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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President’s Message

Presidents Message; I hope you have had a great start to the 2015-16 school year. It is always an exciting, busy time. Your efforts to give your students the best musical experience possible will be appreciated by the students and their families. Letʼs keep the excitement all year by supporting each other, and taking part in the many opportunities […]

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GVSU String Leadership Day

Grand Valley State University will be hosting their sixth annual String Leadership Day on Saturday, October 17.  Top high school string players are invited to attend this one day session of rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and evening concert featuring the Festival Orchestra and Best of Day soloists.  This year’s distinguished guest conductor for the 100 […]

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East-West Bass Festival 2015: A Success

The MASTA East West Bass Festʼs were held on Saturday, April 25th, at Eastern Michigan University and Saturday, May 2, at North Pointe Christian Academy in the Grand Rapids Area. The festivals included a tremendous lineup of clinicians which included:   Students were introduced to warm-ups, shifting and bowing exercises and then participated in a […]

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Stulburg International String Competition Medalists

KALAMAZOO, MI – Yaegy Park, a 17-year old violinist, was awarded the Gold Medal at the 40th Annual Stulberg International String Competition. Yaegy is no stranger to top awards having won her first competition at age 4 as a Houston Young Artist. At age 9 she performed with Christopher O’Riley on NPR’s “From the Top” […]

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Model K-8 and High School Arts Assessments — Field Test

  Model K-8 and High School Arts Assessments — Field Test   Developed By and For Arts Educators The Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) Model K-12 Arts Assessments are being developed by Michigan arts educators under the direction of the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC), with support from Data Recognition Corporation and commissioned by […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Marilyn Kesler and E. Daniel Long


MASTA Pays Tribute to Awards Winners at the Michigan Music Conference The Michigan Music Conference celebrated its 10th year with a Thursday evening collage concert. The concert reflected programs from elementary music to high school level instrumental and vocal ensembles. Congratulations to all the groups that shared their music with us. I would like to […]

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Michigan West Bass Fest

Michigan West Bass Fest 2015 (in association with the Michigan East Bass Fest) Saturday, May 2, 2015 Orchestra Room North Pointe Christian High School   Welcome to the Michigan West Bass Fest, the next generation bass workshop. At the Michigan Bass Fest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young […]

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MASTA Chamber Festival

The 2015 MASTA Chamber Music Festival was a great success! Twelve string quartets enrolled and met at Eastern Michigan University on February 24th for a day dedicated to chamber music. Thanks to our sponsors Marshall’s Music Company, Baroque Violin Shop, Shar’s Music, and D’ Addario Strings for making the event possible! Thanks also to EMU for […]

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Michigan East Bass Fest 2015

Michigan East Bass Fest 2015 (Formally the Troy Bass Workshop) Saturday, April 25, 2015 N101 Alexander Building · Eastern Michigan University At the Michigan Bass Fest 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 […]

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MASTA Reception at MMC

Dear MASTA members: You may have heard about the reception after the Teacher Orchestra Concert on Friday, January 23rd on the top floor of the Amway tower…but did you know… …it’s a BRING A FRIEND reception!   Did you know… …there will be complimentary red/white WINE and CHOCOLATE treats from Donckers* candy makers in Marquette? […]

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