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Summer Camp Info Needed

posted Jan 6, 2019, 6:53 PM by Michael Watson

The spring issue of String Notes will include summaries of string camps in Minnesota and the 5-state region. If you know of a summer program in your area, please send the advance information by February 15 to Faith Farr, String Notes editor, faith@farrpublications.com. Even just contact information is helpful so that the list can be as complete as possible.

Cover Art Needed

posted Jan 6, 2019, 6:53 PM by Michael Watson

Students and adults are invited to submit original black-and-white drawings for the cover of String Notes. Drawings should fill 8.5 w x 9.0 tall. Pencil drawings work well if they are dark enough to scan well. Scan your artwork and submit a high-resolution (large) file to editor Faith Farr, faith@farrpublications.com. Next deadline: Feb 15 for the spring issue.

Upcoming Winter Events 2019

posted Sep 6, 2018, 6:56 PM by Michael Watson   [ updated Dec 30, 2018, 8:57 PM ]

There are several events this winter for both students and teachers:
  • Middle Level Honors Orchestra - The Middle Level Honors Orchestra is for students in grades 7-9. Applicants were informed of results at end of December. Selected students perform on 2/16/2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the MMEA Midwinter Clinic.
  • Middle Level Orchestra Festival - The Middle Level Orchestra Festival is open to school age student orchestras composed exclusively of students in grades 6 through 9. MNSOTA is pleased to offer three sites for Tier 1.
  • SPCO Youth Chamber Music CompetitionCompetition is for students 19 years or younger, who are not enrolled in a college degree program, in chamber ensembles comprised of strings, brass, winds, percussion and/or piano. Between December 3, 2018 and January 22, 2019, contestant ensembles may begin sending their uploaded videos and application materials.

NEW! Music Mentor Program

posted Jul 16, 2017, 7:34 PM by Michael Watson   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 7:20 PM ]

We are pleased to launch a new program to enable experienced mentors to sponsor string educators in the state, both in the classroom and private studio.  Funding from MNSOTA Board will assist mentors in their time and travel when sponsoring a teacher. Learn more about this exciting new program on our website - www.mnsota.org/mentoring


posted Mar 1, 2017, 3:46 PM by Michael Watson

To encourage new student memberships, MNSOTA will pay 50% of the first year's State/National dues. 

There are two ways to access this special subsidy.

1) Students should mail to the MNSOTA membership coordinator:

  • Their completed ASTA application form.
  • Copy of their current Student ID
  • A check for 50% of the dues, made out to ASTA.  The membership coordinator will forward the application, your check, and the remaining amount to ASTA.

2) Pay the full amount of the ASTA dues.  Send a copy of the confirmation email to the MNSOTA Membership Coordinator, and MNSOTA will reimburse you for 50% of your first year's dues.


MNSOTA Membership Coordinator:

Cindy Johnson

516 West Lake St

Winona, MN 55987




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