String Notes Journal

(updated 8/27/2022)

String Notes, the journal of MNSOTA is published three times a year with target publication dates of October 15, 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 (September 1, December 1, 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

Advertise in String Notes!

MNSOTA’s String Notes magazine is published 3 times a year and features original pedagogy articles in addition to reports on activities; we are proud that we have won ASTA’s Best State Newsletter award seven consecutive times. The pedagogy articles ensure that the magazine stays on our members’ shelves for future reference — bringing your ad to mind on repeated readings.

As the covid pandemic is receding we are planning to offer all our student and teacher activities in person in 2022-2023. Our annual Handbook will again include all the registration forms required for all our activities and will be the source of everything teachers need to know about MNSOTA and will be consulted frequently throughout the year.

As a special offer to our regular advertisers, we invite you to pre-pay for your ad for the 3 regular issues of String Notes and receive your ad in the Handbook free! This is equivalent to a 25% discount. By pre-paying, you will reserve your ad size in each issue and we will run your current ad. If you wish, you can still change your ad copy during the year by submitting new copy by the usual deadlines.

We hope you find value in reaching around 250 private studio and school orchestra string teachers in the state through String Notes. Please plan for the coming year’s advertisement by contacting Faith Farr, String Notes editor, by July 31 to reserve your ad size.


July 31 (size reservation) and Aug 7 (ad copy) — for Handbook delivered around Labor Day, and for Handbook + 3 issues of String Notes special deal

Sept 1 (size reservation) and Sept 15 (ad copy) for Fall String Notes delivered in mid-October

Dec 1 (size reservation) and Dec 15 (ad copy) for Winter String Notes delivered in early January

Feb 15 (size reservation) and Mar 1 (ad copy) for Spring String Notes delivered in early April

Ad specifications:

Advertisements must be in black & white (not color) and submitted electronically via e-mail. Please send a high-resolution (press-ready) PDF file. (All graphics must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.) Email your ad to Faith Farr, String Notes editor,

Ad sizes and Rates per issue/per year
1/8 page 2.25 x 2.25 in $35/issue or $105/year paid by July 31
Business card size 3.5 x 2.25 in (either landscape or portrait) $45/issue or $135/year paid by July 31
1/6 page 2.25 x 4.75 (either landscape or portrait) $70/issue or $210/year paid by July 31
1/4 page: 3.5 x 4.75 (either landscape or portrait) $105/issue or $315/year paid by July 31
1/3 page: 7.25 w x 3.33 h $140/issue or $420/year paid by July 31
1/2 page: 7.25 w x 5 h $185/issue or $555/year paid by July 31
2/3 page: 7.25 w x 6.67 h $235/issue or $630/year paid by July 31
full page: 7.25 w x 10 h $300/issue or $900/year paid by July 31


To take advantage of the special annual deal - pay in advance by July 31 for 3 ads in String Notes and receive your Handbook ad for free — make your check out to MNSOTA and mail to Faith Farr, String Notes editor, 4 Sunshine Lane, North Oaks, MN 55127.

For pay-per-issue ads, an invoice will be sent after the magazine has been mailed.

If you prefer to pay by credit card, contact Faith Farr, String Notes editor and our Treasurer will create a PayPal Invoice adding the PayPal service fee to the advertising fee.

Advertising request form

To get your advertising program started, download the advertising request form below.

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 2022 Summer Camps for students in our 5-state region.

We are delighted to report MNSOTA's Upper Midwest String Camp at the College of St. Benedict was held in person July 24–29, 2022.

Download below our list of 2022 Teacher Training opportunities in our 5-state region. MNSOTA's All-State Teacher Workshop was held in person August 4–6, 2022 at the College of St. Benedict.

Camp lists for 2023 will be compiled in March 2023. Many camps are likely to be similar to what they were in the summer of 2022. Please check directly with the program you are interested in.