String Notes Journal

String Notes
, the journal of MNSOTA is published three times a year with target publication dates of September 30, January 1 and April 1. The 36-page magazine contains original pedagogy articles submitted by our membership and reports on MNSOTA activities. Articles, announcements and advertisements are always welcome. The submission deadline is six weeks before publication (July 15, November 15, February 15). 

String Notes is sent to all MNSOTA members. Subscriptions are available to non-Minnesota residents for a fee.

MNSOTA is grateful to the regular advertisers and contributors who make publication of String Notes possible. View a list of these advertisers on the Web Links page.

For more information about advertising rates or submitting articles, please contact Faith Farr.

If you are interested in contributing articles or receiving back issues, please contact:

Faith Farr, String Notes editor
4 Sunshine Lane
St. Paul, MN 55127

Pedagogy Articles

Pedagogy articles originally published in String Notes are available to members and authors here.

Summer Camps and Teacher Workshops

Download below our list of 2021 Summer Camps for students in our 5-state region. We are sad to report MNSOTA's Upper Midwest String Camp at the College of St. Benedict has been cancelled for 2021.

Download below our list of 2021 Teacher Training opportunities in our 5-state region. We particularly encourage you to attend MNSOTA's All-State Teacher Workshop at the College of St. Benedict.

Note that the lists were compiled in February/March 2021, while restrictions for Covid-19 were still in effect in our area. Many camps are optimistic that they can take place in person by summer 2021. Please check directly with the program you are interested in.

Changes to the PDF listing since press time include:
    Upper Midwest String Camp has been cancelled
    GTCYS camp info is available on their website 

NEW INFO JULY 2021 -- changes are in the revised PDF below
39th Annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship
Will take place in person!
August 14. Showtime 12:00 p.m., Merrit School, Mountain Iron. 6 divisions for students & adults; for all string instruments; cash prizes totaling over $2,500. Contact: Sheila Wilcox, 218-290-9877,,

Music Makes Us Whole

Download below a full-page PDF explaining the benefits of music for your students and parents to share with their school administrators.

Consider using this as an insert in your concert programs this year.

Faith Farr,
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