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2018 - 2020 ASTA/NJ Board

President: Arvin Gopal

President Elect: Elizabeth Guerriero

Past President: Sarah Mederos

Treasurer: Naomi Youngstein

Secretary: Cooper Ford

Editor/Newsletter: Robert Anderson

Webmaster: Mimi Butler

Membership: Angel Liu

Chamber Music: Peg Roberts

Historian: Betsy Maliszewski

Nominations/Private Teacher List: Sheila Mendel

ASTACAP/Cadet Teachers: Leslie Webster

K-12/Collegiate: Brian Verdi

Alternative Styles: Joe Deninzon



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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 membership details and an online application form


Join us for our Fall General Membership Meeting on Saturday Septemer 8, 2018 at New Jersey Youth Symphony (570 Central Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974).

Cost is $10 for Members, $20 for Non-members and free for college students. 

4:00pm - Registration

4:30pm - Reading session led by Joanne Erwin (bring an instrument)

6:00pm - Middle/High School All State Solo Clinics

Violin - Timothy Schwarz

Viola - Aundrey Mitchell

Cello - Joanne Erwin

Double Bass - Christopher Clark

6:00pm - Best Practices for classroom string education - Betsy Maliszewski

7:00pm - Dinner, Keynote Speaker (David Osbon - London College of Music) and meeting


Registration can be found here. All participants have the option to pay in advance with a credit card. All questions should be directed to