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.



Attention string players!

Celebrate J.S. Bach’s Birthday.

Make music!

The Northport Symphony Orchestra, the Community Music Program of Stony Brook University and NYASTA, the New York chapter of the American String Teachers Association, cordially invite all interested string players to a free sight-reading session of music by J.S. Bach. What better way to celebrate the great master’s 328th birthday, which takes place on March 21!


Date/time: Saturday, March 22, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Place: The community room of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills.

Registration is required.

Details available at



Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory presents a Violin Pedagogy Weekend, April 4-6, 2014. It will be a weekend of master classes, performances, and lectures in Baltimore , Maryland. There will be performances by pre-college students from Peabody pre-Conservatory Violin program, Peabody Performance Academy for Strings, Jacobs School of Music String Academy, Maryland Talent Education, Northwestern University Music Academy, String Academy of Wisconsin at UW-Milwaukee, String Academy of Wyoming, and a world premiere by Judah Adashi.

Kaufman Music Center String Community and Summer String Fest:

Summer String Fest is an exciting week-long program for intermediate and advanced string players ages 10-19 that will take place at Kaufman Music Center August 18-22, 2014.  Intensive all-day sessions will feature private, chamber orchestra and sectional group instruction. The festival culminates with a performance in Merkin Concert Hall on August 22, 2014. String Fest includes a field trip to the Mostly Mozart Festival or one of New York’s major cultural institutions, among other activities. Registrations received before February 15 are eligible for a $95 tuition discount. To complete your child’s registration, please call 212-501-3360 or fill out the registration form here: Registration Form 2013-14 . A minimum deposit of $100 is required.

Auditions will be held on April 27 and May 4, 2014.

Deadline to register and schedule an audition: April 1, 2014

Tuition: $520 (Including $25 application fee)
Early Bird Special: Register before February 15, 2014 and tuition is only $400!

To register or request more information, please call 212 501 3360KaufmanMusicCenter.org



Apply today for CodaBows for America and Potter’s Violin’s Instrument Awards-Application deadline is
April 1!

Do you have an outstanding student in need of a better instrument, but without resources to obtain one? Could you use fabulous new CodaBows for students in your strings program?
ASTA’s instrument outreach initiatives are generously supported by ASTA members CodaBow International, Ltd., Winona, Minnesota, and Potter’s Violins, Bethesda, Maryland.
Click here for the CodaBows application and here for the Potter’s Violin’s application.


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.



Dear NYASTA Members,

Simply what we do….

She impressed me as an ‘adult in miniature’; such refined features, words that were clearly enunciated and yet she couldn’t be more than three or three and half years old. We found Rachel singing her heart out in the ladies room following our first Christmas performance on the island. A subset of the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra accompanied the National Youth Choir of the Bahamas on December 17th two annual Christmas performances in Nassau, Bahamas. As mom and Rachel exited the bathroom, I heard mom encourage her to ask me about the ‘white stick’. I pulled out one of my spare batons, gave it to her and encouraged her to wave it around. The orchestra members were waiting for a ride back to the hotel and they naturally went into song so that Rachel could conduct them. She was reticent at first and refused to conduct our singing orchestra, however the pull of the music and opportunity to wave her little arms naturally persuaded her to mimick what she had seen on the podium just minutes ago (particularly the cut-off – refer to video on the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra Facebook page!).

So when you need to get midterm grades in, cart your students off to an All-County rehearsal, get a last minute substitute pianist for your studio recital, cram in an extra rehearsal for the musical because it’s tech week (and it’s still only Monday!), keep in mind that you are passing your baton on literally and figuratively, daily, weekly, yearly. That is the essence of what we do. And we truly make a difference in many, many lives.

As for Miss Rachel, I told her I would see her next year and get her up on the podium to conduct at the ripe old age of four.


Over the next month or so we will be launching helpful information on our website for our members! Check these out on our Members Only page:

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

Nancy Strelau, President

Edie Shillitoe, President-Elect (May 1, 2014)

Lisa Leonardi, 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 Gillette, 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

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

Much energy, passion and success to you as you begin a new school year and performance season!!!!

Nancy Strelau

President, NYASTA