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Jingle Bells

Performance by the Bulldog Chamber Orchestra By: Steven Fernandez, Orchestra Director at Brighton Area Schools The Bulldog Chamber Orchestra was founded in order to give 7-12 grade students an opportunity to play in an ensemble. In our second year of the program, we only offer orchestra classes in 5th and 6th grade, but will be […]

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Vote for the 2019 MASTA Teacher of the Year

It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year.  In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a classroom teacher.  Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote by following this link: Teacher of the […]

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MASTA/MSBOA String Reading Session 2018

String educators from around the state gathered together in September to play and discuss the merits of new literature for middle and high school orchestras.  Dozens of new pieces were generously donated by Luck’s Music, which were raffled off to teachers at the end of the event. Thanks to Sam Hickey and Joe Oprea for […]

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Bass Bash 2018

by Michael Hopkins 30 bass students in grades 6-12 attended Bass Bash at the University of Michigan on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The festival was directed by MASTA president-elect Michael Hopkins with University of Michigan Bass faculty Max Dimoff and Robert Hurst. Longtime MASTA members John Kennedy and Larry Hutchinson taught at the festival as […]

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Melissa Luck (President, Luck’s Music Library), Andy Luck (Vice President, Luck’s Music Library), Amy King (Sales and Marketing Manager, Luck’s Music Library) pictured in the Luck’s Music Library warehouse with a large portion of music being donated to Texas schools.

Luck’s Music Library Donates Over $35,000 to Texas School Orchestra Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of the 2017 Hurricane Harvey, Luck’s Music started a YouCaring campaign to raise money for affected Orchestra programs in Texas. Melissa Luck, Music Library President at Luck’s, mentioned in a press release: “We began hearing from many of our orchestra colleagues at school districts in Texas that Hurricane Harvey was much worse than expected and […]

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MASTA Grant Aids Rural Orchestra Program

By Joe Harmsen Thanks to the generosity of MASTA through the Program Grant, the Escanaba Orchestra program was able to hire much-needed sectional and small ensemble coaches during the 2017-2018 school year. Escanaba is a small town in the Upper Peninsula with a population of just over 12,000 people. There are over 120 students in […]

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MASTA fun at MYAF 2018

By Janis Peterson The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is always a source of pride and joy! Spending a weekend with people who are dedicated and passionate about the arts is inspiring, invigorating, and reaffirming. The students involved have achieved remarkable levels of proficiency. They have incredible talent and remarkable work ethic. The MASTA Chamber Fest […]

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Marla Smith, 2018 MASTA Teacher of the Year

Not Your Typical Teacher

      By Nyssa Rabinowitz Violin Teacher at the Rochester Conservatory of Music Daughter of MASTA Teacher of the Year for 2018, Marla Smith When you walk into my mom’s studio, it doesn’t look like your typical teaching space. Hundreds of violin bottles line the walls, a “no whining” sign hangs prominently and music […]

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United We “String” – Professional Development Opportunities

United We “String” Professional Development Opportunities Ellen Boyer, MASTA Member at Large 1. ASTA’s Mentoring Program Deadline is July 1, 2018 The July 1st deadline to enroll in next year’s mentoring program is fast approaching. Both mentors and mentees are needed. Click here to read more about this great program. 2. MASTA Mentoring Opportunities Michigan […]

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