The American String Teachers Association
The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) is the nation’s premier organization for string teachers and performers. ASTA is committed to helping its membership develop and refine their skills throughout their careers, from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. ASTA offers many services tailored to each member’s unique needs.
Missouri State Chapter
The Missouri Chapter of ASTA (MoASTA) is active in many areas supporting string performance and education. The Board of Directors oversees the Missouri All State Orchestra Program. DIRECTORS please be vigilant in reading not only the audition information pages on this website, but the MSHSAA handbook rules for solo/ensemble festivals. A few changes have occurred in both venues!
The String Educator Initiative is designed to encourage more students to pursue string education as a career, and to seek ways to advance the cause of string education throughout the state. Through the String Educator Initiative, high school teachers may apply for grants for visiting clinicians who, as part of their presentation, encourage students to pursue string education as a career. An Awards program recognizes the valuable contributions of string teachers and performers, as well as supporters of string education in the music industry. An opportunity is also provided for students to audition for the National High School Honors Orchestra, which performs at the ASTA National Conference on a biennial basis. Members may apply to have their orchestra chosen to perform in the National Orchestra Festival, also held in conjunction with the National Conference.
All string teachers and artist-performers are invited to become a member of MoASTA. We welcome your feedback through this website.
Valerie Bell, MoASTA President