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Welcome to the website of the American String Teachers Association, New Jersey Chapter (ASTA/NJ)! 

The objectives of ASTA/NJ are to: support and encourage the teaching of string instruments at all educational levels; to promote and improve orchestras at all educational levels, and; to establish the highest artistic and pedagogical standards.

If you are not yet a member of ASTA, please consider becoming a member today!  Click here for details of membership and an online application form; Click here for a downloadable application form. Once you are a member of ASTA, you will automatically become a member of ASTA/NJ.

ASTA/NJ was honored to have been named Outstanding Chapter in 2016  at the National Conference held in Tampa.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the official website of New Jersey chapter of the American String Teachers Association! ASTA/NJ is a service organization dedicated to the promotion of string playing and teaching throughout New Jersey. Our extensive community of studio teachers, school string specialists, college educators, performing artists, and lifelong string learners provide a wealth of resources and programs that are available to all members and their students.

We provide programs, activities and services for every interest, available to every member. Visit the webpages of any of our varied programs: ASTACAP, Certificate Advancement Program for students; ASTA/NJ Calendar; ASTA/NJ Studio Teacher Directory; Cadet Teacher Training; CMI, the Chamber Music Institute; Collegiate ASTA Chapters; Job Postings; New Music Reading Sessions; Juniper Quartet Festival; Sharon Holmes Scholarship; Solo Strings Competition; String Symposium and Summer String In. 

You can connect with ASTA/NJ through our Facebook page, an expanding forum for sharing news, information and ideas with other members of the string community. Members of ASTA/NJ also receive e-blasts of upcoming programs and important calendar notifications.

Not convinced ASTA/NJ is for you? Visit the National ASTA homepage and discover the benefits.  Members of ASTA automatically become member of ASTA/NJ.

Come see why ASTA/NJ was selected as the 2016 National ASTA Chapter of the Year!


Sarah Mederos


ASTA/NJ Back-to- School Kickoff & General Membership Meeting


Saturday September 9, 2017 4-8:30pm


Dr. Andrew Dabczynski

Guest Clinician


Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m. String Orchestra Sight Reading


Session/Workshop Conducted by Andrew Dabczynski

6:30-8:30 p.m. Potluck Dinner and Meeting

Place: New Jersey Youth Symphony Building

570 Central Avenue

New Providence, NJ 07974

Cost: $10, members

$20, non-members


Andrew H. Dabczynski is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Brigham Young
University in Provo, Utah, where he is also the director of the BYU “New Horizons
Orchestra,” a beginning string orchestra for adults and laboratory for string teacher training.
Dr. Dabczynski has held teaching and administrative positions at the Eastman School of
Music in Rochester, NY, and in the public schools of Penfield and Mamaroneck, New York.

In addition, he was the Supervisor of Fine Arts Education in the Waterford, Michigan,
School District. Dr. Dabczynski received a B.M. degree in applied viola performance from
the Eastman School, and a M.A. from the University of Connecticut, serving there as violist
in the graduate string quartet. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University
of Michigan. He has been an adjunct faculty member at numerous other colleges and at national string workshops. Highly respected for his expertise in string pedagogy, Dr. Dabczynski is co-author of the widely acclaimed comprehensive string method series, String
Explorer, published by Alfred Publishing Co. Additionally, he has written many articles on the subject of teaching and learning fiddling, both in contemporary America and other cultures. He is co-author of the groundbreaking Fiddlers Philharmonic series, also published by Alfred. Dr. Dabczynski also pursues professional and research interests in string pedagogy, school curriculum, and musical learning among senior adults. He appears frequently as a clinician for teachers and guest conductor for student ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. His numerous published arrangements and compositions for string and full orchestra are played regularly in concerts throughout the world.

The NJ string teaching community unexpectedly and tragically lost two dedicated teachers this year, Todd Doan and Jocelyn Gertel. Please join us on September 9, 2017 as we honor their contributions to string education with the ASTA/NJ award for Distinguished Service at the 2017 Back-to-School Kickoff Workshop and Dinner Meeting.



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