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American String Teacher's Association · Texas Chapter · Fall 2010

President's Column

Dear Friends in Strings, Welcome to the Fall 2010 of our TexASTA Newsletter! I wish you the happiest of school years, and hope that the 2010-2011 season is already off to a great start! I know that my head is still spinning with all the duties of my newly-acquired position of President of TexASTA. Also, I am most intensely aware that I am following in the very capable footsteps of not only Eugene Dowdy, but all the former TexASTA Presidents listed on the next page. It would be totally remiss of me not to offer them, along with every current and former TexASTA board member, my sincerest thanks and appreciation for all they have done and continue to do for string music education in the state of Texas. In particular, at the TODA Convention in July, we presented a plaque to Dr. Jan Garverick (MacArthur High School, San Antonio) to acknowledge appreciation for her sixteen years of service to our organization. Again, many thanks to her for her extraordinary and tireless efforts for string education in Texas. What a great role model she is! Speaking of the TODA Convention, I am reminded of the significance of the word "synergy". It means the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. This is what string music educators achieve anytime one or more gather together. There is strength in numbers, and we learn from attending conventions like TODA, TMEA, MENC, and ASTA that we are all facing the same issues and problems. Collectively, we can achieve greater success learning from the experiences of others, than struggling alone in the wilderness. From visiting exhibits, attending sessions, and talking with colleagues, we learn just how great our resources are. We also learn the importance of networking and consistent communication. In that light, we always include the ASTA membership directory for Texas in our Fall newsletter, as well as the ASTA Membership Application. If you know a string teacher who is not currently a member of ASTA, please pass this application along to them and encourage them to join. The benefits are enormous, and we welcome anyone and everyone to our ranks! Inside this edition Page # In regards to resources, TexASTA will again present the string/orchestra strand of Officers & Chairs 2 workshops at the MENC Southwest Division Symposium in Dallas on June 13-15, 2011. These sessions will include music reading sessions, discussions of teaching tips, and how to Sponsors 2 get education grants. Plus, we are very proud to announce our Guest Clinician for our part Private Teachers' Corner 5 of the Symposium, Elliot Del Borgo, renowned composer and educator. He just got through doing three sessions at TODA, and will do three different ones for us next June. Put these Past Presidents 6 dates on your calendar now, and keep checking their website www.tmec.org as often as Important dates 6 possible. Plus, the application for Session Presentations for the symposium is enclosed in this newsletter. ASTA National Solo 6-7 TexASTA offers a number of awards, including the Marjorie Keller Young Teacher Website 8 Award, the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher Award, and the Administrators Excellence Award. Past award recipients are listed on page 27 of this newsletter, and the Building String Communities 9 nomination forms for all three awards are included in this issue of our newsletter. Please New String Teachers 10 nominate people you know who are deserving of these awards which will be given at the TexASTA General Meeting in February at TMEA. Start on this now, because the deadASTACAP Update 11 lines are coming up fast! MENC SW Symposium 12 As an added note, I am very pleased to announce the creation of two new chairs for TexASTA: Advocacy Chair will be filled by Dr. Matthew G. Hinsley (Executive Thank you, Dr. Garverick 14 Director, Austin Classical Guitar Society) and Alternative/Eclectic Styles Chair will be Directory 15-26 filled by Mr. Paul Schmaus (Dallas ISD). This is thrilling news on many levels, and I look to both of these folks to help drive TexASTA into new areas of endeavor. Past Award Recipients 27 One of TexASTA's greatest resources is the website: www.texasta.org which includes information on the organization, dates of conferences, details about our board, Administrator's Award 28 links to advertisers, and much, much more. Look it up and bookmark it. One of the Phyllis Young Application 29 other of TexASTA's greatest resources is YOU, our members. We wouldn't exist without you, and we are here to serve you. Let us know if you have issues or concerns Young Teacher of the Year 30 with which we might be able to assist you.

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Best wishes for a successful school year! Lynn Ledbetter President, TexASTA

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PRESIDENT Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter 1202 Thorpe, Apt. #212 San Marcos, TX 78666 H. (512) 216-6500 O. (512) 245-3393, office [email protected] PRESIDENT-ELECT Dr. Jose Flores 7142 Cano Lane Corpus Christi, TX 78414 H. (361) 334-1147 M. (361) 537-1139 [email protected] PAST-PRESIDENT/ WEBSITE CHAIR Dr. Eugene Dowdy 4603 Tex Woods San Antonio, Texas 78249 (210) 493-8684 [email protected] SECRETARY & MEMBERSHIP CHAIR Nicole Brown 9821 Carmel Valley Drive Frisco, TX 75035-8038 H. (469) 235-7147 W. (972) 313-4700 [email protected] TREASURER Brenda Garcia Johnson 12175 Karnes Way San Antonio, TX 78253 O. (210) 397-8400 [email protected]

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TexASTA Chairs

Solo Competition Chair Dr. Eric Fried Texas Tech School of Music Mail Stop 42033 Lubbock, Texas 79409-2033 (806) 742-0700, ext. 231 [email protected] National High School Honor Orchestra Chair Penelope Meitz 5407 Coral Gables Houston, Texas 77069-3307 (281) 895-8505 [email protected] For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

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For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

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Private Teachers Corner

by Stephanie Meyers This is a fantastic time of year! For those of us teaching in colleges, Fall presents a wonderful opportunity to spark new ideas in our students and perhaps create momentum necessary to inspire the beginnings of an ASTA Student Chapter. I am very excited to report that here at the University of Texas at El Paso, string students are taking off with their mission to implement a Student Chapter. I could not be more proud of their energy and enthusiasm in accomplishing this task! The impetus behind our Student Chapter is a necessity to get more of the string community involved in ASTA's truly beneficial and worthy organization, specifically in light of our first ASTACAP exam day having taken place this past Spring. Look for more information on results of ASATCAP exams in El Paso, Houston and Bryan-College Station in the newsletter's ASTACAP update. I am a strong believer that through education we can achieve all our goals. To that end, the best way to increase enrollment in ASTA is by educating our students about the Association's merits. Because ASTA membership is not very high in El Paso, this past Spring I asked my students at UTEP to consider beginning our Student Chapter. This idea came as a result of brainstorming the most effective method of increasing future ASTA enrollment here in El Paso. The students I spoke with recognized my enthusiasm and belief in the merits of ASTA, and they ran with the idea of creating a Student Chapter. If our students become cognizant of the ASTACAP and its excellent curriculum, they will know that it is an amazing resource available to them once they become teachers. It is my belief that we are at a crossroads where the seed of change can and will be planted through higher involvement in ASTA and a greater awareness of its many resources. Teachers both in El Paso and elsewhere can gain an astonishing amount of knowledge from membership in ASTA, leading to more "ASTA disciples" and a larger involvement and participation in the ASTACAP exams and other programs. Our students are the vessel of every pedagogical mission and goal we have. Therefore, as "expert" teachers, it is our duty and obligation to nurture in them the same passion that we have for the wonderful programs, conventions, and networking opportunities that ASTA encompasses. Already, since having laid the foundation for a Student Chapter at UTEP, my students have told me of connections they have made with other students across the United States. They are fostering relationships and exchanging ideas: all great stuff that can only lead to excellent results both in the present and in the future. We all realize that our string community is quite small and close knit. For that reason, it is truly inspiring to watch our students delightedly become the next generation of "torch holders" for ASTA and everything that it represents. As private teachers we are blessed with a golden opportunity to gently steer our students in directions that they might not otherwise consider. At this time of year, I urge all teachers to encourage strength in their student's foundation by insisting on a repertoire/assignment curriculum that includes scales, etudes, and healthy practice habits, as well as plenty of stretching and warming up! I also encourage us to diversify our approach and try out new ideas, sometimes a change is the right prescription for a student that might not take to an approach that seems to work well with everyone else. Here's wishing all of you the best of luck for the Fall semester. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you want to further discuss any of the ideas I presented in this article! Thank you all for your continued pursuance of excellence in your private studios. I look forward to seeing you at the ASTA conference and TMEA! Sincerely, Stephanie Meyers [email protected] (915) 747-7810

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Honoring TexASTA Past-Presidents

The following persons have served TexASTA for at least a six-year term: 2 years as president-elect, 2 years as president, and 2 years as past-president. We appreciate YOU! 1951-52 1953-54 1955-56 1957-58 1959 1960-62 1963-64 1965-66 1967 1968-69 1970-72 1973-74 1975-76 1977-78 1979-80 Joseph Kirshbaum G. Lewis Doll Albert Gillis Dale A. Brubaker Gilbert Fierros George Robinson Abraham Chavez Benjamin Smith Albert Coen Joan Boney Mary Mayhew Phyllis Young Jane Aten Karrell Johnson George Webber 1981-82 1983-84 1985-86 1986-87 1988-90 1991-92 1993-94 1995-96 1997-98 1998-2000 2000-02 2002-04 2004-06 2006-08 2008-2010 Larry Gebhardt Weldon Wendland Jackie Pride Karan Pitts Richard Engel Harold Turbyfill C. Kenneth Dockray Matthew Weber Carol Smith Ruth Kurtis Deborah Perkins Jan Garverick Kathy Fishburn Margaret Brown Eugene Dowdy

Important Dates:

2010 October 1 ASTA National Solo Competition deadline for submissions November 1 Phyllis Young Studio Teacher of the Year deadline for nominations December 1 Marjorie Keller Young Teacher of the Year deadline for nominations December 1 Administrator's Excellence Award deadline for nominations 2011 February 9-12 Texas Music Educators Association 2011 Clinic/ Convention March 1 Spring newsletter deadline for article and advertiser submissions March 16-19 16th Biennial ASTA National Solo Competition March 17-19 2011 ASTA National Conference 2012 March 21-24 2012 ASTA National Conference For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

Texas Division of ASTA National Solo Competition

The deadline is approaching fast for entering the Texas state competition of the ASTA National Solo Competition (see flyer in this issue). Prospective competitors are asked to send a letter of intent to enter by September 1st to Dr. Eric Fried, [email protected] The official deadline for submission of all materials is October 1st. This year's Texas competition will be judged via recording by a panel of distinguished judges at Texas Tech University in early October. Past events have been hosted by Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, harpists, and guitarists are invited to compete. The Junior Division is open to musicians under the age of 19 as of March 20, 2011 (born on or after March 20, 1992). The Senior Division is open to musicians 19-25 as of March 20, 2011 (born on or after March 20, 1986 and before March 20, 1992). Winners and finalists of the TexASTA competition will advance to the national semi-finals. Winners of the semi-final competition will perform live at the national finals in Kansas City, Missouri in March 2011. Rules and guidelines can be found on the national ASTA website at: http://www.astaweb.com/Content/NavigationMenu/Competitions/ NationalSoloCompetition/2011SoloCompFlyer.pdf An article in the spring 2010 issue of American String Teacher by Texas Competition chair Eric Fried entitled A Model for State Divisions of the ASTA National Solo Competition, detailed the challenges of organizing a successful state competition. The article used our state competition as a possible model for others nationwide.

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Page 8 Congratulations to our 2011 Texas Honor Orchestras and Directors

2011 Junior High/Middle School String Honor Orchestra

1. Westbrook Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD Tom Dinardis, Director 2. Johnston Middle School, Houston ISD Jose Rocha, Director 3. Robinson Middle School, Plano ISD Mary Havenstrite, Director 4. Garcia Middle School, Northside (San Antonio) ISD Brenda Johnson, Director 5. Lanier Middle School, Houston ISD Laurette McDonald, Director 6. Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy ISD Matthew Porter, Director

www.texasta.org

Dear colleagues of TexASTA, I hope your fall season is going well. I wanted to provide some updated information on the texasta.org website. At our last board President Lynn Ledbetter asked if I would continue to manage the TexASTA website, a job I'm pleased to accept. I will also have help from Jack Unzicker, our Newsletter Chair. While our current TexASTA website has useful and current information (and even won the ASTA Best Website award!), it is the desire of the TexASTA board to further enhance the site. Martin Norgaard, ASTA Member at Large, recommended we add member discussion pages on the TexASTA website. I am now working on a project to add forum pages on various topics. Forums are a great way for our members to communicate ideas, ask and answer questions, and connect to each other online. Justin Young, our original website designer, has agreed to help us create and learn how to manage a TexASTA forum. I am looking at possible forum topics including: -New Teachers -Pedagogy -Member News -Alternative Styles -Advocacy -Studio Teaching -Orchestra Directors The success of these pages would depend upon YOUR contributions. TexASTA forums would provide our members a chance to share the outstanding ways you connect with your students. Who knows, if we develop this project well, we might see a new way that TexASTA impacts string teaching on a national level. I would like to receive input from the membership before we launch the TexASTA Forum web pages. I am interested in hearing your suggestions for forum topics, forum management techniques, and would be interested in knowing about TexASTA members who might want to "manage" some of the forum topic pages. Forum topics need to be broad enough to encourage interest, yet they should be specific, too, so that people can find information easily. You may email your ideas and suggestions to me at: [email protected] Once we get our topics set, we will work with Justin on implementing the forums in an easy-to-use manner on the website. Later this semester we will announce the roll out day, and, then, let the communications begin! I hope you have a great fall semester, and I look forward to hearing from you! Gene Dowdy, Past President, Website Chair

For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

2011 Junior High/Middle School Full Honor Orchestra

1. Canyon Vista Middle School, Round Rock ISD Elizabeth Frederick, Director 2. Robinson Middle School, Plano ISD Mary Havenstrite, Director 3. Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano ISD Linda Ewton, Director 4. Rice Middle School, Plano ISD Barbara Fox, Director 5. Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy ISD Matthew Porter, Director 6. Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD Michael Chisum, Director

2011 High School Full Honor Orchestra

1. Clear Lake High School, Clear Creek ISD Bryan Buffaloe, Director 2. Plano Senior High School, Plano ISD Brian Coatney, Director 3. Klein High School, Klein ISD Keith Markuson, Director 4. Flower Mound High School, Lewisville ISD Ann Smith, Director 5. Newman Smith High School, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Lamar Smith, Director 6. Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD Carlos Lara, Director

Texas Orchestras appearing at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December

Cinco Ranch High School Symphony Orchestra, Katy ISD Brett Nelsen, Director Clements High School Chamber Strings, Fort Bend ISD Ginger Wolfe, Director TexASTA applauds these fine directors and their students! BRAVO!

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Building String Communities

This past June, I walked into my first national board meeting as newly elected Member-AtLarge and found a room full of friends. Sitting next to me was Donna Hale, ASTA's executive director, who I first met at a Studio Teacher's Forum in 1999. Next to her was Bob Phillips, president-elect, a fellow alternative styles advocate who started the Saline Fiddlers before fiddling was widely accepted. Leading the meeting was the current ASTA president Kirk Moss, with whom I have shared many a story about going back to school. I knew nearly all the other board members through encounters at ASTA and other conferences. In fact, there are several groups of people I mainly see at the ASTA conferences. Having helped ASTA incorporate alternative styles starting at our first stand-alone conference in 2003, there is a group people that always connect at the conferences. I am proud to call all these people my friends. I contact these people outside of conferences to pitch materials, ask advice, throw around ideas and more. Without ASTA, I would never have met many of these people. ASTA has provided me with a community of string friends. My community is heavy on "alt stylers." Your ASTA community may be people from your area, teachers that teach in private schools, bassists, you name it. One of ASTA's main missions is to connect and support string teachers nationally. Networking with string teachers in other parts of the country could help you find a job in a new area should the need arise. Being able to utilize the collective knowledge of our profession can help you in countless other ways. For example, let's say your program is in danger of being cut. You could contact the national office who will not only provide you with talking points and promotional literature, but can also connect you with teachers who have faced the same challenge. I am particularly excited about a new event at the next ASTA conference in Kansas City that aims to create a new community: a community of teachers wanting to incorporate many styles into their curriculum. The Eclectic Strings Festival is designed for teachers and students interested in learning and performing in various styles. In contrast to the Alternative Styles Competition, this event is inclusive, being open to all teachers and advanced students with or without prior experience in non-classical styles. Over a three day period, participants will be part of an Eclectic Strings Orchestra practicing and performing pieces in jazz, fiddle, and rock styles. In upcoming years, other styles will be explored with various clinicians and guest artists. My hope is that participants will not only learn about improvisation, fiddle phrasing, etc., but will also connect with each other and later share experiences concerning the use of various styles in the classroom. For more information go to www.ASTAweb.com and look for the Eclectic Strings Festival. Thanks for being part of ASTA and TexASTA. If you have any questions concerning alternative styles or the challenges of teaching in a private school feel free to email me at the address below. That is on one condition: Allow me to email you back with questions concerning your area of expertise. Your Member-At-Large Martin Norgaard, PhD Orchestra director St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Austin, TX [email protected]

Texas Music Educators Association

2011 Clinic/Convention

February 9-12, 2011

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas TexASTA Session: "An Introduction to ASTACAP" Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, Texas State University Dr. Stephanie Meyers, University of Texas at El Paso Saturday Feb 12, 2011 9:30 AM CC206 TexASTA Business Session: Honoring Award Winners Saturday Feb 12, 2011 8:00AM

The 2011 TMEA Clinic/Convention features workshops for band, orchestra, vocal, elementary and college educators; concerts by the finest musicians, and two exhibit halls filled with booths representing all facets of the music education industry. The convention closes with performances by All-State ensembles comprised of the best high school musicians in the state. With no increase in registration fees for eleven years, This is the one convention you can't afford to miss!

Check the website www.tmea.org for more information

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NEW TEACHERS SESSION AT TODA

-- Dr. Jose G. Flores, President-Elect TexASTA presented the "New Teachers Session" on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 3:00-4:15 p.m. at TODA in San Antonio. Ms. Blair Williams of Waco was one of the presenters. She is the conductor of the Midway High School Philharmonic Strings and Full Orchestra, Midway High School Sinfonia Orchestra and the Beginning 5th grade Orchestra. In addition, she works as the Assistant Conductor/String Section Coordinator for the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ms. Williams graduated from Baylor University in May 2006 with a Bachelors of Music Education degree cum laude with an emphasis in strings education. While at Baylor, she performed with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, various chamber groups, and the Baylor Jazz String Quartet. Stemming from her work for the state, she was recognized with the MENC Collegiate Professional Achievement Award and the TMEC Professional Achievement Award in 2006. Orchestras under her direction have achieved the UIL Sweepstakes Award and have received a festival sweepstakes award as well as Best in Class awards and Best of the Festival awards. Her current plans include starting work this fall on a graduate degree at Kansas State University under the supervision of Dr. David Littrell. We wish her every success in this regard! The "New Teachers Session" this year with Ms. Blair Williams was outstanding, and we had many new teachers, as well as experienced ones, in attendance. The interchange of ideas was awesome, and everyone learned a lot from each other. Topics discussed included fund-raising, dealing with administrators, booster clubs, preparing for competitions, etc. The "Questionand-Answer" part of the presentation provided for a meaningful sharing of ideas about teaching... what works and what doesn't, new and old experiences, and innovative solutions. Plus, we handed out the "TexASTA Orchestra Handbook, 2010 edition prepared by TexASTA President Lynn Ledbetter. The handbook is a wonderful resource for any teacher, since it includes information on UIL, TMEA, TODA, Summer Camps, Universities, etc. I would like to acknowledge and welcome all the new teachers that attended this session: Shannon Abney, Navo Middle School, Abrey Matthew Bernard, Wagner High School, San Antonio Michelle (Shelly) Duell, West Brook High School, Beaumont Brie Grossi, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston Jeffrey Hall, Mendez Middle School, Austin Jessica Lee, B.T. Wilson 6th Grade School, Kerrville Mitch Moehring, Kilgore ISD, Kilgore Natalie Murray, Marshall Middle School Fine Arts Academy, Houston Charilyne Rojas, Shadow Ridge Middle School, Flower Mound Susan Taxman, Kletzman Intermediate, Alief Kristen Terreri, Park View Intermediate, Pasadena Wendy Valentic-Más, Geneva School of Boerne, Boerne

Blair Williams, Presenter at the New Teachers session (picture by Brian Gum)

The support system at TexASTA is great and we should all take advantage of it. Conferences like TODA, TMEA, and the ASTA National convention are great places for networking and exchanges of ideas that can really improve our teaching. Knowing other people in our profession makes us all stronger as a teaching force. As string educators in Texas we have the advantage of this session at the TODA convention. If you know a new teacher who is not a member of TexASTA, or a relatively new teacher who might be interested in the session, please bring them along next year. And, of course, encourage any new teacher you know to become a member of ASTA if they aren't already. The benefits are boundless! Be sure to take a look at the TODA Convention schedule online at [email protected] when it is available in May to double check the time of this session and invite people over. I will see you all then. Have a great and exciting school year!

For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

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ASTACAP Update

By Stephanie Meyers

I am pleased to report that there were three ASTACAP Exam locations in Texas this year. All the exam dates took place in May and June. While I organized the exams in El Paso, Margrit Moores organized the exams in BryanCollege Station and Donna Rogers again organized the exams in Houston. I would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of the TexASTA Board to everyone involved, from the judges to the organizers and everyone else who made it possible! Please read on for a brief synopsis from each exam site. Donna Rogers reported that they had six teachers with 35 students participate in the 3rd Houston area ASTACAP Exam. They were able to have Houston Symphony members again serve as adjudicators. Margrit Moores reported that 10 students from the Bryan-College Station area took the first ASTACAP Exam organized in that area of our great state. Their adjudicator was Ms. Lois Reiter, adjunct faculty at Temple College and Director of The Academie Musique, Temple College. El Paso also had its first ASTACAP Exam this year, and we had a total of 9 students participate. Our adjudicators were Dr. Marcia Fountain and Dr. Mark Schuppener, both on faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso. I am certain that all three locations had a successful experience and that we are all planning to continue the exams at the end of this school year. If you do not have an ASTACAP Exam set up in your region, please try to start it up this year! I cannot stress enough how awesome this program is, and how much it can enrich our students learning process. If you have any questions or need advice, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Upcoming ASTA National Conferences

2011 ASTA National Conference March 17-19, 2011 Kansas City, MO

Exhibits · National Orchestra Festival · National Solo Competition * Alternative Styles Awards 2012 ASTA National Conference

March 21-24, 2012 Atlanta, GA

Exhibits · National Orchestra Festival · National High School Honors Orchestra

Conference Highlights include: Over 180 education sessions, including "Starting an ASTA Student Chapter" with Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, TexASTA President; Strings-only Exhibit Hall; Exciting Performances; Juried Poster Sessions; Social Events and Receptions; Pre-Conference workshops; and so much more! Check www.astaweb.com for updates

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MENC Southwest Division Symposium June 13-15, 2011

We are so excited that Elliot Del Borgo will be one of the featured clinicians for the string sessions at the MENC Southwest Division Symposium in Dallas, June 13-15, 2011. The topics of the sessions that Mr. Del Borgo will conduct are "Best of Both Worlds - A Band/ Orchestra Director", "Effective Rehearsal Techniques", and "Reading Session of New Works". Instruments for the reading session will be provided by Dallas Strings. The session presentation application form is included in this newsletter. Please feel free to send in an application if you have a session to propose, or if you have a group which you would like to have perform at the symposium. Mr. Del Borgo holds a B. S. degree from the State University of New York, and Ed. M. degree from Temple University, and a M.M. degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music where he studied theory and composition with Vincent Persichetti and trumpet with Gilbert Johnson. In 1973 he was granted the doctoral equivalency by the State University of New York and was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1993. Mr. Del Borgo taught instrumental music in the Philadelphia public schools and was professor of music at the Crane School of Music, where he held teaching and administrative posts from 1966 to 1995. An award-winning member of ASCAP, he is a frequent consultant, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator in the United States and abroad. Mr. Del Borgo is an internationally known conductor of bands and orchestras. In addition to his music for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, he has published nearly 500 compositions for a variety of media. His music reflects the aesthetics of twentieth-century musical ideals through its eclectic nature and vigorous harmonic and rhythmic style.

For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

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Thank you Jan Garverick!

At the TODA Convention in July, a plaque was presented to Dr. Jan Garverick (MacArthur High School, San Antonio) to acknowledge appreciation for her sixteen years of service to the TODA organization. Again, many thanks to her for her extraordinary and tireless efforts for string education in Texas. What a great role model she is!

Lynn Ledbetter, Jan Gaverick and Nicole Brown (Picture by Brian Gum)

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In Memoriam Dr. Michael Allen

On a sad note, we reference the passing of Dr. Michael Allen who served as Professor of Education at Florida State University since 1993, and who was a much beloved and noted string pedagogue. He was the co-author of Essential Elements for Strings which many of you use in your classroom strings teaching. He had begun his teaching career in the public schools of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and then served as string coordinator for the Denton Independent School District for eight years before moving to Florida. He conducted honor orchestras throughout the United States and presented string workshops at all of the major music education conferences both nationally and internationally. Michael Allen was a Master Teacher. He was able to inspire people to become better teachers, musicians, and human beings. Dr. Allen taught patience, kindness, love of teaching, love of music, and integrity. Generations of teachers and students will be forever impacted by his lifelong work.

Please note that all directory information comes from the National Office. If any of your information is incorrect, please contact the National Office at astaweb.com. The Texas Board feels that this directory is an important benefit of membership. We will continue to print this information yearly. If you do not wish to have your information included, please contact the National Office. Tel. (703) 279-2113 Fax (703) 279-2114 Mail: 4153 Chain Bridge Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030

Past Recipients Majorie Keller Young Teacher Award

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 Julie Post, NEISD, San Antonio Kerri Harris Keller, Dallas Amy Gearhart, Plano Bryan Buffaloe, Houston Craig Needham, Amarillo Melanie Dockery, Amarillo Matthew Davis, Denton Brenda Garcia, Plano Dennis Langevin, Plano Amy Williams, NEISD, San Antonio Nicole Brown, Irving Darcy Radcliffe, Abilene Kari Zamora, McKinney Jennifer Guffey, Sugarland Brian Coatney, Plano Jennifer Garcia-Hettinger, NISD, San Antonio Martha Walvoord, UT Arlington

2003-04

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Past Recipients Administrators Excellence Award, presented biennially

1997 1999 Dr. David Lusk, Conroe Dr. Donald Collins, Klein David Bishop, Humble Nick Cobos, El Paso Walter Howard, San Antonio Dr. Danna Rothlisberger, Lewisville Kim Holland, Carrollton Craig Welle, Spring Branch McKinney Fine Arts Team: Edith Barton, Elementary Music Specialist, Roy Renzenbrink, Director of Fine Arts, Tom Crow, Superintendent Robin Burwell, Assistant Principal, Murchison Elementary School, Pflugerville

2001 2003 2005 2009

Recipients of the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher Award (first awarded in 2007):

2007 2008 2009 2010 Fredell Lack, University of Houston Paul Ellison, Rice University, Houston Henry Rubin, Houston (presented by Phyllis Young) Donna Kole, San Antonio

TexASTA Fall 10 Newsletter TexASTA Administrator's Excellence Award

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TexASTA is soliciting nominations for the biennial award given to an outstanding administrator. Previous winners have been Dr. David Lusk of Conroe (97), Dr. Donald Collins of Klein ISD (97), Dr. David Bishop of Humble ISD (98), Nick Cobos of El Paso (99), the late Walter Howard III, NEISD San Antonio (99), Dr.Danna Rothlisberger, Lewisville (2001), Mr. Kim Holland, Carrollton (2001), Mr. Craig Welle, Houston (2003), McKinney ISD Fine Arts Team (2005), and Ms. Robin Burwell of Pflugerville I.S.D. (2009). Thepurpose of the award is to recognize a person who has made a significant contribution to a school orchestra program. Some examples are: initiating a string program in a school district, expanding an existing program or providing exceptional support to a program. Requirements for entering a nominee: * The nominator must be a current member of TexASTA. The nominee must be: * A public school administrator as his/her main assignment * Active in local and state professional education associations * Respected by colleagues and the local community * Clearly a supporter of string programs with examples of service or achievement in developing or promoting the school orchestra program The award recipient will be chosen by the TexASTA executive board from applications received by theDecember 1st deadline. The award(s) will be presented at the TexASTA membership meeting during the 2011 TMEA Convention in San Antonio. TexASTA Administrator's Excellence Award Nomination Nominee's Name ___________________________________ Position ___________________________ Address ________________________________________ School or ISD________________________ City ________________________________________ State_______ Zip Code ___________________ E-mail Address ________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Attach a short summary of the reason for the nomination. Address the criteria listed above. Please submit an additional letter(s) of recommendation from another source.

TexASTA Member Submitting Form: Name _____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ City ______________________________ State ________Zip Code ______________________________Phone _____________________________ E-mail Address ___________________________________

Attach summary and any additional information. Thank you. Send to: Lynn Ledbetter 1202 Thorpe, Apt. #212 San Marcos, TX 78666 Or mail electronically to: [email protected] NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2010.

For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

TexASTA Fall 10 Newsletter American String Teachers Association Texas Chapter Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award

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Begun in 2006, the TexASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher Award is given in recognition of excellence in and contribution to the area of private studio string teaching. Nominees for this award should epitomize every facet of excellence in string teaching in Texas. The TexASTA Executive Board will select one or more award recipient(s) from the nominations submitted. Awards will be presented at the TexASTA membership meeting during the 2011 TMEA Convention in San Antonio. The requirements for entering a nominee: *The nominator and/or the nominee must be a current member of TexASTA. *The nominee must be actively teaching at the time of the award. *A candidate may receive the award only once. Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year Award Nomination

Nominee's Name______________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________City_________________________ ,TX Zip Code _______________ Phone__________________________ E-mail________________________

Attach a short summary of the reason for the nomination. Specific criteria to address in your written summary may include, but not be limited to the following: *Evidence of teaching excellence *Quality of music-making *Impact on students *Evidence of professional growth and involvement *Other contributions to the profession You are encouraged to submit one or more additional letter of recommendation(s) from another source.

Person Submitting Form: Name __________________________________________________E-mail Address________________ Address ________________________________________________City_________________________ State __________________Zip Code __________________________Phone _____________________ Mail to: Lynn Ledbetter 1202 Thorpe, Apt. #212 Or mail electronically to: [email protected] San Marcos, TX 78666

NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1, 2010. Candidates will not be considered without all the necessary written documentation.

TexASTA Fall 10 Newsletter

TexASTA Marjorie Keller Outstanding Young Music Educator Award Each year the TexASTA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award is given in recognition of meritorious service and outstanding promise in string and orchestra education. Nominees for this award should epitomize every facet of excellence in string teaching in Texas. The TexASTA Executive Board will select the award recipient(s) from the nominations submitted. More than one nominee may receive this award in a given year. The award(s) will be presented at the TexASTA membership meeting during the 2011 TMEA Convention in San Antonio. The requirements for entering a nominee: *The nominator and/or the nominee must be a current member of TexASTA. *The nominee must be actively teaching at the time of the award. *The nominee must have completed a minimum of three years up to a maximum of seven years of teaching experience. (must be in 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year of teaching.) *A candidate may receive the award only once. If you wish to nominate more than one person, simply copy this page for additional nominations. You may nominate a teacher in a private studio and/or a teacher in a school setting.

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Young Teacher of the Year Award Nomination Nominee's Name ___________________________________School ____________________________ Address ___________________________________________City ______________________________ State _________Zip Code ________ Phone_____________ E-mail Address______________________ Check the area(s) of teaching that applies to the nominee: _________________Private Studio _______________School Teacher Attach a short summary of the reason for the nomination. Specific criteria to address in your written summary may include, but not be limited to the following: *Evidence of teaching excellence *Quality of music-making *Evidence of program development *Impact on students *Evidence of professional growth and involvement You are encouraged to submit an additional letter of recommendation(s) from another source. Person Submitting Form: Name __________________________________________________E-mail Address________________ Address ________________________________________________City_________________________ State __________________Zip Code __________________________Phone _____________________ Mail form to: Lynn Ledbetter 1202 Thorpe, Apt. #212 San Marcos, TX 78666 Or mail electronically to: [email protected] NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2010. Candidates will not be considered without all the necessary written documentation. For updates go to the TexASTA website at texasta.org

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