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


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President: Marianna Vail, Issaquah School District
President Elect: Ann Medellin, Vancouver School District
Past President: Brian Steves, Mukilteo School District
Treasurer: Nathan Regnstorf, Edmonds School District
Secretary/Membership: Cindy Elder, Issaquah School District
West-Side Member-At-Large: Jennifer Lyne, North Thurston School District
East-Side Member-At-Large: Bret Smith, Central Washington University

Studio Network: Aubrey Burdick, Private Teacher
Studio ASTA-CAP: Meredith Arksey, Washington State University
Higher Ed Rep.: Ramona Holmes, Seattle Pacific University
Overtones Editor: Sabrina Scroggs, Port Angeles School Distrct
Eclectic Strings Resource: Brittany Newell, Seattle School District
Small Grants Chair: Myrnie Van Kempen, Edmonds School District
WMEA Orchestra Officer: Joe Dyvig, Olympia School District
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