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Where Live Music Is Always Guaranteed!


February 27 – March 2, 2013 • Providence, Rhode Island

mni Providence Hotel and the

Rhode Island Convention Center

PROGRAM BOOK Sponsored by

SHAR Products Co.


S C H E D U L E - AT- A - G L A N C E Wednesday, February 27

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. –

7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Registration Open (D’Addario & Co.) Pre-Conference Sessions Town Hall/Annual Meeting Dessert Social Student Chapter Networking

Thursday, February 28

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. –

3:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Registration Open (D’Addario & Co.) Opening Ceremony (Alfred Music Publishing) Educational Sessions Eclectic Strings Festival Events (Yamaha Corporation & Alfred Music Publishing) National Orchestra Festival Events (The Potter Violin Co.) Grand Opening of Exhibits and Reception (Merz-Huber Company) Silent Auction Opens Dine Around Providence Dinner with Rachel Barton Pine and Mark O’Connor (pre-ordered, ticketed event)

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunrise Educational Sessions (Merz-Huber Co.) Registration Open (D’Addario & Co.) Educational Sessions National Orchestra Festival Events (The Potter Violin Co.) Eclectic Strings Festival Events (Yamaha Corporation & Alfred Music Publishing) Exhibit Hall Open to All Attendees/Silent Auction Open Coffee Break with Exhibitors (Claire Givens Violins) Silent Auction Bidding Closes Attendee Reception in Exhibit Hall (Pirastro GmbH) Miró Quartet Performs at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Friday, March 1

Saturday, March 2

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunrise Educational Sessions (Merz-Huber Co.) Registration Open (D’Addario & Co.) Educational Sessions National Orchestra Festival Events (The Potter Violin Co.) Exhibit Hall Open to All Attendees Coffee Break with Exhibitors National Orchestra Festival Winner’s Recital (The Potter Violin Co.) Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall (Strings Magazine) Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band

Thank you to our sponsors that are listed in parentheses!




Schedule-at-a-Glance....................................... 1 Pre-Conference Sessions & Activities.............. 3 President’s Welcome.......................................... 5 Sponsors................................................................ 6 General Information........................................... 7 Evening Performances........................................ 8 Silent Auction.....................................................10 Master Classes...................................................12 Award Winners.................................................13 Invited Performing Groups..............................18 Advertisers’ Index.............................................18 National Orchestra Festival®. ........................19 Eclectic Strings Festival®..................................20 Poster Sessions...................................................24 Music Industry Showcases................................28 Board, Staff, and Committees........................29 Educational Sessions Thursday......................................................38 Friday..........................................................50 Saturday.....................................................62 Exhibitor Listings................................................72 Exhibit Hall Floor Plan......................................84



Wednesday, February 27 Morning Events

Pre-conference Sessions 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Picking the Best Repertoire for My Students: Where Do I Start? Omni Hotel: Providence Ballroom I/IV Clinicians: Robert Gillespie, The Ohio State University and William Hofeldt, composer Building Better Students Through Strong Curricula: Developing a Timeline for Success Omni Hotel: Newport/Washington Session Coordinators: Nancy Bargerstock, Appalachian State University; Jacquelyn Bartlett, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Mimi Butler, private studio teacher; Linda Jennings, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Kelley Johnson, and Lynn Ledbetter, Texas State University The Improvising Teacher’s Tool Kit Omni Hotel: Narragansett Ballroom A Clinicians: Craig Butterfield, University of South Carolina; Amy Feldkamp-Marr, Tecumseh Public Schools; Christian Howes, Creative Strings Academy; Tanya Kalmanovitch, New England Conservatory; Bert Ligon, University of South Carolina Body Mapping Omni Hotel: Blackstone Room Lead Presenter: Constance Barrett, D.M.A., Central Middle School; Co-Presenters: Judy Palac, Ph.D., Michigan State University; and Jennifer Johnson, Andover Educators Conducting Omni Hotel: Narragansett Ballroom C Clinician: Sandra Dackow, Hershey Symphony Orchestra

Evening Events Social Activities 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Town Hall/Annual Meeting Convention Center: Ballroom A Members will get a preview of some strategic planning work ASTA has been focusing on for the past few months. Where are we headed? President Bob Phillips will present some of the preliminary ideas from the Board and Task Force Committee and will solicit your feedback. This will help to formalize a five-year strategic plan. 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m Dessert Social-”Oh So Divine” . . . ASTA in Providence! Convention Center: Rotunda The Town Hall/Annual Meeting is just the opening act for the popular dessert social. It is always a big hit and lots of fun. Every year, there are new prizes and surprises! You can connect with old friends and make new ones! First time attendees: This is a great way to meet fellow teachers in your area and around the country. Dress: ASTA Purple 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Student Chapter Networking Omni Hotel: Newport/Washington Come meet fellow students from other universities and colleges and reconnect with old acquaintances. It’s also a good opportunity to make new friends and plan to attend sessions with them. Student Chapters receiving awards will be recognized!

State Leadership Workshop (Invitation Only) Omni Hotel: Convention Center: 555 Session Leader: Stephen Benham, ASTA President-Elect




P resident ’ s W elcome elcome to Providence and the 2013 ASTA National Conference! The excitement of having such a large group of string teachers and players in one place is exhilarating. Since my first conference, in 2003, I have looked forward to returning every year. I would guess you feel the same. The national Board and staff have spent the last year reviewing our many programs and designing a new strategic plan for the future, while building on our history. Attend the Town Hall/Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening to learn more and give us feedback. Immediately following, we will have fellowship and food at the dessert reception—an event not to be missed! For three days, we get to immerse ourselves in all things strings. Let’s celebrate sharing our expertise with others, gaining knowledge, seeing the latest and greatest in products and print materials, and hearing fantastic performances. The biggest problem, and a great one to have, is deciding what to attend! Thank you to those willing to share their expertise by presenting. Thank you to the exhibitors who work hard to bring us what we need and who greatly support ASTA. Thank you to the directors who work so hard to bring groups to NOF and ESF. And, a huge thank you to those artists donating their services for our evening concerts—the Miró Quartet on Friday and Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band on Saturday. Our fantastic conferences would not be possible without our dedicated staff, including Mary Wagner, conference chair, as well as many volunteers. Our volunteers contribute untold hours to preparing our events and staffing them during the conference. If you’d like to volunteer, send me an email at [email protected]. However, don’t wait till the next conference. Talk to your state officers about helping out locally. Not only are you passing on all that we hold dear, but you will meet other terrific teachers and find your life, and the lives of your students, greatly enriched. Enjoy the conference and please complete the conference evaluation, so we can continue to build and improve on it!

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ear String Teachers and Performers, I owe so much of my success to the cello. My string education helped to shape me in many ways. It taught me to be confident on stage, the value of hard work and perseverance. My fellow musicians inspired me by their daily dedication and work ethic, all for their love and passion for music. I met many inspirational musicians through my cello performance experiences. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my music teachers, chamber music coaches and conductors for their dedication and to my parents for giving me this invaluable opportunity! I am sorry that I could not be at the ASTA National Conference in my home state to tell you this in person. Have a wonderful conference!

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Sincerely, Olivia Culpo Miss Universe




ASTA thanks the following companies for their generous support of the 2013 conference: Opening Ceremony ������������������������������������������������������������������� Alfred Music Publishing Co. National Orchestra Festival® ��������������������������������������������������� The Potter Violin Company Eclectic Strings Festival® ������������������������������������������������������������ Yamaha Corporation of America & Alfred Music Publishing Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception �������������������������������� Merz-Huber Company Official Conference Program �������������������������������������������������� SHAR Products Company Live Streaming of Conference Sessions (Saturday) ������������� Howard Core Company Conference Mobile App ���������������������������������������������������������� Pirastro GmbH Conference Tote Bags �������������������������������������������������������������� Thomastik-Infeld/Connolly & Co. Registration Area ����������������������������������������������������������������������� D’Addario & Co., Inc. Friday Evening Reception in Exhibit Hall ������������������������������ Pirastro GmbH Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall �������������������������������������������� Strings Magazine Sunrise Educational Sessions (Friday and Saturday) ���������� Merz-Huber Company Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall (Friday) ����������������������������������� Claire Givens Violins Conferece Directional Signs ��������������������������������������������������� SHAR Products Company Early-Bird Registration Drawing ��������������������������������������������� CodaBow International Ltd. Master Class Sponsors: Eclectic Styles ������������������������������������������������������������������������� Electric Violin Shop Chamber Music ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Clemens Violins, Violas, & Violoncellos Bass ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Pirastro GmbH Cello ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Clemens Violins, Violas, & Violoncellos Violin ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� SHAR Products Company Viola ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� William Harris Lee & Company Guitar �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Johnson String Instrument Harp ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Merz-Huber Company Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award ��������������������� SHAR Products Company Artist Teacher Award ���������������������������������������������������������������� Kay H. Logan


G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N Dine Around Providence Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join friends and colleagues while sampling local cuisine. ASTA and the Providence Visitors Bureau worked with local restaurant owners to put together a wonderful dining experience for attendees. This will be a “Dutch treat” evening. Menus from participating restaurants and sign-up sheets will be available at the ASTA registration desk until 12:00 p.m. To insure ample seating for members, please be sure reserve early. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Omni Hotel at 7:00 p.m. to depart to the restaurants.

Exhibit Hall Hours—Win a 2014 Conference Registration!

The exhibit hall is located at the Convention Center, on the third floor. Please visit the exhibitors and experience the many products and services they offer at the times listed below. Don’t miss the special events taking place in the exhibit hall. In your registration packet, you will find an exhibitor card. Complete all questions about the exhibitors, fill out your name, and place completed cards in the special drawing drop box by 1:45 p.m. on Saturday to be entered into the drawing. Drawing will take place at 2:00 p.m., during the dessert reception on Saturday. You must be present to win.

Thursday, February 28 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Grand Opening and Reception (Sponsored by Merz–Huber Company) Friday, March 1 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open Coffee Break (Sponsored by Claire Givens Violins, Inc.) Reception in Exhibit Hall (Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH)

Saturday, March 2 0:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 1 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open Coffee Break with Exhibitors Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall (Sponsored by Strings Magazine) Drawing for 2014 Conference Registration (must be present to win) Exhibit Hall Closes/Dismantle

Registration/Information Desk Hours

Attendees of the National Conference can pick up on-site registration materials, including name badges, program books, tickets ordered, etc. at the Convention Center on the third floor outside the exhibit hall. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Conference App for Your Mobile Phone Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH

ASTA has an app for your mobile phone. Go to Guidebook on your phone and download the ASTA Conference App! View educational sessions and exhibitors you wish to visit. Specific application information is available at the ASTA registration desk.

Thursday, 7:00 28, p.m.7:00 - 8:30 p.m. p.m. Thursday, February - 8:30

An Evening with

Rachel Barton Pine and

Mark O’Connor Ticketed Event (Pre-Ordered) Convention Center: Exhibit Hall A ASTA continues to provide you with unique events in Providence! Your ticket allows you to come and enjoy dinner with your ASTA colleagues and special guests Mark O’Connor and Rachel Barton Pine. Not only will they share their views on the future of string education, but they will also treat attendees to a special performance.

Food Options: The Metro Café, located just outside Exhibit Hall D, will be open for breakfast and lunch: Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You also may access complimentary WiFi while in the café area.



virtual education opportunities

Live Streaming of Conference Sessions Sponsored by Howard Core Company

The streaming sessions from last year’s conference were so popular that ASTA decided to offer select streamed sessions from Providence too. Sessions also will be recorded and placed in ASTA’s Video Library, which is available in the members-only section of the website. So, if you can’t decide on what great session to attend, you can always view them later from the comfort of your computer. Sessions that are taped and streamed will be denoted with the computer symbol above in the session listings. The ASTA National Curriculum for Middle and High School Orchestras: A Framework for Rehearsal Planning, Teaching Techniques, and Long-Term Success

You Be the Judge! Tools for Hearing Your Orchestra Like It REALLY Sounds then Designing Warm Ups to Move Them to the Next Level

Presenter: Stephen Benham, ASTA President-Elect

Presenter: Robert Gillespie

From Martelé to Music

Practically Perfect Practicing

Presenter: Robert Jesselson

Borrowing from the Greats: How to Analyze Jazz and Bluegrass Licks and Incorporate Them Into Your Own Playing

Presenter: Martin Norgaard

Presenter: Rebecca Henry

The ASTA National Curriculum: Developing Creativity from the First String Lesson

Presenter: Julie Lyonn Lieberman

In addition to the live streamed sessions, the following sessions will be recorded during the conference and added to the members-only section. Be sure to visit the ASTA Video Library often for these and other great sessions! Kreutzer Cubed: A Trio of Pedagogues Share and Compare Teaching Strategies

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bass?

Presenter: John Schimek

Presenters: Brenda Brenner, Elisabeth Small, James Lyon

Teaching and Reinforcing Musical Concepts with iApps

Presenter: Charles Laux

Examining Your First Job Through the Interview and Preparation Lens

How to Use the ASTA String Curriculum as an Assessment Tool

Presenter: Denese Odegaard

Presenter: Denese Odegaard

Strum Bowing

Presenter: Tracy Silverman

The ASTA National Curriculum and Collegiate Faculty: Uses Within the Instrumental Music Education Track

Presenter: Kirk Moss, ASTA Past President

ASTA National Curriculum for Elementary Strings: A Road Map to Success

Presenter: Bob Phillips, ASTA President

F E atured E vening P erformances On-site ticket purchase will be available for performances at $20 each at the ASTA registration desk and one hour prior to the concert. Tickets for Miró Quartet will be in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel, which is located next to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for Randy Sabien and Fiddlehead Band will be in Convention Center outside Ballroom A. All programming listed was provided by each group but is always subject to change at artists discretion.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 p.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Miró Quartet


Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703 Beethoven String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3

Saturday, March 2, 8:00 p.m. Ballroom A at the Convention Center

Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band



Spadella, Spade Cooley Money From a Stranger, Randy Sabien Cozy’s Beat, CJ Eggleston Infra Rae, Hank Mobley Stella Blue, Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter Clydeoscope, Randy Sabien Sound of Fish Dreaming, Randy Sabien Crippled Turkey, Trad. Arr. Randy Sabien

INTERMISSION Schubert Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”

Eclectic Strings Festival Participants join in for:

J D Meets the Rhythm Section, Randy Sabien Sunday Song, Randy Sabien Tears, Django Reinhardt Minor Thing, Randy Sabien/Mike Dowling Hot Lanta, Allman Brothers Soul of a Man, Blind Willie Johnson Three Way Boogie, Spade Cooley Encore: Maiden’s Prayer, Bob Wills




Silent Auction Returns!

Come and see the auction items in the exhibit hall. There are 20-plus items on the block for bidding. Bidding begins Thursday at 5 p.m. and closes Friday at 5 p.m. The winning bids will be announced Friday around 5:30 p.m. Items may be paid for and picked up immediately or on Saturday morning before noon. We accept cash and all major credit cards. Shipping of items is the sole responsibility of the purchaser. Acoustic Electric Strings from G. Edward Lutherie Marinette Acoustic Electric Violin: From the designer of the ever popular Dahlia 5-string violin, the Marinette Acoustic Electric Violin features Gary Bartig’s patent pending lightweight internal pickup. It’s the best of both worlds—a fabulous acoustic tone plus the ability to turn up the volume and still sound fabulous.

Carriage House Violins Bobelock violin case stocked with accessories.

Carl Fischer Music This donation includes a collection of recently published solo and ensemble methods for all four stringed instruments. (29 total)

Alfred Music Publishing Co. Daisy Rock Electric Guitar with amp, guitar stool, and starter book. Daisy Rock Acoustic Guitar with guitar stool and starter book.

Blue Arch Music Three pieces from String Orchestra Catalog: Neil Gow’s Lament, Sally on the Hill, and The Huron Carol. Kauai Vacation Condo (Kathy and Donald Brungard) One-week use of Kauai a vacation condo in Hawaii. The condo, located on a bluff in the resort city of Princeville on the Garden Isle of Kauai, has been recently redecorated. It has two bedrooms, two baths, fully furnished, and sleeps up to six people. It is just steps away from a restricted pool. There is a mountain and ocean view from the rear. There are at least a dozen beautiful beaches within 15 to 30 minutes, as well as a glorious hiking trail and other activities. There are also many beautiful golf courses to enjoy.


Colorado Destination Package One-week use of vacation home of Dan Guillian in Frasier, Colorado. Susan Day’s newly-commissioned piece, Spirit of Colorado (courtesy of Grand Mesa Music Publishers) and other special items Thomastik-Infeld/Connolly & Co. Baroque bling violin and viola mute, Baroque bling cello mute, Peter Infeld Violin Set, Thomastik-Infeld, Vision Viola Set, Thomastik-Infeld, Dominant Cello Set, Thomastik-Infeld Eastman Strings, Inc. Mandolin Electric Violin Shop and Fishman Transducers, Inc. Fishman Loudbox Artist Amplifier. The Artist amplifier sounds great with all stringed instruments. With 120 watts of biamplified power and beautiful tone, it packs lots of special features into a very compact size. It will handle two instruments or microphones, as well as an auxiliary input for any media played. Each channel has separate adjustments for EQ, reverb/delay, and effects.

MINGLE WITH MEMBER EVENTS - SILENT AUCTION The Fingerboard Workbook Series The Fingerboard Workbook Series: Map the Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass for Good (12 workbooks) Students map the fingerboard by sight, sound & feel giving them a rock solid foundation of how to locate notes on a fretless fingerboard. Typcial results: learn music faster, play in tune easier, ready for more challenging music. Teachers can enjoy teaching other facets of music when students are empowered to learn their own notes!

Meisel Accessories LLC (RS Berkeley) Chromatic Metrotuner, COM-250 Violin/Viola tuners. Meisel COM-250 Metrotuner with specially designed clip to mount on violin/viola scrolls. Will clamp onto virtually any instrument even a violin/viola body. Color display; “A” reference pitch adjustable from 410Hz to 490Hz. Built in mic or clip transducer; visual metronome adjustable from 30 to 280 beats per minute. Battery included. For more information,

Frederick Harris Music Co., Ltd. The Violin Series 2013 Edition supports violinists in their artistic and technical development and is the official resource for the preparation for the assessments of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. This series spans from the preparatory level through associate level and includes nine volumes of repertoire with accompanying recording, two volumes of etudes and technique, and one volume of orchestral excerpts.

Potter Violin Company Mark Wood SV-5 Stingray electric violin red with bow and case. Based on the popular Custom Stingray model, the SV5 is a 5-string fretless electric violin kit that comes complete with bow and case. Feather-light and fabulous looking, they sound great as well. The Stingray SV5 oufits include the instrument adjusted and ready to play, brazilwood horsehair bow with ebony frog, rosin, and shaped case with exterior music pocket, two bowholders, accessory pocket, and backpack straps. In addition, Potter Violin is offering an autographed photo of Mark Wood.

Gibson Guitar Guitar William Harris Lee & Company C. Jean Pique Violin Outfit Marriott Corp. The complete 2014 conference package includes three nights say at the Louisville Downtown Marriott (the host hotel), a conference registration, one complimentary preconference session and tickets to both evening performances. Bid now on the 2014 Conference Experience! Marriott Golf Stone Mountain Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia Foursome of golf, cart, and range balls at Stone Mountain Golf Club. What makes Stone Mountain Golf Club such a remarkable experience is the unique personalities of its two courses. The Stonemont Course is a classic challenge that places emphasis on accuracy and strategic course management. The Lakemont Course complements Stonemont with a less demanding, targetoriented layout and exquisite views of Stone Mountain and its historic Confederate carving. A great Father’s Day gift! Marriott Golf Westfield’s Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia Foursome of golf, cart, and range balls at the Westfield’s Golf Club. At Westfields, Fred Couples has built a course that is, at once, fun and accessible for the novice, while challenging and thought-provoking for the experienced golfer. Carved through natural wetlands, rolling hills, and majestic beech and oak trees, Westfields offers golfers a setting that is virtually free from distraction. No residences line its links, creating a course that is truly a golfer’s dream. A great Father’s Day gift!

Rees Harps Harpsicle® Harps are well designed, sturdily built and have the correct string spacing which make them— an excellent selection for a first time harper. Light and portable, they are also a wonderful choice for harp therapy practitioners and are recommended by many harp therapy programs. These simple harps have nice volume and tone. Harpsicle® Harps are well made and maintain tuning as well as any professional harp. (maple) Saga Musical Instruments Case/bow outfit. Baker Street Luxury BK-4030 case paired with a carbon fiber J. LaSalle violin bow. Baker Street violin cases are sturdy, lightweight, and handmade from the finest and most luxurious materials, offering the ultimate in protection for the finest instruments. The Deluxe line, with a rigid foam shell, offers extremely light weight for ease of transport. The sturdy wood construction frame of the Luxury Series combines with an elegant plush interior to make a superior violin case. The J. LaSalle violin bow is the perfect blend of modern technology and traditional bow styling’s, the New LB-20 carbon graphite bow is sure to be a big hit with teachers and students alike. Its quality and value surpasses bows costing 3 times the price. Meets NAfME requirements.




Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Best of Salt Lake: Prelude to 2015 Basket. Includes: A Visit Salt Lake plush blanket, Morman Tabernacle CD, a Vera Bradley bag, and fruit and nut trail mix, a box of chocolate truffles, freshly made tortilla chips, mild chunky salsa, honey roasted peanuts, a box of big chocolate bottomed cookies, mildly spicy party mix, English toffee chocolate drizzled popcorn, crisp pretzels, salt water taffy, almonds, kettle popcorn, caramel popcorn and a big double-dipped chocolate caramel pretzel rod. Sofia Violins Sofia Stradivari Titian. This Sofia “Titian” represents the pinnacle of Sofia’s handmade American violins. Emulating Stradivari’s 1715 masterpiece, the Sofia Titian delivers a clear responsive tone with great projection and rich complexity. Each Sofia violin is handmade from European tone wood and built, varnished and set up in their American workshop. Thing4Strings Things 4 Strings® Deluxe Studio Kit: Jungle Mix, Invented by master string teachers, patented and revolutionary Things 4 Strings® bow accessories help shape and stabilize bow holds—moving beginning players to a functional bow hold in an Instant! The accessories uniquely train the hand to hold the bow correctly and naturally, through muscle memory, thereby freeing the player to learn and enjoy other elements of string playing. Equip your entire studio with our critters, and instant bow

holds can be had by all! All kits of durable, dishwasher-safe, reusable accessories come with instructions and Things 4 Strings® jumbo pencils. This Deluxe Kit includes: • 4 Classic Gray CelloPhant® accessories • 8 Green/Gold Bow Hold Buddies® accessory sets plus • 6 Frosty Clear Hold Fish® accessories Wear Your Music Rock recycled tee shirt (2); Silver bass string bracelets (6); Rock Star Red String Bracelets (6) Wood Violins Tee shirts, cd set, dvd Yamaha Corporation of America Silent Violin SV-130. The SV130 provides violinists of all levels with the ability to practice confidently without disturbing others. Though the acoustic sound produced is barely a whisper, you will hear yourself in the rich, virtual environment of a resonant concert hall. The SV130 allows players of any level to play or practice anytime. • Single piezo pickup • Improved noise reduction circuitry • Built-in reverb: practice room, concert hall, cathedral • Aux-In for playing along with recorded accompaniment or favorite music • Available in four colors: black, candy apple red, antique brown, navy blue

Note: Shipping of items is the sole responsibility of the purchaser.

Canal in the Downtown District in Providence.


N ational A ward W inners Artist Teacher Award

String Project Award Winner: Illinois State University

Given annually to a pedagogue of renowned stature from North America. Award presentation at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 a.m. Sponsored by: Kay H. Logan

Awarded annually by the ASTA National Board to an outstanding String Project site in the NSPC. Presentation on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the NSPC Reception.

Matt Glaser

Matt Glaser currently serves as artistic director for the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music. Previously, for 28 years, he held the position of chairman of the college’s String Department. Glaser is the first and only recipient of the ASTA with NSOA Stephane Grappelli Memorial Award, which was in recognition of his significant contribution to the teaching and playing of improvised string music in America. He performs in a wide variety of idioms ranging from jazz to bluegrass to early music with artists that include: Stephane Grappelli, Bob Dylan, J Geils, Leo Kottke, Joe Lovano, and Charlie Haden. He currently appears with Wayfaring Strangers, a band that fuses jazz and folk music. The Boston Herald called him, “possibly America’s most versatile violinist.” In addition to performing, he has published four books on contemporary violin styles, including Jazz Violin co-authored with the late Stephane Grappelli. Glaser served on the board of advisors of the Ken Burns’ Jazz documentary and also appears in the film. He served on the board of directors of Chamber Music America and ASTA. He has performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor as part of Stephane Grappelli’s 80th birthday concert.

Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award Given annually to a teacher with a distinguished current career in a school orchestral setting. Award presentation on Saturday, March 2 at 11:15 a.m. at the National Orchestra Festival Winner’s Concert. Sponsored by: SHAR Products Company Alan MacNair, Orchestra Director, Troy High School and Troy South Middle School, Troy, Michigan MacNair has been the orchestra director at Troy High School for 26 years, where he has built the orchestra program from 35 students to 200 that currently participate in one of three orchestras. Under his direction, the Troy High Symphony has been named National Grand champion on several occasions and has earned top ratings at other festivals around the U.S. Since 1984, MacNair also has been the music director and conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, which draws students from all over southeast Michigan. In 1989, he founded the Troy String Camp, which brings 200 students and chaperones to a nature camp in the early fall to study intensively with Detroit Symphony members and do leadership training. During the summer of 1995, he joined the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he conducts high school students from around the world. MacNair is also the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Rochester Symphony, and a substitute performer with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Illinois State University String Project, established in 2000, currently has 115 participants and 22 string teaching assistants. The program targets children in third through eighth grade who take part in four curriculum levels. In addition to the classes that are offered on the ISU campus, a team of teachers also leads two classes in a rural area about 40 miles north of campus. Private lessons, short workshops, and a weeklong summer camp are also available to participants. The ISU String Project is successful due to the dedication and enthusiasm of its faculty and college assistants who work in a spirit of collaboration, trust, respect, professionalism, and fun. It strives to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone involved.

String Researcher Award Awarded to a researcher whose work has contributed significantly to scholarship in string education and/or performance. This year’s award honors long-term achievement in research. Presentation on Friday, March 1 at 1:45 p.m. at the Collegiate Roundtable Business Meeting David Sogin, University of Kentucky David Sogin teaches courses in string methods, principles of research, foundations of music education, music learning and behavior, music and special populations. He also directs theses and dissertations. He is the national chair of the MENC special research interest group in adult music education. He obtained his B.M. from Louisiana State University, M.M.E. from North Texas State University and, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in music education. Sogin presents research papers and publishes nationally and internationally. His research interests include psychoacoustics, music learning and development, string education, and teacher effectiveness.

Early-Bird Registration Drawing Winner Presentation on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 a.m., Opening Ceremony Julie Ribchinsky, Ivoryton, Conn. Sponsored by: CodaBow International, Inc.

State Chapter Award Winners Best Newsletter: Minn. Best Website: Mich. Most Improved Chapter: N.C. Outstanding Chapter: Md./D.C. State Chapter Leader: Joan Ellersick, Southboro, Mass. Membership Recruitment Award: N.Y.

2013 Student Chapter Awards Most Improved Chapter: Ohio State University Outstanding Chapter: Mansfield University Student Exemplary Service Award: Abigail Cash, Illinois State University; Deanna Carloni, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; and Chryselle Angderson, Montclair State University

George Bornoff Memorial Scholarships Jordan King, Fond Du Lac, Wisc. Joel Schut, Grand Rapids, Mich. Christa Rowland, Boise, Idaho Sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education





MASTER CLASSES AND CLINICIANS (Full length bios can be found at

Collegiate Level Classes Violin: Joseph Genualdi, University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory

Cello: Natasha Brofsky, New England Conservatory Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, & Violoncellos LLC

Sponsored by SHAR Products Company

Viola: Nokuthula Ngwenyama

Sponsored by William Harris Lee & Company

Bass: John Kennedy, Farmington Public Schools Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH

Multi-Level Classes Cello: Laurence Lesser, New England Conservatory Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, & Violoncellos LLC

Bass: Jeffrey Turner, Duquesne University Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH

Pre-College Level Classes Violin: Lynn Ledbetter, Texas State University Sponsored by SHAR Products Company

Viola: Marilyn Seelman, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta

Chamber Music: Miró Quartet Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, & Violoncellos LLC

Eclectic Styles: Randy Sabien Sponsored by Electric Violin Shop

Guitar: Jonathan Leathwood, University of Denver Sponsored by Johnson String Instrument

Harp: Jacqueline Bartlett, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Sponsored by MerzHuber Company

Sponsored by William Harris Lee & Company



I nvited S tudent P erforming G roups

ASTA is pleased to present the following groups that will perform at the conference. These talented groups were selected from numerous applications. You don’t want to miss these spectacular performances. Berklee World Strings, directed by Eugene Friesen, will perform at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Berklee Jazz Harp Ensemble: The Boston Harp Project, directed by Felice Pomeranz, will perform at the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Advertisers’ Index Alfred Music Publishing.........inside front cover Atelier Constantin Popescu...........................71 Berklee College of Music...............................33 Blue Arch Music.............................................15 Carl Fischer Music.........................................29 Carnegie Mellon University............................61 C. F. Peters Corporation .................................2 Chapman University......................................71 Claire Givens Violins......................................61 CodaBow International Ltd............................37 Duquesne University......................................32 Eastman School of Music..... inside back cover Fingerboard Workbook Series for Strings.....14 Frederick Harris Music . ................................27


Frustrated Accompanist.................................15 Gordon College..............................................26 Hal Leonard Corporation...............................49 Interlochen Center for the Arts.......................36 Johnson String Instrument.............................25 The Juilliard School........................................34 Louisville – ASTA 2014 conference...............30 Marrowstone Music Festival..........................31 Miró Quartet...................................................48 Music & Arts Center.......................................21 NS Design......................................................14 National String Project Consortium...............15 Oxford University Press.................................34 Point Counter Point..........................................3

The Potter Violin Company............................16 Pre-Twinkle Violin Lessons............................71 Randy Sabien..................................................9 Reynard Burns Music ...................................15 Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.................................................23 SHAR Products Company...............back cover Southeastern University.................................35 The String Centre...........................................31 Susquehanna University................................25 University of Missouri . ....................................2 Virginia Commonwealth University................35 Wood Violins..................................................22 Yamaha Corporation of America.....................4

N AT I O N A L O RC H E S T R A F E S T I VA L ® The National Orchestra Festival (NOF) brings together orchestras from around the country to Providence for an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments, and an educational experience from leading clinicians and adjudicators. All groups receive feedback from adjudicators Gail Barnes, Robert Gardner, and Jonathan Handman. Each group also receives a clinic directly after its performance from one of our two clinicians: David Becker or Michael Hopkins. Special thanks to the following NOF elective all play class clinicians: Daniel Levitov, Martha Mooke, Jacob Dakon, Mimi Rabson and Jeff Turner. The Grand Champion orchestra performs a winner’s concert on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium located at One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

Sponsored by: The Potter Violin Co.

Who will be named “Grand Champion” of the 2013 National Orchestra Festival®? Come and listen as these fantastic groups compete for the title. The selected Grand Champion orchestra performs a winner’s concert on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

All performances take place at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Friday, March 1

CHSS – Competition High School String CMSS – Competition Middle School String CHSF – Competition High School Full RC/HSS – Ratings and Comments, High School String CSYO – Comments, String Youth Orchestra

11:00 a.m. Simsbury High School Concert Orchestra, RC/HSS Simsbury, Conn., Ryan Ford, director 1:00 p.m. Heritage High School Philharmonic Orchestra, RC/HSS Saginaw, Mich., Jason Pfeifer, director 3:00 p.m.

Iolani Middle School Orchestra, CMSS Honolulu, Hawaii, Katherine Hafner, director

4:00 p.m.

Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra, CHSS Bellevue, Wash., Shira Katsman, director

5:00 p.m.

Randolph High School String Orchestra, RC/HSS Randolph, N.J., Eric Schaberg, director

10:00 a.m.

Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra, CHSS Ann Arbor, Mich., Jonathan Glawe, director

11:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 28 Dorseyville Middle School Sinfonia, CMSS Pittsburgh, Pa., Jeff Bryer, director

10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Simsbury High School Chamber Orchestra, CHSS Simsbury, Conn., Ryan Ford, director

6:00 p.m. University High School Symphony Orchestra, CHSS Irvine, Calif., Grace Lee, director

Liberty Senior High School Chamber Orchestra, CHSS Liberty, Mo., Mary Lou Jones, director

1:00 p.m.

Randolph High School Chamber Strings, CHSS Randolph, N.J., Eric Schaberg, director

2:00 p.m.

Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra, CHSS Nyack, N.Y., Christine Gero, director

3:00 p.m. Anderson High School Symphony Orchestra, CHSF Cincinnati, Ohio, Jonathan Welch, director 4:00 p.m.

Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra, CHSF Seattle, Wash., Marcus Tsutakawa, director Saturday, March 2

9:00 a.m.

Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble, CSYO Westerly, R.I., Kathleen Monroe, director

11:15 a.m.




Gail Barnes

Robert Gardner

Jonathan Handman

David Becker

Michael Hopkins



E c l e c t i c S t r i n g s F est i v a L ® Sponsored by: Yamaha Corporation of America and Alfred Music Publishing Co. The Eclectic Strings Festival (ESF) provides young musicians and teachers an authentic learning and performing experience in a variety of musical genres. The ESF is filled with boundless opportunities to stretch and enhance your musical abilities. Groups and individuals will participate in the competition and receive concrete written comments to take home and study. Stop in and listen as groups and individuals compete against each other for the Grand Prize, which includes the opportunity to serve as the opening act for the Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band during Saturday’s evening concert. Groups and individuals will be judged by Matt Glaser and Natalie Haas. Each of the adjudicators will present a clinic for all participants. Thursday and Friday performances and clinics take place in the Omni: Narragansett Ballroom. Saturday clinic and performance take place in Ballroom A of the RICC. SComp – Senior-Competition JComp – Junior-Competition JComm – Junior-Comments MSComp – Middle School-Competition


Thursday 11:45 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. Individual Competition/Clinics 11:45 a.m. Isaac Stein-Benson, East Lansing, Mich. 12:05 p.m. Gabriel Valle; Monroe, N.Y. 12:25 p.m. James Sattler; Oakland, N.J. 12:45 p.m. Eric Law; Jamaica Plains, Mass.

SComp SComp SComp SComp

1:30 p.m. – Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band rehearsal 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m Individual Competition/Clinics 2:45 p.m. Chris Dahlke; Wallingford, Pa. 3:05 p.m. Ananya Mathakrishnan; West Chester, Pa. 3:25 p.m. Conor McAvinue; Wilmington, Del.

JComp JComp JComp

4:00 p.m. – ESF clinic: Matt Glaser


5:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Individual Competition/Clinics 5:30 p.m. Saakshi Navile; Exton, Pa. 5:50 p.m. Timothy Smith; Newark, Del. 6:10 p.m. Jacob Zeldin; Atlanta, Ga. 6:30 p.m. Andrew Vogts; Chadds Ford, Pa.


Natalie Haas

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Group Competition/Clinics 12:15 p.m. Brandywine Fiddlers; Lansdowne, Pa. Director, Shelly Beard Schleigh


1:30 p.m. – Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band rehearsal 4:00 p.m. – ESF Clinic: Natalie Haas 9:00 p.m. Results Posted

10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.


ESF Clinic: The Potentials of a Well-Engineered Rhythm Section Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band rehearsal

8:00 p.m.

Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band Concert with ESF participants

JComp JComp JComp JComm

Matt Glaser





J uried research poster sessions

Friday • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Convention Center: 556A/B

Juried Research Poster Sessions represent studies being conducted by undergraduate students, university faculty, and practicing teachers in public or private schools. The poster session is open to papers involving any aspect of string playing and teaching, including those that are philosophical, theoretical, or historical in nature, as well as reports that are qualitative or quanitative in design. The 2013 ASTA Research Poster Session is designed for dialogue and interaction between researchers and interested attendees. Please join us for this stimulating session. ‹‹ A Case Study: An Analysis of the Relationship between Bow Skew and Bow Bridge Distance This research poster is on the pedagogy of violin playing. The purpose of this study was to develop a procedure with reliable measurement for analyzing the relationship of bow skew and bow bridge distance of a string player during a musical performance as they performed on their own instrument. Secondly, to explore and to analyze the relationship between the amount of skew in the bow and the relationship of the distance of the bow to the bridge in two performance conditions, “natural” and “straight”. Author: David Sogin, University of Kentucky

‹‹ Content Analysis of School Orchestra/String Teacher Group Facebook Postings Description of the type of postings and topics discussed in a Facebook group of school orchestra and string teachers. Also, description of the geographic representation of the group members. Applications for anyone interested in school string education—questions, concerns, networking, and just-for-fun topics. Authors: Jane Palmquist, Brooklyn College-CUNY; Gail Barnes, University of South Carolina

‹‹ Contrasting Perspectives of Pre-Service Teachers’ Performance Perceptions With the assumption that pedagogical knowledge and applied performance skills do not necessarily develop in tandem, the purpose of this study is to determine whether there is a difference between the way pre-service teachers evaluate their own performance as they recall it and how they evaluate their performance as recreated objectively in a video recording. Self-evaluations from the vantage point of outside observers showed to be more critical, more accurate, and more likely to impact self-correction. Author: Katarzyna Bugaj, Florida State University

‹‹ Democratic Action and Multiculturalism with High School Strings Want to reach MORE music students without sacrificing the integrity of your music education program? Incorporating multiculturalism, particularly through the use of traditionally nonwestern instruments (guitar) can inject a fresh perspective into your classroom while maintaining the collaborative ensemblebased performance model. Creativity through composition is nurtured. Materials will be provided. Author: David Chidsey, Columbia University

‹‹ A Descriptive Analysis of Performance Models’ Intonation in a Recorded Excerpt from Suzuki Violin School Volume I Both modeling and playing in-tune are critical for string teachers and performers. We studied intonation performances on four recordings of Suzuki Violin School Volume I. We asked the following questions: How accurate are the models on these


recordings regarding intonation? Do the violin performances conform to a theoretical tuning system such as equal temperament or Pythagorean tuning? No performer consistently conformed to either tuning system across the span of notes in the excerpt. Authors: John Geringer, Florida State University; Rebecca MacLeod, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Julia Ellis, New Albany High School

‹‹ The Effect of Adjudicator Experience on Music Majors’ Evaluations of String Orchestra Performances Assessments occur on a daily basis in music rehearsals and serve as an important component of the educational process. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of adjudicators’ prior experience on their evaluations. A secondary purpose was to investigate adjudicators’ comfort level with assigning ratings to specific evaluation statements for string orchestra performances. Authors: David Pope, Manatee County Schools; James Mick, Ithaca College

‹‹ Expectations of Automaticity in Beginning Instrumental Music Educators This study examined the expectations instrumental music teacher educators had for beginning band and orchestra teachers completing their undergraduate music education programs. Gathered data provided information about music teacher education program curricula and evaluation approaches. Expectations related to perceived skill acquisition of beginning teachers through the psychological principle of automaticity. Author: Amber Peterson, Muscatine Community School District

‹‹ Old Habits Die (Less) Hard: Attentional Focus and Change in Automatized Behavior “I’ve been trying for weeks to change this habit, and it just isn’t happening! Why?” This could be said of our students’ playing or our own. We have all encountered habits stubborn to change. This study demonstrates instances in which behavior change does or does not happen as related to the direction of learners’ attention. Results prompt consideration of attentional demands placed on learners through teacher directives and repertoire choice. Author: Rebecca Roesler, The University of Texas at Austin

‹‹ Otto Szende’s “Handbuch des Geigenunterichts”: A Practical Translation and Pedagogical Application While many in the string teaching community are familiar with the seminal work, The Physiology of Violin Playing by Szende and Nemessuri, access to Szende’s work on violin pedagogy has been limited to German speakers. This research poster will summarize the contents of this comprehensive and detailed resource, with suggestions for its practical application and place in the pedagogy literature. Author: Janet Jensen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

J uried research poster sessions ‹‹ SmartMusic and Strings: Synergy, Support , or Stumbling Block? Arts programs are being asked daily to provide hard evidence of student learning and achievement. Artistic performances and successful ratings at competition are no longer enough to satisfy administrators who are fighting to maintain Race-to-the-Top funding and arts budgets. SmartMusic technology may offer one solution for evidence-based assessment of student performance at the individual level. This study examines the effectiveness and usability of SmartMusic in a small string ensemble setting. Author: Susan Davis, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

‹‹ Staying in the Profession: A Study of Five Public School Orchestra Directors With approximately 50 percent of orchestra teachers leaving the field in their first five years of teaching, often the question is, “Why did they leave?” Instead, the question might be, “Why do some stay?” That is the nature of this research—finding out the reasons, factors, and motivators that keep committed orchestra teachers in the field over the course of a career. Author: Brooke Neal, Texas Tech University

‹‹ Teaching Behaviors of Middle and High School Orchestra Directors in the Rehearsal Setting “What the teacher does is what the students get” is a known phrase in the world of education. This poster session will summarize the findings of the study that was concerned with how much time middle and high school orchestra directors engage is seven specific teaching behaviors. Of particular interest to the study was how much time directors engage in conceptual teaching, which is a teaching that supports the development of students higher levels. Author: Dijana Ihas, Pacific University

‹‹ The Texas Orchestra Directors Association: Elements of Growth and Longevity The 2012 study describes certain specific elements of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) which have been consistent throughout its 50-year history. The possible effects of each element on the growth and longevity of TODA and recommendations for adopting these elements in other organizations are included. Author: Michael Alexander, Baylor University

‹‹ Toward Solving the Problem of Problem Solving: A Model for Analysis Musical progress is made through problem solving. Analyses of music teaching and learning can be more precise if they are guided by a model of the problem solving process. While the process of problem solving has been examined within the context of many fields, music teaching and learning has largely neglected problem solving. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the skill components of problem solving in music instruction. Author: Rebecca Roesler, University of Texas at Austin

‹‹ Upper String Setup Variables This poster will review literature about various upper string pedagogues’ views of instrument hold, somatology, and anatomy. Teachers included are Karen Tuttle, William Primrose, Paul Rolland, Kato Havas, and Shinichi Suzuki. The second section will present a small study of body types (somatology) and the shoulder rests that work for them. Author: Liz Dinwiddie, Indiana University






Teaching Technique in Middle and High School Has Never Been So Easy! Sponsored by: Alfred Music Publishing Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Blue Arch Music Reading Session

Sponsored by: Blue Arch Music Friday, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Composing, Arranging or Adapting Music for Your Orchestra

Sponsored by: Carl Fischer Music Friday, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Demystifying Your Strings

Sponsored by: D’Addario & Co. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Old Becoming New: Little Known Gems of the String Orchestra Repertoire, Part III

Repertoire and Technique Builders from the Suzuki Catalog for All String Teachers

I Belong! Making Orchestra a Place Everyone Wants to Be

Opening the Tempo Press Library

Sponsored by: Luck’s Music Library Saturday, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Sponsored by: Neil A. Kjos Music Company Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bandroom Basics—Setting a Soundpost

Sponsored by: The Potter Violin Company Thursday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

A Reading Session of Music for a Diverse Program Sponsored by: Reynard Burns Publishing Inc. Saturday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Exploring the Violin Series, 2013 edition

Sponsored by: Frederick Harris Music Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™: Celebrating Student Success

Sponsored by: The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Essential Elements Interactive

Sponsored by: Hal Leonard Corporation Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Teaching Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas

Sponsored by: SHAR Products Company Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


Sponsored by: Summy–Birchard Friday, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Sponsored by: Tempo Press Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bring More to Your Violin Lesson—Plan with The Realist Violin™ Sponsored by: The Realist/Connolly & Co. Thursday, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

New Stylistic Duets for Violin and Cello (or Viola) Sponsored by: ViolinJazz Publishing Thursday, 12:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Envisioning the Future of Electrified Strings

Sponsored by: Wood Violins Saturday, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Improvisational Chamber Music: Jamming in the Classical Style Sponsored by: Yamaha Corporation of America Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

B oard , A ssociates , & C onference C ommittees National Executive Board Bob Phillips, President Stephen Benham, President-Elect Kirk Moss, Past President Rebecca MacLeod, Secretary Renata Bratt, Member-at-Large Natalie Colbert, Member-at-Large Brian Lewis, Member-at-Large Lucy Manning, Member-at-Large Judy Palac, Publications Chair Ken Dattmore, Council President Donna Sizemore Hale, Executive Director

National Office Associates Donna Sizemore Hale, Executive Director Beth Danner-Knight, Deputy Director Deanna Tompkins, Director of Conferences Mary Jane Dye, Deputy Director, Communications Sky Henderson, Manager of Publications and Graphic Design Libby Dietrich, Meetings and Events Manager Tami O’Brien, Membership & Marketing Manager Amanda Bernhardt, Membership Coordinator Deb Bissen, Advocacy and Development Coordinator Gloria Warwick, Office Manager

2013 National Conference Planning Committee Mary Wagner, VA, Chair Nancy Bargerstock, NC Beth Fortune, WA Lisa Maynard, VA Chris Selby, SC Deanna Tompkins, Staff Associate

National Orchestra Festival® Committee Val Palmieri, MI, Chair Bob Phillips, MI, Board Liaison Libby Dietrich, Staff Associate

2013 National Solo Competition Committee Brenda Brenner, IN, Co-Chair Adjudication Scott Laird, NC, Co-Chair Technology Kirk Moss, MI, Board Liaison Libby Dietrich, Staff Associate

Eclectic Strings Committee Beth Fortune, WA, Chair Amy Feldkamp-Marr, MI, On-site Chair Craig Butterfield, SC Tanya Kalmanovitch, NY Renata Bratt, CA, Board Liaison Libby Dietrich, Staff Associate

Juried Research Posters Committee John Geringer, FL, Chair Margaret Berg, CO Margaret Schmidt, AZ Laurie Scott, TX Rebecca MacLeod, NC David Sogin, KY Kirk Moss, Board Liaison Mary Jane Dye, Staff Associate

ASTA National Office

4155 Chain Bridge Rd. • Fairfax, VA 22030 703-279-2113


Call for 2014 Session Proposals Want to Present a Session in Louisville? ASTA’s online submission process for 2014 educational sessions is now available. Submissions will be accepted through March 22, 2013. Visit for details and the link for your online submission. Music Industry Showcases must be reserved through the Exhibitor Prospectus. Companies requesting a showcase must be exhibiting at the 2014 national conference in Louisville. You may also find the prospectus on our website. Limited availability, booked on a first-come, first served basis.









Thursday Thursday, February 28 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

• Opening Ceremony Sponsored by Alfred Music Publishing Co. Convention Center: Ballroom A Join your colleagues along with ASTA President Bob Phillips to officially kick off the 2013 ASTA National Conference. The Berklee World Strings, directed by Eugene Friesen, will be the featured performer and Gerald Klickstein will give the keynote address on the Power of Deep Practice.

Keynote Address— Gerald Klickstein “The Power of Deep Practice” What is the most fundamental skill that we educators teach to our students? How to practice. We know that when young musicians lack the ability to practice effectively, they cannot significantly advance toward their potential. But what do we know about practice skills and how to teach them? Historically, systems of string pedagogy paid scant attention to the inner workings of the learning and performance-preparation processes. Students would be taught how to play the violin, let’s say, but not how to practice and perform music creatively. As a result, most of us gain our practice skills by stitching together bits of information from disparate sources. Over time, we assemble patchworks of skills that shore up our ability to perform, but when it comes to teaching our students to practice and then present heartfelt performances, we often don’t achieve the results we hope for. After introducing deep practice principles and methods, Klickstein will show how they can lead to greater security in performance, more imagination in concert programming, and, ultimately the possibility of our students building sustainable music careers. Guitarist, author, and educator Gerald Klickstein directs the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at the Peabody Institute, where he helps students and alumni attain artistic and professional success. A veteran performer, educator, and career coach with more than 30 years of experience on the concert stage and in higher education, from 1992-2012, he was a member of the distinguished artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He presents workshops throughout the U.S. and writes about diverse topics of interest to musicians including creativity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, occupational health, practice strategies, and performance development. As a member of the Careers Outside the Academy Committee organized by the College Music


Society, he collaborates with music faculty and industry representatives to implement educational programs that enable musicians to thrive in today’s economy. He has also served on the ASTA Board of Directors and was a member of the National Task Force on the Arts in Education convened by the College Board. His book The Musician’s Way (Oxford 2009) and its extensive companion website have drawn global praise for their insightful handling of the issues that today’s musicians face. Thursday, February 28 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

• Harp Multilevel Master Class Convention Center: Rotunda Clinician: Jacqueline Bartlett, University of North Carolina School of Arts Participating Students: Kirsten Bredvik, Brown University; Charles Overton, Berklee College Presider: Diane Winder, Eastern Michigan University Sponsored by Merz-Huber Company • Breaking the Remedial Cycle and Laying the Foundation for Advanced Guitar Studies Convention Center: 558 A/B Remedial teaching of guitarists at college level is usually necessary, but is it inevitable from the start? Sight reading and control of tone, articulation, and dynamics are among the skills that are relatively neglected in beginning teaching, perhaps because of a perception of difficulty. We will discuss how to incorporate these skills into the very first lessons. Presenter: Jonathan Leathwood, University of Denver Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University • Captain Henry Cooke, Pelham Humfrey, and Henry Purcell: Ideas on Recruiting When Everything Has Gone Wrong Convention Center: 554 A/B Come and learn recruiting and retention tips in some of the most difficult situations. Based on professional experience and the remarkable story of Captain Henry Cooke (ca. 16151672), this session aims to help teachers who are looking to expand their programs in quality and quantity. Presenter: Vincent Cee, University of Alaska Fairbanks Presider: Amanda Trimpey, University of South Carolina • Bring More to Your Violin Lesson Plan With the Realist Violin™ Sponsored by The Realist/Connolly & Co. Convention Center: 553 A/B For private and music class teachers who are looking to kick their lessons up a notch, David Wong will present concepts that have proven to increase a student’s connection to their musical study. This simple strategy can bring your students to the next level. Using the Realist Violin, David will show how a musical concept that bridges the gap between classical training, jazz improvisation, and the excitement of popular music can inspire a young student to devote more time and energy to their musical study.

T H U R S D AY Presenter: David Wong Presider: Karen McGhee-Hensel, Shawnee Mission North High School • Eclectic Strings Reading Session Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Clinician: Bert Ligon, University of South Carolina Presider: Jazerae Howell, James Madison University • Fixed Double-Stops: A Neglected Area of Double-Stop Work Convention Center: Ballroom D/E Developed over many decades, Roland Vamos’s unique double-stop exercises are the cornerstone of technical training for all of his students. Using every combination of four fingers in every position on every pair of strings, this comprehensive method prepares the violinist or violist for every double-stop passage they might encounter in their repertoire. In addition, these exercises promote proper left hand set-up, develop interdependence of the fingers, and train coordination between left and right hands. Presenters: Roland Vamos, Northwestern University; Rachel Barton Pine, concert violinist Presider: Michael Palumbo, Weber State University • Healthy Movements, Healthy Playing: Movement Wisdom From Paul Rolland and F. M. Alexander Convention Center: 555 A/B Half a generation and continents apart, F.M. Alexander (18691955) and Paul Rolland (1911-1978) were united in a common cause: overcoming limitations in movements. Alexander’s focus was on recognizing and overcoming reactive movement habits in any life activity. Rolland’s focus was specifically on string playing. How can the approaches of these men benefit string players today? Principles of both will be presented and demonstrated as time allows. Emphasis: freedom of motion, efficiency while playing, and self. Presenters: Lynne Denig, Frisch and Denig Custom Chinrests; Abigail Van Steenhuyse, M. AMSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher Presider: Veronica Sharpe, James Madison University • Help! I Can’t Play in Tune Convention Center: 557 Have you ever practiced a passage until it’s perfectly in tune only to find that it sounds out of tune when played in context? Does it seem arbitrary that an F-sharp should be raised in one passage and lowered in another passage from the same piece, or that a whole step is wider in one passage than another? This session will answer your questions and help you play in tune in any situation! Presenter: Maia Zander, Malibu String Academy Presider: Sharan Leventhal, The Boston Conservatory

• Practice Buddy/Teacher/Mentor/Role Model: Building the Ideal Student Experience Convention Center: 556 A/B How to get the most out of the student-teacher relationship through innovative practice methods and strategies, mentoring, and repertoire planning and selection. Specifically for the private lesson teacher of any level or age student. Presenter: Lynn Ledbetter, Texas State University Presider: Eliza Thomason, Texas Lutheran University • Ten Things My Teacher Taught Me that Just Weren’t True: Common Upper String Myth Conceptions Convention Center: 552 A/B We will examine several common myths and half-truths of upper string pedagogy, such as speeding up at bow changes, collapsing the left hand, and vibrating only from below the pitch to the pitch. Why are these taught? How are they helpful, and how can they be misleading to beginning students? Participants are encouraged to bring instruments to try examples and work out solutions. Presenter: Shelly Tramposh, SUNY Potsdam Presider: Nancy Strelau, Nazareth College • You Want Me to Teach WHAT?! Teaching Strings for the First Time—Success Beyond Survival (2-hour learning lab) Convention Center: 551 A/B With the current economy and national shortage of string teachers, some veteran music educators suddenly find themselves teaching strings for the first time. Others, unexpectedly, may be assigned to teach a different level of strings. This session provides a curriculum outline plus clear and “doable” teaching strategies for all teachers of strings and particularly those who aren’t string majors. Beginning and intermediate skills, fiddling, resources, and other issues will be discussed. Bring an instrument and your questions and join in! Presenter: Andrew Dabczynski, Brigham Young University Presider: Margaret Zufall Roberts, Montclair State University

ASTA Call for 2014 Juried Research Poster Sessions The ASTA Conference Planning Committee is seeking research posters and session proposals from the membership to be presented at the 2014 National Conference. We are seeking sessions related to any aspect of teaching or performance representing cello, double bass, guitar, harp, viola, violin, and the symphony orchestra.

Online submissions only. Visit the conference section at to submit! Call for Session Proposals Due: March 22, 2013; Call for Research Proposals Due: October 15, 2013


Thursday T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 10:00 a.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Dorseyville Middle School Sinfonia Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jeff Bryer, director Competition, Middle School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 11 : 0 0 a . m .

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Simsbury High School Concert Orchestra Simsbury, Connecticut Ryan Ford, director Ratings and Comments, High School Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 11 : 0 0 a . m . – 1 2 : 0 0 p . m .

• Am I Allowed to Do That? Cultivating the Creative Spirit Convention Center: 550 A/B Tapping the creative muse—empowering and teaching methods to access the creative voice using nontraditional techniques, composition, improvisation, and experimentation. Overcoming inhibitions and supporting the imagination to create. This session is adaptable to accommodate all grade levels and playing ability. Presenter sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America Presenter: Martha Mooke, Yamaha artist and clinician Presider: Anna Ostrofsky, Briarcliff High School • Bach Suites Convention Center: 553 A/B There is no surviving manuscript of Bach’s Cello Suites in the composer’s hand, but his manuscript of his version of Suite V for lute is extant, with written out ornamentation and wonderfully surprising harmonies. After the Prelude, from the lute version, all repeats are taken the first time through in the cello version and the second from the lute version. Ornaments and harmonies are without exception all from the composer. Explanation and performance. Presenter: Laurence Lesser, New England Conservatory Presider: Jeffrey Solow, Temple University • Building Stronger Sight Readers: Strategies for Teaching Strong Reading Skills to Young Players Convention Center: 554 A/B Developing strong sight readers benefits any orchestra program. This session provides strategies for moving from rote to


note so that students learn to play patterns of notes and then find those patterns in their music. Doing so allows the student to hear the music as they sight read, strengthening their music literacy and their ability to read ahead. Learning to listen and read will help them play better in time and in tune. Presenter: Charlene Dell, University of Oklahoma Presider: Alison Yankowskas, Londonderry, NH School District • Essential Elements Interactive Convention Center: 555 A/B Sponsored by: Hal Leonard Corporation Learn how you can use technology to automate daily routines such as tuning and warm ups. Also motivate students to quickly learn and internalize performance literature and reinforce a student’s sense of pitch, rhythm, meter, tempo, reading skills, and more. Clinician: Charles Laux Presider: Amanda Goodwin, James Madison University • Freedom through Improvisation: Step by Step to Better Playing on the Harp Convention Center: 558 A/B This clinic is designed to strengthen basic skills needed for improvisation on the harp. It includes exercises, jazz harmony, phrasing, melodic development, reading chord charts, and technical aspects of improvisation on the harp. There also will be a section on how learning jazz harmony can enhance your sight-reading skills and make you a better classical player, both rhythmically and aurally. Presenter: Felice Pomeranz, Berklee College of Music Presider: Judy Palac, Michigan State University • Improvising String Quartets Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Come watch students learn a series of group exercises that explore different theoretical concepts. Then, observe them divide into quartets combining exercises like puzzle pieces to create live improvised string quartets. Improvising string quartets give students the ability to understand in a uniquely intuitive way the compositions of the string quartet genre. This provides them with the ability to interpret and perform works in a truly artistic way! Lots of easy to follow handouts. Presenter: Alice Kanack, Kanack School of Music Presider: Rebecca MacLeod, University of North Carolina at Greensboro • Kreutzer Cubed: A Trio of Pedagogues Share and Compare Teaching Strategies (Two-hour Learning Lab) Convention Center: Rotunda Kreutzer’s 42 Etudes are the cornerstone of modern violin technique and continue to elicit a wide array of approaches from teachers. Unlock a vault of ideas with ways to use the etudes for the process of “rehabilitating” intermediate and advanced level violin/viola students and for developing bow control, fluent shifting, and intonation. Discover parallel repertoire to address common right and left hand

issues, little known duet parts, and fun ideas for transposition and harmonics. Presenters: Brenda Brenner, Indiana University; Elisabeth Small, Belmont University; James Lyon, The Pennsylvania State University Presider: Nancy Bargerstock, Appalachian State University • Resonance! Let Your Body Balance Amplify Your Instrument! Convention Center: 556 A/B Guiding students to experience the vibrations available in resonant tone makes intonation become more than just pitch, but also a physical reality. Seeing, feeling, and understanding the scientific phenomena of vibration helps students become more aware of body balance and the effect on sound production. You have a natural amplification system for your instrument. Learn to access and use it to your advantage. It’s not rocket science, so bring instruments and try it! Presenter: Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas/ Sacramento State University Presider: Janice Hutton, Bob Jones University • Teacher Evaluation and the Rising Tide Convention Center: Ballroom D/E From student teaching to national boards, from the front pages of national media to the world of research, everybody’s talking about teacher evaluation. When jobs and reputations are on the line, as with value-added measures of teaching effectiveness, we all need to consider details of measuring string and orchestra teaching effectiveness. Particular attention will be paid to the TPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). Presenter: Bret Smith, Central Washington University Presider: Dijana Ihas, Pacific University T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 1:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Heritage High School Philharmonic Orchestra Saginaw, Michigan Jason Pfeifer, director Ratings and Comments, High School String Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 3:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance

T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 4:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra Bellevue, Washington Shira Katsman, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 5:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Simsbury High School Chamber Orchestra Simsbury, Connecticut Ryan Ford, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 6:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

University High School Symphony Orchestra Irvine, California Grace Lee, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company Thursday, February 28 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

• Multi-level Chamber Music Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinicians: Miró Quartet members Students Participating: Ketri Quartet, Arlington High School Bethany Hagin, Aaron Stier, Jiyun Yoon, Cassity Wanecke; Undergraduate Honors String Quartet, University of Rhode Island - Allison DuBois, Jen Langevin, Christina Stavrakas, Emily Johnston Presider: Margaret Zufall Roberts, Montclair State University Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, Violoncellos LLC

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Iolani Middle School Orchestra Honolulu, Hawaii Katherine Hafner, director Competition, Middle school String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company


Thursday • Assessing Individual Student Progress in Guitar Performing Ensembles: Challenges and Opportunities Convention Center: 558 A/B Increasingly, schools across the country are adopting valueadded assessment models that require teachers to track individual student progress. This session will highlight the challenges inherent in applying such models to music performance classes, focusing specifically guitar ensemble classes. Presenter: Scott Seifried, James W. Robinson Secondary School Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University • But, I Memorized It! I Just Can’t Remember How It Goes Convention Center: 554 A/B The fear of a memory slip during performance can be paralyzing. However, much of the risk of memory slips comes from the way we go about memorizing music. This session will help you discover or revisit the different approaches to memorization, including one designed to make your musical memory the most solid element of your performance. Presenter: Katarzyna Bugaj, Florida State University Presider: Diane Winder, Eastern Michigan University • Developing Community Support for Your String Project (NSPC Session) Convention Center: 555 A/B This session will present ideas and strategies for increasing all types of community support for your String Project or other string program, including fundraising, publicity, use of volunteers, and other support mechanisms. String Project directors and advocates will form a panel to share successes and discuss this important element of building and sustaining support for your program. Moderator: Adriana Ransom, Illinois State University Presider: Eugene Dowdy, University of Texas at San Antonio • Middle School Full Orchestra: Making It Work for You Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Too often a full orchestra experience is postponed until high school. Both string students and wind/percussion students are shortchanged unless the foundation of full-orchestra skills are established at the middle school level. Presenter: Sandra Dackow, William Paterson University Presider: William Slechta, Wake County Public School System • Music in-at-with the Core! Supporting Common Core Standards in Orchestra Convention Center: 556 A/B The common core state standards is a set of rigorous standards that define the knowledge and skills students should have in mathematics and English language arts. That doesn’t mean music educators, and orchestra classes, should move to the sideline. Stay in-at-with the Core! Learn specifically about the standards for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects, and how you can address some of them in orchestra—in ways that enhance performance. Presenter: Wendy Barden, District 279, Osseo Area Schools Presider: Sarah Black, North Gwinnett Middle School


• New Stylistic Duets for Violin and Cello (or Viola) Omni: Providence Sponsored by: Violin Jazz Publishing For intermediate and advanced string players, composed and arranged by violinist Jeremy Cohen and designed for maximum fun with a string instrument in your hands. Tango, swing jazz, Brazilian choro, and other contemporary genres assure an exciting playing and listening experience combined with practical technical notes and ideas for playing in contemporary styles. Presenter: Jeremy Cohen Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University, retired • What Every String Player Needs to Know About the Body: Body Mapping for Musicians Convention Center: 551 A/B Musicians move for a living so it is essential that we move according to the true anatomical design of our body. When we move poorly, due to a misconception about our design, we suffer pain and injury. This presentation reveals common misconceptions that string players hold about their body in movement, how to identify them, and how to correct them in order to play with ease and poise. Presenter: Jennifer Johnson, Andover Educators Presider: Shelby Montgomery, Florida State University • Music Education Roundtable Convention Center: 550 A/B Originally conceived and formalized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Music Education Policy Roundtable represents music education organizations unified under a single policy banner, working together to achieve a consensus set of federal legislative recommendations, particularly the presence of school music programs offering sequential, standards-based music education. We will discuss our work, and how you can be a more effective advocate for your own music programs. Presenter: Shannon Kelly, National Association for Music Education Presider: Kirk Moss, ASTA Past President Thursday, February 28 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

• Multi-level Guitar Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Jonathan Leathwood, University of Denver Participating Students: James Davidson, Bridgewater State University; Geoffrey Valentine, Bridgewater State University Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University Sponsored by Johnson String Instrument

T H U R S D AY • All for One, and One for All: Helping Guide Student Chamber Groups Toward Artistic Responsibility and Independence Convention Center: 554 A/B This session aims to help both string teachers and students who are involved in the chamber music process address key components needed to work toward artistic success, both in coaching and rehearsals. Included are live demonstrations and suggested reading materials. Presenters: Susan Robison, University of Rhode Island; Ann Danis, University of Rhode Island Presider: Wesley Baldwin, University of Tennessee, Knoxville • Assessment and Grading Policies in Secondary Ensembles: Developing Individual Musicianship, as well as Supporting Music in Community Convention Center: Ballroom D/E Presenters will provide suggestions for assessment in secondary music ensemble classes that relate to program goals, values, and advocacy. Beginning with a discussion of assessment strategies currently in use, we’ll provide suggestions for diversifying assessment to include projects in which orchestra members improve their musicianship, support the musicianship of others, and share their gifts with the ensemble community or the larger community. We will conclude with a reflection on inherent challenges of assessment in music classes. Presenters: Kristen Pellegrino, University of Texas at San Antonio; Joshua Russell, The Hartt School Presider: Anna Ostrofsky, Briarcliff High School • Best Practices in the National String Project Consortium (NSPC) String Projects Convention Center: 555 A/B This session will feature presentations by directors, master teachers, and apprentice teachers from String Projects around the United States, including topics such as teaching beginning classes, group classes, private lessons, orchestras, chamber music, theory, and technology in these programs. Moderator: Michael Palumbo, Weber State University Presider: Eugene Dowdy, University of Texas at San Antonio • Bon Voyage! GPS for the Fingerboard Omni: Newport/Washington You can call a travel agent to plan your trip around the world, but you are responsible for your own trip on the four-lane highway of your instrument. A careful plan will allow you to consider alternative routes and make the best decision for the most efficient trip while avoiding recalculating along the way. Presenters: William Dick, retired, Austin Independent School District; Laurie Scott, University of Texas at Austin

composition of a string affects every nuance of the player’s interaction with their instrument. This session will include: how strings are made and what they’re made of; how those materials affect a player’s experience; how to choose the right string for your style and instrument, and how to get the most from those strings. Clinician: Liz Benoit Crew Presider: Andrea Meyers, string specialist consultant • Fitting the Instrument to the Body: When All Bodies Are Different! Convention Center: 556 A/B Learn about the spectrum of shoulder, neck, jaw, and head shapes to pick the best shoulder rest/chin rest combination for your body. The study of somatology is relevant to all teachers, no matter your pedagogical preferences for use of a shoulder rest in playing a violin or viola. Presenter: Liz Dinwiddie, Indiana University Presider: Lucy Lewis, University of Iowa • Five Minutes a Day: Composition and Improvisation for the Intermediate String Class Convention Center: 550 A/B Building upon last year’s session for beginners, participants will explore improvisation and composition in the string classroom at the intermediate level. This session is designed to give options for teachers to incorporate creative activities in the rehearsal or string class setting. Various hands-on activities will be demonstrated to give a repertoire of possibilities for improvising and composing with young students. Presenter: Nancy Conley, SUNY Potsdam Presider: BettyAnne Gottlieb, University of Cincinnati • Keeping Current Omni: Providence Learn how to keep your middle and high school string players involved by adding their favorite pop grooves and improvisation into the repertoire. Find out how to quickly extract the fundamental parts of any tune and adapt them to a string ensemble. Learn how to find the right notes and rhythms that will offer your students a springboard for improvisation. This work offers the added benefit of developing your students’ ears and understanding of harmony. And finally, discover how to turn these few essentials into an encore for your next concert. Presenter: Mimi Rabson, Berklee College of Music Presider: Natalie Colbert, Sutton Middle School

• Demystifying Your Strings Sponsored by D’Addario & Co. Convention Center: Ballroom B/C A presentation and discussion on string making and how the


Thursday • Holistic Approach to Playing and Performing Convention Center: 551 A/B We all know that exercise, proper nutrition, and ample rest are key to living a long and healthy life. But, how key are they to the practicing, playing and performing of our instruments? In this presentation the benefits of psychological, physical, social and spiritual well-being are discussed in relation to our role as musicians, performers, and teachers. Just 30 minutes of exercise 5 days/week can bring both our active and resting heart rates down and enhance cardiovascular efficiency. That, in turn, translates to a lower and more stable heart rate during high adrenaline situations, such as performing. Just a few minutes of yoga’s “Sun Salutation” can clear the mind and increase flexibility and strength in the body. Guided imagery can enhance both relaxation and preparation. Self-hypnosis can increase focus and promote a sense of well-being. Musicians, already akin to physical and mental discipline, respond positively to embracing one or many facets of a holistic approach to playing and performing. Presenter: Nokuthula Ngwenyama, concert violinist Presider: Daphne Gerling, University of North Texas • Using Eyes for More Than Just Seeing: Applying the Principles of Tai Chi to Violin Playing and Pedagogy Convention Center: 552 A/B Following last year’s session on Tai Chi and embodiment in violin playing, this year we will discover just how much our eyes affect our posture, balance, and alignment. Staring at sheet music, bow or left hand, or even into space reduces awareness both internally (body, movement and tension) and externally (other musicians and audience), and, most importantly, of sound produced. We will explore hard/soft gazes and how our eyes affect our listening, playing and sound. Presenter: Kia-Hui Tan, Ohio State University Presider: Danielle Fagan, James Madison University T h u r s d a y, F e b r u a r y 2 8 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

• Pre-College Violin Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Lynn Ledbetter, Texas State University Participating Students: William Yao, Barrington Middle School; Ilana Zaks, Pollard Middle School Presider: Eliza Thomason, Texas Lutheran University Sponsored by SHAR Products Company • The ASTA National Curriculum for Middle and High School Orchestras: A Framework for Rehearsal Planning, Teaching Techniques, and Long-Term Success (two-hour learning lab) Sponsored by Duquesne University Convention Center: Rotunda Rehearsal planning is a daily task for most school teachers. With all of the emphasis placed by schools on curricular connections, goals and standards, it can be hard to make sure that you are accomplishing everything your


students need. This session focuses on how the ASTA Standards and Curriculum can help you design effective and comprehensive rehearsals, meet curricular standards and benchmarks, and connect the rehearsal directly to assessment outcomes. We will look at a wide range of creative and effective rehearsal strategies designed to keep your students engaged. Presenter: Stephen Benham, ASTA President-Elect Demo Group: Dorseyville Middle School Presider: Rebecca MacLeod, University of North Carolina at Greensboro • Bandroom Basics—Setting a Soundpost Convention Center: 554 A/B Sponsored by: The Potter Violin Company Dalton Potter will teach the basics of how to set up a soundpost that has fallen down. By the end of the session, each student will have reset a soundpost by themselves. We will also cover the various tools needed to maintain string instruments in your school and how to decide whether you can “do it yourself” or need the assistance of a trained luthier. Clinician: Dalton Potter Presider: Lisa Miller, Pennsville School District (NJ) • Bringing Up Advocates and Lifelong Learners—The Major Doesn’t (Really) Matter Convention Center: 556 A/B We may hope that our students, regardless of college major, will be lifelong players and advocates for music and string education. But often we lose touch with the non-music major, and fail to explicitly help majors function outside of their music specialties. This session will look at string players who distinguished themselves in other careers, and the role higher education can play in nurturing advocacy and lifelong learning. Presenters: Janet Jensen, The University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lindsey Castellano, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Annie Melconian, University of Wisconsin-Madison Presider: Sharan Leventhal, performer • Creating Variations . . . So Easy, So Valuable, So Much Fun! Convention Center: 557 An effective way to teach music theory is to get students involved in experimenting with music. This session demonstrates how to create variations from familiar folk tunes by: changing the meter, rhythm or mode; varying the melody by using ornamentation and scale segments; creating countermelodies and simple accompaniment patterns. Your students will love this painless springboard into the world of creating and analyzing music. Bring your instrument and let’s have fun together. Presenter: Jody Harmon, private studio teacher Presider: Robert Salzberg, James Madison University • Crosmer-Popper Duets: Combining Technique with Musical Expression in a Chamber Music Setting Convention Center: 550 A/B A set of etudes was composed, meant to be played simultaneously with the 40 High School Etudes by David Popper. Enti-

T H U R S D AY tled the Crosmer-Popper Duets, the second cello part is of the same difficulty as the original etudes and emphasizes similar technical aspects while covering more ground. By performing these etudes as duets, students must not only focus on combining technique with musicality, but also learn to adjust to the dynamic of a second player. Presenter: Jeremy Crosmer, University of Michigan Presider: Elizabeth Gergel, University of South Carolina • Every Musician Can Improvise Omni: Providence Classical musicians play the works of composers who share their musical expression with us. We work with complex rhythm and harmonies as we learn our pieces. That musicianship is part of our musical language. Irene Sazer, of the Real Vocal String Quartet (and formerly the Turtle Island String Quartet), is a master teacher of improvisation, using games and simple structures to walk the classical player easily into the world of improvisation. Very safe, very fun. Presenter: Irene Sazer, Real Vocal String Quartet Presider: Cybele D’Ambrosio, private studio teacher • The New Horizons Orchestra: A Research-Based Model for Lifelong Learning and Teacher Training Convention Center: 551 A/B The Brigham Young University New Horizons Orchestra provides an opportunity for adults to begin study of a stringed instrument. It serves as an “entry point” into music education for people who have never played before and a “re-entry” point for those who have been away from music making for many years. It also functions as a teaching and research laboratory for music education students. Discover the joys and benefits of a beginning, multi-generational string program. Presenter: Andrew Dabczynski, Brigham Young University Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired • Practicing and Fun: The Twain Shall Meet Convention Center: 555 A/B String performers and teachers are sometimes at a loss for ways to make practicing more enjoyable. Often our perception of practicing equates more with tedious repetition and isolation, than it does with fun and excitement. This presentation will provide ways to inspire your students to look forward to the challenges of daily practice. With the right motivation and concentration, they can experience a sense of accomplishment that will keep them coming back for more. Presenter: Paul Robinson, Ohio State University Presider: Janice Hutton, Bob Jones University

• Time to Teach: The Warm Up as the Foundation of Your Orchestra Rehearsal Convention Center: 552 A/B This session will review the importance of the warm up in the string ensemble class as the most important time to introduce new concepts and will review skills and techniques that are best addressed in this manner (prior to their appearance in performance literature). Dr. Alexander will include excerpts of new and old publications by a wide variety of publishers, which address each skill or technique. Participants are encouraged to bring instruments and read the excerpts. Presenter: Michael Alexander, Baylor University Presider: Charlene Monte, Dartmouth Public Schools

Eclectic Strings Festival Omni: Narragansett Ballroom

ESF Clinic – Matt Glaser Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation & Alfred Music Publishing Thursday, February 28 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• Multi-level Eclectic Styles Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Randy Sabien Presider: Gail Bauser, Kenmore East High School Sponsored by Electric Violin Shop • Discovering Romani Music with the Bohemian Quartet Omni: Providence Discover Romani music with the Bohemian Quartet and the string students from Cranston High School West, Cranston, Rhode Island. Session participants will be introduced to the musical styles of the East Central European performance practices employed by 19th and early 20th century Romani musicians. Bring your instrument and play the exhilarating, yet hauntingly beautiful, music of the Romani! Presenter: Christine Harrington, Cranston High School West Presider: Kriszti Bunica, Pacific University

• String Industry Council Meeting Convention Center: 558 A/B Join String Industry Council President, Ken Dattmore as we hold an open discussion of topics and challenges currently affecting the industry. Moderator: Ken Dattmore, Yamaha Corporation of America


Thursday • Everything You Need to Know About Starting ASTACAP Exams Convention Center: 552 A/B Enjoy an informative session about ASTACAP, ASTA’s amazing Certification Advancement Program. Topics of discussion will include how to set up ASTACAP exams in your area, learning the rules associated with ASTACAP, tips to help with the exam process, hiring and training judges, finding a suitable exam location, and learning how to make the repertoire list work for your unique private studio. This energizing session will tell you everything you need to know! Presenter: Stephanie Meyers, University of Texas at El Paso Presider: Judy Palac, Michigan State University • I Belong! Making Orchestra a Place Everyone Wants to Be Sponsored by: Neil A. Kjos Music Company Convention Center: Ballroom D/E When members of an ensemble know each other, respect each other, feel connected and committed to the collective result, the music they create together will be nothing short of amazing! School connectedness is a strong factor in student achievement. Experience several activities to develop strong teacher-student and student-student interactions in your ensemble --interactions that lead to stronger performances. Clinician: Wendy Barden Presider: Kelley Williams, Fairfax County Public Schools • Innovative Uses of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal Convention Center: 550 A/B The use of technology in the secondary string rehearsal can help improve your students’ playing skills and make your rehearsals more effective and efficient. Various devices, such as computers, document cameras, tuners and metronomes, along with various software applications like Quicktime, PowerPoint and others. Learn how to bring YouTube into your classroom even if it is blocked at your school. Other Internet sites will also be demonstrated. Presenter: Joseph Brennan, School District of Haverford Township Presider: William Slechta, Wake County Public School System • The Low Second Finger and Other Challenges for the Early Intermediate Violist: Solutions and Materials Convention Center: 551 A/B Early intermediate viola students are traditionally introduced to the low second finger pattern at the same time appropriate for a young violinist, but this often with mixed results. This session will present a detailed approach for addressing this problem using examples from the standard repertoire and others. Early tone production and bowing issues facing the intermediate violist also will be addressed. Presenter: Constance Gee, University of South Carolina Presider: Meredith Miller, University of South Carolina


• Stringathon: Using Group Solos in a Festival Setting for Insanely Awesome Student Motivation, Achievement, and Authentic Assessment in Middle School Convention Center: Ballroom B/C What inspired the first-year violinist to learn III position? Why did the slacker-violist take his viola home in January? How did the cellist finally learn to love extensions? Why were there 350 string students in the gym in February? And how did those 25 basses make the trek across the district? What’s the big deal about ten levels? And why will they do all over again next year? A group solo festival called Stringathon. Bring instruments. Presenter: Ellen Ravnan, Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora, CO Presider: Andrea Meyers, string specialist consultant • Structuring a Young Ensemble’s Learning Curve: The Musical Hourglass Convention Center: 556 A/B Miró Quartet members describe the efficient and structured use of a young ensemble’s rehearsal time to develop from the first stages of learning a piece through to performance level. Includes techniques for rehearsing intonation, ensemble, interpretation, balance, style and interpersonal communication skills. Presenters: Miró Quartet members Presider: Margaret Zufall Roberts, Montclair State University • The Unpublished Violin Music by Rebecca Clarke Convention Center: 554 A/B Rebecca Clarke was often remembered for her distinguished career as a violist and her contribution to the viola repertoire. However, Clarke chose the violin as the center role for her most important works in the beginning of her compositional career. Unfortunately, the majority of these works were left in her estate, remaining unknown until the year 2000. This session will explore Clarke’s unpublished compositions, which are great additions to violinists’ concert repertoire or private study. Presenter: Ting-Lan Chen, University of Nebraska, Kearney Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University, retired • We’re All in This Together!: The University of Colorado Middle School String Ensemble Program Convention Center: 555 A/B Come learn about an authentic context teaching program that provides valuable teaching experiences while also servicing the local community. Presenters: Margaret Berg, University of Colorado; Christian Tremblay, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Presider: BettyAnne Gottlieb, University of Cincinnati

Thursday, February 28 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Grand Opening of the Exhibits and Reception Convention Center: Exhibit Hall C &D Sponsored by: Merz-Huber Company You will not want to miss this year’s Grand Opening! Wear your patriotic attire or something red, white or blue!! Exhibitors will be available to demonstrate new products and services, showcase a host of valuable time-saving teaching tools and instruments for you and answer all of your questions. This is the best place to see things up-close and personal. A special performance by Berklee Jazz Harp Ensemble: The Boston Harp Project, under the direction of Felice Pomeranz, will take place outside of the exhibit hall. Thursday, February 28 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

• Dine Around Providence If you have signed up to participate in the dine-around, meet in the Lobby of the Omni Hotel at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

• An Evening with Rachel Barton Pine and Mark O’Connor (Ticketed Event, Pre-Ordered) Convention Center: Exhibit Hall A

Rachel Barton Pine

ASTA continues to provide you with memorable events in Providence! Your ticket allows you to come and enjoy dinner with your ASTA colleagues and very special guests, Mark O’Connor and Rachel Barton Pine. Not only will they share their views on the future of string education, but they will also treat attendees to a rare performance.


NHSHO The next National High School Honors Orchestra (NHSHO) will be held March 5 - 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with the national conference. The NHSHO is a performing group of 120 competitively selected high school musicians. High school students can now apply directly to the national level using the new online DecisionDesk software that ASTA is utilizing. Students interested in applying need to fill out basic application information and upload the required audition repertoire in audio formats: mp3, ogg, m4a, aiff, wma, wav, aac. The 2014 NHSHO will be under the direction of Gary Lewis, a strong advocate of music education, chosen conductor of numerous honors orchestras and all-state orchestras, and a regular presence at the Interlochen Summer Arts Gary Lewis Camp for many years. He is in great demand as a clinician, having worked with hundreds of public school ensembles across the nation. ASTA is excited to have him conduct the 2014 NHSHO. Interested students can start preparing by using the repertoire found on the ASTA website. Online submissions are due June 15, 2013. The 2014 NHSHO Concert program will be Symphony no. 5 in D minor, op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich. Application and information are now available on ASTA’s website.

DecisionDesk is the new, easy software ASTA is using to collect auditions for the National High School Honors Orchestra.

Mark O’Connor




Friday F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

• Sunrise Educational Sessions Sponsored by Merz-Huber Company Attend one the following Sunrise Sessions (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.) and receive a special gift. (While supplies last!) • How to Write and Produce a Musical Drama Using the Suzuki Literature Convention Center: 553 A/B Re-write a fairytale with a musical twist in the plot line, add humor, good string playing, lyrics, dancing and costumes and you have the makings of a sure fire way to “jazz” up your elementary string program. Come hear how one small elementary school in Farmington, Connecticut, has been doing this for 18 years. Presenters: Janet Fantozzi, Union School, Farmington, Connecticut; Mattie Banzhaf, retired Presider: Lucy Lewis, University of Iowa • The Temperamental Beast: Making “Cents” of Intonation Convention Center: 551 A/B In high-level string playing, what confident students think they know about intonation can begin to break down. When moving among solo works, chamber music, works with piano and orchestral performance, adjustments of concept and technique in intonation must be made. Fundamental issues between equal temperament and just intonation will be explored in multiple musical contexts. Strategies will be shared for improving student performance and awareness of these issues. Presenter: John Fetter, Eastman School of Music Presider: Sharan Leventhal, performer • Tune It Up! Intonation Tricks for String Orchestras Convention Center: 552 A/B Feel like a broken record? Tired of repeating the same old “low two, high three?” This session offers innovative ideas for teaching and refining string intonation, as well as some fun refreshers of old tried-and-true approaches. Bring your instrument and play along as we discuss timesaving, “no-room-forexcuse” tricks that you can use with your string students. Presenter: Karin Hendricks, Ball State University Presider: Amanda Trimpey, University of South Carolina • The Yin and Yang of Teaching Strings Convention Center: 550 A/B Are there days when you’re sure that your career choice of being a string teacher was clairvoyant, and you were meant to do this with your life? Are there other days when you might rather wear a silly hat and deliver pizza to strangers’ doors? Take a journey with the author of I Want to Play Forever: Journey Back to Public School Teaching, and interactively engage in the yin and yang of string teaching. Presenter: Bruce Wood, Texas Tech University Presider: Kirk Moss, Lawrence University


Friday, March 1 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

• The ASTA National Curriculum for Elementary Strings: A Roadmap to Success Convention Center: Rotunda Local, state and national standards paired with new teacher evaluation systems are being instituted in all states, requiring everyone to have a well thought-out curriculum. The session will focus on how to use and incorporate the elementary part of the ASTA curriculum to energize your teaching and create motivated/successful students. Specific teaching strategies and techniques will be demonstrated that you can implement on Monday. Bring an instrument for this hands-on and very practical showcase session. Presenter: Bob Phillips, ASTA President Presider: Sarah Black, North Gwinnett Middle School • Having a Blast! Understanding the Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion in Full Orchestra Convention Center: Ballroom D/E Everyone loves great orchestral literature, but many string teachers lack confidence when it comes to combining winds with strings. Leading guest experts offer tips for realizing success with woodwind, brass, and percussion sections within the specific framework of music for intermediate and high school orchestras. Orchestral winds and percussion are approached differently from band—sharpen your full orchestra chops! Presenter: Sandra Dackow, William Paterson University Presider: Adam Michlin, Barron Collier High School • Intermediate Solo Violin Repertoire From Seitz to Accolay Convention Center: 550 A/B If you are seeking an ideal repertoire path for your intermediate violin student, this session can help! We’ll identify effective solos for navigating this critical stage in violinists’ development, and discover the technical milestones achieved through the repertoire. Presenter: Jennifer Wiley, Susquehanna University Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired • A Meeting of the Minds: Exploring the Partnership Between Private Studio Teachers and School Orchestra Directors Convention Center: 551 A/B Private teachers and school orchestra directors have some important things in common: their students and their goals. This session will explore creative ways for teachers to collaborate, thus creating better sounding orchestras, and better playing individuals. Both classroom and private lesson techniques will be introduced, including warm ups, repertoire, sight reading, technique, chair placements and proposals for creating student partnerships. When teachers work together, it is a winning combination for our students. Presenter: Daniel Levitov, The Peabody Institute Preparatory Presider: William Slechta, Wake County Public School

• Nature Versus Nurture Issues in Intonation Instruction: Can Good Intonation Be Taught? Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Do you believe good intonation can be taught? How do your beliefs and expectations affect your teaching and your students’ musical success? What are some specific activities and teaching strategies we can use to help students develop these skills over a long period of time? Come and find out how using accompaniment, providing quality musical experiences, using creative pedagogical approaches, and addressing psychological factors can help your students achieve their full potential. Presenter: Sandy Goldie, University of Florida Presider: Anna Ostrofsky, Briarcliff High School • Strategies for Teaching Composition to K-12 String Students Convention Center: 552 A/B Do you ever wonder how you can incorporate composition into all teaching situations? Are there ways to create success for all students? This session will cover strategies for teaching composition to students of all ages and ability-levels. Various materials and methods designed with string students in mind will be discussed. Sample student work will be shown and a panel of student-teachers that are currently using the composition curriculum with elementary students will share their experiences. Presenters: Julie Carr, St. Mary’s School; James Mick, Ithaca College Presider: Shelby Montgomery, Florida State University

• Why You Do What You Do: The Science Behind Suzuki Convention Center: 555 A/B Many of Suzuki’s pedagogical concepts were based on his own philosophy and experience. However, some core ideas central to Suzuki instruction are related to psychological, cognitive and even neurological findings. What Suzuki found to work with his young students, and what current teachers continue to do, has much support in what other fields have discovered. This session will be useful to all string teachers, as many ideas pertain to general pedagogy. Presenter: Amber Peterson, private studio teacher Presider: Elizabeth Gergel, University of South Carolina F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 9:00 a.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Randolph High School String Orchestra Randolph, New Jersey Eric Schaber, director Ratings and Comments, High School String Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 10:00 a.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

• Teaching Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas Sponsored by SHAR Products Company Convention Center: 554 A/B Charles Avsharian, master teacher and CEO of SHAR Products, will address the inherent problems that teachers face when teaching the Sonatas and Partitas. Both right-hand and lefthand issues will be analyzed and solved. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an open forum question/answer session after the initial presentation. Clinician: Charles Avsharian Presider: Lucy Lewis, University of Iowa

Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra Ann Arbor, Michigan Jonathan Glawe, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company

• Strings Performance at the Heart of the University

Liberty Senior High School Chamber Orchestra Liberty, Missouri Mary Lou Jones, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company

Convention Center: 556 A/B Ambitious string students are told: You can get excellent musical training or an excellent education. Music schools echo this dichotomy in programming and recruiting priorities. But is this a false choice? This panel considers the possibility that 21st-century musicians with an artistically and intellectually rigorous education are best equipped to succeed in a fluid and competitive profession; and the further possibility that humanities-infused pedagogy affords music performance a central role in higher education. Presenters: Mark Rudoff, Ohio State University; Michael Heald, University of Georgia; Elisabeth Small, Belmont University

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National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium


Friday Friday, March 1 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

• Collegiate Violin Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Joseph Genualdi, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Students Participating: Maya Ramchandran, Brown University; Matthew Slesinski, Brown University Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired Sponsored by SHAR Products Company • Cello Ensemble! Rehearsal Strategies and Repertoire Selection Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Cello ensemble can be a delightful genre, whether played oneon-a-part as chamber music or as a cello orchestra. Advantages include the ability to blend, the popularity of the timbre of the cello, and the capability of having everyone read any of the parts. Disadvantages include the danger of “muddiness” in the low registers, the possibility of an overly dense sound, and lack of timbral variety. The choice of repertoire combined with the right rehearsal strategies. Presenter: Benjamin Whitcomb, University of WisconsinWhitewater Presider: Natalie Colbert, Sutton Middle School • Cello Pedagogy for Non-Cellists Convention Center: 554 A/B Geared toward the classroom instructor trained in violin, viola, and bass, this session will present a comprehensive and sequential overview of cello pedagogy. Presenter: Scott Cook, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Presider: Matthew Tifford, private studio teacher • A Demonstration of Interschool, Intergenerational, Intercommunity String Orchestra Rehearsal and Concert Techniques Convention Center: Ballroom D/E Why should bands have all the fun, get more funding, and achieve greater status in the community? Lieberman will share techniques she’s employed nationwide and use orchestra score examples to demonstrate how you can generate intergenerational performances that stimulate exciting, recruitment-ripe all-school, all-community events. Inspire enrollment and intensify motivation by generating concerts that include and involve everyone—even the audience. Presenter: Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Strings Without Boundaries Demo Groups: Cranston, Rhode Island High School and Middle School Orchestras, directed by Pam Lowell Presenter sponsored by Kendor, D’Addario, & NS Design Presider: Muriel Orcutt, Goffstown School District • Examining Your First Job Through the Interview and Preparation Lens Convention Center: Rotunda Current educational initiatives and trends will be


highlighted along with interview tips and tricks. Students will practice sample interview questions based on initiatives and classroom procedure, grading, and more. Presenter: Denese Odegaard, Fargo Public Schools Presider: Debra Myers, Fairfax County Public Schools • From Both Sides Now: Exploring Two Perspectives on Eclectic Styles in Higher Education Convention Center: 550 A/B With the increased interest in eclectic styles in recent years, string music in higher education has become an important location of intercultural negotiation and dialogue. Institutions and students wrestle to navigate these types of music in this context. This session presents qualitative studies and discussion that explore eclectic styles in higher education, and considers new ideas for prospective eclectic styles students, string teachers at all levels, and stakeholders in institutionalized programs. Presenters: Nate Olson, Columbia University; Mari Black, Columbia University Presider: Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University • How to Include Special Needs Students Into Your Orchestra Program Convention Center: 556 A/B This session will focus on how orchestra directors can include students with varying degrees of disabilities into their string programs in a practical way. This session will include tips on how to manage behavior, meet accommodations, and make appropriate modifications to the class and curriculum in order for all students to have access to the unique experience of being part of an orchestra. This session will also include coverage of frequently asked questions about IDEA. Presenter: Vivian Gonzalez, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Presider: Danielle Fagan, James Madison University • If You Feel Right You Will Sound Right! Convention Center: 551 A/B Learning to play an instrument is really learning what playing should feel like. Presenter: Jeffrey Solow, Temple University Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University • Music Advocacy: An Open Dialog Convention Center: 555 A/B Music advocacy on the front lines. The presenter will lead and moderate open dialog on current issues related to music advocacy. Attendees are invited to submit questions before and during the session. Presenter: John Benham, Liberty University Presider: Mary Wagner, Fairfax County Public Schools • Releasing Your Creative Intuition (two-hour learning lab) Omni: Providence Experienced improvisers, and seven year-olds, know the special quality of abandonment that accompanies their most joyful play. How do classically-trained players get there? How do we

attain the quality of listening that allows us to model the intricacies of great music in our free play? Eugene Friesen demonstrates the duality of “rigor and surrender” in this participatory workshop and discussion. Presenter: Eugene Friesen, Berklee College of Music Presider: Liz Ehrman, Fairfax County Public Schools • Teaching Technique in Middle and High School Has Never Been So Easy! Sponsored by Alfred Music Publishing Convention Center: 552 A/B Sound Development: Intermediate and SD: Advanced String Orchestra offer new warm-up exercises for developing tone and technique! At the middle school level, these easy-to-use warm-up exercises for developing tone and attack strokes, shifting skills, and two-octave scales and arpeggios are perfect. High school friendly ways to teach the all-state threeoctave scales are included as well as exercises for developing advanced right-hand skills and upper level shifting. Clinicians: Kirk Moss and Bob Phillips Presider: Andrea Meyers, string specialist consultant F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 1 0 : 4 5 a . m . – 11 : 4 5 a . m .

• Collegiate Level Viola Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Nokuthula Ngwenyama, concert violinist Students Participating: Justin Redona, Pacific University; Grace Stokan, Brown University Presider: Michael Palumbo, Weber State University • Are Etudes Necessary? Concise and Efficient Alternatives to Building a Solid Foundation Convention Center: 555 A/B Finding the time to practice is an increasingly elusive exercise for students. As their teachers, it is our challenge to provide them with the best strategies for efficiency. In this interactive session (please bring violins!) we will present some of our favorite mini-etudes, constructed to strip away everything besides the core technical issue being addressed. We will demonstrate how to execute them, how to assign them, and how to customize them for each student. Presenters: Elizabeth Faidley, Manhattan School of Music; Ryan Caparella, Western Springs School of Talent Education Presider: Cybele D’Ambrosio, private studio teacher • Blue Arch Music Reading Session Sponsored by Blue Arch Music Convention Center: Ballroom B/C The Blue Arch Music catalogue of folk and contemporary music has a wealth of great arrangements and new compositions for your string orchestra or string quartet. All the parts are interesting to play. The melodies weave throughout the orchestra with innovative accompaniment figures, rhythms and techniques. In this session, Elisa Sereno-Janz will guide you through

the resources available to support teachers and students in their practice and performance of our music. Come, bring your instrument and discover how much fun it is to play Blue Arch Music! (Instruments on loan will be available.) Clinician: Elisa Sereno-Janz Presider: Kirk Moss, Lawrence University • Careers in Music Business Convention Center: 551 A/B Members of the String Industry Council present the wide array of careers, internships, and educational opportunities that are available with a music background. Join the panel for a wideranging discussion. Moderator: Ken Dattmore, Yamaha Corporation of America Presider: Christine Nixon, University of South Carolina • Improving Violin/Viola Intonation and Pitch Conceptualization Convention Center: 552 A/B Good intonation is a lifelong quest, even for the best string players. So, it is a worthwhile pursuit from the earliest stages of study. This session will address finger patterns, hand frame stability, elbow/wrist/thumb placement, finger pressure, vibrato, and intonation exercises. We also will discuss predictable badintonation situations: starting badly on the first note, changing finger patterns, stretches, stretches affecting other fingers, same-finger half-steps, descending whole-steps, descending 1st to 4th finger half-step spacing, and shifting. Presenter: J. Patrick Rafferty, University of Louisville Presider: Elisabeth Small, Belmont University • Nurturing the Teacher Within the Performer Convention Center: 556 A/B This session suggests convincing arguments for the need for pedagogy in performance curriculum in order to prepare students for a rich and diverse career in music and sustain the student-teacher cycle vital to the survival of music. Clinicians will explore an approach that nurtures performance skills while offering essential elements of teaching to all performers. Presenters: Cornelia Watkins, Rice University; Laurie Scott, University of Texas Austin Presider: Lucy Lewis, University of Iowa • Orchestra Nation: Building a Beginning String Program That Has Broad Appeal to Students, Parents, and School Communities Convention Center: 554 A/B This session provides ideas on how to get young students interested in your string program, how to keep them motivated and interested in continuing, and how to gain advocates who will support your program as it grows in quantity and quality. Brian Powell shares “tried and true” recruitment, retention, and community building strategies that he has seen produce hundreds of passionate participant’s and supporters of music. Presenter: Brian Powell, The University of Miami Presider: Amanda Trimpey, University of South Carolina


Friday • Reach Your Audiences with Social Networking Convention Center: 557 What’s a tweet? Do you “like” things on Facebook? Social networking has taken the world by storm and is an excellent way to communicate, collaborate, and promote your orchestra program or private studio. Come learn how you can use this technology to your advantage and reach your students, parents, administration, and the community. Various services will be discussed along with privacy and safety concerns regarding this technology. Presenter: Charles Laux, Kennesaw State University Presider: Sarah Black, Gwinnett Public Schools • So, You Have Been Asked to Teach Guitar Next School Year: Solutions to Teaching a Guitar Class for the NonGuitar Player Convention Center: 558 A/B This session provides many useful resources for the orchestra teacher who is, or will soon be teaching guitar in the classroom. Solutions to the most common challenges of teaching guitar as a non-player will be addressed. This presentation will provide the teacher with many resources for methods, pedagogy and ensemble music. This one-hour session will offer an abundance of resources which will be available long after the conference. Presenter: Bill Swick, Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University • Strum Bowing Convention Center: Rotunda Rhythm is at the heart of all jazz and popular styles, but teaching classical players to play with a groove is a challenge. I have developed a technique for teaching which I call, “strum bowing.” In this session, I will break down this simple concept and encourage audience participation in this hands-on session about understanding the “chop” and other ways of grooving on strings. Presenter: Tracy Silverman, Belmont University Presider: Chad Uyehara, Iolani Orchestra • Teaching “Habits of Mind” in the School Orchestra Rehearsal Convention Center: 550 A/B The habits of mind of the string player are as important as habits of body. This session will encourage you to “think about thinking”’ and to discover ways to get students in your ensemble to do this as well. Topics include approach, preparation, proactive versus reactive playing, rests and sustained passages, inner rhythm, difficult passages, leading from any chair, and other interesting approaches to the topic. Presenter: Scott Laird, North Carolina School of Science and Math Presider: Rachel Myers, University of South Carolina


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Coffee Break with Exhibitors Sponsored by: Claire Givens Violins F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 1:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Randolph High School Chamber Strings Randolph, New Jersey Eric Schaberg, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 2:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra Nyack, New York Christine Gero, director Competition, High School String Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 3:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Anderson High School Symphony Orchestra Cincinnati, Ohio Jonathan Welch, director Competition, High School Full Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 4:00 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra Seattle, Washington Marcus Tsutakawa, director Competition, High School Full Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company

Friday, March 1 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

• College Cello Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Laurence Lesser, New England Conservatory Students Participating: Elizabeth Gergel, University of South Carolina; Carolyn Ranti, Brown University Presider: Jeffrey Solow, Temple University Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, Violoncellos LLC

• Collegiate Roundtable Session Convention Center: 557 Roundtable members suggested three small group discussion topics: Intersections: Music Education, Conducting, and Performance; Time Management for Music Teacher Educators: Balancing Professional Obligations as well as Professional and Personal Lives; and edTPA and the String Teaching Profession. Outcomes of these discussions will be presented to the Roundtable as a whole and we will discuss how to continue spotlighting these issues in research, further discussions, and practice. Organizer: Kristen Pellegrino, University of Texas at San Antonio • Baroque Style for Modern Players: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Training and Baroque Style Expertise Convention Center: 555 A/B Many string players and teachers would like to improve their understanding of Baroque style and be able to play their students’ Baroque repertoire in a convincing and historically informed style. This presentation will demonstrate five key concepts of Baroque style, which, applied in a sequential manner, can be taught to beginning students through advanced players of J.S. Bach’s solo suites, sonatas and partitas. Presenter: Janet Packer, Bard College Presider: Daphne Gerling, University of North Texas • Classical to Fiddle, Making the Transition With Proper Technique Omni: Providence Professional fiddler/violinist Patrick Clark breaks down the mental boundary between classical and fiddle by using the same mental process, with a slight twist, used to learn classical. Clark has toured and/or performed with country artists like Darius Rucker, Sarah Evans, Big and Rich, and more! He is an Arizona State Fiddle Champion, has his degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University, is a clinician for Eastman Strings, and is a Suzuki trained teacher. Presenter: Patrick Clark, Eastman Strings Presider: Judy Palac, Michigan State University

• Good Nutrition for String Players: What’s on Your Plate? Convention Center: 551 A/B Let’s use the “What’s on Your Plate” image to select a nutritional, balanced meal of music for our students. In this session we will consider concert programming for middle and high school groups, as well as how to use workouts to increase rehearsal enjoyment. Presenter: Anne Witt, University of Alabama Presider: Karen McGhee-Hensel, Shawnee Mission North High School (KS) • How to Turn Your Class Method Book Into One That Your Favorite Pedagogue Would Be Proud! Convention Center: 552 A/B All class method books are a compromise of various pedagogies. This session will help you discover the pedagogy behind the page and how to turn your current method book into a method book to make your favorite pedagogue proud! The philosophies of Suzuki, Rolland, Bornoff, and others will be compared and ideas from their works will be shown. Presenter: William Wassum, Spotsylvania County Schools Presider: Linda Johnson, Chipeta Elementary School (CO) • Iconic American Violinist and Teacher: Zvi Zeitlin and His Influence on Generations of Violin Students Convention Center: 554 A/B Distinguished Eastman violin professor Zvi Zeitlin was a pedagogue of uncommon integrity and intelligence, and one of the few surviving links to a bygone era of violin playing. This session will examine his long teaching career, offering insights into his teaching philosophies that enabled his students to achieve their highest artistic standards. Former Zeitlin teaching assistant William Terwilliger will lead a panel of former Zeitlin students, sharing their memorable experiences with this charismatic artist-teacher. Presenter: William Terwilliger, University of South Carolina, Columbia Presider: Laura Kobayashi, private studio teacher • Is String Playing Dangerous to Your Health? Why String Players Are Prone to Injuries Convention Center: 556 A/B This session is a personal journey from injuries and a long absence back to concertizing. String players, particularly violinists and violists, have a high incidence of injuries. This seminar discusses details of these injuries and their possible causes and cures. It provides some new approaches and exercises to eliminate bad habits and offers a roadmap to building a healthy and injuryfree technique. The seminar will end with a personal account of a journey from injuries and a long absence back to concertizing. Presenter: Jorge Gardos, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Presider: Kia-Hui Tan, Ohio State University


Friday • Opening the Tempo Press Library Sponsored by Tempo Press Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Bring your instruments and join Tempo Press clinicians Susan C. Brown and Sandra Dackow for a presentation of various graded selections from Tempo Press. This session will include recommendations for sample concert programs, technical exercises, and method book excerpts to use in your strings program. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a wide selection of repertoire. You are sure to discover several works that will inspire students and audiences alike. Clinicians: Susan C. Brown; Sandra Dackow Presider: Adam Michlin, Barron Collier High School • Scales: The Benefits of Group Scale Classes Convention Center: 550 A/B Scales are used for teaching fundamental techniques and becoming aware of the mapping of one’s instrument. As opposed to teaching scales one on one, there are numerous advantages and skills that can be taught through group scale classes at all levels. This interactive presentation will discuss the advantages and benefits of group scale classes, and go through sample exercises. Though focused on violin, these concepts can be applied to all instruments. Come join the fun! Presenter: Rebecca Hunter, University of South Carolina Presider: Cybele D’Ambrosio, private studio teacher • Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bass? Convention Center: Rotunda Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bass? is a nonthreatening review of bass techniques for the non-bass playing orchestra director or string methods teacher. Practical information will be presented and questions from the audience are most welcome. Presenter: John Schimek, Oklahoma City University Presider: Brad Pfeil, Nequa Valley High School F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

• Bringing the Classical String Player Into Jazz Omni: Providence Three common harmonically specific melodic patterns can be extracted from the great literature of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven and used in jazz improvisation. Bach used these ideas within a baroque style. Mozart and Beethoven used them in a classical style. Simple development and rhythmic ideas can be applied to these basic shapes to use them in a jazz style. Extracted examples will be applied by a demonstration group over common jazz progressions. Presenter: Bert Ligon, University of South Carolina Presider: Joseph Alcocer, Texas State University • Collegiate Roundtable Business Meeting Convention Center: 557 This is the annual meeting of the Collegiate Roundtable that is


open to all with an interest in collegiate string teacher education. Also at this meeting, a presentation by Martin Norgaard on string improvisation and the brain. Presenter: Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University • Digging Deeper: The Depth Is Infinite Convention Center: 550 A/B Have you ever felt like there is a great gap/divide between the string performance and string education? The further and deeper exploration of the bow fundamentals and the different ways to teach, explain and practice three most basic bow fundamentals such as martele, detache, and colle will bridge the gap between the two. Presenters: Wanchi Huang, James Madison University; Steffany Shock, James Madison University Presider: Christine Rutledge, University of Iowa • The First 12 Lessons, What to Teach Before the Text Convention Center: 555 A/B Strengthen your beginning students’ aural-tactile relationship with their instrument and develop better intonation, harmonic awareness, and independent learning abilities while you develop good playing position using familiar songs taught by Pro-Active Ear Learning. Based on the major string teaching programs of the 20th century, a study of how fiddlers learn and almost 40 years of successful beginning strings teaching. Applicable to all instruments. Hand-outs include sample lessons, a tune list, and specific techniques. Presenter: Janet Farrar-Royce, The String Studio of Central Connecticut Presider: Danielle Fagan, James Madison University • First Position Virtuosity! Convention Center: 551 A/B Many students and professionals who specialize in traditional fiddling or eclectic styles want to improve their playing with technique from the classical world. As a classical teacher, what do you do when a non-classical player comes to you for advice? Many of our usual assignments (for example, three-octave scales) simply don’t apply to much non-classical repertoire. As a classical teacher at fiddle camps since 1997, Rachel Barton Pine has modified some of the most popular classical exercises to focus solely on the first position. These exercises stabilize and strengthen the left hand, improve the quality of bowing and increase consistency and coordination. Not just for fiddlers and their classical teachers—less advanced classical players can benefit too. Presenter: Rachel Barton Pine, concert violinist Presider: Natalie Colbert, Sutton Middle School • How to Play Cool Stuff on Guitar Omni: Newport/Washington Learn to play some fun stuff that will expand your guitar skills and your understanding of real world guitar playing. The patterns you will learn in this session will form the basis of many great guitar parts that you will want to teach in class. Presenter: Aaron Stang, Alfred Music Publishing Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University

• New String Orchestra Reading Session Grades One Through Three Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Clinician: Roberta Warfield Presider: Veronica Germain, Farmington Public Schools Cellos generously on loan from Howard Core Company Bass generously on loan from Saga Musical Instruments • Repertoire and Technique Builders From the Suzuki Catalog for All String Teachers Sponsored by Summy-Birchard Convention Center: 553 A/B Explore collections of performance repertoire and technical exercises for ensembles and solo players from the Suzuki catalog. These great resources work well in many teaching situations! Clinicians: Barbara Barber, Winifred Crock, William Dick, Laurie Scott • So You Want to Be a Mentor? Tips for Mentoring Beginning Music Teachers Convention Center: 552 A/B Did you recently hire a new colleague or have you been asked to mentor a new music teacher? Participants at this session will learn about best practices for mentoring new music teachers as published in current research. Many of the topics that will be covered also apply to educators who serve as cooperating teachers during the student teaching internship. Join us to learn about mentoring strategies and resources including websites, handbooks, and current technology tips. Presenters: Sarah Stanley, Northbrook School District 28; Betty Anne Gottlieb, University of Cincinnati Presider: Lucy Lewis, University of Iowa • Teaching and Reinforcing Musical Concepts With iApps Convention Center: Rotunda Hundreds of millions of iPods/iPhones/iPads are in use today. Being able to utilize iOS apps in the classroom or private studio can help teach and reinforce various musical concepts and reinforce performance skills. The nature of these apps can help accommodate different learning styles, promote collaboration between students, and encourage learning outside of the classroom. Various teaching strategies will be demonstrated and technical questions will be answered! Bring your device! Presenter: Charles Laux, Kennesaw State University Presider: Meredith Miller, University of South Carolina • World Chamber Music: Playing Authentically in Multiple Genres

genre its unique world voice. Increase your students’ marketability as string players by opening their minds and teaching them critical skills for navigating the many genres in the current musical marketplace. Presenter: Jeremy Cohen, Quartet San Francisco Presider: Anna Ostrofsky, Briarcliff High School F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

• ASTA Strategic Planning Focus Group Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Come spend an hour with members of the ASTA Strategic Planning Task Force and share your input on a five year plan for the association. President-Elect Stephen Benham will present plan highlights and solicit member feedback and comments. Don’t miss this opportunity to add your voice to our profession’s future. Presenter: Stephen Benham, ASTA President-Elect • Acoustic Orchestra + Electric Spice: All Styles: How and Why Omni: Providence Your orchestra doesn’t have to perform a rock piece in order to use that electric instrument you have in your music room closet. In fact, you can tastefully incorporate electrics into rehearsals and/or performances in a number of ways. When you contemporize your program, you can provide students with greater creative and collaborative possibilities, acknowledge their world, and create a local buzz. Presenter: Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Strings Without Boundaries Demo Group: Cranston, Rhode Island High School and Middle School Orchestras, directed by Pam Lowell Presenter sponsored by Kendor, D’Addario, & NS Design Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired • Beginning Strings: Developing Sustainable Success During the First Year of Instruction Convention Center: 551 A/B Establishing proper set up from the very beginning of a student’s playing career is essential to lifelong success performing a string instrument. This session will present a successful pedagogical model for beginning string instruction. Strategies that promote proper set up on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass as well as remedies to specific performance issues will be discussed. Presenters: Rebecca MacLeod, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; James Mick, Ithaca College; Jim Palmer, Allatoona High School; David Eccles, VanderCook College of Music Presider: Myrnie Van Kempen, Edmonds School District

Convention Center: 554 A/B Three-time Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco has made it their mission to expand the horizons of chamber music performance practices. They will dissect four pieces from different corners of the world (Mexico, China, Africa, and Eastern Europe) demonstrating simple string techniques that give each


Friday • Do You Hear What I Hear? Developing the Ear, the Body, and the Intellect to Facilitate Beautiful Intonation Convention Center: 555 A/B This lecture/demonstration will provide a brief overview of pedagogical concepts for developing intonation based on the teaching and materials of Dounis, Suzuki, Kodaly, Fischer, Kendall, Galamian, and others. Key points of discussion will include the development of aural, physical, and intellectual skills. While a discussion of pedagogical concepts will be initial focus, the main portion of the lecture will consist of applications and learning sequences for developing beautiful intonation. Specific teaching strategies will be discussed. Presenter: Winifred Crock, Parkway School District Presider: Chad Uyehara, Iolani Orchestra • From a Classical Power House to an Eclectic Curriculum: Trials and Tribulations of High School Orchestra Programs in Transition Omni: Newport/Washington Protecting the quality and integrity of classical music is something we should all strive to maintain as a core value of our orchestra curriculum. However, to help make our students wellrounded musicians, we must willingly and with an open mind open the door to eclectic styles. In this presentation, you will be provided with ideas on how to implement an eclectic curriculum right away, and how to present this implementation to your community. Presenter: Jonathan Glawe, Pioneer High School Presider: Chris Selby, Charleston School of the Arts • A Healthy Body in Balance: The Alexander Technique for Violinists and Violists Convention Center: 552 A/B Roughly 80 percent of all string players become injured at least once in their career. How can we prevent misuse in ourselves as performers and in our students? How can we heal from an injury? This interactive Alexander Technique session will give you tools for preventing and healing from injuries. Bring your instrument, prepare to move and dress comfortably for floor work (or observe the floor lesson). Presenter: Susan Perkins, private studio teacher Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University, retired • How to Use the ASTA Curriculum As an Assessment Tool Convention Center: Rotunda Analyzing student work has become prevalent in the last few years not only to offer feedback to students but to guide teaching. In the sequence of Backward Design, curriculum is written, assessments are designed, and lesson plans are developed. This session will examine the ASTA curriculum and how we can develop assessments based on its contents. Thinking more deeply and reflecting about bridging gaps in student learning will be examined along with creating examples of assessments. Presenter: Denese Odegaard, Fargo Public Schools Presider: Nancy Bargerstock, Appalachian State University


• Research Session: Presentation of the 2013 String Researcher Award Convention Center: 557 This session will feature remarks from the 2013 String Researcher Award winner, David Sogin, of the School of Music, University of Kentucky. This year’s award honors long-term achievement in research in the areas of scholarship in string education, support and collaboration of other researchers, and service to the research community. The award is given by ASTA to recognize excellence in string research and selected by the ASTA Research Awards Committee. Acceptance Address: David Sogin, University of Kentucky Moderator: John Geringer, Florida State University • Responsibilities of a Modern Violin Studio Teacher Convention Center: 550 A/B This session is aimed at helping to organize a private teacher’s agenda, regardless of the age and level of the student. Session is highly structured and based on a concrete teaching material and repertoire. Participants will learn to identify, balance and nurture the most important areas of a student’s development of violin skills, especially in creating a whole musician. Presenter: Magdalena Richter, New England Conservatory Presider: Elisabeth Small, Belmont University • The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™: Celebrating Student Success Sponsored by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Convention Center: 553 A/B Join us for a dynamic exploration of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™. Discover how you and your students can be a part of this outstanding program that supports excellence in teaching and celebrates student accomplishment through the benefits of a national standard. Join us for an engaging hour of conversation that will include: how teachers are working with students to set goals and progress toward success in music; how The Music Development Program complements individual paths to learning; the positive experiences The Music Development Program students are having in their pursuit of music study; and an overview of The Music Development Program’s string syllabi and materials. Clinician: Kelly Parkins Lindstrom Presider: Kirk Moss, Lawrence University • Setting Your Studio Up for Success: Strategies for Young Teachers Convention Center: 554 A/B This presentation is geared toward teachers who are young (late teens to 30s) and who may or may not be married and/ or have children. Our primary goal is to equip and encourage these young teachers to learn how to work with the parents in their studios in a successful manner. This will include learning how to get past intimidation and finding strategies for developing trusting, respectful relationships with the parents in your studio. Presenters: Lucy Lewis, The University of Iowa; Ruth Marie Ballance, Samford University Presider: Matthew Tifford, private studio teacher

Friday, March 1 4:00 p.m.

Eclectic Strings Festival Omni: Narragansett Ballroom

ESF Clinic – Natalie Haas Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation & Alfred Music Publishing Friday, March 1 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

• The 21st Century String Teacher—What’s Old, What’s New? Convention Center: 553 A/B This session will focus on the 21st Century learning terms creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration in string teaching. Focusing largely on a Gestalt philosophy approach to learning and the use of improvisation, participants will be given tools to evaluate their current teaching practices and create new experiences with an eye toward identifying and qualifying those practices to parents and administrators. Presenter: Debra Lyle, St. Anne’s-Belfield School Presider: Charlene Monte, Dartmouth Public Schools • Composing, Arranging, or Adapting Music for Your Orchestra Sponsored by: Carl Fischer Convention Center: 554 A/B Gain new insight into writing effective music for school string orchestras from two of the most performed composers of string music today. Doris Gazda and Larry Clark will share their expertise on selecting the right key, writing colorful harmony, marking appropriate bowings and creating interesting orchestrations to make your pieces work for young students. Issues of copyright will also be discussed along with real examples of what works and what doesn’t. Clinicians: Doris Gazda; Larry Clark Presider: Adam Michlin, Barron Collier High School • Developing Your Fiddle Program: How to Start and What to Expect Along the Way Omni: Providence Are you considering starting your own fiddle program? Or have you already started one and are looking for new ideas? This session will guide you to valuable resources for developing your knowledge of traditional music and sharing it with your students in creative ways, no matter how much you know when you start. Presenter: Emily Schaad, Liberty High School Presider: Alexandra Touzinsky, Fairfax County Public Schools

• Differentiated Instruction in the String Classroom Convention Center: 551 A/B This session will discuss the use of differentiated instruction in the elementary and secondary string classroom. Emphasis will be on the history and rationale of differentiated instruction, practical applications and strategies that work in the string classroom, and a review of print and web resources Presenter: Mary (Betsy) Maliszewski, West Orange, NJ Public Schools Presider: Alison Yankowskas, Londonderry, NH School District • Juried Research Poster Session Convention Center: 556 A/B The research posters are actual posters that display studies conducted by graduate and undergraduate students, university faculty, and practicing teachers. The session is open to papers involving any aspect of string playing and teaching, including philosophical, theoretical, or historical, as well as qualitative and quantitative reports. The poster session is designed to allow for dialogue and interaction between researchers and interested attendees. Please join us for this informal and stimulating session. See page 24 for a list of posters. Facilitator: John Geringer, Florida State University • Leading With Your Heart by Using Mind, Breath, and Movement to Create Balance and Energy in One’s Playing Convention Center: 555 A/B Using the core principles of Tai Chi, this session will include a step-by-step approach to discovering good posture, becoming aware of one’s breathing, finding balance and freedom in using one’s arms and entire body, and moving more calmly and freely with limited muscle involvement. Presenter: Karen Becker, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Presider: Elizabeth Gergel, University of South Carolina • Musical Conversations: Nurturing a Collaborative Student Ensemble Convention Center: Rotunda The poet Heine said that music, “stands halfway between thought and phenomenon, between spirit and matter.” Performing repertoire from both the piano and string trio literature, the members of the piano quartet Ensemble Argos address the challenges many teachers face of finding appropriate music for their student ensembles, and show how the collaborative aspects of chamber music can be taught when the primary challenge of note-learning is eliminated. Presenters: Kenneth Law, George Mason University; Christina Placilla, Winston-Salem State University; Mellasenah Edwards, Peabody Institute Presider: Liz Dinwiddie, Indiana University


Friday • Playing and Teaching Popular Guitar Omni: Newport/Washington We will examine the practical function and role of the guitar in popular music, including stylistic considerations surrounding rock, jazz, country, and singer/songwriter music. We will take a “bottom up” approach beginning with bass lines, chords, root movements, and riffs. Common misunderstandings surrounding various guitar techniques will be discussed, and we will employ simple chord construction principles that apply easily and naturally to the guitar fretboard. Presenter: Aaron Stang, Alfred Music Publishing Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University • Reviving the Forgotten Literature of Dr. Harvey S. Whistler, Jr. Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Who was Dr. Harvey S. Whistler, Jr.? Help us explore his life and work through discussion and performance. We will examine important technical and chamber works still relevant to the 21st Century studio and string class. Come revive a piece of our forgotten history; walk away with a plethora of ideas. Don’t forget to bring your instruments!

F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Reception in Exhibit Hall for Attendees Sponsored by: Pirastro GmbH

F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

• Miró Quartet Concert Veterans Memorial Auditorium See page 8 for concert programming. Tickets are available for $20 at the registration desk and one hour before the concert at the Renaissance Hotel lobby which is located next to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Presenters: Jacob Dakon, University of Kansas; Erica Brooks, University of Kansas Presider: Nancy Bargerstock, Appalachian State University • Where Do I Start? Things to Consider When Navigating a Course of Development With a Student Who Is New to Your Studio Convention Center: 552 A/B When a pre-college or college student of any level who already plays joins your studio, there are many decisions to make and prioritizing the options can be a challenge. We will explore and offer insights and specific suggestions on topics including skills assessment, making physical/technical adjustments, repertoire selection (violin, viola), moving forward by stepping sideways and psychological aspects to this transition. Presenters: Rebecca Henry, The Peabody Conservatory; Phyllis Freeman, Maryland Talent Education Center; Andrea Houde, West Virginia University; Shelley Shleigh, The Music School of Delaware Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired F r i d a y, M a r c h 1 5:00 p.m.

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College Credit Available from Shenandoah University Shenandoah University is offering undergraduate and graduate credit in conjunction with ASTA’s National Conference. To receive credit, you must complete Shenandoah’s registration process indicating course number and credit level and complete all required assignments. For details about credit and deadlines visit Note: This program is administered strictly by Shenandoah University and offered to ASTA conference attendees as a member service. Exact requirements and fees are determined and executed solely by and paid directly to the university.

ASTA Documentation of Professional Development As a service to our members, ASTA creates and maintains a permanent and ongoing record of your professional development hours. In your conference tote bag is the form to document your attendance at sessions. To properly document your attendance hours, record the name of each session you attend and obtain the signature of each session’s clinician or presider. At the conclusion of the conference (within 4 weeks) mail your completed form back to the national office. Your hours will be calculated and recorded. You will then receive a certificate, if purchased, showing your completed hours of professional development for the 2013 conference. Certificates are $10 each and will be mailed approximately two weeks after receipt of your completed form.

SAVE THE DATES! CONFERENCES/ COMPETITIONS 2013 ASTA National Solo Competition April 6-8, New York City, N.Y.

2014 ASTA National Conference March 5-8, 2014, Louisville, Ky. Exhibits • National Orchestra Festival • National High School Honors Orchestra • Educational Sessions

2015 ASTA National Conference March 18-21, 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibits • National Orchestra Festival • Educational Sessions


Saturday Saturday, March 2 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

• Sunrise Educational Sessions Sponsored by Merz-Huber Company Attend one the following Sunrise Sessions (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.) and receive a special gift. (While supplies last!) • Dounis Bowing Exercises to Develop Tone and Expression Convention Center: 552 A/B Although many string teachers are aware of Dr. D.C. Dounis’s published volumes of exercises, the oral tradition of his bowing exercises, devised by Dr. Dounis and passed on to his students and their students, is not widely known. By understanding the purpose and correct execution of each Dounis exercise, beauty of tone and a wide range of musical expression are developed. A vocabulary of bowing motions is created which facilitates communication about all bowing strokes. Bring your violin and bow to try each exercise! Presenter: Janet Packer, Bard College • From First Glance to Fluency: An Organic Approach to Teaching Music Literacy Convention Center: 551 A/B There are more than 75 concepts and symbols that music students need to know before beginning to read music. Without this knowledge, reading music can be overwhelming and sometimes not even possible. This session will include demonstrations of sequential literacy instruction with the success of every student in mind. We will examine common reading problems and demonstrate how they can be avoided and corrected. Materials for single instruments and mixed groups will be discussed and demonstrated. Presenters: Winifred Crock, Parkway School District; Laurie Scott, University of Texas at Austin • Mando for Kids: A Mandolin Curriculum for Elementary School Children Convention Center: 553 A/B The mandolin is perfectly suited to elementary school children seeking an instrumental playing experience. The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra has created a detailed, step by step program for introducing the mandolin to children, which then continues to develop their performance skills and technique in a fun and nurturing curriculum. This session will demonstrate aspects of the program and its pedagogy using students from the Mando for Kids program in Baltimore and a panel of presenters. Presenter: Jim Bates, Otterbein University Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired • Minor Confrontations: How to Prevent Them From Becoming Major Ones! Convention Center: 550 A/B Being in the “people business” guarantees that we will have


minor confrontations with students from time to time. Minor confrontations can be used as teaching opportunities— leading to the development of maturity and character—if we manage them well. Participants will role play some real life events and develop communication skills, including humor and ‘broken record’ responses that will prevent minor confrontations from becoming majors ones. Presenter: Anne Witt, University of Alabama Presider: Kirk Moss, Lawrence University Saturday, March 2 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

• 101 Tips and Tricks to Motivate Middle School Orchestra Students Convention Center: 556 A/B Looking for ways to inspire your middle school orchestra students to practice and stay excited about orchestra? This session will provide 101 tips and tricks to do just that! Ideas include both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, sorted into six categories to help focus your teaching, as well as your students’ learning! Presenter: Amy Feldkamp-Marr, Tecumseh Public Schools Presider: Mary Wagner, Fairfax County Public Schools • Beatles in a Box Convention Center: 553 A/B As we approach the Beatles 50th anniversary, a new generation is excited and inspired by their singable melodies and approachable harmonies. Liz Ehrman presents a unit for public school orchestra teachers to unpack and play with in the classroom. History, lesson plans, worksheets, play-along mp3s will be distributed in addition to a syllabus that outlines an approach to this overwhelming and, often, unconventional music. Presenter: Liz Ehrman, Fairfax County Public Schools Presider: Cody Toll, Fort Scott High School • Brazilian Choro: A Gateway to Improvisation Convention Center: Ballroom D/E This session is for students and teachers of bowed and plucked strings and woodwinds. The child of European classical forms and African rhythmic swing, Brazil’s first urban music—Choro—was born in Rio in the 1870s and became a dynamic genre. With an extensive body of written tunes, and adaptability to varied instrumentation, this vibrant music offers a non-intimidating format for the beginning improviser, while providing ample challenges for advanced string players and improvisers. Catherine Bent will discuss using choro in ensembles (intermediate and advanced), and for developing rhythmic and improvisational skills. Presenter: Catherine Bent, Berklee College of Music Presider: Joseph Alcocer, Texas State University • Creating Your Own Teaching Manual Convention Center: 554 A/B If students were to write down everything you said in the studio, your teaching manual would already be done! But no such

luck. And so the way we teach is passed down primarily in the oral tradition. Committing your ideas to paper makes you a better teacher, helps your students, and preserves pedagogical legacy through generations of teachers. Create your own studio manual and learn other attendees best practices too! Presenter: Susanna Klein, Virginia Commonwealth University Presider: Emily Thomas, Virginia Commonwealth University • The ASTA National Curriculum: Developing Creativity From the First String Lesson Convention Center: Rotunda The unique imagination of each child can be strengthened and enhanced even as we endeavor to meet local, state and national requirements. Explore games and techniques that can be woven into your required agenda from the ASTA Curriculum that can help students develop an inventive and expressive musical language. A demonstration group will be used to model these techniques. This session will also include the difference between teaching by rote versus analyzing and using the goal of any given technique as a vehicle to inspire creative approaches on the part of the teacher. Presenter: Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Strings Without Boundaries Demo Group: R.I. Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, directed by Erin Erban Presider: Anna Weddle, Columbia International University • Developing Parent Partnerships and Support Convention Center: 552 A/B Parents can be our students’ and programs’ greatest supporters and advocates, but they need to be involved and informed. In this presentation, we discuss exemplary programs and the means by which they have developed partnerships with parents. Whether you are just getting started or have been teaching for a while, you will leave this session with ideas for involving and informing parents, and developing clear goals for or stimulating an already existing parent group. Presenters: BettyAnne Gottlieb, University of Cincinnati, CollegeConservatory of Music; Lisa Goldman, Beachwood City Schools • Mach I and Mach II Convention Center: 551 A/B Trailblazing, Tribulations and Triumphs - The Future of Strings in Our Culture—A candid discussion about where strings are headed and the importance of integrating American styles and music into our classrooms to save it. Clinician: Mark Wood, Mark O’Connor Presider: Brad Pfeil, Nequa Valley High School • Making an Impact: Reaching Out From an Adjunct Faculty Position Convention Center: 555 A/B This session explores proven strategies for making a beneficial impact on your students, the community, and your own career as an adjunct or community college educator. Topics discussed will include recruiting, creating extracurricular programs, preparing students for the transition to four-year programs, teaching

a diverse student body, creating scholarships, and working with the administration to fund and enable courses that benefit the community. Presenter: Theodore Buchholz, Pima Community College • New String Orchestra Reading Session Grades 4-6 Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Clinician: Donald Langland Presider: Ransom Allen, cellist Cellos generously on loan from Howard Core Company Bass generously on loan from Saga Musical Instruments • The Popper Solos You Don’t Know: Concert Repertoire for Cellists of All Levels Convention Center: 557 There’s more to David Popper than the High School of Cello Playing and Hungarian Rhapsody. During his lifetime, the virtuoso cellist composed more than 40 concert pieces that showcase a wide range of cello technique with great musicality and charm. This session will introduce you to many of Popper’s less famous works, appropriate for contest and recitals, and will include a discussion of the skills needed to master each piece. Presenter: Adriana Ransom, Illinois State University • Taking Action in Your Professional Identity Development: How String Teachers Can Improve Career Satisfaction and Self-Efficacy Convention Center: 550 A/B A growing number of researchers have explored the impact of identity development in the hopes of better understanding not only who we are as music educators, but what impact our own professional identity has on job satisfaction and teaching effectiveness. During this session, we will describe different concepts of string teacher identity, ask participants to examine their own views, and offer evidence-based strategies for developing the professional identity each individual deems the most appropriate. Presenters: Joshua Russell, The University of Hartford; Kristen Pellegrino, University of Texas at San Antonio S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 9:00 a.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performance Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble Westerly, Rhode Island Kathleen Monroe, director Comments -String Youth Orchestra Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company


Saturday S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

• Pre-Collegiate Viola Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Marilyn Seelman, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta Participating Students: Muireann Lemus, Toll Gate High School; Eva Goldstein, Commonwealth High School Presider: Michael Palumbo, Weber State University Sponsored by William Harris Lee & Company • Bringing the Inner Child to the Teaching Process Convention Center: 551 A/B We all carry traces of our childhood enthusiasm for life and learning. As we mature and become teachers, we often lose touch with this youthful enthusiasm, favoring instead an expert, take-charge approach to our interactions with students. This session will help us recollect and tap into this lost energy, as we plan, teach, and evaluate lessons. Presenter: Leslie Webster, private studio teacher Presider: Cody Toll, Fort Scott High School • Cross-Fertilization: Violin and Cello Technical Approaches, Their Common Ground, Assumptions, and What They Can Learn From One Another Convention Center: 556 A/B We will explore the mechanics of bow strokes, shifting, articulation, vibrato and pizzicato. Finding ways to expand on traditional approaches of each instrument and go beyond the limits of conventional solutions will also be discussed. Bring your instruments. Presenters: Natasha Brofsky, New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School; Violaine Melancon, Peabody Institute Presider: Karen McGhee-Hensel, Shawnee Mission North High School • Discovering the Potential: Modern Violoncello Technique and Achieving Higher Levels of Cello Performance Convention Center: 550 A/B Steven Elisha, Director of String Division at Georgia Southern University, will discuss evolved cello technique, based on yogic principles with references to Janos Starker’s Organized Method of String Playing. The session will explore concepts of relaxation, balancing muscle tension, injury prevention, concentration, and the integration of breathe, maximizing playing potential to achieve higher levels of cello performance. Presenter: Steven Elisha, Georgia Southern University Presider: Jeffrey Solow, Temple University • Exploring The Violin Series, 2013 Edition Sponsored by Frederick Harris Music Convention Center: Ballroom B/C Frederick Harris Music is pleased to present The Violin Series, 2013 edition—the official resource for violin assessments of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™. Featuring


an outstanding selection of violin literature and supporting materials this series offers a truly enriched learning experience to help ensure student success. Join us for a tour of the entire series in this engaging and enjoyable showcase. This will be an excellent introduction for violin teachers and students who are interested in learning about this exciting new collection. As an added bonus, get a sneak peek at our upcoming series for viola, cello, and double bass. Clinicians: Katharine Rapoport; Luri Lee Presider: Ransom Allen, cellist • From Fear to Playfulness: Helping Students Overcome (and Prevent) Performance Anxiety Convention Center: 552 A/B What some well-meaning teachers dismiss as “butterflies” is, to many with performance anxiety, more comparable to barracudas! The physical and mental anxiety in some performing musicians can disrupt, compromise, or even lead to the premature end of promising careers. In this interactive session we blend wisdom from expert teachers, psychologists, and expressive arts therapy to help you turn fearful energy into play. Bring instruments and practice performing, or feel free to just sit and observe. Presenters: Karin Hendricks, Ball State University; Casey McGrath-Bahar, Fox Valley Orchestra; Jennifer Stanuch, University of Illinois; Tawnya Smith, Ball State University • Incorporating Jazz Into a String Curriculum---A Fun Sequential Approach to Teaching Improvisation Convention Center: Ballroom D/E Come and see how my middle school string students have improved their playing technically and musically through jazz improvisation using ideas and philosophy of Martin Norgaard. We will demonstrate how to open students’ minds to creativity and new styles of music with hands on demonstration. Presenters: Muriel Orcutt, Goffstown School District; Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University Presider: Myrnie Van Kempen, Edmonds School District • Just Tuning In Convention Center: 554 A/B Step out of the confines of equal temperament and into the world of just intonation. This hands-on session draws from lessons learned over the course of a decade performing and recording Ben Johnston’s cycle of string quartets, written in extended just intonation (often more than 150 pitches per octave). There will be a brief introduction to Johnston’s notation, and excerpts from his Quartet No.9 will be used to demonstrate the principles under discussion. Participants discover how a basic knowledge of just intonation changes one’s understanding of pitch, how pitch can be manipulated in accordance with function within a given harmony, and how voicing affects the perception of being “in tune.” Bring your instruments and your ears! Presenter: Sharan Leventhal, The Boston Conservatory, Keplar Quartet Presider: Liz Ehrman, Fairfax County Public Schools

• Music Advocacy: Moving From Survival to Vision (3-hour session) Convention Center: 558 A/B The four key components of music advocacy, presented by one of the nation’s most successful consultants. Topics covered will include dealing with politics, reform and budgets. Session is open to the public, and music educators are encouraged to invite key parent leaders. Presenter: John Benham, Liberty University

Saturday, March 2 11:15 a.m.

National Orchestra Festival Grand Champion Winner’s Concert Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Sponsored by The Potter Violin Company

• Preparing Students for College Auditions and Interviews Convention Center: 555 A/B Two university professors give practical advice for getting students ready for their upcoming college auditions and interviews. This session applies to prospective music majors and to nonmajors. Presenters: Marie-Aline Cadieux, Kutztown University; Johannes Dietrich, Lebanon Valley College Presider: Anna Ostrofsky, Briarcliff High School • You Be the Judge! Tools for Hearing Your Orchestra Like It REALLY Sounds and Then Designing Warm Ups to Move Them to the Next Level Convention Center: Rotunda Clips of a dozen school orchestras with tips on how to evaluate their playing. Then design effective warm ups—bowing, instrument position, left hand, and ear training skills—to help them play even better. Presenter: Robert Gillespie, Ohio State University Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 1 0 : 3 0 a . m . – 11 : 3 0 a . m .

Coffee Break with Exhibitors Sponsored by: Claire Givens Violins

Eclectic Strings Festival Convention Center: Ballroom !

ESF Clinic – “The Potentials of a Well-Engineered Rhythm Section” Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation & Alfred Music Publishing

S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 11 : 3 0 a . m . – 1 2 : 3 0 p . m .

• Collegiate Bass Master Class Convention Center: 555 A/B Clinician: Jeffrey Turner, Duquesne University Students Participating: Kathryn Nottage, Cranston High School West; Kyle Barboza, University of Rhode Island Presider: Irene Guerriero, retired Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH

• Become a “Sonic Architect” Convention Center: 554 A/B Learn the building blocks of a vertical approach to alternative-style string arranging of popular songs. Do on-the-spot arrangements for any string group! Apply this to the new differentiation standards. Join Pat and Sean to create, play and discuss as we build an arrangement. Presenters: Pinkney (Sean) Grissom, New York City Public Schools; Patricia Glunt, retired NYC DOE Presider: Nancy Strelau, Nazareth College • Best Practice: Strategies and Habits That Help to Maximize Your Practice Time Convention Center: Ballroom D/E In this session which is especially designed for teachers and their more advanced students and players, we will review the overall approach to practicing. Habits and long term strategies will be emphasized. The session will include some video and some live demonstration. A few approaches that are slightly off the ‘beaten track’ will be demonstrated. Curious? Then please come! Presenter: Joseph Genualdi, University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory Presider: Michael Palumbo, Weber State University


Saturday • Cello Geography, or Where In the World is V 1/2 Position? Convention Center: 550 A/B Sometimes it feels as if playing a large instrument like the cello requires using a GPS device to know where the left hand should go. But short of that, there are time-tested techniques that can help sort out the geography of the instrument. This session will help cello teachers - as well as non-cellists who need to improve their cello knowledge for their orchestral cellists - to know the “longitude and latitude” of the cello. Presenter: Robert Jesselson, University of South Carolina Presider: Rachel Myers, University of South Carolina • From Martelé to Music Convention Center: Rotunda Explore why the martelé is a foundation stroke upon which others strokes and an artistic bow arm are developed. We will chart its role in development sequentially through the elementary, intermediate, and early advanced levels. At each stage, warm up exercises, scale bowings, and musical excerpts from the standard teaching repertoire will be demonstrated by Peabody Preparatory students. Handouts will include warm up exercises that can be used in private or ensemble settings. Presenter: Rebecca Henry, Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory Presider: Nancy Kredel, Fairfax County Public Schools • If Talent Is Overrated (and There Is a Lot of Evidence It Is) Then What Should We Be Doing to Get Better, Better, Best? Convention Center: 551 A/B Excellent research addresses the question, “Does talent matter?” And the answer seems to be no, not under the right circumstances, and these circumstances can be created. First we will look at the research in cognitive psychology and neurobiology on the issue and the discoveries made in methods of skill development. Then we will discuss specific concrete applications that can be applied to any instrument to make significant improvements in the most efficient manner possible. Presenter: Gregg Goodhart, Servite High School Presider: Glen McCarthy, George Mason University • Improvisational Chamber Music: Jamming in the Classical Style Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America Convention Center: Ballroom B/C No matter what your level of musical experience is, one of the great joys of music-making is getting to play with others in small ensemble. You will leave this workshop with the ability to help your multi-level string students play together in small ensemble and how to transfer those skills to your school orchestra program. Beginning with how to start at the same time and in the same way, participants move into small combinations of instruments and discuss ensemble skills, such as how to use nonverbal communication in a group and how to listen


to each other’s expressions of emotion in musical conversation. As participants gain experience and confidence, they will learn to improvise short pieces based on the forms of traditional Western classical music. Participants will share their performances with each other during in a positive and supportive environment. Bring your instruments for a joyous experience in making music together! This workshop helps to meet National Standards of Music #3, #6, and #9. Clinician: Constance Barrett Presider: Andrea Meyers, String Specialist Consultant • Paper Orchestra: Creating a Culture of Musicianship in the Early Childhood Ensemble Convention Center: 556 A/B How does a class of energetic kindergarteners become a heterogeneous string orchestra of focused musicians? With cardboard, papier-mâché, and the right repertoire, it can be done! Let us take you on a kindergarten orchestra’s journey to musicianship, based on the tradition of Paper Orchestra that comes out of a Venezuelan ‘El Sistema’ nucleo. What began as a creative solution to a shortage of instruments has become a valuable (and fun!) pedagogical practice. Presenters: Rebecca Levi, Conservatory Lab Charter School; Levi Comstock, Conservatory Lab Charter School Presider: Christine Nixon, University of South Carolina • Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosey: Teaching Orchestra Students to Tune Their Instruments Convention Center: 553 A/B Teaching orchestra students how to tune their own instruments can often cause frustration for teachers and students alike. This session will demonstrate engaging games and techniques that teach aural skills, pitch recognition and manipulation, and tuning procedures geared for large classes. The session will conclude with opportunities for session participants to share their successful tuning strategies. Presenter: Erin Hansen, University of Michigan Presider: BettyAnne Gotlieb, University of Cincinnati • Ten Easy Steps to Improve Your Conducting and Rehearsal Technique to Help String Players From the Podium Convention Center: 552 A/B Given the increasing time demands on teachers, these 10 easy steps will provide a concrete path that can be followed to help make your conducting more inspiring and rehearsals more productive. Putting these steps into practice will allow for more music and less talking to happen in each rehearsal and provide a more enjoyable experience for you and your ensemble. Presenter: Michael Alexander, Kennesaw State University Presider: Natalie Colbert, Sutton Middle School

S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

• Pre-Collegiate Cello Master Class Convention Center: 553 A/B Clinician: Natasha Brofsky, New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School Students Participating: Emily Munstedt, Walnut Hill School for Arts; Sofia Checa, Dobbs Ferry High School Presider: Jeffery Solow, Temple University Sponsored by Clemens Violins, Violas, Violoncellos LLC • Assessment in the Orchestra Classroom Convention Center: 557 Creative ways to assess knowledge and playing technique without taking time away from ensemble rehearsals. Handouts will include examples of rubrics, written quizzes, semester and final exams. Presenter: Judy Evans, Florida Gulf Coast University Presider: Mary Wagner, Fairfax County Public Schools • Gordon for Strings: Pros and Cons Convention Center: 555 A/B We all want our students to play in tune and to incorporate rhythmic understanding, but does research support these goals? Edwin Gordon, well-known for his Music Learning Theory, still seems to gender controversy. Does his work bring us closer to realizing musical potential or is the change that he suggests simply too radical? In this session Helen Martin will share her 15-year experience incorporating Music Learning Theory. Presenter: Helen Martin, Whitehouse Preparatory School Presider: Rebecca Carle, private studio teacher • A Harpist in My Orchestra? Help! Convention Center: 550 A/B This session will focus on providing participants with strategies and resources for welcoming a harpist into their orchestra. Harpeggios, a student harp ensemble comprised of some of Rebecca Fay Squire’s private harp students, will perform, demonstrate, explain and teach participants about having a harpist in their student orchestra. Time permitting, participants will have the opportunity to play the harps and have their questions answered. Presenter: Rebecca Squire, Westport Public Schools Presider: Mary Kay Polashek, Ames High School • The Laptop As a Fifth Member of the String Quartet Convention Center: 554 A/B Renowned for their genre-blurring compositions incorporating Afro-Cuban styles and Hip Hop, The Sweet Plantain String Quartet will demonstrate how to program beats and samples and create a perfect synthesis of traditional acoustic instruments and music created on a laptop. Presenter: Joe Deninzon, Sweet Plantain String Quartet Presenter sponsored by D’Addario

• Mandolins in the Schools? It’s Already Happening Convention Center: 558 A/B While school music programs are embracing alternative styles performance using traditional orchestra instruments, other programs are introducing the guitar into the music curriculum in order to engage a broader student population. Schools in Providence, Rhode Island, have already established mandolin programs alongside guitar programs in the music curriculum. Elementary students from the Gordon School Mandolin Ensemble and high school mandolin performers and instructors from The Wheeler School Guitar Program will discuss their programs and perform. Presenter: Jim Bates, Otterbein University Presider: Chris Selby, Charleston School of the Arts • Old Becoming New: Little Known Gems of the String Orchestra Repertoire, Part III Sponsored by Luck’s Music Library Convention Center: 552 A/B Looking for “new” and exciting compositions for your string orchestra? Unveiled at the 2010 ASTA National Conference and back by popular demand with an all new collection of titles! Led by renowned conductor and arranger, Sandra Dackow, teachers will have the opportunity to hear and learn about the forgotten historical gems of the standard string repertoire. Perfect for concert, festival and competition performance; explore or revisit selections that have been “lost” in the mix of the vast history of string literature. Exhilarate students and audiences alike with these old, yet “new” pieces of music history! Clinician: Sandra Dackow Presider: Adam Michlin, Barron Collier High School • Practically Perfect Practicing Convention Center: Rotunda Musicians spend a lot of time alone in a room practicing – but do we think enough about how best to use those hours? Do we help students think about strategies for practicing? This session will focus on tips and techniques for ourselves and our students, including practice strategies, goal setting, mental practice, and the “Zen of Practicing”. In addition this session will explore techniques for memorizing music, and provide practical suggestions for improving memory. Presenter: Robert Jesselson, University of South Carolina Presider: Rachel Myers, University of South Carolina • Tradition and Innovation: Toward a Cross-Fertilization of Violin and Bass Pedagogy Convention Center: 556 A/B Violinists learn from a deep and rich tradition of pedagogy stretching back in unbroken lines for 400 years. The great bassists throughout history were often self-taught, and the explosion in bass playing in the last 50 years has been driven by astonishing innovation and exploration. What can we learn from each other? Presenter: John Kennedy, Farmington Public Schools; Stephen Shipps, University of Michigan Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University, retired


Saturday • Why Didn’t I Get My Degree in Psychology?: A Path to Healthy Mentoring Convention Center: 551 A/B This panel examines the issues that present themselves when working with adolescents and young adults in music. Instrumental string study exposes students to emotional vulnerability in a way they may not have experienced before. As teachers, we inevitably play a part in students’ processes of self-discovery and acceptance. Three seasoned music instructors will examine some of the challenges that teachers face mentoring students in a positive, supportive and effective way. Presenters: Scott Conklin, The University of Iowa; Cornelia Watkins, private studio teacher; Anne Witt, University of Alabama S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by: Strings Magazine

This is your last chance to visit our exhibitors’ products extravaganza, make your purchases and visit each exhibitor to enter your completed card into the drawing for a complimentary 2014 conference registration. Winning entry will be selected at 2:00 p.m. and yes, you must be present to win! S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

• Appreciating Difference: Exploring Issues in Diversity Through Eclectic Styles Convention Center: 552 A/B Issues in diversity can be challenging and complicated. Discussions can often “lock up” where all parties assume all that is known about the other. Offered as a practical and personal exploration, multiple musical styles will be presented and performed as access points to explore boundaries and begin difficult conversations. Presenter: John Fetter, Eastman School of Music Presider: Joseph Alcocer, Texas State University • Beginning Class 101: A New Approach to Teaching Your Beginning String Class Convention Center: 557 Participate in a beginning class unlike any you have ever imagined. Experience the amazing amount of teaching and learning that can occur from the very first moment. This energetic and fast-paced demonstration class will introduce participants to a non-stop teaching style that engages a student’s mind and body in new and unexpected ways. Grasp a whole new sense of what can be accomplished in the first few weeks of teaching and how to accomplish it.


Presenter: Jerry Henry, Iowa String Teachers Association Presider: Juliet Wright, Pittsfield Public Schools • Borrowing From the Greats—How to Analyze Jazz and Bluegrass Licks and Incorporate Them Into Your Own Playing Convention Center: Rotunda One can learn a lot about improvisation by transcribing, playing, and analyzing jazz and bluegrass solos. Using melodic figures selected from solos during the session, I will demonstrate how to extract the underlying musical principles so you can create new figures using these principles during your own improvisations. Presenter: Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University • Countdown to Liftoff: Ten Tips to Becoming a Successful Teacher Before You Graduate Convention Center: 558 Many undergraduate music majors have only minimal classroom experience to prepare them for their teaching careers. In this session, I will give 10 tips of things to do before and during student teaching to optimize your resources and to become an effective classroom string teacher. This session appeals to college students, cooperating school teachers with student teachers, and university supervisors. Presenter: Meredith Miller, University of South Carolina Presider: Christine Nixon, University of South Carolina • Hidden Treasures: Did You Know About Dr. Suzuki’s In-depth Analysis of Bowing? Convention Center: 550 A/B Suzuki was a superb analyst of upper strings bowing at the professional level. He created many ways to help students understand principles of bowing and prepared students to study with the leading artists of his day. Come see these principles in action. Consider ways that these principles can help your students deepen their expressive potential. Presenter: Sarah Hersh, State University of New York, Potsdam • Posturing Young Bassists for Technical Success—Six Problems (and Six Solutions) Convention Center: 551 A/B This session is designed for the any strings instructors—elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate string educators, who are seeking effective techniques for teaching the bass in their classrooms. The main goal is to offer a straightforward, easy-tounderstand method for setting up a young person to play the bass with technical ease. The session is distilled from a two-week course that I taught at international workshops during the 1990s, as well as recent Duquesne University Summer Development Courses. Presenter: Jeff Turner, Duquesne University Presider: Max Oppenheimer, Fairfax County Public Schools

• A Reading Session of Music for a Diverse Program Sponsored by Reynard Burns Publishing Inc. Convention Center: 553 A/B Composer and educator Reynard Burns will present music for a more inclusive program. The sampling of works presented answers the call for a more diversified concert program that includes classical music of composers of African descent as well as ensemble music in Latin, jazz, and contemporary styles. Rehearsal suggestions and performance techniques will also be included in this presentation. Bring your instrument. Clinicians: Reynard Burns; Regan Burns Presider: Judy Palac, Michigan State University • Strategies for Including Collaborative Composing Projects Within the Orchestra Curriculum Convention Center: 555 A/B This session will provide teachers with strategies for including collaborative student composing projects in the orchestra curriculum. The findings of research on the benefits and challenges of including composing in the curriculum will be presented. Participants will receive materials and ideas for planning and assessment of large and small group composing projects, where students collaborate to create original performable works for their ensemble. Presenter: Michael Hopkins, University of Michigan Presider: Mary Wagner, Fairfax County Public Schools • The Technique of Thoughtful Playing: How to Maximize Your Practice Time Convention Center: 556 A/B Tired of spinning your wheels during practice sessions? Do you only have 30 minutes to conquer a tough passage before the concert? During this session, I will present many personally triedand-true exercises that will help you to maximize your practice time and make lasting improvements in your playing. These methods may be different than what you might normally find. They incorporate mindful awareness, visual imagery, effective metronome use, and many other fun exercises. Presenter: Christine Rutledge, University of Iowa Presider: Alice Lindsay, Virginia Commonwealth University • The Viola and the Bow: Defining a Unique Sound Convention Center: 554 A/B This session describes specific approaches to teaching viola, with an emphasis on the bow, that differs from teaching the violin. It will detail an approach that can be taught from beginning viola lessons to advanced students that defines specific techniques that students can practice and then use to transfer to “sound” diagnosis. Presenter: Marilyn Seelman, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta Presider: Lucy Manning, Old Dominion University, retired

S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• Pre-Collegiate Bass Master Class Convention Center: 555 A/B Clinician: John Kennedy, Farmington Public Schools Students Participating: Teddie Paola; Cameron Cianciolo, East Greenwich High School Presider: Linda Johnson, Chipeta Elementary School Sponsored by Pirastro GmbH • The ASTA National Curriculum and Collegiate Faculty: Uses Within the Instrumental Music Education Track Convention Center: Rotunda Explore ways to integrate the ASTA National String Curriculum within your music education courses to benefit teacher candidates. Hear from colleagues and gain ideas on how to use this important resource in your university teaching. Presenter: Kirk Moss, ASTA Past President Presider: Stephen Benham, Duquesne University • Developing Perfect Technique in Heterogeneous String Classes? You Bet! Convention Center: 551 A/B Teaching technique when you are in a room with 30 or more students playing violin, viola, cello, and bass can be a daunting task, but it is possible! In this session, I will demonstrate several quick, easy, and fun techniques and games you can use to teach instrument posture, correct bow hold, fingerboard geography, and left hand technique to a large, heterogeneous string classes or to a single student in an individual lesson. Bring your instrument! Presenter: Melissa Becker, Lock Haven University Presider: Juliet Wright, Pittsfield Public Schools • Experiencing Conference Withdrawal? How to Set Up Your Own Studio Teacher Forum Series Convention Center: 557 Seeking to foster connections between Massachusetts private studio teachers, MA-ASTA members set up monthly informal forums in 2009. Drawing upon our colleagues’ wealth of ideas, these sessions have proven to be energizing, enlightening and fun! A panel of string teachers will provide advice on getting meetings started in your area and offer sample mini-presentations. Audience members will be encouraged to propose topics they’d enjoy exploring. Presenters: Jody Harmon, private studio teacher; Sharan Leventhal, Boston Conservatory of Music


Saturday • Getting the Most From Your Orchestra Convention Center: 552 A/B This session will present ideas that are based in string pedagogy and in rehearsal strategies that address common challenges for string players. We ask the attendees to come with their instruments, or borrow an instrument from an exhibitor to be the participants in the session. The presenters will lead the group in various musical examples offering pedagogical viewpoints and the rehearsal application of those points. Presenters: Joanne Erwin, Oberlin Conservatory; Kathleen Horvath, Case Western Reserve University Presider: Nancy Strelau, Nazareth College

S a t u r d a y, M a r c h 2 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

• Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band Convention Center: Ballroom A This evening will also include a special performance by participants of the Eclectic Strings Festival. Tickets are available for purchase for $20 at the registration desk and one hour before the concert outside Ballroom A at the convention center.

• Multi-level Viola Ensembles Convention Center: 554 A/B This interactive session will examine music written for viola quartets across a variety of styles and includes ASTA grade levels for each separate part in order to help with repertoire assignment for students. Guaranteed to dispel inner-voice blues! Selected pieces will be performed. Bring your instrument to play along! Presenters: Hillary Herndon, University of Tennessee; Katherine Lewis, Illinois State University; Dominic DeStefano, University of Louisville; Daphne Gerling, University of North Texas Presider: Rebecca Carle, private studio teacher • Initial Foundation and Natural Approach in Violin Playing: Continuing the Traditions of the New Violin School from Yampolsky to Yankelvich, Oistrakh and Parchomenko Convention Center: 550 A/B Larisa Elisha, student and assistant of Olga Parchomenko, will share her method and pedagogical approach based on the continuing traditions of the great Russian school of violin playing. The session includes detailed description of basic violin set up rules for left/right hands and its effect on intonation, shifting, vibrato, bow-arm technique and detection and correction of most common mistakes. The method is based on an individual approach, the use of natural functional physiological movements. Presenter: Larisa Elisha, Georgia Southern University Presider: Rebecca MacLeod, University of North Carolina at Greensboro • The Electric Orchestra: Plug In and Go Improvise! Sponsored by Wood Violins Convention Center: 556 A/B Electric strings are everywhere! For those who are unfamiliar, the process of going electric can be daunting. We’ll discuss how to choose the best electric instruments for your budget, and how to integrate them into your ensemble. We will also demonstrate the première of the Mark Wood Curriculum showcasing improvisation made easy and integrating the I-pad and I-phone in at home practicing. Featuring: The Dartmouth High School Chamber Orchestra from Dartmouth High School Codirectors Heather Church and Charlene Monte Presenter: Mark Wood Presider: Gail Bauser, Kenmore East High School


2014 March 5 – March 8, 2014 • Louisville, Kentucky

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Attend the National Orchestra Festival® (NOF), the only orchestra festival held in conjunction with the national conference of a leading national professional association in the string industry. These are just a few of the things an NOF package includes: • The choice to participate in either a competitive or noncompetitive track evaluated by leading adjudicators and clinicians from across the nation (groups receive written and taped comments) • A private, hands-on clinic with a leading orchestra clinician • Entrance to the ASTA exhibit hall, featuring the latest string and orchestra products and services • Students have the opportunity to attend any and all conference sessions complimentary The National Orchestra Festival is your festival if you are looking for a chance to educate your students outside of the classroom while providing them a once in a lifetime experience!

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Exhibitors Ames Bows

Alfred Music Publishing Co. Booth# 401, 403, 405, 407, 409

P.O Box 10003 Van Nuys, CA 91410-0003 Phone: 818-891-5999 Fax: 818-830-6259 Email: [email protected] Website:

Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Since 1922, Alfred has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music and currently has over 90,000 active titles that represent a wide range of well-known brands, including Highland/Etling, Belwin, Suzuki, Summy-Birchard, and Wilfin Music. Alfred is proud to be the official distributor of the ASTA print catalog. See our ad on the inside front cover. American Viola Society


Nokuthula Ngwenyama 14070 Proton Rd., Ste. 100 Dallas, TX 75244 Phone: 972-233-9107 Fax: 972-490-4219 Email: [email protected] Website:

The mission of the American Viola Society includes providing a forum for performers, teachers, students and amateurs at the International Viola Congresses; giving students the exposure and experience necessary to compete at the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition; and producing publications such as the exceptional Journal of the American Viola Society. This array of activities inspires AVS members to participate in the future of their instrument and fosters pride and community among violists worldwide.


115, 117, 216

Robert Ames 547 Main St. Fort Lee, NJ 07024 Phone: 201-461-1020 Email: [email protected] Website:

ity and affordability with school bid pricing up to 50% off of retail value. Stop by our booth to see how we can maintain that spark in your classroom and fulfill this vision together.


Robert Ames was associated with the atelier of William Salchow in New York City, where he received thorough training in the repair and restoration of bows, studying the finest examples of French, English, and German bow-makers. Rising to the position of foreman at Salchow’s, he produced approximately 200 bows before leaving his position as shop foreman in 1978 to establish Robert Ames, Fine Violins and Bows, LLC, now located in Fort Lee, NJ, just across from Manhattan. He has won honors at the Violin Society of America’s International Competitions in 1980 and 1982. He remains active in bow-making, repairs, restoration and sales of rare bows and instruments. He is a member of the three top international organizations; American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers, and Violin Society of America.

Publishers of the Sassmannshaus String Method, Early Start on the Violin and Cello; publishers of new scholarly library editions as well as high-quality Urtext performing editions in all vocal and instrumental areas. Extensive catalog of orchestral music, solo string as well as chamber music including the standard repertoire works of the string canon by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Elgar, Faure, Handel, Janacek, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Telemann, Vivaldi.

Beekman Violin Inc. Atelier Constantin Popescu


Rodica Brune 403 East Putnam Ave. Greenwich-Cos Cob, CT 06807 Phone: 203-661-9500 Fax: 203-661-9509 Email: [email protected] Website:

Atelier Constantin Popescu has stores in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut. We offer affordable rentals of high-quality European violins, violas, cellos and double basses for children and adults. We have a huge selection of student level and fine and rare instruments for sale. Professional repairs, restorations and appraisals done on premises by our expert lutheries. Private lessons available at our Riverside School of Music with highly qualified teachers. Serving all Fairfield and Westchester County schools. See our ad on pg. 71.

AV Strings


Shawna Wingerberg 7721 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236 Phone: 800-846-5270 Fax: 513-793-0409 Email: [email protected] Website:

AV Strings was created by Amati’s Fine Instruments with the vision that every student deserves a chance in music. We passionately support school music programs and the educators that drive them. AV Strings respects and understands the balance between qual-


Petra Woodfull-Harris Heinrich-Schuetz-Allee 35-37 Kassel, D-34131 Germany Phone: 011 49 561 3105 173 Fax: 011 49 561 3105 310 Email: [email protected] Website:


Hannah Beekman 1058 Kingstown Rd. Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone: 401-284-0265 Email: [email protected]

We are a family-owned and operated, full-service violin shop. Our goal is to ensure that the players and teachers in our community have the instruments and accessories best suited to their needs. We offer a wide selection of retail instruments, bows, accessories, and sheet music, as well as comprehensive repair and maintenance services. For prospective players of all ages, we also offer an insured rental program which includes an earned discount towards instrument purchase.

Berklee College of Music


Alexia Rosari 1140 Boylston St Boston, MA 02215 Phone: 617-747-2689 Email: [email protected] Website:

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state-of-the-art of music and the music business. With a diverse and talented student body, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today-and tomorrow. See our ad on pg. 33.

Exhibitors 309

Elisa Sereno-Janz 104-1240 Kensignton Rd NW, Ste. 229 Calgary, Alberta T2M 0S6 Canada Phone: 403-282-9100 Fax: 430-282-9121 Email: [email protected] Website:


Cassia Harvey 6403 N. 6th St. Philadelphia, PA 19126 Phone: 215-548-9166 Fax: 215-494-8170 Email: [email protected] Website:

C. Harvey Publications presents exercise books for violin, viola, cello, and bass. With studies for all levels, our technique covers areas such as lefthanded agility, double stops, and shifting. Our catalog includes over 100 books that provide teachers with valuable material to help students with nearly every difficulty encountered in string playing. Bestsellers are Tenor Clef for the Cello, Third Position for the Violin, and our series of Inventive Scale Studies.

Carl Fischer LLC

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Heidi Vanderlee 65 Bleecker St. New York, NY 10012-2420 Phone: 212-777-0900 Fax: 212-437-6993 Email: [email protected] Website:

Come by booth 203 and check out our new Compatible Duets for Strings. See our ad on pg. 29.

Carl Fischer-ABCs of Strings

Jurgenson, Zimmermann, Lienau, Musicland and Music Partner “Play-Along CDs”. See our ad on pg. 2.

Christian Howes Carriage House Violins 325, 327, 424, 426

Blue Arch Music publishes music for string orchestra and string quartet based on fiddle and folk tunes as well as contemporary compositions. We insist that all parts must be fun and interesting to play. Melodies and countermelodies weave throughout the orchestra with innovative accompaniment figures, rhythms and techniques. With beautiful waltzes, slow airs, rollicking tunes to get toes tapping, or something unique for your Christmas program, visit our website at and see what we can offer you. See our ad on pg. 15.

C. Harvey Publications

cians on CDs! Complimentary gifts! FREE T-shirt with an ABCs of Strings BOOK or DVD purchase from another exhibitor!


Janice Tucker Rhoda 7 Arlington St., Ste. 34 Cambridge, MA 02140 Phone: 617-710-2380 Email: [email protected] Website:

Meet Janice Tucker Rhoda, author of ABCs of Strings for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and String Orchestra. New publications include special CDs, Meet Musi-

Maureen Wall 1039 Chestnut St. Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 Phone: 617-262-0051 Fax: 617-467-4761 Email: [email protected] Website:

Connoisseurs and dealers in violins, violas, cellos and their bows.

Century Strings, Inc.


Alex Fan 13893 Redwood Ave. Chino, CA 91710 Phone: 909-548-0845 Fax: 909-586-6226 Email: [email protected] Website:

At Century Strings, all of our instruments are constructed by hand in our small, traditional workshops. They are carved from seasoned spruce and maple that is aged without the use of kilns, ensuring the highest possible sound quality and long-term structural stability. All varnishes are made from time-honored recipes and applied by hand. Most of our models feature custom-tunes top plates, allowing our experienced luthiers to get the best possible results from each unique piece of wood. Completed instruments are rigorously tested to guaranty our trademark quality and consistency.

C. F. Peters Corp


Frank Billack 70-30 80th St. Glendale, NY 11385 Phone: 718-416-7800 Fax: 718-416-7805 Email: [email protected] Website:

C.F. Peters has published the finest in classical and contemporary music for over 200 years. Because of its reputation for quality, Peters is the eddition of choice for teachers, students, and performers throughout the world. Besides the classic Peters Library Editions and newly researched urtext titles, our publications include Simon Fischer’s Basics, Practice, Scales, and his DVD The Secrets of Tone Production. Peters is also the sole US agents for Oxford University Press music publications who publishes the student Time series, including Fiddle Time, Viola Time, and Cello Time volumes. We also distribute the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM publishing), Edition Kunzelmann, Kneusslin, Wollenweber, Heinrichshofen, Muzyka, P.


Chris Howes 460 E. Beaumont Rd. Columbus, OH 43214 Phone: 614-332-8689 Email: [email protected] Website:

Christian Howes is an educator, producer, and performer. He currently tours around the world, presenting educational clinics at schools and colleges on a variety of topics. Howes is the founder of the Creative Strings Academy, an online curriculum for improvising string players. He also holds his annual Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio.


Blue Arch Music

Claire Givens Violins, Inc. Booth# 303, 305 Claire Givens 1004 Marquette Ave., Ste. 205 Minneapolis, MN 55403-2471 Phone: 612-375-0708 Fax: 612-375-0096 Email: [email protected] Website:

Givens Violins has been serving the needs of string players locally and nationally for over 35 years, selling and restoring fine violins, violas, cello, bows, and accessories. Our extensive inventory ranges in price from the finest Italian instruments to entry level fractional sizes and corresponding qualities of bows. The Givens workshop is staffed by professionally trained violin makers who have specialized in instrument and bow restoration. Our partnership with Dipper Restorations provides additional resources for historical instruments, historical research and museum conservation. See our ad on pg. 61.



Julia Clemens 6353 Clayton Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63117-1808 Phone: 314-727-4787 Fax: 314-727-4788 Email: [email protected] Website:

Clemens Violins has been serving professional performers since 1987, specializing in the making and restoration of violins, violas, cellos, and viols. Performers throughout eight countries and on four continents have enjoyed an enriched musical experience through expertise and services found at Clemens Violins. Robert Clemens is a master violin maker whose instruments are recognized as a benchmark of modern lutherie. Julia Clemens has expertise in restoration, and her repair skills have garnered an extensive list of clients. She has repaired the Mara Stradivari cello dated 1711 and the Chanot Stradivari violin dated 1681. Don’t miss our calendar—free to all ASTA members.

CodaBow International Ltd. Booth# 312 Jeff Van Fossen PO Box 18 Winona, MN 55987 Phone: 507-454-1509 Fax: 507-454-0400 Email: [email protected] Website:

CodaBow International is the creator of the CodaBow Premier Family of Performance Bows. CodaBow’s master makers and leading scientists unite history’s time-honored bow making traditions with today’s most innovative bow technology to pioneer performance bows that serve players at every station, style, and aspiration. The choice of musicians worldwide, CodaBow’s popular models include: DIAMOND, LUMA, JOULE, and PRODIGY. See our ad on pg. 37.

Concord International Group

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Irene Yang 2380 Vantage Dr. Elgin, IL 60124 Phone: 847-836-8688 Fax: 847-836-8288 Email: [email protected] Website:

Concord manufacturers and distributes the following products for student and professional players internationally—Christopher string instruments; Concord cases & accessories; Eminence Electric Bass & Alta Electric Violin, Christopher bass and cello are available in a wide variety of sizes and models, from 1/10 through full size 5-string models in laminated, hybrid, fully carved or custom made replica models. Our mission is to provide customers with the highest quality instruments and cases at different price levels.

Creative Imperatives


Steven Swank 141 Chestnut St. Leonia, NJ 07605 Phone: 201-947-3923 Email: [email protected] Website:

Unique collage images by artist Steven Swank feature string instruments in unusual settings. Available


is note cards, poster, and photo prints that delight and amuse. See yourself as part of the landscape. Have a signature art piece created for you or your organization. After conversations with each client, a theme is developed and transformed into an intriguing visual compilation. Enjoy seeing the imagined come to life by visiting our booth.


Clemens Violins, Violas & Violoncellos Booth# 507, 509




D’Addario & Co., Inc. Booth# 317

Angela Zammit 595 Smith St. Farmingdale, NY 11735 Phone: 631-439-3300 Fax: 631-439-3333 Email: [email protected] Website:

D’Addario & Company, Inc. manufacturers fine instrument strings and accessories serving the needs of professionals and students alike. Our products include Helicore, Zyex, Pro-Arte, Prelude, Kaplan Golden Spiral, Fiddle, and Kaplan Solutions strings, as well as Kaplan Artcraft, Planet Waves, and Kaplan Solutions accessories. Proud of our family tradition as well as our commitment to research into new technologies, D’Addario has been crafting musical instrument strings in the US for more than 100 years. DePauw University


PO Box 37 Greencastle, IN 46135 Phone: 765-658-4118 Fax: 765-658-4007 Email: [email protected] Website:

At DePauw University, you will be heard. With a student-to-faculty ration of 5:1 and an average class size of 13 students, you will spend a lot of time interacting with faculty members. Our faculty are not only brilliant teachers, but also gifted performers, respected scholars and seasoned professionals. What matters most to us is our students: we offer an entirely undergraduate learning experience in which graduate students will neither teach you, nor compete with you. The School of Music is large enough to offer big school resources and expansive performance opportunities, but small enough to provide a uniquely personal learning environment.

Exhibitors Eastman Strings

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The Enterprising Rabbit


Frederick Harris Music


Ruben Salazar 2158 Pomoma Blvd. Pomona, CA 91768 Phone: 800-789-2216 Fax: 909-868-1773 Email: [email protected] Website:

Joan Harrison 15 Fairfax Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 0T3 CANADA Phone: 866-876-3123 Fax: 613-729-7663 Email: [email protected] Website:

Lynne Oliver 273 Bloor St. West Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada Phone: 800-387-4013 Fax: 416-408-1542 Email: [email protected] Website:

Eastman Strings supplies teachers, professionals, and students with the finest orchestral strings available. From the student models to the professional Raul Emiliani and European instruments, Eastman fashions each instrument on the old world model. Talented craftspeople, guided by master luthiers, handcraft each instrument from superior aged tonewoods. By the time an Eastman Strings instrument reaches the musician, dozens of experts have participated in bringing it to its peak of sound, ease of play and aesthetic beauty.

Home of TempoTape removable highlighter, Fiddle Friends Shoulder Rests, Cellobrations series of cello arrangements, Miracle Frog, and unique handcrafted giftware for music lovers.Come see our new products!!

Since 1904, Frederick Harris Music has published educational print music materials for studio teachers and students. The year 2013 marks the release of exciting new series for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Orchestral Excerpts. The Frederick Harris Music catalog also includes additional materials for violin, as well as ear training, theory, harmony, and music history. Frederick Harris Music is the official publisher of the resources for The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™. See our ad on pg. 27.

Electric Violin Shop

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Blaise Kielar 5314 NC Highway 55, Ste. 102 Durham, NC 27713-7814 Phone: 919-806-3311 Fax: 919-806-2099 Email: [email protected] Website:

Still the world’s only Electric Violin Shop, offering insightful recommendations for any need - an electric soloist or quartet, or an entire string section with backing band. Be as picky about your source of amplification as you are about who works on your fine acoustic instrument! We offer the widest inventory anywhere, deep product knowledge, careful shop setups, free shipping and great pricing. Why not consult the experts and get the right gear the first time!

Erwin Otto Strings


Neil Lilien PO Box 715 Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Phone: 800-974-3909 Fax: 908-790-9499 Email: [email protected] Website:

Since 1998, Erwin Otto has supplied quality violins, violas, cellos, and basses to players at all levels. We offer the highest level of personalized service; and are constantly striving to find the finest quality instruments to serve all players. Recently we have added the Meisel and Mozart lines. All of our instruments undergo strict quality control and are shipped only after being individually set up by a qualified luthier.

The Fingerboard Workbook Series for Strings 530 Diane Allen 1685 NW Galveston Ave. Bend, OR 97711 Phone: 541-617-0340 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Fingerboard Workbook Series for Strings promises to transform students’ approach to one of the most common problems: learning where the notes live on a blank fingerboard! These workbooks zero in on all of the issues of playing a fretless instrument. String players learn to map the fingerboard by sight, sound, and feel giving them a rock solid foundation. Students’ outcome: fearlessness on the fingerboard. Teachers’ outcome: less time teaching notes and more time making music! See our ad on pg. 14.

Foundation for the Advancement of String Education 131 Debbie Lyle P.O. Box 610215 Newton Highlands MA 02461 Phone: 781-559-0508 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE) was created by Dr. George Bornoff with the hopes and dreams of not only inspiring students and teachers to strive for excellence, but also to provide the educational and financial support to help them reach their goals.FASE supports teachers through publications, consulting services, workshops, certification programs, and professional development grants.

French Woods Festival


Brian Worsdale PO Box 770100 Coral Springs, FL 83077 Phone: 347-813-0102 Fax: 954-346-7564 Email: [email protected] Website:

Frisch & Denig Custom-fitted Chinrests 130 Gary Frisch 3008 Westcott St. Falls Church, VA 22042 Phone: (703) 533-5883 Email: [email protected] Website:

Custom-fitted chinrests designed to help alleviate pain related to playing. Our chinrests facilitate freer movement, which can improve technique, tone production, and projection. We also offer chinrest fitting kits for teachers and physical therapists to use to diagnose a chinrest of the correct height, shape and placement on the instrument for a given player. Sign up for chinrest fitting at our booth.

G. Henle USA


Marilyn Fleenor 7777 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53213 Phone: 414-774-3630 Fax: 414-774-3259 Email: [email protected] Website:

Henle Urtext Editions are highly regarded all over the world for impeccable research of the composers’ manuscripts, proofs, first editions, and other relevant sources. Henle publications are luxurious, on the highest quality paper, made for a lifetime of use. G. Henle Verlag is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Hal Leonard Corporation.



G. Schirmer, Inc.


Marilyn Fleenor 7777 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53213 Phone: 414-774-3630 Fax: 414-774-3259 Email: [email protected] Website:


Steven Kalllai 803 Everest Ct. Mill Valley, CA 94941-3722 Phone: 415-383-1821 Email: [email protected] Website:

To illustrate the importance of chinrest comfort, the makers of the GelRest like to ask a simple question: When you go to sleep at night, do you lay your head on a pillow of hard wood? Playing on an ebony chinrest, that’s basically what many string players do!Stop by our booth (107) and see for yourself what a difference a truly comfortable chinrest can make. Available in a variety of shapes and colors to look great on any instrument.Affordably priced!GelRest— “Your Chin Will Thank You”

Gordon College


ASTA committee Glen McCarthy, chair Email: [email protected] Website:

Founded in 1860, G. Schirmer is the premier publisher of classical music in the United States. G. Schirmer offers a wide range of string music, from classic editions of standard repertoire found in Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, to the new, groundbreaking publications in the Schirmer Instrumental Library.

GelRest Violin Chinrests



Gregory Lowther 255 Grapevine Rd. Wenham, MA 01984 Phone: 978-867-4273 Fax: 978-867-4655 Email: [email protected] Website:

One of the nation’s premier Christian colleges located just north of Boston. Department of Music degree programs include B.M. in Performance, B.M. in Music Education, B.A. in Music, Master of Music Education. Ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, College Choir, Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Classically oriented, conservatory-level music program within a liberal arts foundation. Incoming undergraduate students may audition for Honors String Quartet. Admission, audition and scholarship information found at www. See our ad on pg. 26.

Visit the “Guitar-in-the-Schools” booth where any and all of your questions about guitar in your school will be answered. Your questions about guitar-teacher training, instruments, methods, and curriculum will be addressed by your ASTA Guitar-in-the-Schools Committee.

Hal Leonard Corporation

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Marilyn Fleenor 7777 West Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53213-3439 Phone: 414-774-3630 Fax: 414-774-3259 Email: [email protected] Website:

Hal Leonard is the world’s largest publisher of print music, featuring the Essential Elements Strings Method. Hal Leonard proudly presents many of the world’s greatest publishers and catalogs of music artists and composers, including Amstel Music, Boosey & Hawkes, Durand, Editio Musica Budapest, G. Schirmer, John Williams Signature Editions, Leonard Bernstein, Ricordi, Sikorski, Schott, Williamson Music, and many others. See our ad on pg. 49.



Lou Marino 83 State St. Bristol, RI 02809 Phone: 401-396-5557 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Happynex original violin and viola sling is an instrument support which can be used with or without a chinrest or shoulder rest.



Howard Core Company LLC Booth# 628, 630 David Luce PO Box 5680 Anniston, AL 36205 Phone: 256-235-8200 Fax: 256-238-8465 Email: [email protected] Website:

Howard Core Company is a musical wholesale company that caters to the dealers servicing the student and the professional musician through our vast selection of strings, accessories, and instruments. With our professional set up department, we are able to customize any classical stringed instrument to your specifications. Howard Core Company is proud to be the US wholesale distributor of Crown strings, Wilfer basses, S.I.R. cellos, Wood Violins, Johannes Kohr and August F. Kohr instruments, and Bobelock, Gewa, and Core cases. J.R. Music Supply LLC


Laurie Petitpas 93 Hazel St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 800-333-3234 Fax: 401-762-2215 Email: [email protected] Website:

JR Music Supply LLC is a wholesale distributor of violin family instruments and accessories, made primarily in Europe. JR Music Supply is a musician owned and operated company based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In addition to carrying a full line of strings and accessories, we represent a number of small independent workshops and individual makers throughout Europe.

J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc.


Denise Collins 2480 Industrial Blvd. Paoli, PA 19301 Phone: 800-345-6296 Fax: 800-260-1482 Email: [email protected] Website:

Your complete resource for string music for the private teacher and the school educator since 1876



Exhibitors Long Island Violin Shop

Johnson String Instrument Booth# 125, 127, 129 Julia McKenzie 11 John St. Newton, MA 02459 Phone: 627-964-0954 Email: [email protected] Website:

We have served the Greater Boston string-playing community since 1976 and are New England’s largest violin shop. We are one of the first and most prominent internet resources for string players. We carry acoustic and electric violins, violas, cellos, and basses, and have recently begun carrying acoustic guitars. We perform instrument restorations and repair as well as bow rehairing and repairing. We maintain the most complete and reliable stringed instrument rental program in the country, and we stock an extensive selection of books, sheet music, Suzuki materials, cases and accessories that can be purchased from our Newton Massachusetts store, by mail, or securely online from See our ad on pg. 25. Knilling String Instruments


Lang Shen 1400 Ferguson Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63133-1720 Phone: 314-727-4512 Fax: 314-727-8929 Email: [email protected] Website:

Founded in 1922, Knilling provides string instruments of exceptional value, related products, innovative accessories, in support of string educators and their students, adhering to superior standards for instruments at both the student and advanced level, and equally high standards of adjustment. Highlights of innovative string accessories developed and/or introduced by Knilling include Perfection™ Planetary Pegs, Jacques Remy™ carbon-fiber and hybrid carbon-fiber bows, JADE™ rosin, VIVA™ and Marshmellow™ shoulder rests, VIVACELLO and First Fret fingering decals.

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Charles Rufino 8 Elm St. Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: 631-427-3569 Fax: 631-223-2269 Email: [email protected] Website:

Maple Leaf Strings

The Long Island Violin Shop is a premier full-service shop for players of bowed stringed instruments. We are known for excellent quality instruments, attentive customer service, and competitive pricing. Our rental programs allow students of any age, ability, and means to play on a fine instrument while building credit towards a purchase. Our other services include expert repairs of instruments and bows, appraisals, consignments, and music lessons-all carried out with exceptional customer care.

Louisville CVB


Zack Davis 401 West Main St., Ste. 2300 Louisville, KY 40202 Phone: 502-584-2121 Website:

Everything you need to know about Louisville for the 2014 ASTA national conference. Hotels, restaurants, and attractions information along with Louisville giveaways and more. Stop by the booth for more! See our ad on pg. 30.

Luck’s Music Library

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Amy King 32300 Edward Madison Heights, MI 48071 Phone: 248-583-1820 Fax: 248-583-1114 Email: [email protected] Website:

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Leon Galison 6403 West Rogers Cir. Boca Raton, FL 33487 Phone: 561-241-6340 Fax: 561-241-6347 Email: [email protected] Website:


Jason Bartel 1039 North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45224 Phone: 513-681-0186 Fax: 513-541-2019 Email: [email protected] Website:

Maple Leaf Strings is a wholesale supplier of orchestral string instruments and accessories.

Marrowstone Music Festival


Jessie Polin 11065 Fifth Ave. NE, Ste. A Seattle, WA 98125 Phone: 206-362-2300 Fax: 206-361-9254 Email: [email protected] Website:

Marrowstone is the premier orchestra training program of the Pacific Northwest, featuring internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists from the world’s most distinguished orchestras, conservatories and schools of music. Students spend two weeks on the beautiful campus of Western Washington University, playing in one of three orchestras, as well as a chamber ensemble. Marrowstone Music Festival is open to high school and college students, ages 14-25. See our ad on pg. 31.

Master Works Festival

Luck’s Music specializes in orchestral music and string solo plus ensemble music of all levels. Luck’s Music has the most extensive, searchable database of orchestra, educational and solo plus ensemble music of its kind on the web at

LudwigMasters Publications

Masters is part of E.F. Kalmus, known for the world’s largest selection of orchestral music for information or to place an order, visit our website, call or email us.


Jonathan Keener 1001 College Ave. Winona Lake, IN 46590 Phone: 574-267-5973 ext. 231 Fax: 574-267-8315 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship is a trans-denominational ministry dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ by performing and teaching the classical arts. CPAF’s mission field is global, as performing arts flourish around the world. Each summer, CPAF sponsors and administrates the Masterworks Festival, a four-week classical performing arts training program that offers students of music, dance, and theater the opportunity to grow artistically and spiritually as they study with professional Christian performing artists.

Ludwig Masters Music offers the best original music, editions, and arrangements at all grade levels, from solo works to full orchestra, including the highly praised Concert Masters orchestra series and the String Masters series for string orchestra. Ludwig




Exhibitors Mona Lisa Sound

Merz-Huber Company Booth# 610 Bill Calter 630 Fairview Rd. Swarthmore, PA 19081-2334 Phone: 610-544-2323 Fax: 610-544-8286 Email: [email protected] Website:

Merz-Huber Co. proudly provides for the insurance needs of the membership of the American String Teachers Association. Our firm has been providing musical instrument insurance for over 50 years. We insure over 20,000 individuals and more than 100,000 instruments. Over these many years our primary goal has been to work on your behalf, to achieve a stable insurance market, to provide competitive rates and superior claims service. Minds Abroad


Carl Jaramillo 6000 Brass Lantern Rd. Raleigh, NC 27606 Phone: 917-403-2663 Fax: 917-341-5248 Email: [email protected] Website:

Miró Quartet


The University of Texas, Butler School of Music 1 University Station, #E3100 Austin, TX 78712-0435 Website:

The Butler School of Music is proud to host the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in February 2014. Coming to the U.S. for the first time, this 10-day festival will feature 42 of the world’s best young violinists and a panel of internationally-renowned judges. The great Cleveland Symphony Orchestra will play the closing gala concert. See our ad on pg. 48.


Music Celebrations International


John Wiscombe 1440 South Priest Dr., Ste. 102 Tempe, AZ 85281-6954 Phone: 480-894-3330 Fax: 480-894-5157 Email: [email protected] Website:

Publishers of rock string sheet music (Led Zeppelin, Stones, Queen, Hendrix, the Beatles, David Bowie, Kansas, Ace of Base and more), made famous by the Hampton (Rock) String Quartet, the original rock string quartet: sheet music, CDs, posters, gift certificates and more.

Music Celebrations International provides unique performance opportunities around the globe to performing groups by offering: prestigious events which recommended groups receive an official invitations, generating more support and excitement than an ordinary concert tour; access to the world’s most superior venues; association with some of the world’s oldest and finest music festivals; and publicity for concerts via posters, daily and weekly press publications, media announcements, public service announcements, sponsorships, etc.

Music & Arts Center

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Barbara Pavesi 4626 Wedgewood Blvd. Frederick, MD 21703 Phone: 301-620-4040 Fax: 301-622-7753 Email: [email protected] Website:

Music & Arts: the nation’s largest retailer of Band and Orchestral instruments also specializes in instrument rentals, lessons, repairs, accessories, and print music. Music & Arts has over 100 retail locations in 20 states and over 100 educational representative serving communities around the country. Music & Arts has been in business for 60 years and is committed to music education and passionate about the growth of musicians. Find us online at like us on Facebook! See our ad on pg. 21.

Music at Port Milford

Minds Abroad offers both customized programs for bands and orchestras on performance tours in China. We offer programs incorporating travel, cultural activities, and extensive service learning. Due to our service learning program we were recently selected as a “Top Ten Best Practices Program” by the Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the US State Department.

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Jana Glasser 45 Brimstone Hill Rd. Middletown, NY 10941 Phone: 877-263-5691 Fax: 201-696-3946 Email: [email protected] Website:


Meg Hill 70 Lenox Ave. Pleasantville, NY 10570 Phone: 914-439-5039 Email: [email protected] Website:

Music at Port Milford - Chamber Music Festival and Summer School, July 13 - August 19, 2013. Est. 1986, MPM offers an intensive four-week chamber music experience for serious string players and pianists, in historic Prince Edward County, Ontario. The outstanding music faculty, including The Linden Quartet (first place winners of 2009 Fischoff Competition), The Tokai Quartet (Finalists at Banff 2007), Ensemble Made in Canada, RCM Faculty, and members of Toronto Symphony, National Ballet and Canadian Opera Company, serve as both coaches and mentors. Musicianship and community shape the Port Milford experience. Apply at

National Association for Music Education 213 Shannon Kelly 1806 Robert Fulton Dr. Reston, VA 20191 Phone: 800-336-3768 Fax: 703-860-9027 Email: [email protected] Website:

National Association for Music Education, formerly MENC, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME provides resources for music educators, opportunities for music students, and advocacy support for the profession. NAfME and ASTA are partners in the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a coalition of music education associations with the mission of supporting and protecting the place of music in a well-rounded education.

Neil A. Kjos Music Company

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Tim Kjos 4382 Jutland Dr. San Diego, CA 92117-3642 Phone: 858-270-9800 Fax: 858-270-3507 Email: [email protected] Website:

Since its establishment in 1936, the Neil A. Kjos Music Company continues to publish superb methods and literature for all areas of music education. The string catalog features comprehensive methods for students of all ages and levels including the tried and true Muller-Rusch String Method, the highly acclaimed All for Strings, the innovative Artistry in Strings, and the blockbuster new String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra by Shade, Woolstenhulme and Barden.

Exhibitors NS Design

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Zaidee Fuller PO Box 8 Wilson, WY 83014 Phone: 307-733-6240 Fax: 307-733-6240 Email: [email protected] Website:

Dedicated to the musician interested in the finest quality of amplified or recorded performance, NS Design instruments are enjoyed by noted artists of all genres around the globe. Each model represents the blend of visually pleasing design, highly refined ergonomics, enhanced playability, and extraordinary tone. While the CR series remains the flagship of the NS Design brand, the new NXT series now offers the violinist, cellist and bass player an exciting yet more affordable option. See our ad on pg. 14.

Inspired by the reusable adhesive used to hold climbing skins on skis, PINSTOP emerged from a desire to have a secure, aesthetic alternative tos straps, strings, and rubber “rock stops”. Elegant enough for the concert hall, yet perfect for the school gym, the renewable adhesive will not slip. Lightweight and compact, the PINSTOP fits easily in your pocket.

O’Connor Method


Mark O’Connor 315 West 57th St. 14H New York, NY 10019 Phone: 917-683-2750 Email: [email protected] Website:

A New School of American String Playing-the American System and the O’Connor Method. Solo books of sequenced tunes and exercises featuring technique, creativity, theory, improvisation and ear training. “America on Strings” is sequenced orchestrations designed for elementary, middle and high school level orchestras. The O’Connor Method includes musical literature that represents all the Americas and many musical styles including classical, folk, Latin, rock, ragtime, etc. Teacher Training seminars take place around the country.

Orchestra Triage Inc.


Jerry Henry 28006 230th St. LeClaire, IA 52753 Phone: 563-289-3315 Email: [email protected] Website:

Orchestra Triage is a company devoted to improving orchestra classroom teaching and orchestra programs. Specializing in teacher training for classroom string teachers we offer a range of services including training seminars, in-service presentations, classes, independent training, program and teacher evaluation, guest directing and clinics, as well as motivational and advocacy speeches. Using our experience we can develop training seminars around specific program needs and help teachers expand their teaching toolboxes.


Gary Byers P.O. Box 705 Damariscotta, MA 04543 Phone: 636-579-0908 Fax: 207-563-7706 Email: [email protected] Website:

The Potter Violin Company Booth# 500, 502 Jim Kelly 4706 Highland Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814-3612 Phone: 301-652-7070 Fax: 301-652-8375 Email: [email protected] Website:

Pre-Twinkle Violin Lessons


Sharon Kuhn 17 Cochituate St., 2nd Floor Natick, MA 01760 Phone: 508-335-7688 Email: [email protected] Website:

Pre-Twinkle Violin Lessons™ is an introduction course geared towards preschool-aged children designed to inspire them to learn violin playing through foundation exercises hidden in stories, songs, and games. The Business Package includes: a quality lead generation program for private studio teachers, a progressive marketing plan, lesson curriculum and classroom materials, on-going teacher training and support-everything necessary to run a successful private studio focused on gaining new students by building strong community partnerships. See our ad on pg. 71.

Randy Sabien

Potter Violin’s offers violins, violas, cellos and basses of exceptional value for players of all levels. Our rental programs feature good quality, properly adjusted instruments with a generous purchase allowance. We feature Doetsch, Klier and Heinrich Lutiger instruments among others. We also offer modern and antique European and American instruments, many with certificates. We maintain a wide range of accessories and have a dedicated staff prepared to help you with any repair or adjustment. See our ad on pg. 16. Private Music Studio Guide Books

for tour chamber groups? Chamber music challenges musicians of all levels and ages. Plus, it’s lots of fun. Pamper your instrument with our handmade 100% cotton bags. They are also perfect for your violin or viola. Adds an extra layer to help keep your instrument clean, scratch-free and fashionable!


c/o McNally Smith College 19 E Exchange St., E Saint Paul, MN 55101 Phone: 715-634-7527 Email: [email protected] Website:

Randy Sabien is a jazz violinist performing, recording, composing, and teaching for over 35 years. Available for concerts with his Fiddlehead Band, Tribute to Stephane Grappelli featuring Brian Torff, guest soloist with orchestras, and workshops for student string groups. Credits include Wisconsin Public Television, Austin City Limits, Prairie Home Companion, Fairbanks Symphony, founder of Berklee College of Music String Dept.Arrangements published by Alfred Music.Currently head of String Dept. at McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul. See our ad on pg. 9.


Mimi Butler 401 Beachwood Ave. Haddonfield, NJ 08033 Phone: 856-979-8728 Fax: 856-428-8947 Email: [email protected] Website:

Chamber music for fun and motivation. Discover how and when to teach chamber music. How to organize your chamber groups in your school or studio. What is the nest chamber music literature and ideal venues



Rees Harps Inc.

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Pamela Rees 222 Main St. Rising Sun, IN 47040 Phone: 812-438-3032 Fax: 812-438-3089 Email: [email protected] Website:


Peter Rolland 1616 W. Mountain View Dr. Mesa, AZ 85201 Phone: 480-969-9744 Email: [email protected] Website:

Rees Harps, Inc. has been hand building the finest lever harps available for 35 years. Their new product, the Harpsicle, is a small, affordable harp which can be easily incorporated into a wide variety of school and teaching applications.

Reynard Burns Publishing

Rolland Research Associates


Reynard Burns 374 Glenmore Lane Bayport, NY 11705 Phone: 631-472-1529 Fax: 631-416-6242 Email: [email protected] Website:

Distributor of the DVD of Paul Rolland’s pedagogy film series “The Teaching of Action in String Playing” and Peter Rolland fiddling books and CDs.Local instrument sales and rentals.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program


Lynne Oliver 273 Bloor St. West Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada Phone: 866-716-2223 Fax: 416-408-3096 Email: [email protected] Website:

Publisher and distributor of print music for educators and professionals. Specializing in music for strings and orchestra including music of African American and other composers of African descent. Sheet music in styles from classical to jazz from beginner to advanced as well as multilevel works. Jazz standards and originals for strings and rhythm sections, string orchestra, string ensemble, full orchestra, chamber orchestra, duos, trios, and quartets available. See our ad on pg. 15.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™ provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels for all stringed instruments. New free online syllabi for violin, viola, cello and double bass will be available in 2013. The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program™ inspires excellence through individual student assessments and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country. See our ad on pg. 23.

Rockin’ Rosin

Saga Musical Instruments


Christopher Jones 113 Huntington Ave. New Haven, CT 06512 Phone: 860-208-9610 Email: [email protected] Website:

Rockin’ Rosin makes fun shaped rosin for students. Each shape is wrapped in a corresponding themed fabric. We handcraft over 25 shapes including hearts, stars, cupcakes, skulls, daisies and various holiday shapes. Rockin’ Rosin offers special bulk pricing for teachers and the wholesale market. Custom shapes, custom fabrics and branding are available. Rockin’ Rosin makes great presents from teachers and inspires students to want to rosin their bow every day!


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SHAR Products Company Booth# 201, 300, 302, 304 Jennie Lewis 2465 South Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Phone: 734-665-3978 Fax: 800-997-8723 Email: [email protected] Website:

Serving the stringed instrument community since 1962. SHAR offers a full selection of violins, violas, cellos, basses, and their accessories for all levels of players, plus more than 9,000 sheet music titles. We pride ourselves on offering only the best combination of quality, value, and service. Visit us online at www., at our Ann Arbor or Farmington showrooms, or call 800-248-7427 for our free 140-page color catalog. Our knowledgeable stringed instrument specialists are ready to help you. See our ad on back cover. Snow Stringed Instruments, Inc 529, 531

Rich Ferris 137 Utah Ave. S. San Francisco, CA 94080 Phone: 650-588-5558 Fax: 650-871-7590 Email: [email protected] Website:

Sophie Chen 135-15 37th Ave., 2nd Floor Flushing, NY 11354-2745 Phone: 718-353-7402 Fax: 718-353-7854 Email: [email protected] Website:

Saga Musical Instruments is a 30 year old South San Francisco based wholesale distributor who designs and manufactures student and professional bowed and fretted instruments. The company is highly regarded as a pioneer in designing quality, affordable violin family instruments that exceed the expectations of students, parents, and teachers in growing educational markets worldwide. Their flagship brand, Cremona, remains focused on featuring specifications required by U.S. music directors and school systems that ensure productive education.

Snow Stringed Instruments, established since 1998, is presently a wholesale company, specializing in handcrafted violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

Sofia Violins


John Welch PO Box 1985 Indianapolis, IN 46206-1985 Phone: 317-264-0444 Fax: 317-264-0555 Email: [email protected] Website:

Fine handmade European and American violins, violas and cellos.

Southwest Strings

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The String House

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Tiffany Johnson 1721 S Cherrybell Strav. Tucson, AZ 85713-1935 Phone: 800-528-3430 Fax: 800-528-3470 Email: [email protected] Website:

Stephen Kanack 1531 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY 14618 Phone: 800-828-3548 Fax: 585-442-2038 Email: [email protected] Website:

Southwest Strings has been a leading source of quality stringed instruments and accessories since 1985. We strive to provide quality products that meet the needs of any budget and ability level. In addition, we offer a variety of special programs to make playing a stringed instrument accessible and affordable. Please visit our booth to find out about our financing, rental, and school programs.

Since 1970, The String House; dealers in fine vintage orchestral instruments located in Rochester, NY has been known and respected for its unsurpassed collection of fine old violins, violas, cellos, and bows. Our exceptionally large inventory includes fine violins, violas, cellos, and other rare string instruments of all sizes and in all price ranges. Our shop also has many beginner, intermediate, and advanced lines of student grade instruments. Whether it is just a matter of reacquainting or meeting us for the first time, we hope you will stop at booth #420 to see and try some of our select instruments and bows.

Stamell Stringed Instruments


Matt Stamell 18 Kellogg Ave. Amherst, MA 01002 Phone: 800-766-0936 Fax: 413-256-8692 Email: [email protected] Website:

High quality plus professionally set up violins, violas, cellos, and bows. Old and new instruments for beginners to professionals. Featuring our own in-house makers, Rodney Miller, Andranik Gaybaryan, and Matt Stamell, as well as Italian, French, German, and American instruments. We are available to assist customers with instrument sales, rentals (nationwide rental program), repair and restoration, appraisal information, and insurance valuations. We also sell all the best cases and accessories currently on the market. Please visit us, our booth number is 315.

Stanton’s Sheet Music, Inc. 512, 514, 516 Eric Strouse 330 South Fourth St. Columbus, OH 43215-5404 Phone: 614-224-4257 Fax: 614-244-5929 Email: [email protected] Website:

Stanton’s is recognized as a national leader in retail sheet music sales. Known as the “sheet music specialists”, Stanton’s is dedicated to helping music educators across the country find music that best fits their educational needs. Stanton’s strives to be your #1 source for orchestra music.

The Strad Magazine


Louise Read 30 Cannon St. London, UK EC4M 6YJ Phone: 011 44 20 7618 3472 Fax: 011 44 20 7618 3483 Email: [email protected] Website:


Exhibitors String Letter Publishing Booth# 100 David Lusterman 255 West End Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901 Phone: 415-485-6990 Email: [email protected] Website:

String Letter Publishing is the source of information, instruction and inspiration for guitar and string players of all ages and musical interests, from beginners to professionals. Our magazines, books, newsletters and websites serve the practical needs and interests of musicians, teachers, and the music trade, keeping members of this creative community in touch and up-to-date. Strings Fun and Easy


Visit us at booth #200 and pick up your FREE copy! For over 120 years The Strad has been the best source of knowledge, news, entertainment and inspiration for everyone involved in the string business. Every month The Strad gives you a front row seat to the world of strings. Whether you want to hear from your favourite performers, catch up on the latest international string news, or pass Simon Fischer’s tips to your friends, if you’re serious about strings you need The Strad.

David Tasgal 2 Old County Rd. Colrain, MA 01340 Phone: 802-257-4523 Email: [email protected]

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Summy-Birchard is the home of Suzuki products throughout the world. The Suzuki Method, based on the work of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, is credited with inspirational music education based on the Mother Tongue Method. The Suzuki products of Summy-Birchard are distributed by Alfred Music Publishing, Inc., exclusive print distributor and licensor worldwide (excluding Japan). The catalog includes Suzuki method books and a wide assortment of supplementary materials, including technique, solo, and ensemble books.

Heather Cousineau PO Box 7479 Westlake Village, CA 91359 Phone: 888-323-5437 Email: [email protected] Website:

The String Centre is a part of the Woodwind & Brasswind family, supporting the performing, teaching, and student community with exceptional string instruments and accessories at guaranteed low prices. See our ad on pg. 31.

Summy-Birchard 401, 403, 405, 407, 409 P.O Box 10003 Van Nuys, CA 91410-0003 Phone: 818-891-5999 Fax: 818-830-6259 Email: [email protected] Website:



Super-Sensitive Musical String


Nella Travers 1805 Apex Rd. Sarasota, FL 34240 Phone: 941-371-0016 Fax: 941-341-0556 Email: [email protected] Website:

Manufacturers of strings, rosins and accessories for bowed instruments. Products/Brand Names - Red Label, Red Label Premium, Old Fiddler Line, Pinnacle, Sensicore, Clarity Rosin, Clarity Spectrum Rosin, Pro-Rosin, Original and Mini-Rosin, Stoppin, Tone Shaper, Pick-up/Sensor, Polishes, Wolf-Be-Gone, Spector Mute and Bowmaster.

Tempo Press


Steven Luck PO Box 71396 Madison Heights, MI 48071-0396 Phone: 248-588-0808 Fax: 248-588-0880 Email: [email protected] Website:

Tempo Press is a publisher of music for school orchestras. As well as being the exclusive publisher of Sandra Dackow Editions, Tempo Press also publishes works by Mark Barnard, Robert McCashin, Susan Day, Robert Curry, Susan Brown, Gael Berberick, Robert Longfield, Tracey Rush, Bob Lipton and many more composers and arrangers. It also publishes Expressive Techniques for Orchestra and Two Octave Scales and Bowings.

Things 4 Strings LLC


Ruth Brons PO Box 2310 Livingston, NJ 07039 Phone: 201-563-2274 Email: [email protected] Website:

Over 80 years of combined teaching and performing experience led to our patented and playful accessories addressing the very serious work of string pedagogy. Strad Magazine: “Things 4 Strings™ range of bow hold trainers use animals - frogs and fish (Bow Hold Buddies™ set) for violins, and the superbly named CelloPhant® accessory for the cello - to help train hand muscles and encourage correct grip.”




ViolinJazz Publishing

Thomastik-Infeld/Connolly Music Company, Inc. Booth# 301,400,402,404 Chris Rohrecker 8 Vernon Valley Rd. East Northport, NY 11731-1429 Phone: 631-925-5519 Fax: 631-925-5519 Email: [email protected] Website:

Connolly Music Company is the United States source, and a guiding force, behind Thomastik-Infeld, an innovative leader in string technology noted for string brands such as Dominant, Peter Infeld, Vision, Spirocore and others. Connolly also represents a portfolio of additional best-in-class music products from Bubenreuth – the home of Germany’s finest instrument and bow makers including Heinrich Gill and Bazzini instruments, Georg Werner, and more. Other brands include The Realist, Coda Bow, and König and Meyer German made stands. Tong’s Violin Shop


Jeremy Cohen 6309 Broadway Terrace Oakland, CA 94602 Phone: 510-653-2602 Fax: 510-653-2640 Email: [email protected] Website:


Jian Wen Tong 2565 Heathermoor Park Dr. South Carmel, IN 46074 Phone: 317-918-1688 Fax: 317-733-8598 Email: [email protected] Website:

Tong’s violin shop wholesale string instrument company 80% of US violin shops are carrying our instruments. We have the best sound and beautiful varnish. Visit our booth and see for yourself. Our prices cannot be beat. Attention school teachers: we offer special education prices only for school purchases. The best outfit for your dollars guaranteed.

Jeremy Cohen’s energetic arrangements for intermediate through advanced string ensembles and original etudes for solo violin in mixed genres with accompanying CDs. Arrangements are for string quartet, quintet, cello quintet and string orchestra. Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo ala Turk, Strange Meadowlark; Raymond Scott’s Penguin, Powerhouse, Toy Trumpet, Siberian Sleighride; CDs of these works performed by Jeremy Cohen’s Quartet San Francisco.

Wheaton College, Dept. of Music


Great Woods Chamber Orchestra Delvyn Case 26 E Main St, Norton, MA 02766 Phone: 978-793-1445 Email: [email protected] Website:

Wheaton College is a highly selective, secular, co-educational liberal arts college in Norton, Massachusetts, 30 minutes from Boston and 20 minutes from Providence. Founded in 1834, Wheaton enrolls 1600 students and offers 44 majors and 60 minors. The music department offers courses in performance, composition, history, theory, ethnomusicology, and education. Wheaton offers for-credit lessons on all orchestral instruments, taught by distinguished performers from Boston and Providence.The Great Woods Chamber Orchestra is a 50-member collegecommunity ensemble based at Wheaton that has distinguished itself by its broad repertoire. Recent concerts have included performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Victor Romanul of the Boston Symphony, a collaborative concert with digital multi-media artist DJ Spooky, and a concert featuring dance music of Latin America and Spain.

modern musician who needs the versatility of playing both plugged in or unplugged. See our ad on pg. 22.

William Harris Lee & Co. Booth# 110, 112, 114, 116 Bruce Morrow 410 South Michigan Ave., Ste. 560 Chicago, IL 60605-1308 Phone: 800-497-4533 Fax: 312-786-9615 Email: [email protected] Website:

William Harris Lee and Company is the world’s largest violin workshop, with well over a dozen luthiers crafting fine violins, violas, and cellos at our Michigan Avenue location in Chicago. In recent years we have expanded with our Educational Strings division, offering instruments of exceptional value for beginning and advancing students, and running the nation’s premier stringed instrument rental program. We also carry a full line of cases, bows, strings and accessories. Wingert-Jones Publications


David Giardiniere 2480 Industrial Blvd. Paoli, PA 19301 Phone: 866-956-7337 Fax: 800-382-8250 Email: [email protected] Website:

Yamaha Corporation of America Booth# 200, 202, 204, 101, 103, 105 Ken Dattmore 6600 Orangethorpe Ave. Buena Park, CA 90620-1396 Phone: 714-522-9011 Fax:714-522-9475 Email: [email protected] Website:

Combining technology with tradition, Yamaha offers a full line of award winning electric string instruments and acoustic string instruments, student through signature series professional carbon fiber bows and a piezo transducer bridge pickup for acoustic violin. Dedicated to supporting students and teachers, Yamaha sponsors clinics, conference events and competitions throughout the string music education field. See our ad on pg. 4.

Yesterday Service Sheet Music Inc. 624, 626

Serving the string orchestra educator with performing music, collections and string pedagogy methods.

Wood Violins




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Barbara Ring PO Box 2074 Port Washington, NY 11050 Phone: 516-767-6677 Fax: 516-767-3302 Email: [email protected] Website:

Wood Violins offers handcrafted instruments that are designed and hand-built by our master craftsmen exclusively in the USA. These violins and cellos were designed by premier electric violinist Mark Wood and reflect over 20 years of playing, investigation, exploration, and performing. New this year, our Concert Series Acoustic Electric violin. The perfect instrument for the

Show Special for

Exhibitors! Reserve your space today for Louisville ASTA 2014 National Conference BEFORE you leave Providence and receive $25 off published 2014 rates. You know you’re coming, so pay $850 per booth space instead of the $875 rate! Simply complete the Exhibitor Prospectus contract in your registration materials and return it to Beth Danner-Knight before you leave. No payment or deposit is required with it ASTA will send you an invoice in September.

Rob Bethel Arts at the Armonry Bldg. 191 Highland Ave., Ste. B7 Somerville, MA 02143 Phone: 800-863-5150 Fax: 617-284-6073 Email: [email protected] Website:

Come visit us at the Yesterday Service Sheet Music booth and feast your eyes on some wonderful music. We are a full service sheet music retail store located in the Boston area stocking music for all strings and a wide selection of chamber music, scores and string orchestra music. We take pride in providing expert service to the music community and fulfilling special orders in a timely manner. String players are especially well served since our owner is a cellist.


Rhode Island Convention Center Exhibit Halls C & D Conveniently connected to the Omni Hotel — The 3rd floor of the convention center connects to the 2nd floor of the hotel.



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