Chamber Music Festival

MASTA 28th Annual
Chamber Music Festival and Competition

March 4, 2019
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance

1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Festival Director: Dr. Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, University of Michigan

Guest Artists: Muse Ensemble

Danielle Belen, violin – Associate Professor of Music, University of Michigan; Director of Center Stage Strings. Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition. Soloist with major symphonies across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras.

Kyoko Kashiwagi, violin – Founding member of three quartets, she won numerous first prizes and awards at competitions in the United States, Japan, and Canada. She has toured the world and hosted master classes at universities nationwide.

Eva Stern, violafaculty at Eastern Michigan University. Former member of the Richmond Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra, substitute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Katri Ervamaa, cello Chair of University of Michigan’s Residential College chamber music program. Specializes in chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan and is a founding member of the Brave New Works ensemble.


The purpose of the MASTA Chamber Music Festival is to provide students in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to attend a high-quality artistic chamber music performance, receive coaching from expert chamber music performers, and attend musicianship enrichment classes. All members of the ensemble must be in 7th grade or higher to participate in the festival.

As part of the festival, students in grades 9-12 may elect to participate in a competition for the opportunity to represent MASTA at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. All ensemble members must be in 9th-12th grade to participate in the competition.*

MASTA Chamber Music Festival Schedule

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: $45 non-competing, $50 competing
Sessions: 10:00 – 2:35 p.m. (with break for lunch)

Competition Recital: 3:30-5:30 p.m
Location: Britton Recital Hall, Earl V. Moore Building
Free and open to the public

 Registration Instructions

1. Complete the Online Registration Form
2. Print the Invoice, Release & Waiver Forms and mail with payment.
Separate waiver forms are required for all ensemble members.

Registration questions? Please email Molly Baugh

General festival questions? Please email Michael Hopkins

*Competition Information

The winning ensemble will receive a prize of $200 and must be available to represent MASTA at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is the only interdisciplinary festival of its kind in the United States.

The winning ensemble will give four performances at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May 2019, including the “Welcoming Concert” for thousands of fellow high school artists, the honors’ dinners and the MASTA/MSBOA Collage Recital. The winning ensemble will need to prepare 20-30 minutes of music in addition to its winning piece for these performances. A MASTA board member will be at the festival to serve as a guide for the ensemble, and the ensemble will receive coachings to prepare for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Members of the winning ensemble are eligible to perform with the MYAF Honors Orchestra (or any other ensemble). If a member of the winning ensemble applies to perform with the Honors Orchestra they must follow through on that commitment, as it prevents another student from receiving an invitation.