Call for Proposals NOW OPEN

2020 ASTA National Conference  |  March 4 - 7  |  Orlando, Florida

Submission deadline April 16, 2019
Proposal decisions will be sent in August 2019


We are seeking your expertise and ideas to provide a well-rounded education program.

The annual ASTA National Conference is the largest conference focused solely on strings and string education. It is an opportunity for all current and future ASTA members to engage in exceptional learning experiences. As a presenter, you play a valuable role in advancing and leading the strings community.

Please read all the details below before starting your proposal. Preference may be given to proposals that are positioned to deliver a mix of the following:


  • Reflect innovative, cutting-edge content, and evidence-based practice
  • Present a business case with evidence supported by research or data

Instructional Design

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences


  • Target students through experienced teachers and musicians
  • Provide diverse approaches for different types of learners

Key Dates for Planning Purposes:

  • Call for Proposals Close: April 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Conference Invitations: August 2019
  • Sessions Materials Due: January 14, 2020 - Plan ahead!

The Details - Please read all the information prior to submitting your proposal(s):

Speakers will be notified of the status of their submission through the online submission system, so please make sure that your email address is correct.


  1. Primary Target Audience: Who are you teaching? The conference committee aims to have a diverse program; therefore, there is a blend of education that falls into the following audience categories. Select one and include it in the proposal (required).
  2. Learning Formats: Learning formats support a range of instruction that give attendees that option of choosing different content, materials and methods that match their objectives. ASTA will publicize the session types in 2020.
  3. Primary and Secondary Session Topic Focus: What are the primary and secondary topic areas that best describe the session?
  4. Marketing Description (50-75 words): Write a description that ASTA can use to promote the session if selected.
  5. Abstract (300 words; this should be different from the Marketing Description): What will the audience learn? Some of the criteria for the selection committee to consider are the learning objectives to vet content.
  6. Speaker Information: Please include a brief professional biography for each speaker in your session; if you have presented at previous ASTA or statewide conferences, please be sure to include this information here. All speakers must be ASTA members and will need their ASTA Member ID number. To find your ASTA Member ID number, login into the website in the top navigation. (The default user name and password are your email address on file with ASTA.) Once logged in, click on “My Profile” and you will find your ID number in your member profile.

Special Notes:
  • The committee will not accept session proposals that are solely performance-based and those that promote individual commercial products. Commercial materials may be used in a session for educational objectives, but they cannot be used for promotional purposes. Taking orders or selling products during the session is prohibited.
  • Exhibitor Showcase applications (sessions promoting commercial products/Product Promotion Showcase) are available through the exhibitor prospectus and must be reserved by the sponsoring company.
  • All applicants must be current members of ASTA at the time of application and also at the time of conference; furthermore, they are expected to register for the full conference.
  • IMPORTANT: Session proposals can ONLY be submitted through this online submission process. No paper applications will be accepted. Online software will be available to accept session information until midnight April 16, 2019.

Product Promotion Showcases - Limited number available
These sessions are for promotion of commercial products and services. These sessions give companies the opportunity to launch new products, market directly to a focused group for a one-hour block, and provide increased visibility for your product or service. Showcases are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to members of the ASTA String Industry Council exhibiting at the conference.
Members: Please contact your company representative to have them reserve the showcase slot.
Company Representatives: Please contact Susan Hoopes at, or use the exhibitor prospectus contract to reserve your slot.

Thank you for your support of ASTA and the strings community.

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