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. 

All-State String Teacher Workshop

We are thrilled to have Rebecca MacLeod as our headline presenter for the annual MNSOTA All-State Teacher Workshop - August 5-7, 2021. 

Schedule and registration information are available HERE.

Upper Midwest String Camp

Upper Midwest String Camp
College of St. Benedict

Cancelled for 2021
See you next summer July 24-29, 2022

For grades 7–12

Recent Announcements

  • Panel Discussions 2020 We have been having Panel Discussions to help string teachers with processing the many changes and challenges in string education.  Links to meetings are sent out in the weekly MNSOTA ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2020, 8:21 AM by Michael Watson
  • Our commitment: inclusion, access, and achievement for all students MNSOTA is deeply disturbed and saddened by the murder of George Floyd. This is only the latest example of injustice that BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous, and People of Color) have suffered ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2020, 9:29 AM by Michael Watson
  • Covid-19 Updates and Resource page  Online Resources for String Teaching During COVID-19 pandemic: ASTA Webinar - Resuming Instruction in the Classroom and Studio During COVID-19 - several well respected teachers, including Dr. Kirk Moss, Stephen ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2020, 4:08 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
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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.

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