Music & Mingle Events

Newcomers' Reception – Wednesday, March 7 - 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 7 to connect with others that are new to the community. Grow your network and meet the ASTA Board of Directors.

Welcome Experience  – Wednesday, March 7 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kick off the 2018 Conference right by attending the ASTA Welcome Experience Wednesday evening. Meet and mingle with old friends and new!

Opening Ceremony sponsored by 
Performance by Walton Chamber Orchestra – Thursday, March 8 - 
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
The Walton Chamber Orchestra has a long tradition of excellence.  Accolades include three performances at The Midwest Clinic, three performances at the National ASTA Convention, nine performances at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, and six European tour performances.  The Walton Chamber Orchestra was also named a Mark of Excellence National Winner both in 2014 and 2015. The Walton Orchestra program currently consists of 396 students split between seven orchestras.  The orchestras are led by Perry Holbrook and Sara Grimes.  


 Mark O'Connor featuring the O'Connor Band – Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 PM

Join us for an evening performance from seven-time CMA Award-winning fiddler/violinist Mark O’Connor featuring the Grammy Award-winning O’Connor Band. The band features three of Mark’s family members – his wife Maggie (violin/vocals), son Forrest (mandolin/vocals), and daughter-in-law Kate (violin/vocals) – in addition to guitarist Joe Smart and bassist Geoff Saunders has recently release their first live album on June 7, 2017. 

Admission included with full conference registration. Guest tickets available for purchase at registration desk.

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Sponsored Event: 2018 Heros' Gala – Friday, March 9 at 8:30 PM
Sponsored by
Join D’Addario and Yamaha on Friday night in Regency VI and VII for the 2018 ASTA Heroes Gala. Featuring cocktails, desserts, hors d'oeuvres, and an exciting musical performance by Time for Three, it’s our way of saying thanks to music educators for the heroic work they do every day.

Conference Finale Concert featuring the National Orchestra Festival® Winners’ – Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 PM
Top off three days of education, networking and lessons with a fantastic concert featuring the best of the best! This closing event showcases the National Orchestra Festival® winners. Join us to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and talent of some of this nation’s best youth orchestras!