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2018 Luncheon Information

The 2018 ASTA luncheon will be held on Friday, January 26th at 12:00p.m. at The Foundry (in The Graduate Hotel located at 295 E Dougherty St, Athens). No transportation needed! You can see the graduate hotel from the classic center and can walk there in minutes.

The meal will be buffet style with the option between two entrees (meat) and four sides (vegetarians will have plenty of sides to choose from). If there are other dietary restrictions, please notate on the order form.

The cost is $35 per person and the student price is $20.  The final day to place your order is January 19 or until capacity has been reached, so don’t delay!

Reserve your ticket using this form, then mail a check to the address on the form) or use the PayPal button below!


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Newsletter – 10/27/2017

I hope this communication finds you well.

Did you know that ASTA’s Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award is given annually to a school string teacher with a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting?

Do you know someone that deserves consideration for this prestigious award?

Would you be willing and able to take the time this weekend to nominate them?

If so, follow this link: https://www.astastrings.org/Web/Membership/Elizabeth_A.H._Green.aspx to complete and submit an application form. Your nominee must have at least 10 years of successful school string/orchestra teaching experience in a program for school-aged children through the 12th grade. You and your nominee must be current ASTA members. The postmark deadline for nominations is November 1st.

Don’t forget to register for and attend the National ASTA Conference! It’s in our own back yard and you do not want to miss it! You can still save $150.00 if you register before November 30th!

https://www.astastrings.org/NationalConference/Home/NationalConference/Home.aspx?hkey=59a8915a-d8bd-445f-a596-8eff40928ecf

Has your membership expired? Is it about to expire? Don’t forget to renew today!

https://www.astastrings.org/Web/Membership/Join_Renew/Web/Membership/Join_Renew.aspx?hkey=1ee615da-f4a5-4a5a-841f-0df0e6f6e8bf

Check out the new ASTA Online Career Center at http://careers.astastrings.org/

If I may be of any help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Peace and Love,

Sam Lowder

Newsletter – 09/08/2017

If your membership has expired, or if you know any non-members, please renew or join today – visit www.astastrings.org

  • The ASTA National Conference is March 7-10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia! The early bird registration deadline is November 30, 2017. REGISTER NOW!

And now for some information on more amazing opportunities!

From Clayton State University

Dear Colleagues,

With the registration deadline for All State coming up next week, I wanted to send a follow-up about our All State Preparation Workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at Clayton State. See attachment!

Richard Bell, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Clayton State University
RichardBell@Clayton.edu

From Kennesaw State University

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this note finds you all well and that your year is off to a great start! My name is Nat Parker and I am the Director of Orchestral Studies at Kennesaw State University. I wanted share with you some of the exciting string events we are hosting at KSU during the 2017-2018 academic year that you and your students may be interested in being a part of.

NORTH GEORGIA HONOR ORCHESTRA, OCTOBER 20-21, 2017.

This is a brand new event designed to bring together the most talented pre-college string instrumentalists in and around North Georgia. The Honor Orchestra will perform a program that includes the Elgar Serenade, Vivaldi—Winter from the Four Seasons with the amazing Helen Kim as soloist, and the finale from the Tchaikovsky Serenade; they will then combine with the KSU Symphony to perform the finale from the Saint-Saëns “Organ” Symphony. The deadline to apply and upload an audition video is 10/1/2017. More information, audition excerpts, and the online application form are available at www.NorthGAHonorOrchestra.com.

3RD ANNUAL KSU ORCHESTRA INVITATIONAL, NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017.

The Orchestra Invitational offers high school and middle school orchestras the opportunity to perform in one of the finest acoustical concerts halls in Georgia – Morgan Concert Hall at Kennesaw State University – and receive assessment-based feedback from a nationally-recognized guest clinician and KSU faculty. Our guest clinician this year is Dr. Michael Alexander, Associate Professor of String Music Education at Baylor University. KSU’s new Assistant Professor of String Music Education, Dr. Nancy Conley, and Dr. Nathaniel Parker, Director of Orchestral Studies, will be the other clinicians. The application deadline is September 29, 2017; spots are limited. More information and the online application form are available at http://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/concerts-and-events/orchestra-invitational.php.

Just a reminder that the application deadline for the 3rd Annual KSU Orchestra Invitational is fast approaching. The event is November 3-4, 2017, and the application deadline is September 29, 2017. Remaining spots are limited and applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

The Invitational is a great opportunity for high school and middle school orchestras to perform in one of the finest acoustical concerts halls in Georgia – KSU’s Morgan Concert Hall– and receive assessment-based feedback from guest clinician Dr. Michael Alexander, Associate Professor of String Music Education at Baylor University, as well as Dr. Nathaniel Parker, KSU’s Director of Orchestral Studies and Dr. Nancy Conley, KSU’s Assistant Professor of String Music Education. More information and the online application form are available at: http://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/concerts-and-events/orchestra-invitational.php.

KSU SCHOOL OF MUSIC YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION, JANUARY 20-21, 2018.

The Kennesaw State University School of Music Young Artists Competition seeks to showcase the most talented, pre-college instrumentalists in the Southeastern United States. Awards include over $10,000 in cash prizes and scholarships, the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist in concert with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, and more. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. More information and the online application form are available at www.KSUYoungArtists.com.

I’m proud to announce a new performance competition designed to engage and showcase the most talented, pre-college instrumentalists in the Southeastern United States—the Kennesaw State University School of Music Young Artists Competition (www.KSUYoungArtists.com). Awards include over $10,000 in cash prizes and scholarships, the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist in concert with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, and more. The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

STRING DAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

The String Day is a consolidation of our previously individual events—Violin Day, Viola Day, Cellobration, and Bass Fest—into a single day of string synergy! The event is open to middle school and high school string players of all ability levels with at least one year of experience on their instrument. Participants will experience a day of masterclasses, performances, and fun led by KSU’s exceptional string faculty. Participants will receive technical instruction, hear a professional recital, and end their day performing in KSU’s Morgan Concert Hall! No audition is required; more information and online registration will be available by September 1 athttp://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/concerts-and-events/festivals-workshops.php.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you or your students have any questions about these events. In addition, I am always happy to assist you and your programs in any way I can. I send you all best wishes for a wonderful year!

Nathaniel F. Parker, DMA
nparke22@kennesaw.edu

From the University of Georgia

The following link is for the UGA Orchestra Festival Web site http://www.music.uga.edu/uga-orchestra-festivals. Our Tech department would not release our new website and this has caused us a lot of issues and most people have no way of knowing where to send their applications for registration. The “Weebly” site is NOT to be used. Applicants need to print out the application, fill it out and snail mail it to the address on the form along with payment.

Junior Festival:  October 6 & 7

Dana Ballard, guest conductor

for grades 7, 8 and 9

fee:  $85

Senior Festival:  October 5 – 7

Jere Flint, guest conductor

for grades 10, 11 and 12

fee: $95

All participants will receive lunch both days.  Other meals, lodging, transportation are the responsibility of the participant.

SOMETHING NEW:  We are now required to have a completed authorization form for every applicant who is a minor.  That form will be a part of the application form.

PLEASE. . . . never “reply all” – for DIRECT RESPONSE, please contact the directors at: mcedel@uga.edu   cftaylor@uga.edu

 

From Katherine Irwin Thomas

Hello!

I’m assisting with this year’s Fiddle Tent at this year’s Scottish games in Atlanta.  The first sanctioned Scottish fiddle competition will be held this year at The Stone Mountain Highland Games.  Junior (U18) and Novice (O18) levels.  All players need to play: an Air,  (then pause), March, Strathspey and Reel 2x each.

The competition will take place at the Fiddle Tent on Saturday, October 21. Registration begins at 9 am with judging beginning at 10 am.

More info can be found here:

http://www.smhg.org/fiddling.php
The sign up form is here.

http://www.smhg.org/docs/2017-SMHGFidForm.PDF

Katherine Irwin Thomas
fiddlearound@gmail.com

Fall Workshop 2017

The GA-ASTA Fall Workshop will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Clayton State University (in the Music Education Building and the beautiful Spivey Hall) from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

***All participants must RSVP via email to Sam.Lowder@henry.k12.ga.us by Friday, September 1, 2017.***

ASTA members attend for FREE (so RENEW your membership now at https://www.astastrings.org/). Non-members may attend for ONLY $25.00.

Ron Sachs Violins of Peachtree City will be hosting a light breakfast and Mandarin Strings has graciously offered to host lunch from Maggiano’s Little Italy again this year! Our Reading Session will be sponsored by J.W. Pepper. Make sure to bring your instrument! And of course, there will be prizes to win!

We are very excited to have returning Pam Tellejohn Hayes as this year’s Clinician! Pam is nationally recognized for her work in the field of music education as an orchestra teacher, author, clinician, consultant, and conductor. Mrs. Hayes is the recipient of both the Merle J. Isaac Lifetime Achievement Award from NSOA and the Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award from ASTA. She has served as president of the National School Orchestra Association, the South Carolina Music Educators Association, the Orchestra Division of SCMEA and the South Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Mrs. Hayes is co-author of the comprehensive method book series Essential Elements 2000 for Strings and a violinist with the South Carolina Philharmonic. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wichita State University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and an Education Specialist certificate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina.

Reminder: ***All participants must RSVP via email to Sam.Lowder@henry.k12.ga.us by Friday, September 1, 2017.***

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all at the workshop!

Peace and Love,

Sam Lowder

Double Bass Symposium 2017

The annual GA-ASTA Double Bass Symposium XXVI is slated for February 3rd through 5th, 2017.

This year there will be two fantastic bassist as the main clinicians:

  • Prof. Kees Boersma Principal Bass of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australia
  • Prof. Joseph Conyers Assistant Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra

More information can be found at: bass.uga.edu