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.


The MASTA String Camps provide young string students with the opportunity to have a specialized camp experience on their instrument in a relaxed, fun, and encouraging environment. While at camp students participate in orchestra, sectionals, small ensembles, as well as electives and recreation activities.

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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 2018-2019 school year.

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Suzuki “Every Child Can!” Class at MMC

An Introduction to Suzuki Education Have you wondered what Suzuki teaching is all about? Come take this 6 hour class to experience the joys of teaching in this very special way. When: January 19, 2017 9am – 4pm Where: Michigan Music Conference Grand Rapids, MI Registration Fee: $100 Facilitator: Michigan Music Conference Contact: Wendy Azrak […]

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MSBOA Orchestra Events

MSBOA Orchestra Events Fall Reading Session Recap and Director Development Days preview                 East side reading session   by Burke Lokey On September 24, there were two Orchestra music Reading sessions presented by the MSBOA. The “East-Side” session was put together by Erin Little and hosted by Cathy […]

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UP Chamber Music Festival

The UP Chamber Music Festival was held October 13th and was a HUGE success!  There were 26 ensembles/96 students, 18 string teachers/coaches, 2 music companies and several parent volunteers working together for music-making, learning and growth.  Student ensembles had three coaching sessions, a reading session, improv class, opportunities to try new instruments and on-stage performing […]

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Michigan Youth Arts

It was my absolute privilege to fill in for Richard Piippo at the 2016 Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  I was treated to several performances by the winning ensemble of the MASTA Chamber Festival and got to hear a phenomenal coaching session with Lidor Ondras.  Pictured here with me are:  Elena Chambers, Vioin; Christopher Young, Viola; […]

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Studio Teacher of the Year Recognition

MASTA’s 2016 Studio Teacher of the Year, Wendy Azrak, was honored at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May.  She received a Touchstone Award and was recognized with other organization Teachers of the Year at a dinner and at the Gala Concert.  Wendy’s eloquent remarks inspired all those in attendance and she represented the Michigan […]

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Bass Bash

The 6th annual Bass Bash at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Bass Bash is a clinic for beginning, intermediate and advanced classical and jazz bass students in grades 6-12 and their teachers. Students will play in small ensembles, have a technique class, […]

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MSBOA String Orchestra Fall Music Reading Session

Come join us for our annual reading session of BRAND NEW string orchestra literature. We’ll play through over 70 new titles of music, from beginning string orchestra rep through advanced. Bring your primary or secondary instruments and enjoy making music and networking/socializing with your fellow string teachers. Get feedback and advice on programming too. This event is […]

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