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NOW OPEN:

Call for Nominations: ASTA Board of Directors

Deadline September 30, 2021

ASTA is currently seeking candidates for the following open board positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large

Service begins May 15, 2022, and ends May 15, 2024.

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.

  • The term of office for secretary and member-at-large is two years.
  • The president-elect serves for six years: two years as president-elect, two years as president, and two years as past president.

Candidates must meet a professional standard of excellence by demonstrating the following:

  • Active membership in ASTA
  • Commitment to ASTA’s vision, mission and values
  • Willingness to accept a leadership role in building the future of our national organization
  • Time to dedicate to fulfilling board responsibilities
  • Ability to register for and attend the ASTA National Conference during the term of office
  • A meaningful donation to ASTA
  • Ability to travel to two board meetings annually

For more details, please view the following:


To be considered or to place an ASTA colleague into consideration, please complete this form. Information requested for candidates on the form include:

  • Contact information for the candidate
  • Contact information for the nominator (if different)
  • Brief description of why this person is a good candidate for the selected position
  • List of ASTA activities and leadership positions (state, local, national) held in the previous 5 years
  • Response to one of the following questions regarding the candidate’s work supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion:
    • Please share with us what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why they are important
    • What is your approach to understanding the perspectives of colleagues and volunteers from different backgrounds?
    • Tell us about a time when you advocated for diversity and inclusion in your profession?
  • A recent resume or CV (or link to such material if you are nominating a colleague)


The call for nominations closes on September 30, 2021, and the election begins December 2021. Board members take office May 15, 2022.


FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES:


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.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

Advances ASTA’s strategic initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Advises the board and works with other committees to ensure the engagement and representation of all members of the string community in ASTA programs and services.


ASTACAP Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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 (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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 (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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 (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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 (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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 (currently not open for volunteer positions)
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.


Questions? Please email asta@astastrings.org.