Washington ASTA

Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association


BradW-ASTA is the Washington State Chapter of the American String Teachers Association which was founded more than 60 years ago. ASTA 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 collegial network of colleagues from throughout the string profession.

Congratulations to our 2015 W-ASTA Award Recipients:
Music Education: Myrnie Van Kempen
Studio Teacher: Toby Saks
Distinguished Service: Ian Edlund
Orchestra Director: Brian Steves


President: Brian Steves - Orchestra Teacher, Mukilteo School District
President Elect: Marianna Vail - Orchestra Teacher, Issaquah School District
Past President: Myrnie Van Kempen - Orchestra Teacher, Edmonds School District
Treasurer: Ann Medellin - Orchestra Teacher, Vancouver School District
Secretary/Membership: Robin Enders - Orchestra Teacher, Mukilteo School District
West-Side Member-At-Large: Jennifer Lyne - Orchestra Teacher, North Thurston School District
East-Side Member-At-Large: Ruth Boden - Professor, Washington State University

Studio Network: Aubrey Burdick - Private Teacher
Studio ASTA-CAP: Meredith Arksey - Professor, Washington State University
Eclectic Strings: Brittany Newell - Orchestra Teacher, Seattle School District
Higher Ed: Ramona Holmes - Professor, Seattle Pacific University
Small Grants: Joanne Donnellan - Orchestra Teacher, Ferndale School District (retired)
Birch Bay Workshop: Chip Schooler - Orchestra Director, South Puget Sound Comm. College
Overtones: Liz Petersen - Orchestra Teacher, Evergreen School District
Webmaster: Nathan Rengstorf - Orchestra Teacher, Edmonds School District
Sabrina Scruggs - Orchestra Teacher, Port Angeles School District



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ECLECTIC STYLES Here are some thoughts from our chair on eclectic styles, Brittany Newell, on including styles beyond western classical to your orchestras

ALTERNATIVE STYLES This is an excerpt from Julie Lyonn Lieberman's book "Alternative Styles: The New Curriculum" on how teaching alternative styles incorporates the National Standards