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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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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MASTA Chamber Festival 2016

The 25th Anniversary MASTA Chamber Music Festival took place  on March 7th, 2016 at the College of Music Building on the campus of Michigan State University.   Thanks to Judy Palac and Kevin O’ Donnell for arranging for MASTA to have the event at MSU! The festival and competition were made possible by the following generous donors:  Shar’s […]

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BassFest – East 2016

BassFest – East 2016 At the Michigan BassFest young bassists will 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. The Michigan BassFest-East is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and will be hosted […]

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