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All-State Teachers Workshop

Join us Aug 10-12, 2017 at the College of St. Benedict. 
Our feature presenter will be
Dr. Margaret Schmidt, Arizona State University

2017 Workshop Flyer POSTED BELOW!

On-campus housing available — single or double room.
(Find your own room-mate before reserving a double room; one of you pays St. Ben's for the full amount.)
Reserve on-line by July 30 at

All-State Workshop Schedule 2017

MNSOTA All-State Teachers Workshop, New Music Reading Clinic & Annual Meeting
August 10-12, 2017 at College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
All Sessions are located at Benedicta Arts Center Recital Hall, unless otherwise noted.
* Bring your instrument to these hands-on sessions

Session presenters are set, but schedule may change slightly (will have final schedule by May 20 at the latest).

Thursday Aug 10

7:30 AM Registration

8:00-9:00: * New Music Reading Session #1, J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

9:15-10:30: * How to Use Alexander Technique to improve skill at playing a stringed instrument without additional practice time.  Brian McCullough, Director, Minnesota Center for the Alexander Technique — MinnCAT at the University of Minnesota.

10:45-noon: * New Music Reading Session #2, J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

Noon-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:30: Use Noteflight to teach composing & music theory orchestra with Dan Mollick, Edina Public Schools (Please bring own device - laptop preferred, but iPad will work, too)

2:45-4:00 Observe an All-State Orchestra Rehearsal

4:15-5:30 Violin Masterclass with Mary Sorlie (joint with MMEA??)

5:30-6:45 Dinner (on your own)

7:00:8:30 * New Music Reading Session #3

9:00 MNSOTA President's Reception, location TBD (last year at the lounge in dorm) [Optional] Informal discussion, idea sharing.

Friday, August 11

7:30AM Continental Breakfast served in the meeting room

8:00-9:00 MNSOTA Annual Meeting - Jim Bartsch


9:15-10:15 Help, my students don’t take private lessons!

10:30-11:30 How to teach students to practice with focus on what strategies current brain research tells are the most effective

11:30-12:45 Lunch (on your own)

12:45-1:45 Basics for the non-string teacher

2:00-3:00 How to recruit and retain new String Teachers

3:15-4:15 * Using Rolland Techniques to remove tension from playing

4:30-5:15 Meet the 2017 Minnesota All-State Orchestra Conductor - Miriam Burns

5:45-7:45 Shop Talk Dinner, participants and Dr. Marg Schmidt  (Optional - $15 per person)

NEW 8:30 Chamber Music JAM Session – Bring your own music and be prepared to read what others have brought (OPTIONAL - informal drop in.  Will split up into groups there!)

              Saturday, August 12

8:00-9:30 * Baroque demonstration and hands on workshop with members of Lyra Baroque – Mary Sorlie, violin, and Laura Handler, cello.

9:45-11:30 Advocating for music education in our communities.  Details about current campaigns, including NafME's Advocacy, the Broader Minded Campaign, and Music Makes Us Whole Initiative with David Stordalen, MMEA Advocacy Chair & Band Director at New Ulm High School

11:30-12:30 Lunch (on your own)

12:30-1:30 BREAK

1:30 All State Orchestra Concert, Escher Auditorium

2:30 Closing reception

1 or 2 graduate credits are available through Hamline University at the cost of $173 per credit.  Additional information will be available at Registration Table.

All-State 2016 handouts

Download a few of documents from the sessions below:
1) Faith Farr's handout for her Basic Cello Technique session on Thursday morning. Word and PDF should be the same.
2) Dr. Benham's 5 sessions from Friday.
3) Google Apps Session by Michael Watson & Levi Comstock on Thursday evening.

Additionally, here is a link to the documents shared by Julie Vanderstappen at her Saturday morning session:

All-State Orchestra

For information on student participation in the All-State Orchestra, get in touch with the MMEA office at 763-566-1460, 888-678-MMEA, or visit their web site at

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