ASTA AZ: American String Teachers Association


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See new Directory of Private Teachers under String Notes.

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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.

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Repertoire for All State Audition Solo List This is list is for the AMEA AZ ALL STATE AUDITION preparation (violin, viola, cello, bass)

All teachers listed below are memberts of our professional organization, American String Teachers Association (ASTA.) We suggest that you interview potential teachers for qualifications, experience, and policies. Often teachers will even allow you to observe a lesson. We are proud of the high quality of string teaching in Arizona and know you will find the perfect teacher for your child or even for yourself.



Kent Gugler; violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass. (928) 778-1360 or

Philip A. Kuhns; violin and viola. (928) 445-0457 or

Shelley Rich; violin. (928) 600-2908 or


Litchfield Park NE Phoenix/Phoenix Metro East/Central Scottsdale North Scottsdale/N. Phoenix/Scottsdale/East Valley/Chandler/Gilbert/Tempe

Lynne Aspnes; harp. (734) 417-9899 or

Dr. Carolyn Broe; violin, viola, cello. (602) 493-3118 or

Rachael Carson; violin/viola; cello/bass voice.

Dr. Charlotte Farney; cello, begin. violin in your home. (480) 922-6240

Pat Fisher; cello and piano.

Claire Gordon; violin and viola. 623-547-0373 or

Matt Gould; guitar. (513) 478-6989 or

Mary Guthrie; cello. (602) 405-7800 or

Marlene Rausch; violin and chamber music. (480) 473-7152

Susanne Rothaar; violin/viola advanced students only. (480) 262-7660 Cell or

Russell Schmidt; jazz violin/jazz studies. (480) 759-4660

Beth Schneider-Gould; violin. (513) 703-2539 or

Kathryn Seigfried, violin and viola. (480) 254-4537 or

Katherine Shields, DMA; violin, viola, chamber music. (480) 980-6516 or

Dagmara Suchon, violin. (602) 653-7980 or or

Dr. Dan Swaim; bass. (480) 839-3764 or

Danica Terzic; violin. (480) 219-0506 or

Sujoy Thorlakson; violin, viola, recorder, piano. (602) 509-9305 or

Leslie Turner; violin. (480) 922-4671

Patty Waxman; violin. (602) 908-2929 or

Mary Wilkening; cello. (623) 935-5313 or


Scottsdale South/Tempe/Tempe ASU

Cindy Baker; violin/viola/harp. (602) 993-9869 or

Nancy Buck; viola.

Roberta Chorlton; violin. 602-253-5055 or 

Dr. Charlotte Farney; cello.

VerRona Grandil; violin/viola.  or (602) 692-0020

John Haggard; violin/viola. (480) 753-0979 Home or (480) 861-2172 Cell

Tim Sadow; violin and viola. (480) 732-7829 or

Rebekah Sanders; violin. (480) 266-0952

Dr. Jonathan Swartz; violin.

Dr. Alex Zheng; cello.



Candace Amato; violin and viola. (240) 426-5541 or

Dr. Theodore Buchholz; cello. (520) 307-5390 or

Dennis Bourret; violin and viola. (520) 465-1334 or

Yvonne Creanga; violin and viola.

Darian Douglas; violin and viola. (520) 696-8147 (office), (520) 870-5574 (mobile) or

Sandra Dusterdick; violin. or (520) 881-4288

Rosamond Finley - Soundpost Studio; violin, viola, and cello. (520) 907-7545

Rebecca Foreman; harp. (520) 909-2723 or

Rebecca McKee: Suzuki violin and viola. (520) 909-4496 or

David Rife; violin. (520) 322-5557 or

Carlie Rigg, violin. (520) 975-0124 or

Holly Schurr; violin and viola. (520) 401-7267 or

Dr. Laura Tagawa; violin and viola. (520) 461-4535 or

Toru Tagawa; violin.

Rose Todaro; violin and viola. (520) 979-5914 or

Mary Beth Tyndall; cello. (520) 884-4308 or



Margaret Fenske; cello.


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