Welcome to the New York American String Teachers Association web page.
NY ASTA has a membership of over 600 strong! Please contact the NYASTA President for more information about our chapter, and the activities we sponsor.
Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory presents a Violin Pedagogy Weekend, April 4-6, 2014. It will be a weekend of master classes, performances, and lectures in Baltimore , Maryland. There will be performances by pre-college students from Peabody pre-Conservatory Violin program, Peabody Performance Academy for Strings, Jacobs School of Music String Academy, Maryland Talent Education, Northwestern University Music Academy, String Academy of Wisconsin at UW-Milwaukee, String Academy of Wyoming, and a world premiere by Judah Adashi.
Kaufman Music Center String Community and Summer String Fest:
Summer String Fest is an exciting week-long program for intermediate and advanced string players ages 10-19 that will take place at Kaufman Music Center August 18-22, 2014. Intensive all-day sessions will feature private, chamber orchestra and sectional group instruction. The festival culminates with a performance in Merkin Concert Hall on August 22, 2014. String Fest includes a field trip to the Mostly Mozart Festival or one of New York’s major cultural institutions, among other activities. Registrations received before February 15 are eligible for a $95 tuition discount. To complete your child’s registration, please call 212-501-3360 or fill out the registration form here: Registration Form 2013-14 . A minimum deposit of $100 is required.
Auditions will be held on April 27 and May 4, 2014.
Deadline to register and schedule an audition: April 1, 2014
Tuition: $520 (Including $25 application fee)
Early Bird Special: Register before February 15, 2014 and tuition is only $400!
Fee: Early Bird: $75; after February 1st, 2014: $100. College students with ID: $25
For more information and to register visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/ViolinPedagogyWeekend or call the Peabody Preparatory office: 410-234-4630
Registration for ASTA’s National Conference is Now Open!
NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear NYASTA Members,
Simply what we do….
She impressed me as an ‘adult in miniature’; such refined features, words that were clearly enunciated and yet she couldn’t be more than three or three and half years old. We found Rachel singing her heart out in the ladies room following our first Christmas performance on the island. A subset of the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra accompanied the National Youth Choir of the Bahamas on December 17th two annual Christmas performances in Nassau, Bahamas. As mom and Rachel exited the bathroom, I heard mom encourage her to ask me about the ‘white stick’. I pulled out one of my spare batons, gave it to her and encouraged her to wave it around. The orchestra members were waiting for a ride back to the hotel and they naturally went into song so that Rachel could conduct them. She was reticent at first and refused to conduct our singing orchestra, however the pull of the music and opportunity to wave her little arms naturally persuaded her to mimick what she had seen on the podium just minutes ago (particularly the cut-off – refer to video on the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra Facebook page!).
So when you need to get midterm grades in, cart your students off to an All-County rehearsal, get a last minute substitute pianist for your studio recital, cram in an extra rehearsal for the musical because it’s tech week (and it’s still only Monday!), keep in mind that you are passing your baton on literally and figuratively, daily, weekly, yearly. That is the essence of what we do. And we truly make a difference in many, many lives.
As for Miss Rachel, I told her I would see her next year and get her up on the podium to conduct at the ripe old age of four.
Over the next month or so we will be launching helpful information on our website for our members! Check these out on our Members Only page:
Connecting throughout the State
New York State Conductors
Whether you are offering your services pro bono, you serve as a conductor for hire or want to start your guest conducting career, here is an opportunity to advertise.
Process: Send a 250 word (or less) bio, two references including their name, title and contact info, and one or both of these listings: For hire and/or pro bono
In 250 words or less, share an experience that has moved you, that’s funny, that encompasses what we do as performances and teachers, that you want to share.
If you are retired or semi-retired and have the interest and desire to mentor a teacher new to our profession, or simply brainstorm with a fellow teacher about program building, new ideas, addressing pedagogy issues, then we want you to sign-up for mentorship.
Private Teacher Listing
Name/Town/County: Sally Smith, Angelica, Alleghany County
Phone number and/or e-mail address: 585.911.9119
Primary Approach: Suzuki, traditional and combined approaches
Clientele: age 4 – 18
Comment: (no more than 20 words – e.g. monthly recitals offered, Suzuki play-in sessions in December and June)
What other resources would you like to see on the website. Send your responses to Chloe Wendell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Strelau, President
Edie Shillitoe, President-Elect (May 1, 2014)
Lisa Leonardi, Past-President
Pat Glunt, Member at Large, Solo Competition Chair
James Mick, Secretary
Marlene Hawkins, Treasurer
Matthew Rotjan, Editor of Publications
Muriel Bodley, Membership
Brenna Gillette, Co-Webmaster and Facebook Admin
Chloe Wendell, Co-Webmaster and Facebook Admin
Zach May, Advertising Director
(NEW! Offer your local vendors a chance to advertise in ‘The Bridge’ and on our website).
STILL LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HEAD UP THIS COMMITTEE (no experience needed). The Zone Chair e-mails all zone reps twice a year to gather information for E-Blasts and/or The Bridge
Much energy, passion and success to you as you begin a new school year and performance season!!!!