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See new Directory of Private Teachers under String Notes.
Haven’t joined ASTA yet? Log onto www.astaweb.com and register today. It’s easy and so beneficial! Just the ASTA Journal is worth the cost of membership, but there are so many more benefits, such as net working with other string teachers throughout Arizona, the Fall Workshop with a national clinician, events for your students, local and national solo competitions, resources and publications from national ASTA, support for your school program or studio, the incredible ASTA national conference, and so much more.
Why Join Arizona ASTA? "Of all the benefits, the greatest is the opportunity to unite with a fellowship of string musicians, so that together, we can cultivate a strong music community."
See the President's Message.
Committed to the advancement of string education and performance
Welcome to the website of the Arizona chapter of American String Teachers Association! Our growing chapter of 250 members represents string lovers of all sorts; violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, guitarists, harpists, performers, teachers, students, amateurs, professionals, parents of string players, and luthiers. You will find a very supportive and active community of string enthusiasts in ASTA Arizona.
Throughout the year we provide activities for our members and their students that promote their love of string playing and encourage growth of skills as they teach and perform. Here is a brief sampling of an ASTA AZ year:
- The Fall Workshop for members with a leading clinician and a reading session of new materials
- Special all day clinics for students--- Cellobration, Virtuoso Violas, Bass Jam
- Solo Competition and Honors Recital with cash prizes for outstanding students
- Awards to Outstanding Public School and Private Teachers
- Master classes
Our website is now our primary means of communication with our membership. Online registration for events has taken the place of mailings. Also, note the informative articles in our Newsletter and String Notes. The Photo Gallery features pictures from ASTA events during the year.
Additionally, the national ASTA provides members with an award-winning journal published four times a year and hosts the most incredible three-and-a-half-day conference imaginable with performances and sessions that are guaranteed to inspire and inform. The national website is a wealth of information about ASTA and its services.
Our executive board members for Arizona ASTA 2012-2014:
Your ASTA Arizona Officers
Dr. Theodore Buchholz, President
Terry Alexander, Past President
Johnathan Swartz, President Elect
Melissa Mahn, Secretary
Toru Tagawa, Treasurer
Laura Reed, Communication Chair
John Haggard, Solo Competition Chair
Please welcome our New President Elect of AZ ASTA, Jonathan Swartz as of May 15th 2014-16 Congratulations!
Arizona American String Teacher Association Membership Chairman
Flagstaff: Kari Barton
Phoenix: Walt Temme
Tucson: Amanda Hartley
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