Upcoming Events

Events During the NC-ASTA All-State Festival:

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  Thursday September 27, 2018

FREE Clinic/Session with Dr. Kirk Moss:  Saturday October 20,  12:00 PM
Forsyth Country Day School: Orchestra Room
Dr. Moss will be giving a free clinic/session to all NC String Teachers.  This clinic is sponsored by Alfred Music and all participating will receive free promotional materials from Alfred Music!    

Clinic Title: Teaching Intonation Creatively for Strings

Teaching Intonation Creatively for Strings is a demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will form a lab orchestra to experience innovative techniques and exercises within an expressive and musical context. Bring an instrument! The session draws ideas from Dr. Moss’s newest book, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra: Creative Warm-Ups.


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