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 winners performed beautifully on several programs. “Trio Cantabile” (Cameron Gouin, violin; McCormack Win, cello; Owen
Tellinghuisen, piano) was very well received and represented MASTA in fine fashion. MASTA MYAF rep, David Reed, did a great job of keeping the group’s schedule organized.








Marla Smith, the 2018 MASTA Studio Teacher of the Year, was recognized at the Gala Concert and a dinner for arts organizations’ honorees. Marla’s remarks were inspiring and heartfelt. Again, MASTA was represented well.


The MASTA Executive Board met and had a very productive meeting. Final plans for the summer Studio Teacher Workshop and board retreat were made. Tim
Staudacher was recognized for his contributions to MASTA and Dan Scott was presented with the MASTA President gavel.