Chamber Music Festival

MASTA 29th Annual
Chamber Music Festival and Competition

Monday, March 2, 2020
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

Maria Sampen, violin — Professor of Violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She enjoys a vibrant musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, recording artist and teacher.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. Dr. Sampen has commissioned and premiered over 20 chamber works, including music by Marcos Balter, Andrew Mead, Robert Morris, Nico Muhly and Forrest Pierce.

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, viola – has served on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, Bowling Green State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Longwood College. She has been a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2000. Previously she has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony, Richmond Symphony and Louisville Orchestra, and plays as a substitute musician with the Detroit 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

Please complete this Registration Form. This year we are using a pdf form that can be emailed to Michael Hopkins.
Instructions for mailing the registration fee is included in the form.
If you are unable to fill in the form fields in your web browser, please download the form and complete in a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader, or Apple Preview.

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 2020, 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.