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Upcoming ORASTA Events

ASTACAP 2019 Is Fast Approaching!


The American String Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) provides a comprehensive curriculum and program of examinations designed to serve string teachers and their students in the United States (American String Teachers Association). The ASTACAP establishes and defines national goals for string students at all levels. Students are evaluated on technical and musical achievements, receiving a written comments and grade, and being awarded with a certificate for successful completion of each level.

There are two types of exams for ASTACAP, one is taking place locally and the other is online. Check to obtain further information.

The local event will be taking place on May 4th 2019, Saturday, at University of Portland, the Mago Hunt Center. The Application due date is March 15, 2019. The address to send the application is:

Hong Chou

Pacific Violin Academy

PO Box 91332

Portland OR 97291

Please note that application received after March 15th 2019 will not be accepted for the exam. All music prepared for the exam needs to meet the styles and copyright requirements for each level. No parents nor teachers are allowed to be present at the exam rooms. The exam will be stopped until the room is clear and will be canceled without any refund if such behavior persisted. Please double-check the requirements for each level and copyright issues. Notice will be sent within a week after March 15th, 2018 to the teachers if requirements are not met. Please contact Hong Chou at for further information and application form. 

The ASTACAP online examination is available by using the following link to Please go to to find out more.


Honors Recital and General Meeting

The annual general meeting of ASTA members will take place Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm in the auditorium of the Community Music Center at 3350 SE Francis Street in Portland. We hope to see you there!
The meeting is followed by the Honors Recital from 1:30 - 3 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students of all ages to be recognized for their hard work and talent. To participate, submit the linked application form and an electronic recording to by March 3, 2019. Review of applications will begin on March 4th.

Master Class with Michelle Kim

ORASTA and High Desert Chamber Music are co-sponsoring a master class with Michelle Kim, assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, at the Bend Church in Bend, Oregon, March 29, 5-7 p.m. Application deadline is February 22. Here's a link to the application:

ORASTA To Co-Sponsor Double Bass Master Class
April 20, 1:30 p.m.

ORASTA will combine with the University of Oregon to sponsor a master class with double bassist Joseph Conyers in April. The master class will be held at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Room 163. An application deadline and link will come out soon.
Joseph Conyers has established himself as one of the foremost bassists of his generation, currently serving as Acting-Associate Principal Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra alongside his former Curtis Institute of Music Professor and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass, Harold Robinson. Following studies at the Curtis Institute (which also included studies with virtuoso solo double bassist Edgar Meyer), Joseph quickly ascended to the top of his profession, holding positions as Principal Bassist of Grand Rapids Symphony (tenured), in the Atlanta Symphony (tenured), and as a member of the Santa Fe Opera before returning to Philadelphia.
Throughout his career, Joseph has had a passion for music education. He is Executive Director and founding member of  Project 440  ( – an organization based out of Savannah, GA that educates and empowers young musicians to serve their communities through music, and the life-lessons they take away from their study of music. In 2015 Conyers was appointed Music Director of the All City Orchestra of Philadelphia (, which features the best young musicians of The School District of Philadelphia and which recently completed its first international tour to Italy.   All City works extensively with the 400 + students of Project 440 (includes band and choir), providing its curriculum in college and career preparedness, entrepreneurial and leadership training, as well as community and engagement and interactive performance.   

To view Mr. Conyers in a live solo performance of Prayers of Rain and Wind click on this URL:

Welcome to Sarah Roth, New ORASTA Board Member!

Sarah Roth is an active freelance violinist and teacher. A former member of the Oregon Symphony, she has toured North America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Emmanuel Music. Before moving to Portland, Sarah performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of James Buswell. We are delighted to have her experience on our 2019 Board!
ORASTA board member Dr. Tomas Cotik will be giving two free performances: a PSU noon Faculty Concert in Lincoln Recital Hall February 7 at 12 pm; and again on February 9 at 7 pm, also in the Lincoln Recital Hall, Ombra Musici, in the frame of the Portland Winter Light Festival. Both programs feature selections from the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

In Memory of Kató Havas


Kató Havas, a highly respected Hungarian violinist and last in the line of great string pedagogues of the 20th century, peacefully passed away on New Years Eve, December 31, 2018, at her home in Oxford, England at age 98. She was best known for her charismatic teaching that began addressing issues such as playing-related injuries and stage-fright for musicians decades before the establishment of “music medicine” and ergonomics fields. For her restless dedication to violin teaching and playing demonstrated through conducting lectures and talks around the globe, as well as through numerous highly regarded publications, Havas received several prestigious awards including American Strings Teachers Association Isaac Stern International Award (1992), the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II (2002) and the European String Teachers Association award (2013).

For more information on Havas’ life, her New Approach, and her legacy visit:
Submitted by Dr. Dijana Ihas

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