The American String Teachers Association is excited to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021! Check this page for history highlights, member stories, a "looking forward" survey, virtual chats with string experts, and more.

ASTA History Highlights

2021 marks ASTA’s Diamond Anniversary. That is 75 years of vision, innovation, organization, creativity, initiatives, assessment, reevaluation, and much more...


Looking Forward Survey

As ASTA reflects upon its past and growth, we naturally find ourselves looking forward and contemplating the future of music education over the next 75 years. 

To this end, the ASTA 75th Anniversary Task Force has developed a survey for young adults (ages 18 to 22) who played music in high school, to gain insight into how string teachers can most effectively teach this generation and those that follow.

ASTA student members: Please take this brief survey

ASTA teachers: Please send the survey to your current or former students who are now age 18 to 22 and played music in high school. They do not need to still actively play their instruments. Here is an email template  you can use to distribute the survey.

Member Stories

This Month: Finding your "people"

Frank Diaz
Bloomington, Indiana

One of my favorite ASTA memories is meeting Dr. Gail Barnes when the conference was in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2015. I was working at the University of Oregon at the time, building a string music education program at a school where I was originally hired for other purposes. As a multi-instrumentalist that did not take the “traditional” route into string education, I was always a bit insecure about talking to people who were well-established in the field. Would they accept me as their own?


Virtual Chapter Chats with String Experts

The ASTA 75th Anniversary Task Force has developed a new program of monthly virtual chats facilitated by ASTA state chapters for the 2021–2022 school year. The goal is to provide free resources for ASTA members in honor of our 75th anniversary. These Zoom chats will feature short presentations by experts in various areas of string education, followed by a discussion and Q&A. 

ASTA chapter leaders: Learn more about how to offer these virtual chats to your state's members.

Composition Competition

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for the ASTA 75th Anniversary Composition Competition! The winners will be announced in Fall 2021.

Thank you to the ASTA 75th Anniversary
Task Force!

Bob Phillips, Co-Chair
Hudsonville, Michigan

Pam Phillips, Co-Chair
Hudsonville, Michigan

Corie Benton
Acworth, Georgia

Brenda Brenner
Bloomington, Indiana

Kasia Bugaj
Tallahassee, Florida

Leslie DeShazor
Harper Woods, Michigan

Gene Dowdy
Boerne, Texas

BettyAnne Gottlieb
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark Laycock
Wichita, Kansas

Lynn Ledbetter
San Marcos, Texas

Sharan Leventhal
Newton, Massachusetts

Taylor Morris
Mesa, Arizona

Duane Padilla
Honolulu, Hawaii

Paula Swart
Savannah, Georgia

Mary Wagner
Fairfax, Virginia

Kristen Pellegrino, Board Liaison
San Antonio, Texas

Reflections from the ASTA 75th Anniversary Task Force