Join us for the Annual Luncheon!

We are so excited to announce that this year’s ASTA luncheon, which takes place during the GMEA conference in Savannah on January 31, 2014. This year the luncheon will held at the Olde Pink House located at 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

We invite you to come join us for good food and fun times. The board will recognize outstanding educators through awards and mini-grants and of course, as always, there will be fabulous door prizes!!

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased directly through the Georgia ASTA chapter. Lunch is a southern buffet including fried chicken, shrimp and grits, collard greens and fried green tomatoes (among other yummy things!).  The cost per ticket is $35.00.

Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door or through GMEA.  Tickets will be emailed or mailed to you and must be presented at the door to ensure seating for all.

Tickets must be purchased in advance via a check or credit card via PayPal. See the PDF order form if you send a check, or use the PayPal link below to play with a credit card.  Note: A $1.50 transaction fee is applied to credit card transactions.

The deadline for ordering tickets is Tuesday, January 21, 2014 or until reservations are full.

UPDATE:  The deadline for ordering luncheon tickets has passed.

GA-ASTA Award Nomination and Mini-Grant Application

Greetings!! I hope you had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving break and got to spend it with those you love and plenty of food and football. :)

Please take a moment to look over the applications (GA-ASTA Award Application and Mini Grant Application) attached to this post. The awards are for GA-ASTA Educator of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Advocacy Award, and Music Industry Award.

We will announce the winners at the ASTA luncheon in Savannah in January. I hope you also consider applying for a Mini-Grant to fund a project or special field trip that impacts your students. Please understand that although we wish we could award everyone a grant, that isn’t always financially possible; however, I encourage you to apply, because you never know!!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of 2013!

Sarah Black, GA-ASTA President

GA-ASTA Award Nomination Form 2014

GA- ASTA Mini-Grant Application 2014

SC ASTA Chapter mini-conference & luncheon

Greetings GA ASTA Members!
The SC ASTA chapter is holding a mini-conference and luncheon on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 in Newberry, SC.  We would love for you and your string friends to join us!  Both ASTA and Non-ASTA members are welcome to attend.
The attached brochure includes information about our special guest {Scott Laird}, session details, and more of what to expect including exhibitors, a luncheon, and door prizes.  There will definitely be something for everyone whether you are a studio teacher, school teacher, conductor, performer, student, or string enthusiast.
Register EARLY BIRD (postmarked by September 25th) to be entered in a drawing for a full registration refund.
Early Bird (postmarked by September 25th) - $45
After September 25th – $60
Please spread the word and consider attending as we join together to impact string and orchestra education!
Stacy Wiley, SC ASTA President-Elect

Valdosta State University Viola Day 2013

Valdosta State University will host its third annual Viola Day on October 12, 2013 from 12-9pm.

vladosta-viola-dayRenate Falkner, viola. Praised for her versatility and creativity, American violist Renate Falkner enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician, performing across the U.S. and abroad.  Equally at home on both modern and baroque viola, she is a member of the New Haven Symphony, Boston Baroque and has performed with groups such as the Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra New England, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.  Ms. Falkner holds degrees from the Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Yale School of Music, and is completing a doctorate at F.S.U.  Currently, she is on the faculty of the University of North Florida.

Lauren Burns currently serves as Lecturer in Viola at Valdosta State University, Principal Viola of the Valdosta Symphony, violist of the Azalea String Quartet, and Director of the South Georgia String Project, winner of the 2011 NSPC String Project of the Year.  During the summers, she is a faculty artist at the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS and the Schlern International Music Festival in South Tyrol, Italy.  Recent orchestral, chamber and solo performances have taken her to Périgueux (France), Graz and Bad Leonfelden (Austria), Havana (Cuba), and seventeen cities in China.  She holds degrees from the University of South Carolina and Peabody Conservatory, and she has completed a DMA at the University of Alabama.

M. Brent Williams is currently the Concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Asst. Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Principal Second of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, he is the first violinist of enhaké ( who collectively won the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (Boston), and were finalists at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa (Osaka, Japan). Williams has been a lecturer of Violin and World Music at VSU since 2008 and has recorded for the Naxos, Koch and Emeritus labels. 

General Schedule

  • 12:00 pm Registration in lobby
  • 12:30 pm Brent Williams Intro to Viola for Violinists – Choir Room
  • Lauren Burns Group Warm-up and Scales– WH
  • 1:00 pm Renate Falkner Baroque Performance Practice for Modern Instruments– WH
  • 2:30 Snack break in lobby
  • 3:00 pm Viola Choir – WH
  • 4:00 pm Lauren Burns High School Viola Master Class- Choir room
  • Viola Ensemble and VSU Studio rehearsals – WH
  • 5:00 pm “Bach-toberfest” VSU Studio & Viola Ensemble Recital – WH
  • 6:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
  • (Guest Artist Dress Rehearsal – WH)
  • Look at instrument display in lobby – William Harris Lee
  • 7:30 Guest Artist Recital – Sexteto Latinoamericano D’camara


The Sexteto Latinoamericano D’camara was founded by the principals of the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2003 with the name of “The Mozart Quintet” in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Sexteto Latinoamericano D’camara is performing at Valdosta State University as part of their 10th anniversary international tour called “New Horizons” that will start in Louisiana and finish in New York City.

All events will be held on the campus of Valdosta State University in Whitehead Auditorium and classrooms in the Fine Arts Building.  For more information and a map, please visit our website:

Download a Registration Form (pdf)

Host and Contact person:

Dr. Lauren Burns
Lecturer in Viola and Director of the South Georgia String Project
Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA   31698