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Oregon Asta News

Oregon ASTA Dates 2023

Honors Recital application & video deadline: February 26
Honors Recital & Member Meeting: March 19

Need-Based OR-ASTA Scholarship Applications
 due March 1st

Oregon ASTACAP: April 22-23  (Registration Deadline: March 17)

Fall 2023: OR-ASTA Biennial Conference - Place and Date TBA

Click for Winter 2022​ Newsletter

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OR-ASTA Need-Based Scholarship for Summer Study

Oregon-ASTA is again offering need-based scholarships to students of ASTA members, for summer study or summer camps. Requirements are:

1. a filled-out application, available HERE

2. a short essay, written by the student, describing specifically the purpose for the money. Winning applicants must later submit a short essay telling how the support has helped them.

3. a 3- to 10-minute video performance;

4. a letter of recommendation from the teacher.

5. confirmation that there is a financial need.


Annual Honors Recital

Don't miss an opportunity to showcase your best students!


Apply to have your students play in the annual OR-ASTA Honors Recital on March 19.

Application deadline with video is February 26. 


...and please stay afterwards for the Annual Oregon ASTA general membership meeting!

Oregon ASTACAP Program 2023: April 22 & 23     

ASTACAP is a national syllabus program with eleven different levels that encourages and inspires students to excel. Oregon ASTA holds our. auditions each spring, and students receive certificates and detailed commentary from certified adjudicators. All students living within an hour of PSU should plan to audition in person; video auditions will be accepted from those farther away (deadline April 21st).


Students must be studying privately with a current OR-ASTA member to apply. The deadline for registration is March 17. For more information and the ASTACAP handbook, please contact Diane Chaplin at cellochaplin (at)

OR-ASTA Solo Competition RESULTS
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Portland State University

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The final round of the 3rd biennial Oregon-ASTA Solo Competition was held Sunday, November 6, at Portland State University. It was an inspiring day of wonderful performances by students from around the state. This year we had 33 applicants in the Preliminary Round from 17 studios.
The Senior Division, ages 16-22, performed in the morning, and the Junior Division, ages 15 and under, followed. Thanks to our generous sponsors. -- Kennedy Violins, Kerr Violin Shop, Schuback Violin Shop, Mark Moreland Violin Shop, and Holst Violins--we were able to give a total of $1600 in prize money!
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Senior Division Winners

1st Place ($500)

Noah Carr, Violin

Student of Tomas Cotik
Saint-Saëns Concerto in B minor Op.61 Mvt 1

2nd Place ($300)
Sarah Wu, Violin

Student of Paloma Griffin Hebert
Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending

3rd Place ($200)
Ryan Jun, Violin

Student of Carol Sindell
Wieniawski Concerto in D minor, Op. 22 Mvt 1
Junior Division Winners

1st Place ($300)

Katie Liu, Violin

Student of Hae-Jin Kim
Saint-Saens Concerto in B minor Op. 61, Mvt. 3

2nd Place ($200)
Kristen Kim, Cello

Student of Hyun-Jin Kim
Popper Polonaise de concert Op. 14

3rd Place ($100)
Andrew Lee, Violin

Student of Carol Sindell
Wieniawski Concerto in D minor, Op. 22 Mvt. 1
Other Senior Finalists: Hanu Hahm - violin (Carol Sindell), Erica Yang - violin (Clarisse Atcherson), Ellie Kim - violin (Carol Sindell), Esme Peters - violin (Hal Grossman), Isabel Pinney - violin (Hal Grossman), Nicolas Oncken - violin (Kara Eubanks)

Other Junior Finalists: Jason Han - cello (Marilyn de Oliveira), Kaylee Nah - violin (Hae-Jin Kim), Emily Seo - cello (Hamilton Cheifetz), Sabine Voelker - viola (Lillian Manis), Ellie Liu - cello (Hyun-Jin Kim), Abigail Lee - violin (Hae-Jin Kim), Jacob Park - cello (Va
ldine Mishkin), Annie Rhew - cello (Hyun-Jin Kim)

From the Solo Competition Chairs
Our distinguished judges were Hal Grossman, Angelika Furtwangler, Katherine Schultz for the Junior Division. For the Senior Division, we had Emily Cole, Kenji Bunch, and Marilyn de Oliveira.


The competition ran smoothly thanks to Soren Collins, Eileen Deiss, and Nikki Watson. Their help was invaluable.


Many thanks to our sponsors: Kennedy Violins, Kerr Violin Shop, Schuback Violin Shop, Mark Moreland Violin Shop, Holst Violins. We are so grateful for their generosity.


Congratulations to all!  The next solo competition will be Fall of 2024.


Lily Burton and Paloma Griffin Hebert


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ASTA, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers.  ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including

instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession. 

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The Oregon Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (OR-ASTA) was founded to promote string playing in the state of Oregon and to serve Oregon's members of the American String Teachers Association. Its officers are elected every two years by a vote of the membership. 

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