SDSTA is the South Dakota affiliate of American String Teachers Association. It is the only professional organization in South Dakota actively serving both classroom and private teachers of string instruments.

SDSTA is the place to network with other SD string teachers; to learn about and participate in special activities and opportunities.

Members of SDSTA receive all the benefits of national ASTA membership, plus the SDSTA newsletter. SDSTA sponsors the annual J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra, and the biennial Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition with cash prizes for students 18 and under on violin, viola, cello, and bass.

If you teach orchestral string instruments in South Dakota, we need you, and you need us!


2016 Lucy Competition Postponed!

The 2016 Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition has been postponed to 2017. This follows the decision by ASTA to postpone their national competition until 2018. While the Lucy is no longer a preliminary for the ASTA competition, it still serves as the best preparation for the national, and makes use of the repertoire required for national contestants. To proceed with the Lucy in 2017,SDSTA would have to choose their own repertoire list, and would then be out of sync with the national competition. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this decision gives SDSTAand you, another year to be prepared for the next Lucy.


2015 Honors Orchestra makes headlines...

The Black Hills Pioneer ran an excellent article on the upcoming J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra on 2/18/2015. Click here to see it.


Rachel Barton Pine workshop at Northern State University!

SDSTA received a special project grant to help support the Magic of the Violin Workshop in Aberdeen in April, 2012. Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine was the keynote speaker for the workshop as a part of her 4-day residency which included visits to the Aberdeen Schools, teaching an open master class under the auspices of NSU and the SDSTA, and a stunning performance with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony under the direction of Robert Vodnoy. Here are some images from the weekend...

Rachel Barton Pine demonstrates during her lecture on Preparing Young Violinists for the 21st Century.
Violinist Lindsey Fluharty prepares to play for Rachel's masterclass.
Rachel looks at a passage with NSU student Lindsey Fluharty.
Rachel adjusts student-violist Brady Harr's finger position.
Rehearsing with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony.
Rachel watches Robert Vodnoy during one of her concerto movements.
View from the bass section.
Two-way communication.
Ahh, Brahms!