ASA Gala Concert | Apr 9

ASA Gala Concert

Sunday, April 9

University of Alberta
Fine Arts Building, Room 1-29

Free Admission

Reception to follow


Congratulations to violinist Jillie Hansen | 2017 ASA Concerto Competition

Congratulations to violinist Jillie Hansen, winner of the 2017 ASA Concerto Competition!

Jillie will perform Vieuxtemps’ Concerto No. 5 in A minor, with conductor Cristian Neacsu and the Burman University Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will be held on April 8th, 8PM, at College Heights Church, Lacombe, AB (Campus Map).

Admission is free, with a freewill offering following the performance.

ASA Annual General Meeting | Dec 4

You are invited to attend the Alberta String Association’s December 2016 Annual General Meeting:

Alberta String Association Annual General Meeting
Dec. 4, 4:30 pm
3-17 Fine Arts Building
University of Alberta
Remote access (Google Hangout Tardifg)

If you are looking for even more string news or are interested in sharing news, events and interests, please contact us via the online contact form or by letter, phone or fax (listed on our contact page).

The Alberta String Association is always looking for volunteers for events, contributions to newsletters and other forms of participation. If you are interested in becoming a part of the ASA, feel free to contact our Interim President Renee Perez Rodriguez at

New ASA Newsletter Spring/Summer 2016 now available online

The ASA Newsletter Spring/Summer 2016 is now available –

Your String Association has been very busy this term, with levels of activity reminding me of November 2004, when we held a large ASA Conference event in Banff and Calgary. Highlights include a report on the inaugural 2016 ASA Concerto Competition, and the recent 2016 ASA Conference in collaboration with Wilder & Davis and Emmanuel Euvrard (the Makers’ Forum). This issue also reflects your many activities – we enjoy hearing from you!

Please also welcome  Renee Perez Rodriguez, interim President, who will lead the ASA during my sabbatical year at the University of Alberta.

We also hope to see you at Music Conference Alberta, which will be held at the Banff Centre (October 20-23). Our younger members should consider applying to the 2017 ASA Concerto Competition, and if you want to become involved with the ASA this year, please let us know.

Guillaume Tardif

Music Conference Alberta 2016


This year, Music Conference Alberta will be held at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, October 20-23.

Join us for 4 days of interest sessions, interactive panel discussions, open rehearsals and rehearsal labs, masterclasses, One-on-One sessions, and concerts.

Music Conference Alberta is jointly presented by Choir Alberta, Alberta Band Association, and Alberta Music Education Foundation in cooperation with Alberta Kodàly Association, Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and Alberta String Association (*A special thanks to the AMEF and Crystal Krips for assisting the ASA in joining the Alberta Music Conference).

For more information, please visit

Bill Vandersloot

Bill Vandersloot

This year, the ASA is sponsoring one of the two sessions offered by Bill Vandersloot:

Saturday, October 22
1:30-2:30PM Kinnear Centre (Interest Session) | From Twinkle to the New York Philharmonic – The Role of the Studio Teacher
4:15-5:15PM Kinnear Centre (Interest Session) | Development of Technique and Artistry in Young String Players



Heifetz transcribing at the piano

Guillaume Tardif, violin – with Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, piano – will also be exploring the artistic dimensions of working with transcriptions and arrangements for violin and piano, focusing on selections realized by Jascha Heifetz.

Friday, October 21
10-11AM Kinnear Center (Thematic Workshop)
1:30-2:45PM Kinnear Center (Open Rehearsal
4:30-6:00PM Eric Harvie Theatre (Recital; with Cantare Children’s Choir)