Monthly Archives: September 2013

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

GA-ASTA Chamber Music Workshop 2013

BassQuartetThe GA-ASTA annual Chamber Music Workshop is scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday, October 25-26, 2013.  High school and middle school string players in pre-formed groups will benefit from this coaching and performance experience madepossible by our state chapter of ASTA.  They will be working with GA-ASTA member coaches in the facilities at the UGA Hodgson School of Music, and performing in Edge Recital Hall.  Members bringing student groups often choose to participate as paid coaches, rotating around from group to group during the five coaching sessions.  These culminate in a performance of all groups at 4:00 on Saturday.
Complete information can be found here.
Expenses are the $60 per student registration fee, lodging for Friday night, and meals.
Members, please bring your students so that they can take advantage of this chamber music experience and grow as musicians.  The youngest and least experienced students often work best in an octet arrangement playing quartets with two on a part. Groups are welcome to include double bass (Milton Masciadri will be one of the coaches), and we will also have guitar quartet as an option this year, involving UGA faculty member Phil Snyder.
For more information about this event, please contact David Starkweather:  dastark [at]