ASA Special Presentation: A Night with Strings

featuring Allyson Lyne, David Mitchell, Viktoria Grynenko, Ryan M. Hoffman, Renee Perez, and Thomas Mathieu.

A combination of early baroque, classical and contemporary music, accompanied by archlute, classical guitar, and piano.This is a live and online streamed concert by members of the ASA board.

From the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.October 9th at 7:30 pmPlayers include : Allyson Lyne (Past President), David Mitchell (Vicepresident), Viktoria Grynenko (Treasurer), Ryan M. Hoffman (Director at large), Renee Perez (Registar) and Thomas Mathieu (General Member).

The program includes: Lacrima Pavana by Schop, three Nocturnes by Burgmuller, Alfred Schnittke’s The Suite in the Old Style, and other works

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2021 ASA AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s AGM! Members attended via Zoom from across the province to look forward to an active year of growth for the ASA.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Award for Teaching Excellence: Jose Duque and El Sistema Calgary. We are very pleased to be able to recognize your important work, and to welcome you and your guests to our meeting!

Congratulations also to George Andrix who was recognized for a lifetime of work with a Lifetime Honorary Membership in the ASA

2021 Virtual Music Festival

Violin – Viola – Cello – Double Bass – Guitar – Harp

The Alberta String Association has launched a Virtual Music Festival specifically for string instruments. Participants will submit recordings online for adjudication, which will include live feedback in a scheduled Zoom call. All the details can be found here: ASA 2021 Virtual Music Festival

Violin Masterclass with Kyung Sun Lee

Nov 23, 2020 06:45 PM Mountain Time

With thanks to the Department of Music, University of Alberta (String Area), the Convocation Hall technical team, the Alberta String Association and Mr. Sam Seo.

Masterclass Schedule

Nov 23, 2020 06:45 PM Mountain Time

  • 6:45 pm setup, soundcheck, introductions
  • 7:00 pm Poulenc: Sonata, I – Viktoria Grynenko & Maria Protodyakonova, piano
  • 7:20 pm Ravel: Sonata, II – Isaiah Roemmele & Louisa Lu, piano
  • 7:40 pm Mozart: Concerto no. 5, I – Alison Lee, solo
  • 8:00 pm Bach: Solo Sonata no. 2, I Grave – Raphaelle Erdmann, solo
  • 8:20 pm Mendelssohn: Concerto, I (excerpt with cadenza) – Adriana Kopchia, solo
  • 8:40 pm Bach: Solo Partita no. 2, Chaconne (first section) – Jillie Hansen, solo


Violinist Kyung Sun Lee captured the sixth prize in the 1994 Tchaikowsky Competition, a bronze medal in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition, first prizes of the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions, and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes.Subsequent to winning these awards she has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity as a performer. She has received high critical acclaim: “Exceptional tonal suavity and expressive intensity in equal measure,” commented The Strad. “Godard’s ‘Concerto Romantique’ could not have had a more outstanding soloist than Kyung Sun Lee,” proclaimed Harris Goldsmith in the New York Concert Review. “Fluidity and grace; pathos and emotion,” raved the Palm Beach Post. “Lee is the most musical, the most intelligent soloist to have played with the orchestra in quite a while,” maintained the Tuscaloosa News. “Penetrating clarity, a strong sense of style and a technical supremacy that conquered all difficulties with unruffled ease,” announced the Miami Herald. “Beyond superb execution, she conveyed [Vieuxtemps’s Concerto no. 5]’s particular Romanticism expertly,” remarked Dennis Rooney in The Strad. In addition to her busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Lee is an accomplished teacher and clinician. After becoming Assistant Professor of Violin at the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall of 2001, then Associate Professor at the University of Houston in the fall of 2006, she is currently Professor at Seoul National University since 2009. She taught for two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and has also been involved with the Seattle, Ravinia and the Marlboro Chamber Music Festivals, the Texas Music Festival, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. Lee is a former member of the acclaimed Kumho/Asiana String Quartet, with whom she toured worldwide. In recent years she has also been in demand as a judge of violin competitions including the Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, Seoul International Competition and the Tibor Junior International Competition in Sion, Swiss. Kyung Sun Lee studied at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, and Juilliard. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay, and Hyo Kang. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dating from 1723 and she is the music director of Changwon International Chamber Music Festival and Seoul Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

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2020 ASA Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The Alberta String Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Concert Competition:

Gordon Giang, cello; performing the first movement of the Sinfonia Concertante, op 125, by Prokofiev.

Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125: movement 1 (Gordon Giang, cello)

Congratulations to Gordon and his teacher, Raphael Hoekman! We look forward to hearing Gordon when performs with the Burman Symphony Orchestra in April!

Congratulations to all the entrants, including the placing entries:

2nd place: Soren Lorentzen, viola: Viola Concerto, by William Walton

3rd place: Laura Wakeman, cello: first movement, Cello Concerto, Op. 85, by Edward Elgar

Our thanks to adjudicator Dmitry Myzdrikov of New Brunswick for listening to all of the entries and for his insightful comments to the participants.

ASA Concerto Competition


The Juicy Details:

The student or the student’s teacher must be a member of the ASA.
Costs of memberships are 15$ for students and 30$ for adults
Submit a public youtube video of one or two concerto movements to (for tips on how to post a public youtube video LOOK HERE or LOOK HERE)
The winner will receive a cash prize and also a performance with the Burman University Symphonic Orchestra. This performance will be held on April 4th at 8 pm under the direction of Dr Eduardo Sola
The winner will be expected to provide orchestral parts of the concerto to be played. (These can often be found free of charge on IMSLP)

ASA Newsletter: January 2020

The first newsletter of 2020 is out!

ASA Newsletter: January 2020

Click the link above to read. Highlights:

Message from the new President / ASA Concerto Competition / ASA Fundraiser Concert / SCOrE: ASA Concert Workshop / Festivals in Alberta / EMSAF: New Name for Edmonton Kiwanis Festival / Concerts across the province


Thomas Schoen receives Royal Conservatory of Music Teacher of Distinction Award

On Sunday October 28, 2018, Edmonton Violin teacher Thomas Schoen, was awarded a Teacher of Distinction Award by Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO of the Royal Conservatory of Music, at the Royal Conservatory Convocation and Gold Medals Ceremony at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

RCM Teachers of Distinction are recognized for their leadership as music teachers in their community. They instil a lifelong love of music in their students, provide mentorship to other teachers, and inspire everyone around them. Teachers of Distinction are nominated by members of their musical community and selected following these criteria: innovative and exemplary teaching practices; student achievement and engagement; and teacher commitment and leadership.

For a full description of the award please see:

Thomas was born and raised in Dawson Creek, B.C. and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of British Columbia. He now resides in Edmonton, Alberta where he is an active performer and teacher. Teaching positions include violin instructor at Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta, the Society for Talent Education in Edmonton. Thomas is in demand around western Canada as a festival adjudicator and clinician.

For a full bio of Thomas Schoen please see

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