CSSA String Festival 2021   April 16th & 17th 2021 (Online Event)


Thank you to Paul Madryga and Margot Jewell who were our guest Adjudicators for this years String Festival. Held this year as a virtual event, students of classical guitar, violin, viola and cello participated from across North America.


Please check our gallery page for photos of this event.

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Paul Madryga 

Classical Guitar Adjudicator

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Margot Jewell 

Violin/Viola/Cello Adjudicator

CSSA presents "Resonate! A Celebration of Strings!"   Virtual Orchestra

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Online release of virtual video performance on June 12, 2021.  

Check out past performances:

Voyages - Epic Journey at the Bella April 5th 2018

Tango Enredado (Tangled Tango) March 23rd 2019


Registration Deadline April 3rd, 2021

CSSA is excited to welcome Margot Jewell to adjudicate violin/viola/cello festival students.

Margot received her Bachelor of Music from McMaster University and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. This was followed by studies in Matsumoto Japan with Shinichi Suzuki, and lessons on Baroque Violin with Jeanne Lamon and Kevin Mallon.

Margot has performed with many groups in the Greater Toronto area including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Te Deum Orchestra and Opera York. She has enjoyed working with young people and their families as a founder, faculty member and director of the Hamilton Suzuki School, Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and at Suzuki institutes and music camps across Canada.

As a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer, she relishes fostering the next generation of Suzuki teachers by conducting training courses in Toronto, Ottawa, Whitehorse, and St John's as well as at various Suzuki institutes. Margot has enjoyed adjudicating at music festivals from Prince Edward island to the Yukon. An examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she has conducted RCM exams in the USA, Bermuda and across Canada. Margot is currently the RCM string specialist, involved in the training and development of examiners. 

Margot has contributed to the Suzuki community through her work on the boards of the Suzuki Association of Ontario and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She was a Suzuki mom to her two grown children and now is a proud Suzuki grandma.

Costs for Solo Classes and Recital Classes can be found in the Violin/Viola/Cello Registration Form.

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Classical Guitar

Registration Deadline April 3rd, 2021

CSSA is excited to welcome back Paul Madryga  to adjudicate classical guitar festival students.

Paul's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar at Brandon University and a Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Queensland Conservatorium. Paul completed Suzuki guitar teacher-training with Frank Longay, David Madsen, Andrea Cannon, Joe Pecoraro and William Kossler, and shortly thereafter joined the Suzuki Talent Education Program at Brandon's Eckhardt-Gramatt Conservatory of Music, where he has since maintained a guitar program with a grounding in the Suzuki philosophy.


Paul's work at the EGCM includes one-on-one teaching in the Suzuki and traditional environments, Suzuki Guitar group class instruction, the EGCM Guitar Ensemble Program, and professorial duties as director of the Brandon University Guitar Ensemble.

Paul is an active performer and has released two CDs, Acoustic Pencil Sketches and Tone Color Paintbrush. 

Paul's Vision Statement: "To nurture a sustainable classical guitar program that will enable children to achieve their full potential as musicians and as people."

Costs for Solo Classes and Recital Classes can be found in the Classical Guitar Registration Form.

    Festival Guidelines

  • Event is open to all CSSA members and non-members across Canada.

  • Registrations will be cut off once the maximum enrolment has been reached.

  • Please register early to avoid disappointment.

  • Late entries may be considered, but not necessarily accepted.  

  • Fees are non-refundable after April 2nd 2021.  

  • Music selections in solo and solo recital classes should be played without repeats (exception for Suzuki Books 1 & 2.)

  • If possible, students should perform their selections from memory.

  • Students may play Suzuki, RCM or other repertoire. Registrant will need to submit a scan of any non-Suzuki/RCM repertoire (with bar numbers marked).

  • All festival classes are non-competitive.   Each participant will receive a certificate of participation and adjudicator comments.

  • Classes will be conducted on the ZOOM platform. ZOOM is free to download and to use. A tech check is required prior to class.