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


Application Deadline April 1, 2023

Advocacy Committee

Thinks strategically about the advocacy needs of string teachers and educators, understands the larger picture of advocacy and where ASTA fits, and creates useful tools and resources to meet our current needs.

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.

College Committee

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.

Community Music Committee
Serves our members involved in youth orchestras, community and civic ensembles, outreach programs for youth and adults, and connects in all ways string music learning and teaching is immersed in the communities in which we serve.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee 
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.

Eclectic Styles Committee
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.

Emeritus Committee
Is a voice for the needs of retired and senior members to ASTA staff and leadership. The Committee is focused on creating new and meaningful ways in which ASTA can serve our senior members and how senior members can continue to contribute in the string teaching community. 

K-12 Committee

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.

Mentorship 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.

Research Committee
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.

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

Studio Committee
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.

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.

General Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month
Term Length for Spring 2023 applicants: May 2023 - May 2025

Qualifications for all committees:
  -  ASTA individual membership (professional, dual, senior, or student)
  -  Demonstrated interest and knowledge in subject area
  -  Willingness to serve and actively participate in calls and online
  -  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 the online applicationAll applications must be submitted by April 1, 2023.

Invitations to join the committees will be sent in May 2023.

Questions? Please contact asta@astastrings.org.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.