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Fall Workshop

September 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

ASTA-AZ Fall Workshop

9:00 am           Kirt Mosier Session 1 : Overcoming Technology – a Guide for Music

10:15am          Charles Laux Session : It’s all about the Bowing

11:30am          Breakout roundtables by instrument group led by NAU, ASU and U of A professors

12:30pm          Lunch

1:00pm            ASTA AZ membership meeting

1:30pm            Kirt Mosier Session 2 : The Talent Code

2:30pm            Zack Clark and Nick Villalobos from “Simply Three”


Kirt Mosier Bio

Internationally known artist Kirt Mosier brings the unique perspective of being both a conductor and a composer.   Mosier’s engaging personality and sense of humor spread joy to orchestras and audiences worldwide.

He has conducted numerous performances with international orchestras at venues and locations which include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Reykjavik Iceland’s  Harpa Hall, Vienna’s MuTH Concert Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Singapore, Jakarta, South Korea, Thailand and Australia’s famed Sydney Opera House.

Mosier has twice won national composition awards with his 1993 work entitled “Baltic Dance”  and his 2004 composition entitled “American Reel”.  In 2010 Mr. Mosier was commissioned by the Portland Ballet Company of Portland, Maine to write an original score for their production of “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”.  He has had many works featured at the Midwest International Clinic in Chicago and conducts there regularly.

Kirt Mosier was recently awarded the Joanna Nichols Artist In Residence Grant by the Taipei American School and will be the Artist In Residence in Taipei beginning in 2020.  He will live in Taiwan for the month of April each year. Currently, Mosier is the artistic director for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and is also the associate conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony.  He was an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory where he taught orchestration and he also had a distinguished career as Director of Orchestras with the Raytown and Lee’s Summit School Districts in Missouri.

Mr. Mosier was the founding teacher of the Digital Media Technology program at Summit Technology Academy which is housed by the Lee’s Summit R7 School District. Digital Media Technology students learn studio multitrack recording as well as video editing software and techniques.  Mr. Mosier’s students at Summit Technology Academy have won national recognition and many are in the professional industry today.

Mr. Mosier is also sought after as a keynote and motivational speaker by school districts and various organizations throughout the United States.

Charles Laux Bio
It’s all about the bow! The best strategies for developing a beautiful tone in beginners and beyond

Proper bowing technique is crucial for a healthy tone. Unfortunately, the physical actions required for good bowing technique are often difficult for novice string players to fully comprehend. Laux will demonstrate how the complexities of right-hand technique can be simplified and reimagined so beginners can learn to play with greater confidence and with a big, beautiful sound. Have your instrument handy!

Dr. Charles Laux is the Director of Orchestras at Alpharetta High School where his duties include directing five levels of orchestra, including the nationally recognized AHS Symphony Orchestra.  He also serves as Essential Elements clinician, consultant, and contributor for the Hal Leonard Corporation.  Dr. Laux holds degrees in music education from Ohio University, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

A string educator for over 20 years, Dr. Laux has worked with diverse student populations from elementary school through the collegiate level.  He served as Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Kennesaw State University and directed award-winning school orchestra programs in Nevada, Florida, and Ohio.

Endorsed as an artist-educator by D’Addario Orchestral and Eastman Stringed Instruments, Dr. Laux has presented over 150 educational sessions for conferences and school district in-services. He remains in frequent demand across the nation as an orchestra clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.

Simply Three Bio

The electrifying trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, has been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Acclaimed as “having what it takes” (Boston Philharmonic) and “highly imaginative and well played” (Maine Today), Simply Three continues to receive praise for their ability to impress listeners with a multitude of genres that span from artists and composers such as Adele, Gershwin, Coldplay, twenty one pilots, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Jackson. By reshaping convention through this style of genre hopping, the trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.

With an ever-growing online popularity, Simply Three is creating a renewed excitement for instrumental music through inventive music videos that have captured the hearts of millions of YouTube viewers across the globe. Furthermore, their works have gained great critical recognition by publications such as The Huffington PostRolling Stone, and RyanSeacrest.com, as well as mainstream artists themselves. Chart-topping rockers OneRepublic praised Simply Three’s version of their hit single “Counting Stars,” exclaiming they “LOVE this ‘Counting Stars’ cover!” Additionally, GRAMMY®-nominated R&B sensation Janelle Monáe proclaimed the trio’s project of her hit singles “Cold War” and “Tightrope” to be “an honor” while making it a highlighted feature of her personal website.

Simply Three has old school training but a new school sound. Their quest to look beyond the scope of possibility has led them to collaborate with some of the world’s most creative musicians, including Kellindo Parker (Janelle Monáe), Alyson Stoner, and Jeff Smith (M-Pact), in hopes of creating a new, fresh genesis for string playing. With this, the trio is able to merge shows into a unique synergy of thrilling performances and tone-rich sounds not soon to be forgotten.



September 12, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm