Tribute to Newtown
Monday, 13 January 2014 13:26    Print E-mail

Tribute to Newtown, CT organized by Julie Lyonn Lieberman:

Following the Dec. 14, 2012, murder of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a lone gunman, violinist and author Julie Lyonn Lieberman of Newtown knew she had to do something positive when she saw a sign created by a fellow town resident: “There is no foot so tiny that it can’t leave an imprint on this world.”

Ms. Lieberman has created six projects as a tribute to the families and first responders. Taken together, they focus on creating a culture of kindness. These are the Newtown Peace Park website; a Violin of Peace award project; the Newtown Peace Park Handbook with contributions by international authors and peacemakers; a Newtown Peace Park free downloadable video filled with inspirational quotes; a series of memorial concerts called Strings for Newtown scheduled nationwide throughout December by string directors in 19 states as far away as California; and a string orchestra score titled “Newtown Peace Anthem” dedicated by Julie Lyonn Lieberman to Newtown’s fallen angels and published by Alfred Music.

In NH, the Mountain View Middle School Orchestra and Choir members played and  sang “Over the Rainbow” and  “A Gift for You” for their Holiday Concert on December 11, 2013, as a participation to a nationwide tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. These two pieces were dedicated to the memories of the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives on December 14, 2012. The audio recordings were uploaded to the Newtown Peace Park website created by Julie Lyonn Lieberman.
You can also view the December 1st, 2013 special concert with Mark O’Connor, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Bruce Mosky, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Donna Hebert, Laraaji Venus and the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra, on you tube.

Here is a picture of the 7th and 8th grade Mountain View Middle School String Orchestra students.

September 14, 2014
Monday, 13 January 2014 13:26    Print E-mail
Dear NH ASTA Members and friends,

        I hope that you have had a wonderful, rejuvenating summer, and that the start of the school year is going well for you and your students

        This past year, our chapter held two successful festivals: the fall festival for high school students at UNH, and the March Stringfest at Mountain View Middle School.  Your NH ASTA board also spent quite a bit of time and energy straightening out our legal paperwork with both the state and the IRS. Along the way, we updated our bylaws and wrote amendments to our original incorporation documents from 1977 so that they more accurately reflect our organization of today.   

         I am attaching a calendar of events for the coming academic year. Here are some key details from the NH Music Educators’ Association website: the deadline for your students to register for All-State Orchestra auditions through their public school is October 10th. This year, the violin piece is the 1st Movement of the Concerto in E major (BWV 1042) by J.S. Bach. The violists must prepare the first and second movements of the Marcello Sonata in G major, and cellists will play Saint-Seans’ Allegro Appassionata. The bass piece is Antonio Capuzzi’s Concerto in D major. More details are available on NHMEA’s website, ( including printable scales for each instrument. The actual auditions will take place on November 15th in Manchester.

         Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the fall festival for this year.  We hope to put together a similar-but-better event for 2015: an orchestra festival for our high school students concurrent with professional development sessions for the teachers, most likely held at UNH.  Many of you who responded to our member survey this past year indicated a desire for more teacher workshops, and we intend to make this happen.  We are looking for your input to make this festival a great experience for your students. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey:

        For ASTA members only, there is a new resource available through the national website ( called “Café Strings.” It is a group of online “communities” designed for you to exchange ideas and share your activities with your colleagues. If you have not visited the national website lately, please take a few moments to do so – you will be pleasantly surprised at the wealth of helpful information at your fingertips.

        Another ASTA initiative that I would like to explore is the Certificate Advancement Program. This has been around for a few years, but as far as I know, no one in NH has used it. This program establishes definite goals and awards for students of all levels through non-competitive examinations. Students are judged on technical and musical preparedness at specific levels. A ribbon of achievement is awarded for each level successfully completed. The program is currently being updated and expanded with an online version, so students will not have to travel far to find a certified adjudicator. However, if we have several members interested in this and some willing to become judges in the program, then we could hold exams in NH. Please let me know if this is something you are interested in exploring.

        Planning for Stringfest 2015, which will be held on March 28th, is underway. You will soon receive all of the necessary information from Alison Yankowskas, who is once again coordinating the registrations for this event.

Finally, I would like to know if you are comfortable receiving all of our chapter information via e-mail, or if you would prefer to receive “hard copies” in the mail. I am preparing to mail a copy of this letter to each of our members. If you do not feel that you need a copy and are happy to have e-mail be your primary source of information for all of the NH ASTA events, please respond to this message immediately and let me know, saving us a bit of postage.

Thank you for your replies, and I hope that you have a wonderful year!

Sally Wituszynski

Making Music More Than the Written Page
Monday, 12 March 2012 16:22    Print E-mail

Ellen Carlson will explore how to approach a piece of music (swing, Irish, old-time, jazz) and what you need to do in order to make it more than what is on the written page.  She will touch on understanding about styles of music, improvisation and ornamentation for various styles.  
Ellen Carlson has been playing the fiddle for over 35 years.  Growing up in a musical family where jam sessions in the basement were common and playing in a band with her brothers motivated her to practice, Ellen has become a natural at improvising and playing with singers.  She has also studied fiddle styles for many years.  She played flute, french horn and tuba in the school bands (she was a quick study at learning instruments) and has a music minor.  She taught middle school mathematics for 15 years and has a Masters in Education.  She currently is a member of the NH State Council on the Arts Education Roster, leads the NH Fiddle Ensemble and runs the Fiddleheads Acoustic Music Camp.  She also performs in numerous bands of various styles.  
Please attend Ellen's workshop at the Grappone Center, Marriott Hotel, Manchester, NH, on Friday, April 13, from 2:30 to 3:45 pm.

Either attend the full conference for $85, or just that one workshop for a special fee of only $ 25. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 30TH FOR THE SPECIAL FEE OF $25 (not available at the door on April  13th.)

Please download the registration form from, or register on-line.  Look under Quarter Notes, p. 20, for the registration form.

Sunday, 29 January 2012 15:40    Print E-mail



Registration is Now Open for the ASTA Conference
Saturday, 22 October 2011 13:16    Print E-mail

American String Teachers Association

Join Us for the
2012 ASTA National Conference in
Atlanta, Georgia! 
March 21-24, 2012
Marriott Marquis
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