NC-ASTA All-State Festival Info Fall 2019

Hello North Carolina String Educators,                                       

The North Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the third annual All-State String Orchestra Festival and Clinic.  This year’s clinic will take place at Cannon School in Concord, NC on Friday & Saturday October 18-19, 2019.

2019 Conductor & Clinician:  Kirt Mosier

kirt-mosier-bio-pic2We are excited to announce that this year’s Conductor and Clinician is internationally renown composer and string educator Kirt Mosier.  Kirt Mosier is the artistic director for the Kansas City Youth Symphony and is the former director of orchestras at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  He has also taught orchestration and arranging as an adjunct professor at UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri. Mosier has twice won national composition awards. In 1993, his original work, “Baltic Dance”, won the National School Orchestra Association Composition Contest and in 2004, “American Reel”, won the 2004 Merle J. Isaac national composition contest.


This clinic is open to all students in grades 5-12 who are sponsored by current NC-ASTA members. Sponsors will be asked to provide their membership number at registration.

Want to become an NC-ASTA member?  Please click Here to apply.

The application committee will determine the orchestra’s size and scope based upon the number of applicants. If there is suitable interest, the application committee will consider opening a second group.  Students will be grouped by ability level and not by age. The size of the orchestra(s) may also be limited due to facility constraints.


All applications are due:  Thursday, September 19, 2019

The application committee will be responsible for participant selection based on: Student Application, Recorded Excerpts, Teacher Recommendations, and the Maximum Size of the Orchestra.  As a teacher, please rank and rate your students based on their current ability, and not on potential.


Please read the following Documents before submitting Teacher and Student Applications!

Both Forms 1 and 2 need to be completed by the Sponsoring TEACHER ONLY!  
Please DO NOT let students complete these forms for you.

Students who record their audition videos will need to forward those on to their teachers – where the teacher will attach those videos to the application.  

Complete these (2) Google Forms:

Form 1: Director Information
You will need to complete this form for each organization you represent.  
(i.e. private studio, youth symphony, or school.)

Form 2: Student Information
You will need to complete this form for each student you wish to sponsor.  (Please note that you will need to have (1) video audition excerpt/scale ready to upload for each sponsored student.)


Teachers:  Must be current NC-ASTA members and will serve as chaperones for their students at all activities.  If the sponsoring teacher cannot attend, he/she must submit a written request (10) days in advance to the Event Chair and the NC-ASTA President requesting permission for a substitute to take his/her place.  This substitute will need to be an active NC-ASTA member.

Students: They are required to be in attendance for the entire day.  Students who are selected for a chair and do not participate will be barred from participation for the next year.

Questions? Contact:
Aaron Craven

Festival Chair & NC-ASTA President