Currently scheduled for January 20, 2018
Thanks to the generosity of Quikcard, AMEF's Music for Kids students at Ormsby School in Edmonton were able to attend the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concert on October 4, 2018 at the Winspear Centre, and were even treated to a demonstration of the Davis Concert Organ.  For more, read the members-only Winter edition of The Clarion coming out in December.
Ormsby School's
Christmas Concert

December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Featuring Strings for Kids and
Keyboards for Kids Students

6323 184 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 3K1

Open to the Public

Please support our Music for Kids Program this Christmas!
AMEF welcomes the Grande Prairie Music Educators group to its growing membership. The group was organized by Krista McLaughlan, and consists of 12 members, who are eager to connect and find ways to represent AMEF in Grande Prairie.
Pictured from left to right: Chris Gallagher, Heather Penner, Amber Gallagher and Lyndsey Mitchell.  In the front row from left to right: Malika Frost, Criag McLauchlan, Derice Layher, Tasha Zboya-Keith and Krista McLauchlan.
Music Conference Alberta Highlights
For more highlights, read the members-only Winter Edition of The Clarion.
Special Thank You to our Sponsors and Supporters!
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