MASTA/MSBOA Teacher Orchestra

9th Annual MSBOA/MASTA Teachers Orchestra at the 2020 Michigan Music Conference

Looking to recharge your musicianship, rehearsal strategies, and conducting techniques through an active participatory session? Join us for the annual MMC Teachers Orchestra where we will be joined by clinician Matthew Aubin (Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra , Artistic Director for the Chelsea Symphony in New York City) for a great afternoon of music making with selections from Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Britten’s Simple Symphony, and a wonderful string arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 2. After an opening rehearsal session (a great reminder of what it is like to be a “student” again), the Teachers Orchestra will serve as the demonstration/lab group for the Conducting Symposium. Participants who have signed up for the Symposium will have the opportunity to learn and observe techniques from several conductors. The Teacher Orchestra experience will culminate in a Friday night performance for students, family, and friends! (Bowed parts will be emailed after registration is received. Please prepare in advance so that the day can maximize its focus on the musical and pedagogical aspects of the works. This year we are featuring the ASTA Competition winner on the concert program (unaccompanied). SCECHs are available through the MMC for participation in this ensemble.)

Once you have registered with MMC and signed up to participate in the Teachers Orchestra, please complete the Google Form to receive music:


Thursday, January 16, 2020
12:00-12:30pm – Check in, warm-up, socialize
12:30-2:30 – Rehearsal Laboratory with clinician
2:30-4:00 – Lab Orchestra for String Conducting Symposium + program run through

Friday, January 17, 2019
7:00 p.m.  Performance
(Concert dress: Men – black shirt and pants, no coat and tie, Women – all black)

Registration must be made through the MMC website. There is no additional fee to participate in the Teachers Orchestra other than regular conference registration. There is a fee for participation in the Conducting Symposium. The current schedule makes for easy participation between the Conducting Symposium and teachers orchestra.

Questions? Contact Michael Edwards at