The American String Teachers Association is excited to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021! Check this page for history highlights, member stories, a composition competition, and more anniversary activities.

ASTA History Highlights


January 2021


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

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ASTA Member Stories


This Month: A brief history of the first stand-alone ASTA National Conference in 2003, why you should attend in 2021, and more conference highlights!


Mary Wagner
Fairfax, Virginia


I was on Louis Bergonzi’s ASTA board as secretary from 1998-2000. A good part of the discussion on that board was whether or not ASTA could do a stand-alone conference along with all types of scenarios and details. Do we house it at a university or do we use community conference centers? So many questions! Finally, in 2003 we saw the fruits of those early discussions and the first ASTA National Conference was held at The Ohio State University...

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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

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