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Welcome to the official website of MNSOTA, the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).  We are an enthusiastic group of orchestra and string instrument teachers and performers.  We offer a wide range of activities for students and teachers of all levels and experience.  Read below for upcoming events and announcements, or visit the links on the left for additional information. 

Clinic & Luncheon

Fall Clinic & Luncheon October 16
Capitol Hill School - near Hwy 94 and Dale, St. Paul
Use the lower level parking lot.
Enter the RED DOOR of the Benjamin Mays portion of the SAME building.
Sessions will be in the "Exhibit Hall" -- follow posted signs.
Walk-ins Welcome!!

8:15 registration
8:45 "Don't be Offbeat!" presented by David Birrow. 
10:30 "The Art of Taming the Prima Donna Parent" presented by Connie Aiken, Vicki Krueger and Sally O'Reilly.
noon Award Presentations and Luncheon

Click here for more info.

Congratulations Award Winners!

2014 MNSOTA Award Winners are:

David Holmes -- Master Teacher: Studio -- cello studio, Minneapolis

Dianne Brady -- Master Teacher: School Orchestra -- North Middle School and Apollo High School, St. Cloud

Minnetonka School District -- Meritorious Orchestra Program

Claire Givens Violins -- Community Service


Awards will be presented at our Clinic and Luncheon on October 16.
Plan on attending so you can congratulate the winners in person!
Click here to register.

Mary West Solo Competition

Solo Competition in 4 Age Categories
Registration Deadline October 9
Click here for more info


MNSOTA Fall String Camp


Complete the Online Student Information Application and View Information about MNSOTA Fall String Camp by clicking the link Fall String Camp.

Deadline October 10  




Middle Level Orchestra Festival

Final (non-draft) info and application forms for the Middle Level Orchestra Festival are now available for download from the Festival page of this site.


All info for 2014-15 events is now posted on this website. Click the event tabs at the left for details

  Participate in MNSOTA's School String Program "Snapshot" Survey
- to help school teachers network with others in similar sized schools/programs
- to help private teachers find schools in need of more private support
- to help colleges find school teachers to support student teaching and methods practicum.
- to help families who are moving find a school with a string program


Check our String Job Postings page for recent jobs that we know of. Please send job info (new openings, or jobs that have been closed) to mnsotaevents@gmail.com.

Recent Announcements

  • Teacher Workshop List Available Download information about teacher workshops in our 5-state area from the String Notes Journal page. Get additional information about MNSOTA's All-State Teacher Workshop on the All-State ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2013, 7:42 AM by Faith Farr
  • String Camp List Available Download information about string camps in our 5-state area from the String Notes Journal page. Get additional information about MNSOTA's Upper Midwest Camp on it's own page
    Posted Apr 21, 2013, 7:49 AM by Faith Farr
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