Music & Mingle Events

Newcomers' Reception
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Are you new to ASTA or is this your first ASTA National Conference? Join us at the ASTA Newcomers Reception Wednesday, March 6 to connect with others that are new to the community. Grow your network and meet the ASTA Board of Directors.

Welcome Experience
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Kick off the 2019 Conference right by attending the ASTA Welcome Experience Wednesday evening. Meet and mingle with old friends and new!

Music provided by Albuquerque Youth Symphony String Quartet 
The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program offers students an opportunity to take their music out of the concert hall and into the community. All AYSP students in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate in the Chamber Music Program, whose performances take place at community events and venues including farmer’s markets, festivals, libraries, hospitals, schools, and other community spaces.  Chamber ensembles from AYSP's top orchestra, the Youth Symphony, are often requested for important community events, including the Albuquerque Mayor and First Lady’s Charity Gala, the Governor's Inaugural Ball and meetings of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.  Not only are these performances unique and fun, but they give students the opportunity to use their talents to give back to the community.

Opening Ceremony Performance
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Virtuosi
Thursday, March 7, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Virtuosi is a unique collection of violinists and violists between the ages of 12 and 18 who perform as an ensemble and as soloists. Their repertoire includes the music of Bach, Brahms, Bartók, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Arad, Telemann, Dinicu-Heifetz, William Harvey, Don Freund, and many innovative contemporary compositions that have been written for the ensemble. The performers are gifted students who study in the String Academy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Virtuosi have performed throughout the U.S. and the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Japan.

Mimi Zweig, Director
Brenda Brenner and Susan Moses, Co-Directors
Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University

Rachel Barton Pine in Concert
Thursday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Join us for an evening concert with Rachel Barton Pine. A Billboard-chart topping violinist, she has performed with the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and Camerata Salzburg. She has recorded 37 acclaimed albums and her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe. A gold medalist in the J.S. Bach International Competition, she has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and A Prairie Home Companion and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Her RBP Foundation assists young artists and runs the groundbreaking Music by Black Composers project.

Admission is included with full conference registration. Guest tickets will be available for purchase at the conference registration desk.

Jam Sessions Sponsored by
Thursday, March 7, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Led by Jeremy Cohen
Friday, March 8, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Led by Taylor Morris

Join your friends for some impromptu music-making fun! Jam sessions are usually longer than the one-hour scheduled time and continue into the night, so feel free to drop in any time.

2019 Heroes' Gala Sponsored by 
Friday, March 8, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us on Friday night for the D’Addario 2019 ASTA Heroes Gala. Featuring cocktails, desserts, prizes, and exciting musical performances, it’s our way of saying thanks to music educators for the heroic work they do every day. Details to be announced!