MASTA is a state chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Michigan has one of the largest and most active state ASTA chapters in the US.

The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. ASTA pursues its mission through an open sharing of ideas; benefits, services, and activities responsive of the needs of all members; development of strong state leadership and chapters; enhancing the image and visibility of string teaching and study; advocacy for string education; and an inclusive community of string teachers and players.

ASTA National Conference

The 2021 ASTA National Conference will be March 3-6, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Benefits of Membership

One of the greatest strengths of ASTA is the scope of its membership. We not only serve the private and public school educators but our organization services the studio teachers, professional and amateur musicians, and University and College instructors...

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Our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Community Outreach Shows with the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

Ashley Grebe, Artistic Director at Saline Fiddlers The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic (SFP) has long been known as one of America’s premiere youth fiddling show bands. With alumni still playing all over the state of Michigan, the US, and internationally, SFP’s reputation is far-reaching. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the group’s founding by renowned […]

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MASTA Teacher & Administrator of the Year

By Michael Hopkins, MASTA President-Elect 2019 Teacher of the Year On Friday, January 25, 2019, Linda Trotter, Orchestra Director at West Bloomfield High School & Orchard Lake Middle School was awarded the MASTA 2019 Teacher of the Year.  Linda Trotter is finishing her 36th year of public school teaching, spending the last 21 years teaching […]

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BassFest West

At the Michigan BassFest, young bassists have a unique opportunity to get together with other young bass players, play ensembles, get instruction from nationally recognized bass teachers and performers, and hear some outstanding bass playing. Michigan BassFest-West will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at East Rockford Middle School.  The registration deadline is May 4th.  […]

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Jingle Bells

Performance by the Bulldog Chamber Orchestra By: Steven Fernandez, Orchestra Director at Brighton Area Schools The Bulldog Chamber Orchestra was founded in order to give 7-12 grade students an opportunity to play in an ensemble. In our second year of the program, we only offer orchestra classes in 5th and 6th grade, but will be […]

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Vote for the 2019 MASTA Teacher of the Year

It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year.  In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a classroom teacher.  Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote by following this link: Teacher of the […]

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MASTA/MSBOA String Reading Session 2018

String educators from around the state gathered together in September to play and discuss the merits of new literature for middle and high school orchestras.  Dozens of new pieces were generously donated by Luck’s Music, which were raffled off to teachers at the end of the event. Thanks to Sam Hickey and Joe Oprea for […]

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Bass Bash 2018

by Michael Hopkins 30 bass students in grades 6-12 attended Bass Bash at the University of Michigan on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The festival was directed by MASTA president-elect Michael Hopkins with University of Michigan Bass faculty Max Dimoff and Robert Hurst. Longtime MASTA members John Kennedy and Larry Hutchinson taught at the festival as […]

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Luck’s Music Library Donates Over $35,000 to Texas School Orchestra Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of the 2017 Hurricane Harvey, Luck’s Music started a YouCaring campaign to raise money for affected Orchestra programs in Texas. Melissa Luck, Music Library President at Luck’s, mentioned in a press release: “We began hearing from many of our orchestra colleagues at school districts in Texas that Hurricane Harvey was much worse than expected and […]

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MASTA Grant Aids Rural Orchestra Program

By Joe Harmsen Thanks to the generosity of MASTA through the Program Grant, the Escanaba Orchestra program was able to hire much-needed sectional and small ensemble coaches during the 2017-2018 school year. Escanaba is a small town in the Upper Peninsula with a population of just over 12,000 people. There are over 120 students in […]

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