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Welcome to the website of the American String Teachers Association, New Jersey Chapter (ASTA/NJ)! 

The objectives of ASTA/NJ are to: support and encourage the teaching of string instruments at all educational levels; to promote and improve orchestras at all educational levels, and; to establish the highest artistic and pedagogical standards.

If you are not yet a member of ASTA, please consider becoming a member today!  Click here for details of membership and an online application form; Click here for a downloadable application form. Once you are a member of ASTA, you will automatically become a member of ASTA/NJ.

ASTA/NJ was honored to have been named Outstanding Chapter in 2016  at the National Conference held in Tampa.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the official website of New Jersey chapter of the American String Teachers Association! ASTA/NJ is a service organization dedicated to the promotion of string playing and teaching throughout New Jersey. Our extensive community of studio teachers, school string specialists, college educators, performing artists, and lifelong string learners provide a wealth of resources and programs that are available to all members and their students.

We provide programs, activities and services for every interest, available to every member. Visit the webpages of any of our varied programs: ASTACAP, Certificate Advancement Program for students; ASTA/NJ Calendar; ASTA/NJ Studio Teacher Directory; Cadet Teacher Training; CMI, the Chamber Music Institute; Collegiate ASTA Chapters; Job Postings; New Music Reading Sessions; Juniper Quartet Festival; Sharon Holmes Scholarship; Solo Strings Competition; String Symposium and Summer String In. 

You can connect with ASTA/NJ through our Facebook page, an expanding forum for sharing news, information and ideas with other members of the string community. Members of ASTA/NJ also receive e-blasts of upcoming programs and important calendar notifications.

Not convinced ASTA/NJ is for you? Visit the National ASTA homepage and discover the benefits.  Members of ASTA automatically become member of ASTA/NJ.

Come see why ASTA/NJ was selected as the 2016 National ASTA Chapter of the Year!


Sarah Mederos



The NJ string teaching community unexpectedly and tragically lost two dedicated teachers this year, Todd Doan and Jocelyn Gertel. Please join us on September 9, 2017 as we honor their contributions to string education with the ASTA/NJ award for Distinguished Service at the 2017 Back-to-School Kickoff Workshop and Dinner Meeting.



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