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McNally Smith Students Win Big at National ASTA Conference

Congratulations to McNally Smith’s string ensemble, Rhythm and Bows! Last weekend, they were the recipients of two major honors at the Eclectic Strings Festival during the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference in Atlanta. The group took first place in the college group division and was Grand Prize winner in the overall group competition which gave them the opportunity to open the grand finale concert on Saturday night which featured the international touring string group “Barrage.”

This year the McNally Smith string department entered students Cierra Hill (Sr.), Mei-Ling Felten (Sr.), David Sutton (Jr.) and alumnus Becky Gaunt into the individual competition. For the group competition, McNally Smith entered Cierra Hill/Mei-Ling Felten duo and Rhythm and Bows. Some footage from their performance in Atlanta:

In addition to the competition, students participated in workshops presented by the judges: Byron Berline, Michael Doucet, and Renatta Bratt and Barrage.  All participants played two pieces with Barrage on the final concert.

Each year, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) hosts a national conference that includes the Eclectic Strings Festival (ESF) competition. Individuals and groups compete from around the country at all levels, from middle school to college.

Rhythm and Bows is planning a performance for this Thursday, March 29th from 3-4:30pm in the McNally Smith Sound Bite Cafe. Come and catch tunes from this award-winning ensemble!

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