2020 Music & Mingle Events

Newcomers' Welcome
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Orchid Room

Are you new to ASTA or is this your first ASTA National Conference? Join us to connect with others who are new to the community, grow your network, and meet the ASTA Board of Directors.

Welcome Experience
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Windermere Ballroom 4

Connect with new friends and reconnect with your peers. This is a great way to jump start your conference experience. Kick off the 2020 ASTA National Conference by attending the ASTA Welcome Event on the Garden Terrace (cash bar and snacks).

Opening Ceremony Performance:
Harrison Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, March 5, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Orlando Ballroom

The Harrison Symphony Orchestra is one of the primary ensembles at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida. Students are selected by an audition process and come from many parts of the county. Notable concerts include performances at the Florida Music Educators Association in Tampa in 2005 and 2011, performances at the Festival des Anches in La Croix Valmer, France, in 2010 and 2018, and a performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2007.

National String Project Consortium (NSPC) 20th Anniversary Reception
Thursday, March 5, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Orchid Room

Celebrating the 2020 String Project of the Year and showcasing the world premiere of "Greater Than..." from the NSPC Virtual Orchestra.

Thursday Night Concert:
Electric Violin Night Featuring Jesus Florido and Friends
Thursday, March 5, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Orlando Ballroom

Join ASTA for an electric violin night. Electric violin veterans Jesus Florido, Tracy Silverman, and Joe Deninzon will come together at the ASTA National Conference to bring an exciting performance covering a wide range of musical styles. This group of friends will have you on your feet all night! Featured special guests include Martha Mooke, Mark Wood, and Greg Byers backed by a band of renowned artists: Elias Tona, Bass (Al Di Meola), Luis Alicea, Drums (Al Di Meola), Rodney Alejandro, keys (The Script). Open to all full conference registrants and registered exhibitors. Guest tickets can be purchased at ASTA Registration.

Jesus Florido

Tracy Silverman

Joe Deninzon

NEW! ASTA Wellness Renewal Lounge

Friday, March 6
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Celebration II

Take a moment out of your busy day and stop by the new wellness renewal lounge. Participate in a mini-session to focus on your well-being. Hosted by the ASTA Wellness Committee.

Stretching with Anne Rardin: 10:35 AM – 10:55 AM
Stretching is terrific for lengthening muscles that have been shortened with effort, such as practicing, or from stress or tension. Anne Rardin will lead a 20-minute stretching session. Please dress comfortably.

Tune-Up Tips with Body Mechanics Specialists: 12:30 PM –1:30 PM
Tune-up tips for better body mechanics: Ask the experts questions about movement and efficient body use, with or without instruments, at separate stations in the Wellness Renewal Space.
  -  Kathleen Horvath (bass) – Basic Biomechanics
  -  Jennifer Johnson (violin) – Body Mapping
  -  Katrin Meidell (viola) – Karen Tuttle Coordination and violin/viola instrument fit
  -  Alexander Technique
Breathing: 3:50 PM – 4:10 PM
Though we all breathe naturally without thought, there are many kinds of intentional breathing that can aid us in many areas of our lives.

Body Scanning with Frank Diaz: 4:30 PM – 4:50 PM
We often retain tension and stress in different parts of our body without being conscious of it. Frank Diaz will lead us in a body scan meditation designed to increase awareness of physical sensations and to relieve tension.

Jam Sessions
Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday Location: Plaza Ballroom E / Friday Location: Celebration 1-2
Sponsored by 
Join your friends for some impromptu music-making fun! Jam sessions are usually longer than the one-hour scheduled time and continue long into the night, so feel free to drop in any time.

Thursday, March 5, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Led by Martha Mooke

Friday, March 6, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM 
Led by Moxie Strings