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2017 Mary West Solo Competition Winners

posted Nov 13, 2017, 7:17 PM by Michael Watson

This year's winners include:

Givens Violins Grand Prize — Katia Tesarczyk – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Mendelssohn Concerto

CodaBow Prize — Michael Chu – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Stravinsky Concerto

All String Attached Gift Cards
Elementary – Vladimir Tsiper – violin student of Cindy Marvin — Sarasate Malagueña
Intermediate – James Thompson – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Wieniawski Concerto
Junior – Joyce Zhao – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bach Partita #3

Performance Awards
Intermediate Division
Kana Aihara – violin student of Stephanie Arado — Kabalevsky Concerto
Jennifer Lee – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Lalo Symphonie Espagnole

Junior Division
Catherine Carson – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Kroll Banjo and Fiddle
Maria Chirinos – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Ysaÿe Sonata 3
Matthew Pakola – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bacewicz Four Caprices

Senior Division
Mary Alice Hutton – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Paganini Cantabile
Morganne McIntyre – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bach Sonata #2

In addition to the performers on the recital, the judges wanted to recognize the following student with an Honorable Mention:
Sofia Schutte – violin student of Sally O’Reilly

NEW! Music Mentor Program

posted Jul 16, 2017, 7:34 PM by Michael Watson   [ updated Jul 30, 2017, 5:15 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.  There will be a training session for mentors on Saturday, August 12 from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM at the All-State Teachers WorkshopLearn 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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