About the American String Teachers Association:

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA’s members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to a collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession. ASTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

ASTA is a national organization with state chapters. State chapters share the overall mission of ASTA National while addressing the needs and interests of ASTA members on a local level.

ASTA National Mission Statement:

The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing. ASTA pursues its mission through:

• an open sharing of ideas
• benefits, services, and activities responsive to the needs of all members
• development of strong state leadership and chapters
• enhancing the image and visibility of string teaching and study
• advocacy for string education
• an inclusive community of string teachers and players

ASTA/NJ Mission Statement:

The objectives of ASTA/NJ shall be to:

• support and encourage the teaching of string instruments at all educational levels
• to promote and improve orchestras at all educational levels
• to establish the highest artistic and pedagogical standard

2018 – 2020 ASTA/NJ Board

Redantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa qu ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architectos beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo.

Arvin Gopal
Arvin GopalPresident
Elizabeth Guerriero
Elizabeth GuerrieroPresident Elect
Peg Roberts
Peg RobertsChamber Music
Betsy Maliszewski
Betsy MaliszewskiHistorian
Joe Deninzon
Joe DeninzonAlternative Styles
Sandra Dackow
Sandra DackowBoard Member
Leslie Webster
Leslie WebsterASTACAP/Cadet Teachers
  • Sarah Mederos: Past President
  • Treasurer: Naomi Youngstein
  • Secretary: Cooper Ford
  • Editor/Newsletter: Vacant
  • Webmaster: Mimi Butler
  • Membership: Angel Liu
  • Nominations/Private Teacher List: Sheila Mendel
  • K-12/Collegiate: Brian Verdi