The American String Teachers Association is excited to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021! Check this page for history highlights, member stories, a composition competition, and more anniversary activities.

ASTA History Highlights


2021 marks ASTA’s Diamond Anniversary. That is 75 years of vision, innovation, organization, creativity, initiatives, assessment, reevaluation, and much more...

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ASTA Member Stories


This Month: Mentors and memorable moments


Richard Bell
Stockbridge, Georgia


From 1980–1990 Dr. Kim Harriman was the executive secretary of ASTA and the national office was in a small space in the basement of the University of Georgia (UGA) music building...

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ASTA 75th Anniversary
Task Force


Bob Phillips, Co-Chair
Hudsonville, Michigan

Pam Phillips, Co-Chair
Hudsonville, Michigan

Corie Benton
Acworth, Georgia

Brenda Brenner
Bloomington, Indiana

Leslie DeShazor
Harper Woods, Michigan

Gene Dowdy
Boerne, Texas

BettyAnne Gottlieb
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark Laycock
Wichita, Kansas

Lynn Ledbetter
San Marcos, Texas

Sharan Leventhal
Newton, Massachusetts

Taylor Morris
Mesa, Arizona

Duane Padilla
Honolulu, Hawaii

Paula Swart
Savannah, Georgia

Mary Wagner
Fairfax, Virginia

Kristen Pellegrino, Board Liaison
San Antonio, Texas

Reflections from the ASTA 75th Anniversary Task Force