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

Summer Camps and Teacher Workshops

Download below our list of 2020 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 2020 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 2020, before Covid-19 was widespread in our area. The expecation is that all camps will be following the guidance from the CDC as well as national and local leaders in their decision to possibly cancel, reschedule or hold their event as planned. Please check with each organization to find out how they will proceed with their event this summer.

As of early June, we have been told:

  • Stringwood has been rescheduled for August 9-23, 2020 -- same location, same faculty. Apply by June 30 here
  • Fiddle Pal Camp will happen Online June 15-19 and August 17-21. More info here.
  • Athena Music Camp for Girls will hold a Virtual Academy June 22-25. More info here.
  • Paul Rolland Workshop has been rescheduled as a FREE Paul Rolland Seminar Sat June 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m. More info here.

Programs cancelled include:

  • St. Paul Chamber Music Institute
  • International Cello Institute
  • CELLOici recital series
  • Minnesota Sinfonia Youth Outreach Week
  • Saint Mary’s University String Festival (Winona)
  • MN State Old Time Fiddle Championships (Mountain Iron)
  • MNSOTA Upper Midwest String Camp
  • Summer Program for Monticello Community Strings Orchestra

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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