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. 

Upper Midwest String Camp

July 23-28, 2017
For students in grades 7-12
Registration Forms Now Available!
Download from the Upper Midwest String Camp page

New job openings

Check out our Jobs Page for recent postings. 
New jobs posted December 8, 2016   

Recent Announcements

  • SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition Competition in 3 levels for pre-college students in non-conducted ensembles of 3-8 players February 8: Audition Upload and Application Deadline March 18: Live Semifinal Round March 19 ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:53 PM by Michael Watson
  • Eclectic Strings Day March 25, 2017 at McNally Smith College (19 East Exchange St, St Paul, 55101) 8:30: Registration 9:00-3:30: Eclectic Strings Day More information soon...
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:47 PM by Michael Watson
  • SUMMER CAMP INFO NEEDED! The spring issue of MNSOTA's String Notes features information on area summer camps.  If you have information to share, please send to jimbartsch@hotmail.com
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:45 PM by Michael Watson
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MNSOTA Calendar

Music Makes Us Whole

MNSOTA is thrilled to be partnering with MPR and MMEA in the Music Makes Us Whole campaign.
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Why Strings? brochure

Download the Why Strings? brochure from the bottom of this page to share with administrators, colleagues and audience members.

School String Program "Snapshot" Survey

  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.

Students & Parents:  Looking for a String Teacher?

Are you looking for a studio teacher in your area? You can search a database of ASTA (American String Teachers Association) teachers/members by state and instrument. Please visit the database at the ASTA web site at www.astaweb.com  and go to the link from their home page.

Get Involved!
If you have some skills you would like to share with the organization, please visit the Get Involved! page for more details.

Member Address Changes
Whenever your address, email or other contact information changes, you must inform BOTH the national ASTA office www.astaweb.com AND our MNSOTA Membership Coordinator Cindy Joh
nson MNSOTAmembership@gmail.com.
Faith Farr,
Jan 23, 2017, 9:46 PM