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


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: Sharing ideas in a collaborative community


Joan Ellersick
Watertown, Massachusetts


I thought I didn’t want to be a teacher … just out of college, with my freshly minted performance degree, I was thrilled to join the ranks of “real” musicians earning my living in a professional orchestra. But teaching snuck up on me, with the pleasures of learning from my colleagues as addictive as learning with and from my students...

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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

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