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Fall Clinic and Luncheon

Congratulations Award Winners

Please join us at the Fall Clinic and Luncheon to congratulate our 2016 MNSOTA Award winners:

Yuko Heberlein -- Master Teacher: studio
Michael Halstenson -- Master Teacher: school orchestra
Northfield School District -- Meritorious Orchestra Program
Kristine Wiese -- Community Service

Attend our Clinic and Luncheon for invigorating sessions
and connecting with colleagues!

Capitol Hill School – 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.

Online Registration and Lunch Orders Closed, but
Walk-ins Welcome for the Clinic!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clinic Schedule
8:15 a.m. - Registration
8:45 a.m. - What are they listening for? — Ray Shows
10:30 a.m. - How to get Middle School Students Excited about Being in Orchestra, and How to Pick the "Right" Music — Jennifer Arco Bellefeuille
12:00 p.m. - Luncheon, Award Presentation, & Membership Meeting

MNSOTA Award Winners will be honored (nominations for awards due by September 23, 2016)

Capital High Magnet School is located at 560 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul - map
Take highway 94 to the Dale Street exit. Go south on Dale, then immediately turn left onto Old Rondo Ave/Concordia Ave (frontage road).  Ample free parking.

Free morning refreshments

Registration Fee is $20 for members: $30 for non-members
Lunch from Taste of Scandinavia is $10 per person
Become a new ASTA member and get into the Clinic for FREE!
If you are a member and you bring a friend who joins as a new member, you both get in FREE!

8:45 a.m. What are they listening for? — Ray Shows
    Preparing students and their parents for contests, competitions, and college auditions

Auditioning on a musical instrument is a rite of passage and must be prepared thoughtfully and with experienced care and direction. Violinist Ray Shows will share his ideas for preparing students and their parents for a successful audition experience.

Ray Shows is a violinist in the Artaria String Quartet and faculty member at St. Olaf College since 2000. He received his M.M. in violin performance from Boston University (magna cum laude) and his B.M. from Florida State University. He made his solo violin debut with orchestra in his native Atlanta.

A McKnight Fellowship prizewinner in 2004, Ray is a founding member of the acclaimed Artaria String Quartet and has performed concerts in major concert halls in New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, across the U.S. and in Europe. An Artist/Teacher in Residence at the renowned Tanglewood Institute and at The Quartet Program, Ray is currently Artistic Director of the Artaria Chamber Music School, Stringwood Festival, and the prestigious Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. Appointed to multi-year teaching residencies at Boston College, Viterbo University, Florida State University and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Ray is the recipient of prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Heartland Fund. 

In 2010 he was awarded the MNSOTA Master Teacher:Studio Award. His principal teachers were Roman Totenberg and Gerardo Ribeiro.

10:30 a.m. How to Get Middle School Students Excited About Being in Orchestra
    and How to Pick the “Right” Music — Jennifer Arco Bellefeuille

Recruitment was successful. You had a large class in your beginning orchestra last year. Now these students are coming to middle school. In a two-part presentation, Jennifer Arco Bellefeuille will share her insights:

- how do you get your students excited about music, and keep them motivated to stay in orchestra? 

- how do you choose appropriate literature for you and your students — because sometimes wonderful literature doesn’t work because of the personality of your group.

    Jen taught junior high and elementary strings in Owatonna starting in 1995. Under her direction the Owatonna Middle School performed for 16 consecutive years at the MNSOTA Tier II Festival as well as performing at the MMEA State Convention in 2000, 2004 and 2011. Jen received MNSOTA’s Master Teacher: School Orchestra Award in 2007. Currently, she is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestras. She has directed youth orchestras throughout the state including the Upper Midwest Mankato Youth Orchestra, as well as orchestras at the MNSOTA’s Fall String Camp. She has participated in orchestra festivals, string camps, and teacher workshops throughout the state, and has judged solo and ensemble contests in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Faith Farr,
Aug 30, 2016, 9:58 AM