The American String Teachers Association is excited to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021! We are kicking things off early with a Composition Competition.


ASTA 75th Anniversary Composition Competition

Two Categories:

  • String Orchestra
  • Unaccompanied String Instrument Solo (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp or guitar)


  • Open to composers of 18 years of age and older.
  • No entry fee for ASTA members.
  • $25 processing fee for non-members.


  • The winner of the unaccompanied solo work will be awarded a cash prize of $500.
  • The winner of the string orchestra work will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000.
  • The winning works will be performed at the 2022 ASTA National Conference.
  • The winning works will be made available for purchase for one year on the ASTA website.

Learn more. The entry deadline is June 21, 2021.

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Bob Phillips, Co-Chair
Pam Phillips, Co-Chair
Corie Benton
Brenda Brenner
Leslie DeShazor
Gene Dowdy
BettyAnne Gottlieb
Mark Laycock
Lynn Ledbetter
Sharan Leventhal
Taylor Morris
Duane Padilla
Paula Swart
Mary Wagner