All-State Teachers Workshop

(updated 8/27/2022)

All-State Teachers Workshop 2023 is anticipated to be August 3–5, 2023 in conjunction with the MMEA All-State Orchestra Camp. The schedule and format of the 2023 Workshop is anticipated to be similar to 2022, detailed below.

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August 4–6 2022

College of St. Benedict

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Headline presenter: Robert Gardner

Robert Gardner is a bassist, conductor and composer with experience in a wide variety of musical genres. He has served on the music education faculty of the Penn State School of Music since 2003. He specializes in stringed instrument playing and teaching, orchestral conducting, and eclectic styles for string ensembles. Gardner has written chapters and articles in various publications, including UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education and American String Teacher, and has given presentations at conferences and workshops throughout the country. His research has focused on the supply and demand of American public school music teachers, and the status of string programs in K-12 schools. Several of his pieces and arrangements for string orchestra are available through Alfred Publishers. Robert received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the Ohio State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he served as orchestra director and instructor for public school districts in Ohio and New York. Gardner was also music director for two youth orchestras at the Hochstein School of Music, and has been guest conductor for many honors ensembles. He has designed and directed programs for adult learners and eclectic styles for string ensembles. Robert has served as chairperson of the Alternative Styles Task Force for the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and as president of the Pennsylvania-Delaware chapter of ASTA (PADESTA).

Questions? Contact workshop coordinator Christopher Jannings at

Thursday sessions feature New Music Reading sessions and a variety of presentations by local and regional experts.

Friday sessions include our annual MNSOTA Membership Meeting, and a full day of presentations by our headline presenter: Robert Gardner

Saturday sessions include include more local and regional experts and culminates in the All State Orchestra Concert - Presented by MMEA