Welcome to the New York American String Teachers Association web page.

NY ASTA has a membership of over 600 strong!  Please contact the NYASTA President for more information about our chapter, and the activities we sponsor. Scroll down for upcoming events in NY State!




Now Available: ASTA String Curriculum E-Version on iTunes eBooks

ASTA’s comprehensive K-12 string program curriculum is now available electronically for the first time! An invaluable resource and the first of its kind, the curriculum’s clear and concise scope-and-sequence makes it easy to use, and more than 200 specific learning tasks make it comprehensive. Based on the outstanding teaching traditions in the field and the contributions of many earlier authors, educators and researchers, this curriculum contains useful and practical information for string teachers at every level of experience. The download price is $39.99. To download click here.

Connecting throughout the State

New York State Conductors

Whether you are offering your services pro bono, you serve as a conductor for hire or want to start your guest conducting career, here is an opportunity to advertise.

Process: Send a 250 word (or less) bio, two references including their name, title and contact info, and one or both of these listings: For hire and/or pro bono

Light Reading

In 250 words or less, share an experience that has moved you, that’s funny, that encompasses what we do as performances and teachers, that you want to share.


If you are retired or semi-retired and have the interest and desire to mentor a teacher new to our profession, or simply brainstorm with a fellow teacher about program building, new ideas, addressing pedagogy issues, then we want you to sign-up for mentorship.

Private Teacher Listing


Name/Town/County: Sally Smith, Angelica, Alleghany County

Phone number and/or e-mail address: 585.911.9119

Primary Approach: Suzuki, traditional and combined approaches

Clientele: age 4 – 18

Comment: (no more than 20 words – e.g. monthly recitals offered, Suzuki play-in sessions in December and June)



Double Bass



What other resources would you like to see on the website? Send your responses to Chloe Wendell at chloewendell@gmail.com



Executive Board

Edie Shillitoe, President

Nancy Strelau, Past-President

Pat Glunt, Member at Large, Solo Competition Chair

James Mick, Secretary

Marlene Hawkins, Treasurer

Matthew Rotjan, Editor of Publications

Muriel Bodley, Membership

Brenna Ogilvie, Co-Webmaster and Facebook Admin

Chloe Wendell, Co-Webmaster and Facebook Admin

Zach May, Advertising Director

(NEW! Offer your local vendors a chance to advertise in ‘The Bridge’ and on our website).


Zone Chair

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HEAD UP THIS COMMITTEE (no experience needed).   The Zone Chair e-mails all zone reps twice a year to gather information for E-Blasts and/or The Bridge.