Past Events

Oklahoma Violin Symposium
March 26 - 27, 2021

ASTA-OK was proud to sponsor a wonderful opportunity for violin students and teachers to work with Mimi Zweig!

Baroque Teacher Training Workshop

with Rachel Barton-Pine

Saturday, March 13th, 2021, 2 - 4:00pm via Zoom

Presented by the UCO Brisch Center for Historical Performance

ASTA-OK was proud to partner with Chamber Music in Oklahoma in October 2019 to provide a new string quartet competition for our state!

Congratulations to the winners of the competition!

  • 1st place: Elements Quartet, coached by ASTA member Kelli Ingels

  • 2nd place: Scissortail Strings, coached by ASTA member Meryl Geib

Thank you to our participants!

We had a great turn out for the first camp for Adult Students! Very positive reviews of their experience and excellent representation of the quality of string teaching in the state of Oklahoma!

Consider joining us next summer for both teaching and learning opportunities for students of all ages!

Attention Adult Amateurs and Teachers needing time on secondary instruments!

ASTA-OK hosts a string camp for adults!

Classes focus on specific techniques, including, but not limited to:

  • Intonation & Vibrato

  • Finger Patterns & Shifting

  • Bowing & Articulation

To achieve this we will have teachers for each instrument and break into sectionals to discuss instrument specific techniques.

One afternoon will be focused on ensemble skills and playing in a string orchestra, creating the perfect opportunity for our local string teachers to gain extra experience on their secondary instruments.


2/10 & 2/16/2019

Oklahoma City

Congratulations to the 47 students who participated in our first ASTACAP Exam! We are so proud of your hard work!

Thank you to participating teachers, examiners, and volunteers for making the exam possible! And a special thank you to our host site, Crossings Christian School, and their orchestra director Jenn Bounds!

String Conversations

3:00 PM April 14 & May 5, 2019

String Conversations will present different speakers - Oklahoma ASTA members, teachers, musicians - who share their expertise with other teachers, aspiring teachers, college students, and anyone wishing to listen and participate in conversation about string teaching. String Conversations is a means for inspiration, sharing of ideas, furthering the knowledge of string teaching, and an opportunity to network with other musicians and colleagues.

Curious about how the ASTACAP exam can help your students? Log into your profile at and download the latest handbook to see how the program might help your students in the future. Review our ASTACAP presentation from the Aug. 11, 2019 meeting.

Second Fall Symposium

with Stacia Spencer


Join us for the second OK-ASTA Fall Symposium. Each year, we will bring a guest lecturer to Oklahoma to speak to ASTA members. Our ASTA Symposium will follow the OkMEA Conference that takes place in the morning. All events will be held Oklahoma City University.

Stacia Spencer is a senior lecturer in string pedagogy at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and string coordinator for the Northwestern Music Academy. She also has been on the faculty of the Northwestern National High School Music Institute teaching violin, viola and chamber music. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Ms. Spencer was an assistant professor of music at Indiana University School of Music where she taught classes in violin and viola pedagogy and was the assistant to Mimi Zweig at the IU String Academy. Ms. Spencer has a special interest in contemporary music, working with composers and performing new pieces. An eclectic musican and performer, she has been a vocalist and jazz singer in the Jon Eaton Pocket Opera Company in Chicago and New York. As a singer and electric violist she has also performed and recorded in the rock genre. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in viola from Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Mimi Zweig, Kim Kashkashian and George Janzer. Ms. Spencer’s students have won many competitions and have been featured on “From the Top”. They also participate in their school orchestras as well as the Chicago Youth Orchestras and the Midwest Young Artists Orchestras.

First Fall Conference

with Brenda Brenner


Join us for the first year of our annual OK-ASTA Fall Symposium. Each year, we will bring a guest lecturer to Oklahoma to speak to ASTA members. Our ASTA Symposium will follow the OkMEA Conference that takes place in the morning. All events will be held Oklahoma City University.

Date: 10/17/13

Time: Lunch, provided for all ASTA members will begin at noon. The lecture will begin at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to all teachers.

This year's guest lecturer is Brenda Brenner

Brenda Brenner was assistant professor of music (violin) at Indiana University from 1993 to 2006, when she was named associate professor of music (music education). She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy.

In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she continues to serve as assistant director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours in France, Japan, Sweden, and Spain.

Brenner, an active teacher and performer of chamber music throughout the United States, also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy and is assistant director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists.

She was previously a member of the faculty at Carleton College and an instructor at Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of the award-winning Augustine Quartet.

Barbara Barber Workshop


OK-ASTA Master Teacher Workshop featuring Barbara BarberAuthor of Solos for Young ViolinistsAuthor of Scales for Advanced Violinists

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE - Seretean Center, Oklahoma State University

10am-12pm Solo and Small Ensemble Masterclass

Do you have a young string student who would like to perform for Ms. Barber? Do you coach a small string ensemble that is getting ready for contest? Ms. Barber will listen to selected Oklahoma pre-college students and offer advice in this masterclass that will be open to the public.

12-2pm Lunch (on your own)

2-5pm Developing Artistry: Teaching Style Consciousness from the Beginning

Workshop with Barbara Barber

What makes a student sound like a student and an artist sound like an artist? Getting beyond the printed page is the essence of a musically convincing and emotionally expressive performance. This workshop will be a discussion and demonstration of the use and combinations of various techniques that add style and finesse to a string player’s performance. Bring your instrument!