Want to Be Part of Shaping ASTA's Future?
Volunteer Your Time and Talent

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Application Deadline: April 28, 2021


NEW: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
This committee is charged with advancing ASTA’s strategic initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The committee will:
  • Serve as a resource for ASTA chapters on matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Increase opportunities for members to safely share perspectives, concerns, and/or ideas about inclusion and a sense of belonging.
  • Advise the board on matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Work with other ASTA committees to ensure the representation of all members of the string community in our programs and services.
  • Continuously monitor ASTA programs and policies to ensure that our services and resources are presented and utilized in a manner that makes each member feel heard, valued, and supported.
  • Monitor and promote the engagement of all our members.

The Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be seated as a member of the National Conference Committee. In addition, members of the committee will also be seated members of the Content Committee, NOF Taskforce, and Research Committee (must be a researcher).

ASTACAP Committee
Provides guidance to the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) as string professionals and instructors involved in private studio, K-12, or university vocation. We are looking for ASTA members with demonstrated interest and knowledge of the private studio profession. Preferred: knowledge of ASTACAP and experience with students using the ASTACAP program.

Collegiate Student Advisory Committee
Helps engage and grow the string education student community; represents the needs of string education students; provides guidance on current topics, trends, and specific focus areas; selects award winners.

Content Development Committee
Advises the work of ASTA committees involved in content development (including K-12, Studio, Collegiate, Eclectic Strings, Research, Journals) to facilitate the production of resources that meet the needs of the string community as outlined in ASTA's strategic plan. Identifies top knowledge trends and, if needed, develops unique content for ASTA.

Mentor Program Committee
Provides guidance and support for the ASTA Mentor Program. Participates in mentor/mentee matching, facilitates mentor training, and communicates with and assists program participants. Produces resources when necessary to support and advance the program.

Music Reviewers for American String Teacher Journal
Provides music reviews for the American String Teacher journal that help educators make informed purchases: reviews music and books; writes reviews for publication in the journal.

Wellness Committee
Provides content specifically for the musical health of string teachers and players. Annually submits session topics and ideas for conference proposal submissions. Annually submits journal article for consideration. Identifies current topics/trends specific to musical health. Writes, solicits, and identifies content with a focus on online content.

Term length for committees: 2021 – May 2023

Qualifications for committees:
  -  ASTA individual member (professional, dual, senior, or student)
  -  Demonstrated interest and knowledge in subject area
  -  Willingness to serve and actively participate in calls and online
  -  Capacity to serve
  -  The knowledge and skills to contribute
  -  Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  -  Willingness to engage with new ideas
  -  It is recommended that committee members attend the ASTA National Conference
     
To volunteer for any of the committees listed above, please complete this online form. All applications must be submitted by April 28, 2021.

Invitations to join the committees will be sent in May 2021.

Questions? Please contact us at asta@astastrings.org.


FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES:


ASTA Board of Directors (currently not open for volunteer positions)
Service on the ASTA Board of Directors is a chance to help drive the decisions of our national association and shape the future of string teaching and playing. ASTA staff takes care of managing the association’s day-to-day operations, which allows board members to focus on matters of strategic importance that improve the programs and services offered to members. Board service is a chance to grow professionally and personally, gain valuable skills and experience, and make lasting connections with a team of passionate and motivated professionals.


Collegiate Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
Fosters community and ASTA identity with the higher education string education community; organizes and holds annual collegiate roundtable meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs of the collegiate community; reviews National Conference collegiate presentation submissions.

K-12 Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

Fosters community and ASTA identity with the K-12 string education community; organizes and holds annual K-12 conference meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; reviews National Conference K-12 presentation submissions; identifies the needs and trends of the K-12 community; selects annually the Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator award.
 

Eclectic Styles Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

Ensures that eclectic styles are an integral part of the ASTA community; organizes and holds annual eclectic styles roundtable; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs and trends for eclectic styles; reviews National Conference eclectic styles presentation submissions.
 

Studio Teacher Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

Fosters community and ASTA identity with the private studio community; organizes and holds annual private studio roundtable meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs and trends of the private studio community; reviews National Conference private studio presentation submissions.
 

Research Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

Gathers and analyzes data in relationship to string education; reviews research requests submitted for permission to survey ASTA membership; determines which surveys ASTA will circulate within the membership for participation; selects award winners.


String Research Journal Editorial Board (currently not open for volunteer positions)
The String Research Journal (SRJ) is the juried string research publication of ASTA. Qualifications: Documentation of sustained research activity in the areas of string playing and teaching. Members and the Editor of the String Research Journal Editorial Board serve 6-year rotating terms. Responsibilities: Review submitted manuscripts for the SRJ and make recommendations for publication; review submissions for the annual ASTA Research Poster Session.
 

Membership Ambassadors (currently not open for volunteer positions)
Help new ASTA members assimilate into the organization and ensure that each new member receives the most value possible from their ASTA membership. The ultimate goal of the Ambassador program is to ensure that members continue their membership in ASTA and help build the organization by bringing in new members.


American String Teacher Editorial Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
The American String Teacher (AST) Editorial Committee focuses on the content of the quarterly AST journal. Volunteers review submitted articles, recommend article topics, write at least one journal article for consideration, and solicit article submissions.
    
 
Questions? Please email asta@astastrings.org.