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

2020-2022 ASTA/NJ Board

Brian Verdi
Brian VerdiPresident
Timothy Schwarz
Timothy SchwarzPresident-Elect
Arvin Gopal
Arvin GopalPast-President
Justin Lee
Justin LeeTreasurer
Copper Ford
Copper FordSecretary
Angel Liu
Angel LiuMemberships
Dan Martinho
Dan MartinhoWebmaster
Elizabeth Guerriero
Elizabeth GuerrieroGrant Writer
Joe Deninzon
Joe DeninzonAlternative Styles
Mary Maliszewski
Mary MaliszewskiHistorian
Jody Rajesh
Jody RajeshASTACAP Chair
Leslie Webster
Leslie WebsterASTACAP Chair Emeritus
Sarah Mederos
Sarah MederosEditor
Sheila Mendel
Sheila MendelNominations/Private Teacher List
Peg Roberts
Peg RobertsChamber Music
Barbara Vierschilling
Barbara VierschillingAt-Large
Mary Ann Mumm
Mary Ann MummAt-Large
Sandra Dackow
Sandra DackowAt-Large