2022 Hybrid ASTA National Conference

Pre-conference Deep Dive Workshops in Atlanta

For in-depth education, register for one of our pre-conference workshops.

Wednesday, March 16
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Atlanta, Georgia
Separate fees apply; workshops are not included in conference registration.

ASTA National Conference Conducting Clinic

Location: Kennesaw

Join William LaRue Jones, ASTA past-president, and Victoria Gau, conductor and artistic director of the Washington DC Capital City Symphony, for an in-depth conducting clinic for orchestra directors. The session will focus on conducting fundamentals plus active podium time with an orchestra.

  • William LaRue Jones, University of Iowa
  • Victoria Gau, Washington DC Capital City Symphony

Breakthrough for String Education: The Science, Psychology, and Processes of "The Bornoff Approach"

Location: Hanover AB

The Bornoff Approach is much more than a method book, a set of finger patterns, or open string cycle exercises. Experience the process and philosophy, explore the materials, and learn how to use the adaptive lesson pacing strategies that are guaranteed to instill confidence in your students. Improve intonation, develop rhythmic precision, cultivate expressive bowing for all levels of ensembles, and avoid plateaus with our multi-level variations of exercises for differentiated learning.

Debbie Lyle, Foundation for the Advancement of String Education

Moving Past Cultural Programming to Build a More Diverse and Equitable Studio

Location: Inman

This workshop is for applied professors who have a genuine desire to increase BIPOC representation in their studios. Participants will create a statement of standpoint/personal manifesto and recruiting strategies for BIPOC students. Cultural programming and possible blind spots will be discussed. In preparation for this workshop, participants will need to complete readings (less than 20 pages total), bring their school's mission, vision, and/or diversity statement, and demographic information about their applied studio, institution, city, and state.

Maureen Yuen, Drake University

ASTA National Teacher's Orchestra

Location: Dunwoody

Join us for a day of community music-making and relationship-building through the artform we all love! This enjoyable pre-conference session will feature a full day of interaction with colleagues through string orchestra rehearsals and a planned culminating informal performance. The day of planned rehearsals will include rehearsal technique strategies and conversation with lots of playing and musical interaction. Participants will gain new insights and rehearsal techniques while rehearsing and playing the repertoire. It will be an active day! Teachers are encouraged to exercise your primary or well-developed secondary instrument skills for this event. Repertoire will include pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and eclectic styles, as well as great standard repertoire. Music will be distributed one month before the conference so participants can prepare ahead of time. Bring your own instrument or ask ASTA to provide one for you. Performance attire will be "business casual."

Scott Laird, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Culturally Responsive Practices for Enriching String Education for Students, Educators, and Performers in Historically Marginalized Communities

Location: Greenbriar

This session will help attendees better understand and respond to issues facing historically marginalized communities, specifically the African American Community, through discussions of retention, recruitment, supporting African American students and colleagues, and issues facing performers. The session will culminate with a music reading session dedicated to ensuring authentic performance practices of music written by African American composers. Participants will leave the session having created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which will help to guide the work of the ASTA community.

  • Dr. LaSaundra Booth, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Shana Tucker, Professional Cellist and Executive Director of Kidz Notes
  • Nicole Yarling, Professional Violinist and Professor at Frost School of Music and Florida Memorial University
  • Taniesha Pooser, ASTA DEI Committee Chair

State Leadership Workshop

*This session is only open to ASTA State Chapter presidents and presidents-elect, or a chapter board member attending on their behalf.

Location: Courtland

Join ASTA President Kristen Pellegrino, ASTA President-Elect Rebecca MacLeod, and facilitator Cheryl Goldsby for this workshop geared to support you in your ASTA leadership. The schedule includes ways to understand the personas of ASTA members and how to engage all members in your state’s ASTA offerings; sharing of best practices across the states, including ways to provide professional development through the pandemic; the opportunity to share your ideas on the future of ASTA as we embark on our next national strategic plan; and time to make music together. Lunch will be provided.