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My life got a bit cluttered. I hope you haven't missed out on important events and I'll try to do better next time!

Lisa Robertson, Editor

PSU violin professor Dr. Tomas Cotik will offer a free  master class at PSU, LH 326, on November 14 at 5 p.m. Any student interested in participating can send a 3 minute video to him at There is no charge, either for participants or for those wishing to attend as observers.
In addition,
on February 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the frame of the Portland Winter Lights Festival 2019, the central facade of Lincoln Hall will become a canvas for the projected silhouette of violinist Tomas Cotik as he performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spectators passing by and congregating in front of the building will hear the music through loudspeakers and see the moving silhouette projected on the full height of the building.
The work’s title, Ombra Musici, or “Musician’s Shadow”, directly references the visual content of the work, connects to the Italian basis for classical music description and alludes to a shared ephemerality and capacity for augmentation and amplification between shadow play and large-scale projection.
Concurrently inside Lincoln Recital Hall on February 9, Tomas Cotik will present a solo violin recital presenting a selection of his latest project, a recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo. This concert is free of charge.


Oregon ASTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Zweben as the next President of our chapter. Lisa has been a board member for the past few years and will be taking the reins as President in May of 2020. A native of Washington, D.C., Lisa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from the State University of New York, College at Purchase. She also attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, where she earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance. Principal teachers include Charles and Heidi Castleman. As a performer, Lisa has been a member of many orchestras including of the Royal Opera of Ghent, Belgium, the Naples Philharmonic in Naples, Florida, and the Miami City Ballet in Miami, Florida.
Prior to moving to Portland in August 2010 Lisa lived in Virginia for fifteen years and was active both as a teacher and performer. In addition to maintaining a full studio of private violin and viola students she served as a teacher in public school strings programs, after-school programs, and youth orchestra programs. Lisa also served on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Women's Studies and as violin teacher and chamber music coach at Washington and Lee University. She continues to work as teacher and free-lance musician in both chamber music and orchestral programs here in Oregon.

On September 8, ORASTA President Dr. Dijana Ihas traveled to Walla Walla, Washington, to present to string teachers from eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. Attendees came from as far away as Joseph and LaGrande, Oregon, and even seasoned teachers were very enthusiastic and appreciative. For most of them, it was their first contact with ASTA. Topics she covered were:
A Comparative Overview of Seven String Pedagogy Approaches Applicable for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Level String Students
Teaching Left Hand Techniques in Applied Lessons and School Orchestra Settings: From A to Z
Teaching Right Hand Techniques in Applied Lessons and School Orchestra Settings: From A to Z
Suzuki in  Schools
Dr. Ihas also provided thick handouts summarizing her information. The workshop was provided free of charge to attendees. Those of us who work in the eastern regions of our two states very much appreciate the time and effort she expended to reach out to us!


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