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ASTA Announces Its "Be Part of the Orchestra!" Program

If you had highly effective materials with which to recruit, do you think you could recruit five more students to orchestra each year? That is the question that ASTA's "Be Part of the Orchestra!" program aims to answer. For more information, please click here.You can also read about it on page 46 of your August AST journal.

Complimentary In-service Workshops featuring Dr. Stephen Benham and Bob Phillips

Click here to learn more about the five complimentary workshops that will be offered in Florida in September.

Nominations for String Researcher Award

The String Researcher Award will be awarded to a researcher whose work has contributed significantly to scholarship in string education and/or performance. This year the award will honor an early-career researcher whose scholarly works shows much promise in making continued important contributions to research. This award is usually given to junior higher education faculty or public/private school or studio teacher who has completed the doctorate or terminal degree within the past 10 years. Nominees should have a record of demonstrating involvement in the following research activities: publication in juried research journals, research presentations at professional meetings, involvement in the strings community, and evidence of innovation in string research. The award will be presented at the 2016 ASTA National Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. Nominations for the award may come from any ASTA member; self-nomination is permitted. To nominate a qualified researcher, please provide the name and email address of the nominee and a letter of nomination that addresses the nominee’s qualifications. The Research Awards Committee will then contact the nominee to request essential information (curriculum vitae & other relevant documentation). Nominations must be submitted electronically no later than October 30, 2015 to John M. Geringer at jgeringer@fsu.edu.

"ASTA Standards for Successful School String/Orchestra Teachers" Now Online

Did you know that ASTA has developed standards for string teachers and orchestra directors who are working in K–12 programs? Led by Dr. Robert Gillespie, Ohio State University, the teaching standards task force has recently revised the standards for use in helping to guide evaluations, inform administrators, and provide general insight into what ASTA believes are essential skills and qualities for excellence. Click here to read the standards.

Congratulations to our three 2015 CodaBows for America Recipients!

Congratulations to the three string programs recently selected as 2015 recipients of DIAMOND NX Codabows for use by their students:
* Maine South High School, Park Ridge, Illinois, will receive four violin bows.
* Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department, Highland Heights, Kentucky, will receive two violin bows, one viola bow and two cello bows.
* Blair School of Music (at Vanderbilt University), Nashville, Tennessee, will receive two viola bow

For more information on our winners, check out the August 2015 version of the AST journal by clicking here.

Congratulations to most recent Potter’s Violin Instrument Award Winners!

ASTA is happy to announce the latest winners of new instruments, generously provided by Dalton Potter, owner of Potter’s Violins in Bethesda, Maryland, for the April 2015 round of the instrument awards for students in need. These two outstanding young musicians benefitted from the recommendations of their ASTA member teachers. Our two recent winners include: 

  • Zahyrah D. Payton, age 14, viola, Norfolk, Virginia - studies with ASTA member Joanna Binford
  • Celine Wardrop, age 16, violin, Independence, Kentucky - student of ASTA member Dr. Holly Attar, and participant in the Northern Kentucky University String Project

For more information on our winners, check out the August 2015 version of the AST journal by clicking here.

2017 National Solo Competition Announcement

Beginning in 2017, there will be three separate competitions: bowed strings, harp, and guitar. For more information, please click here.

Hot off the ASTA Presses!

Lucien Capet and Superior Bowing Technique/History & Comparison

This new book, by Kelley M. Johnson and published by ASTA, is the most complete biography of Capet and includes a comparison of Baillot's pedagogy and with the bowing techniques of Galamian and Fischer. Order here for just $24.99!

Kudos to Mary Wagner!

Our August 2015 Kudos Award winner is Mary Wagner, from Fairfax, Virginia. As ASTA board member Lynne Denig wrote, Mary’s “life is summarized by service to the string community young and old.” To read more about Mary, please click here.

Shop for ASTA at Amazon

When you click the Amazon icon on the right side of this page (or click here), it will take you to the Amazon site. ASTA receives a small portion of your purchase. That money goes to our outreach efforts. Thank you! 


George Bornoff scholarships available for young teachers to attend our National Conference!

If you’re a string teacher in your first five years of teaching, and interested in attending our 2016 ASTA National Conference in Tampa, apply for one of our three George Bornoff Memorial Scholarships - $800 to help with conference expenses. Application deadline is Monday, December 7, 2015.  For more information and an application, click here.

Do you know an Outstanding K-12 School String Teacher? We need your nominations!

Nominations are currently being accepted for ASTA’s Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award. The award is given annually to a school string teacher with a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting. Our most recent winner, honored at our 2015 National Conference, is Bill Bitter, Gilbert, AZ. Other past recipients include Anne Guevara, Kathryn Hoffer, Steve Reed, Susan Ellington, Mary Lou Jones, Jan Garverick, Michael Alexander, Pamela Tellejohn Hayes, and E. Daniel Long along with a host of other distinguished string educators. Nominations must be postmarked by November 1. Late forms will not be accepted. If you have questions, please email Deb Bissen, Foundation & Advocacy Coordinator, deb@astaweb.com. To download the application, click here.

Apply for the ASTA Institutional String Education Award

The ASTA Institutional String Education Award seeks to bring attention to the excellent and consequential work on performance, education, and outreach demonstrated by Schools of Music around the nation in support of the five goals of the ASTA Strategic Plan. Click here to download the application. Deadline is December 18, 2015.

We need your Remarkable Member nominations for Kudos program!

Help us identify ASTA members worthy of praise. Our new Kudos program is recognizing ASTA members whose outstanding work and dedication in the field goes above and beyond and creates a lasting impact that can help to inspire others. Don’t be shy – you can even nominate yourself! Nominations should include member name, contact information, and a brief description of why you think this member deserves recognition (try to keep it to no more than 250 words). Winners are highlighted in each issue of American String Teacher, and featured in other ASTA communications. Send your nominations to Deb Bissen, deb@astaweb.com.


Senate Passes Bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, Expands Definition of Core Subjects to Include Music.

Read the Advocacy Brief here.


String Research Journal, Volume V

The fifth volume of the String Research Journal (SRJ) is now available for download for ASTA members by clicking here. You must be logged in to view.

Order Your ASTA String Curriculum

Order your ASTA String Curriculum here.

ASTA Calendar

 Wondering about upcoming ASTA deadlines?  Click here for important dates coming up!