ASTA Student Chapters



ASTA supports an extensive network of more than 50 student chapters. These chapters, managed for and by students, create valuable opportunities for professional development, leadership, and lasting relationships between peers and mentors.

ASTA student chapters support your academic studies, power your network, and provide opportunities that will propel your career in strings education. In addition to benefits for members, many chapters are involved with community outreach to provide service to their community and spread the value of music, strings, and string education.

If your university already has a chapter, we encourage you to become an active member. If your school does not yet have a chapter, we invite you to consider establishing one. Students who participate in ASTA Student Chapters receive many benefits, including:


Important Deadlines

  • 2018-2019 Collegiate and K-12 Chapter Application/Renewal forms due by November 15, 2018 (see chapter forms below)
  • Student Chapter Award applications due by January 15, 2019 (see chapter forms below)

Find a Student Chapter

Join one of ASTA's student chapters, or start one on your own campus.


Student Chapter Awards

Get recognized! Submit your student chapter for an award. Winners will be announced at ASTA National Conference, awarded a commemorative plaque, and recognized in the American String Teacher journal.


Outstanding Student Chapter and Most Improved Student Chapter Awards

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award and Most Improved Student Chapter Award honors two student chapters that are actively involved in promoting strings at their college or university, and in their surrounding community. Those chapters that represent themselves through activities and performances both on and off campus, and demonstrate their impact on string education and the strings profession, will be considered for either of these awards.

Student Exemplary Service Award
The Student Exemplary Service Award recognizes college string students who distinguish themselves as active members and supporters in the strings community both on and off campus. These students will have contributed to school and community activities, events, outreach programs, or performances, held a leadership role in their student chapter or in their strings classes, and have participated in any of their state chapter's events or activities.

Download award application forms below.


Student Chapters at ASTA National Conference

Be part of a community as unique as you are. Have your student chapter attend the ASTA National Conference to:

  • ​Network with potential employers and mentors
  • Network with other student chapters
  • Attend educational sessions and workshops
  • Support middle and high school orchestras in the National Orchestra Festival
  • Receive a discounted rate if 5 or more of your student chapter members register together*

*Each student chapter member registering must be a current ASTA member in good standing. Student chapter members must register together and submit their registration forms either electronically or by mail to the ASTA National Office. Online registrations are not eligible for the discount.


Chapter Forms:
Student Chapter Awards Form
(Adobe PDF File)
Student Chapter Handbook
(Adobe PDF File)