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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. 

Summer Camps and Teacher Training

Download our list of Summer Camps for students in our 5-state region. We particularly encourage you to send students to MNSOTA's Upper Midwest String Camp at the College of St. Benedict.

Download below our list of Teacher Training opportunities in our 5-state region. We particularly encourage you to attend MNSOTA's All-State Teacher Workshop at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Recent Announcements

  • Volunteer coordinator(s) needed for Mary West Competition MNSOTA is looking for a team of volunteers to coordinate the Mary West Solo Competition this fall. Faith Farr serves as Board Liaison.Helper 1 would be responsible for confirming ...
    Posted May 31, 2019, 5:53 PM by Michael Watson
  • 2019 All-State Workshop Registration Open Dates: August 8-10 at University of Minnesota DuluthWorkshop Presenters: Greg Beyers (Improvisation), Gaelynn Lee (NPR mini-desk winner & songwriter), Sheila Wilcox (Folk Music), Dr. William LaRue Jones (ASTA ...
    Posted May 31, 2019, 5:51 PM by Michael Watson
  • Cover Art Needed 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 ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 7:08 PM by Michael Watson
  • NEW! Music Mentor Program 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 ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 7:20 PM by Michael Watson
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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.

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.astastrings.org.  It is located under the "Learn Strings" menu on their homepage.

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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Faith Farr,
Jan 23, 2017, 7:46 PM