Upcoming Events

Arts R4 Life: Saturday September 8, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is partnering with Meredith College to host the third annual “ARTS R4 Life” professional development conference for NC K-12 Arts Educators in Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Pre-service arts educators and faculty from Institutes of Higher Education interested in K-12 arts education are also encouraged to attend. The conference is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9, 2018, and will be preceded by Arts Education Think Tank, Arts Education Coordinators, and Arts Education Leadership Coalition meetings on Friday, September 7, 2018.

This conference is an opportunity for arts educators to develop personalized multi-disciplinary learning experiences and have cross-sector learning and collaboration around the 4R’s:

  • Rekindle your artistic spirit by participating in hands-on arts experiences
  • Reflect on the profession through deepening your understanding of the standards to support student learning and growth
  • Reconnect with colleagues and professional organizations
  • Renew your body and mind through expressive, contemplative, and rejuvenating experiences designed to promote your well-being

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NC-ASTA All-State String Clinic/Festival:  Friday & Saturday October 19-20, 2018
The North Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the second annual All-State String Orchestra Festival and Clinic.  

We are excited to announce that this year’s Conductor and Clinician is nationally renown string educator Dr. Kirk Moss.  Dr. Moss serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Music & Theatre at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association, five times chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and held office on ASTA’s Executive Board. Dr. Moss has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in nearly forty states. The University of Florida School of Music awarded him an Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and he has received six ASTA National Citations for Leadership & Merit.  

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APPLICATION DEADLINES:  All applications are due Thursday, September 20, 2018


Events During the NCMEA Conference:

NC-ASTA New Music Reading Workshop: Saturday, November 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
UNCSA:  School of Music Building Room 168
Please bring your instrument and be part of the reading orchestra as we play through a variety of new publications for string orchestra. (Music provided by J. W. Pepper & Sons)

NC-ASTA Business Meeting: Saturday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
UNCSA:  School of Music Building Room 168
Join us for our annual business meeting where we will be discussing upcoming events and plans for the year.

NC-ASTA Social: Sunday, November 11, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Old Fourth Street Filling Station: 871 West 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Please join us for conversation, live music, complimentary drink & hors d’oeuvres. All orchestra directors, string teachers, and private teachers of stringed instruments are welcome to attend!


**NEW NC-ASTA String Choir Festival: Spring 2019
Check back for updates on this exciting new NC-ASTA offering.  We are looking to do an instrument choir festival in the spring of 2019!


NC-ASTA Student Recitals: These events are for students of NC-ASTA members to perform in joint recitals.  They are geared for students of studio teachers with smaller numbers, although it is open to students of all NC-ASTA members.

Interested in hosting a Recital? Contact Bill Slechta!


NC ASTACAP: ASTA Certificate Advancement Program.(ASTACAP). Students are judged in a non-competitive environment on technical & musical preparedness at specific levels (Foundation Level – Level 10)

  • North Carolina ASTACAP Exam Date(s) and Locations:
    • TBA @ Hayes School of Music (Appalachian State)Broyhill Music Center (2nd Floor rooms 225, 204, and 206)
      813 Rivers Street
      Boone, NC 28608
      Contact Event Host: Dr. Nancy Bargerstock for more information.

NC-ASTA: Solo Competition:  Information to come Fall of 2018.
Questions? Contact Brooks Whitehouse for more information.


NC-ASTA: College Student Scholarship: Is accepting Applications Now.  Click Here


Summer Strings @ UNCSA Applications Open!

  • From classical to jazz to bluegrass, SummerStrings 2018 is cross-training for the modern string player. Over the course of two fantastic weeks, (July 8 – 21) UNCSA’s string faculty and award-winning jazz violinist Christian Howes will bring you the best of both worlds in string playing. You’ll find yourself rehearsing a Beethoven quartet in the morning and jamming on a twelve-bar blues in the afternoon!Click Here for more information