NC-ASTA All-State Festival Info (Spring 2023)

2023 Conductor & Clinician:

Annalisa C. Chang
Associate Professor & Director of Music Education,
Clayton State University


The North Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the fourth annual All-State String Orchestra Festival and Clinic. This year’s clinic will take place at Cannon School in Concord, NC on Saturday, April 22, 2023. We are excited to announce that this year’s Conductor and Clinician is nationally renowned composer and educator, Dr. Annalisa Chang.

Dr. Chang is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. At Clayton State, Dr. Chang teaches general music education courses, string methods, music for early childhood, music appreciation, and supervises student teachers. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the CSU Music Preparatory School.


This clinic is open to all students in grades 5-12 who are sponsored by current NC-ASTA members. Sponsors will be asked to provide their membership number at registration.

Want to become an NC-ASTA member?  Please click Here to apply.

The application committee will determine the orchestra’s size and scope based upon the number of applicants. If there is suitable interest, the application committee will consider opening a second group.  Students will be grouped by ability level and not by age. The size of the orchestra(s) may also be limited due to facility constraints.


All applications are due:  March 12, 2023

The application committee will be responsible for participant selection based on: Student Application, Recorded Excerpts, Teacher Recommendations, and the Maximum Size of the Orchestra.  As a teacher, please rank and rate your students based on their current ability, and not on potential.


Please read the following Documents before submitting Teacher and Student Applications!

(Forms to be used as reference until event details are finalized.)

Both Forms 1 and 2 need to be completed by the Sponsoring TEACHER ONLY!
Please DO NOT let students complete these forms for you.  

Students who record their audition videos will need to forward those on to their teachers – where the teacher will attach those videos to the application.

Complete these (2) Google Forms:

Form 1: Director Information
You will need to complete this form for each organization you represent.
(i.e. private studio, youth symphony, or school.)

Form 2: Student Information
You will need to complete this form for each student you wish to sponsor.  (Please note that you will need to have (1) video audition excerpt/scale ready to upload for each sponsored student.)

Teachers:  Must be current NC-ASTA members and will serve as chaperones for their students at all activities.  If the sponsoring teacher cannot attend, he/she must submit a written request (10) days in advance to the Event Chair and the NC-ASTA President requesting permission for a substitute to take his/her place.  This substitute will need to be an active NC-ASTA member.

Students: They are required to be in attendance for the entire day.  Students who are selected for a chair and do not participate will be barred from participation for the next year.

Questions? Contact:
Amanda Turner

Festival Chair & NC-ASTA President