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.


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President: Stuart Hake, Annie Wright School
President Elect (Vice President): Bruce Walker, Columbia Basin College
Past President: Marianna Vail, Issaquah School District
Secretary: Jerilynn Harris, Spokane School District
Treasurer: Anne Daulton, Olympia School District
West-Side Member-At-Large: Stephanie Hellekson, Seattle School District
East-Side Member-At-Large: Ruth Bodin, Washington State University

Birch Bay Workshop: Chip Schooler, South Puget Sound Community College



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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