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

March 15-18, 2023 | Orlando, Florida

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Our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Solo Competition Winners

The 21st biennial MASTA Elizabeth E. H. Green Solo Competition Final Round was held on November 13, 2022 at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan. Guest competition judges were two principal members of the Toledo Symphony:  Kirk Toth, Concertmaster and Amy Chang, Associate Principal Cello. The First Place, Gold Medal and $1,000 prize money was shared

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Saline High School Performs with The Accidentals

Thanks to generous funding from several sources including the MASTA Outreach Grant, the Saline High School Orchestras had the opportunity to perform in concert with the Accidentals this past spring. The Accidentals, originally from Traverse City and now based in Nashville are described as a “female fronted, multi-instrumentalists, power trio”. Their music is dynamic and

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2023 MASTA Chamber Music Festival

The 2023 MASTA Chamber Music Festival will be held on Monday, March 6th, at Western Michigan University. Coaches/judges will be: Dr. Sophie Tang and  Professor Mary Kothman, violin, Professor Igor Fedotov, viola, Professor Bruce Uchimura, cello and Dr. Michael Hovnanian, double bass.  Students will prepare a movement from major string chamber repertoire and have coaching,

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2022 MASTA Chamber Music Festival

By Mary Kothman The 31st annual MASTA Chamber Music Festival was held on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Guest artists and competition judges were the string faculty at Western Michigan University: Megan Crawford, violin; Igor Fedotov, viola; Bruce Uchimura, cello; and Michael Hovnanian, double bass. Enrichment classes were presented by

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Interview with Marilyn Kesler – A Michigan Teaching Legend

Candace Chappell, MASTA Notes Blog Editor In the upcoming days, music teachers from all across the state will be attending the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids. The conference will feature many wonderful speakers, clinics, events, and performances, including the String Teachers Orchestra. This year, the Teachers Orchestra will be led by cellist and master

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Tone, a Voice Comes from the Heart to the Strings

By Dr. Fangye Sun I am honored and thankful to receive the MASTA Professional Development Grant in  2021. Being a member of MASTA, there are many opportunities and much support provided to string educators and students to develop and engage new ideas and projects. MASTA grants are among those. I have always wanted to learn

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MASTA Chamber Music Festival 2022

The MASTA Chamber Music Festival will be held at Western Michigan University on Monday March 7, 2022.  The festival is open to grades 7-12 and the competition is open to grades 9-12. Faculty will include: Megan Crawford and Mary Kothman, violin, Igor Fedotov, viola, Bruce Uchimura, cello, and Michael Hovnanian, bass.  Please look for registration

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Setting up your Virtual Studio

Shawn BouckeSeptember 2021 Virtual teaching has gone from a niche area of music lessons, to becoming essential for nearly all private teachers. I never thought I wanted to teach virtually as it felt limiting; and like many people, was forced into it in the Spring of 2020 and now I wish I had gone virtual

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