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2016 MASTA Solo Competition

Early Fall of 2016, young string players (ages 16-23) from Michigan and Ohio submitted online performance auditions to compete for a spot in the final round of the 2016 MASTA Solo Competition. This is our 19th year sponsoring the MASTA Solo Competition and we are inspired and encouraged by all the excellent young string players […]

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Vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year

MASTA annually names an outstanding string educator in the state of Michigan as the String Teacher of the Year. This award is presented to a leading string teacher who has taught in the state for at least 10 years, demonstrated quality teaching and indicated educational achievement in areas other than performance and demonstrated service to […]

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An Interview with E. Daniel Long

Janis Peterson, current MASTA President, recently had the extreme pleasure of interviewing string teaching legend, E. Daniel Long.  Dan inspires with every sentence!  He has enjoyed a long and involved connection to MASTA.  The interview is broken up into three parts.

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Suzuki “Every Child Can!” Class at MMC

An Introduction to Suzuki Education Have you wondered what Suzuki teaching is all about? Come take this 6 hour class to experience the joys of teaching in this very special way. When: January 19, 2017 9am – 4pm Where: Michigan Music Conference Grand Rapids, MI Registration Fee: $100 Facilitator: Michigan Music Conference Contact: Wendy Azrak […]

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MSBOA Orchestra Events

MSBOA Orchestra Events Fall Reading Session Recap and Director Development Days preview                 East side reading session   by Burke Lokey On September 24, there were two Orchestra music Reading sessions presented by the MSBOA. The “East-Side” session was put together by Erin Little and hosted by Cathy […]

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UP Chamber Music Festival

The UP Chamber Music Festival was held October 13th and was a HUGE success!  There were 26 ensembles/96 students, 18 string teachers/coaches, 2 music companies and several parent volunteers working together for music-making, learning and growth.  Student ensembles had three coaching sessions, a reading session, improv class, opportunities to try new instruments and on-stage performing […]

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Michigan Youth Arts

It was my absolute privilege to fill in for Richard Piippo at the 2016 Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  I was treated to several performances by the winning ensemble of the MASTA Chamber Festival and got to hear a phenomenal coaching session with Lidor Ondras.  Pictured here with me are:  Elena Chambers, Vioin; Christopher Young, Viola; […]

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Studio Teacher of the Year Recognition

MASTA’s 2016 Studio Teacher of the Year, Wendy Azrak, was honored at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May.  She received a Touchstone Award and was recognized with other organization Teachers of the Year at a dinner and at the Gala Concert.  Wendy’s eloquent remarks inspired all those in attendance and she represented the Michigan […]

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