Thank You, MoASTA

Former MoASTA President Valerie Bell presented Gary Lee with the MoASTA Outstanding Studio Educator 2016 Award

Former MoASTA President Valerie Bell presented Gary Lee with the MoASTA Outstanding Studio Educator 2016 Award

On Thursday, January 28, at the Missouri State Chapter of American String Teachers Association Awards Luncheon I was honored with the Outstanding Studio Educator 2016 award. Thank you to all those who selected me as worthy of this award. Most especially I thank all my cello students who made it possible for me to receive this award. After all, the students keep me going as a cello teacher as I share my love of music on the cello.

MoASTA made a huge impact on my life during my youth. MoASTA founded and has continued operating the Missouri All-State Orchestra. I understand the three years I participated as a high school student were the first three years of its existence. In my senior year of high school, I was having trouble deciding what I should do in college. My piano instructor advised me that if I was equally good at cello as on piano that I should major in cello because there are so many pianists. Yet, I didn’t feel my cello playing measured up to my piano playing. At the Missouri All-State Orchestra that year, I was seated principal cello and that gave me the confidence to decide I could major in music. Music has been my passion and I can’t imagine being as happy doing anything else.

MoASTA award lo resOrganizations like ASTA are extremely important to professionals and their students. The magazine provides many useful articles and meeting with colleagues offers support and encouragement. Conventions offer opportunities for receiving professional enrichment, enjoying concerts, and interacting with vendors. I would like to encourage my private string teacher colleagues who are not members of ASTA to consider joining.

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