ASTA AZ: American String Teachers Association


Announcing our new violin event:



OCTOBER 1, 2016

featuring guest violinist

Mark Fewer



Southwest Strings: Create an account or add your ASTA ID Member Number to your current account to receive significantly discounted pricing on all purchases!

Arizona State University: Recieve a 10% discount on all School of Music Events by showing your ASTA Membership Card or submitting our dedicated online reward code when purchsing tickets. Discount can be used in addition to already discounted student and senior pricing!

Musical Instrument Museum: Stay tuned for a special benefit to all ASTA-AZ members for the exhibit, Stradivarius - Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker, January-May 2016.

MusicaNova: Recieve a 20% discount on all MusicaNova performances by showing your ASTA Membership Card or submitting our dedicated online reward code when purchsing tickets. Discount can be used in addition to already discounted student and senior pricing!

Haven’t joined ASTA yet? Log onto and register today. It’s easy and so beneficial! Just the ASTA Journal is worth the cost of membership, but there are so many more benefits, such as net working with other string teachers throughout Arizona, the Fall Workshop with a national clinician, events for your students, local and national solo competitions, resources and publications from national ASTA, support for your school program or studio, the incredible ASTA national conference, and so much more.


Why Join Arizona ASTA? "Of all the benefits, the greatest is the opportunity to unite with a fellowship of string musicians, so that together, we can cultivate a strong music community."
See the President's Message. 

Mission: To enrich lives through the joy of teaching
and playing string instruments. 

Welcome to the website of the Arizona chapter of American String Teachers Association! Our growing chapter of 250 members represents string lovers of all sorts; violinists, violists, cellists, bassists, guitarists, harpists, performers, teachers, students, amateurs, professionals, parents of string players, and luthiers. You will find a very supportive and active community of string enthusiasts in ASTA Arizona.

Throughout the year we provide activities for our members and their students that promote their love of string playing and encourage growth of skills as they teach and perform.

Our website is now our primary means of communication with our membership. Online registration for events has taken the place of mailings. Also, note the informative articles in our Newsletter and String Notes. The Photo Gallery features pictures from ASTA events during the year.

Additionally, the national ASTA provides members with an award-winning journal published four times a year and hosts the most incredible three-and-a-half-day conference imaginable with performances and sessions that are guaranteed to inspire and inform. The national website is a wealth of information about ASTA and its services.

Your ASTA Arizona Officers
Dr. Jonathan Swartz, President
Dr. Theodore Buchholz
, Past President

Toru Tagawa, President Elect
Jessica Breen, Secretary
Amanda Hartley, Treasurer
Laura Reed, Communication Chair
John Haggard, Solo Competition Chair

ASTA-AZ Membership Chairman

Flagstaff:  Mary Ann Ramos
Phoenix:   Danica Terzic
Tucson:    Wesley Hunter

AZ ASTA Accounting EVENT FORM - All event coordinators must turn in to Amanda Hartley, Treasurer.

Please verify that Tami at national ASTA has your current email address and mailing address, so you don't miss any communications from the new "greener" ASTA Arizona! Email her at

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Beth Tyndall
Recipient of the Outstanding Studio Teacher Award

Congratulations to Bill Bitter

Recipient of the Elizabeth Green School Educator National Award

Bill Bitter




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