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Oregon Asta News


Apply now to play in a master class in Bend with

Ben Hong, associate principal cellist of the

Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Application deadine: April 15

Class will be held in Bend, Oregon on

Saturday, May 6 at 10am


Oregon ASTACAP in-person exams are April 22-23
Videos are due April 21st for those outside of Portland

(ASTACAP registration deadline was March 17)
For more information please contact
Diane Chaplin at cellochaplin (at)

Recent competition results & past events are on the
Past Events page

Links to Chorda newsletter are now in Members Corner

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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 was March 17. For more information and the ASTACAP handbook, please contact Diane Chaplin at cellochaplin (at)

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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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