To Enrich Lives through the Joy of Teaching and Playing String Instruments
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 at ASTA-AZ.
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.
Additionally, the national ASTA provides members with an award-winning journal published four times a year and hosts an incredible three-and-a-half-day conference, with performances and sessions that are guaranteed to inspire and inform.
John Haggard, President-Elect
Dr. Jonathan Swartz, Past President
Jessica Breen, Secretary
Amanda Hartley, Treasurer
Walt Temme, Solo Competition Chair
Mary Ann Ramos, Northern Membership Chair (Flagstaff Area)
Danica Terzic, Central Membership Chair (Phoenix Area)
Wes Hunter, Southern Membership Chair (Tucson Area)
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History of the Past Winners of the Outstanding Teacher Award. (Odd-Even = Studio Teacher, Even-Odd=Public School Teacher), Nominations are open from September 1 – November 1 by sending few paragraphs about the teachers accomplishment and why you think the person deserve the award. Winner will be announced after voting within the board members. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Mrs. Terry Alexander, Public School Teacher of the Year!!
Terry Alexander. She started the brand new program at Catalina Foothills School District in 2017, and her program is growing. She is a wonderful teacher, and she continues to articulate the importance of music to the public. You can see her teaching and talking on this video. https://youtu.be/-H0U9uB1o5Y
Terry Alexander grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where she began violin
studies with Gladys Lang, a violinist in the St. Louis Symphony. Terry was a
violinist in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her college studies
include Truman University (Kirksville, MO), the University of Missouri
(Columbia, MO), and the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). Her
professional playing experience includes several seasons with Arizona
Opera Company, thirty years with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, countless
musicals, and twenty years with Catalina Foothills Church. Terry taught for
over 30 years in the Marana Unified School district, where she initiated
string programs at Marana High School and Mountain View High School.
During this time she also taught elementary and middle school orchestras
in the district, and served in a variety of positions, including high school
music department chair and MUSD district curriculum committee member.
Through the years, her students have earned high honors in many AMEA
(Arizona Music Educators Association) events, including area concert
festivals as well as regional and all-state festivals. During her three
decades of teaching in MUSD, she conducted the pit orchestras for
numerous high school musicals. Terry served several terms in AMEA as
orchestra chairperson, solo and ensemble chairperson, and regional
governor. Beginning in 2012, she served in ASTA (Arizona String Teachers
Association) in a number of roles including coordinator for teacher
workshops, communications chair, and chapter president. In 2014 she
received a National Leadership Award from ASTA. Terry continues to be
active as a guest conductor, as well as adjudicator, for various local music
Terry joined CFSD in 2017 to launch an orchestra program at the
elementary level. This program has grown to over 220 students, and now
includes middle school and high school. Along with her colleague Ryan
Watson, Terry looks forward to continued growth of the CFSD
History of the Presidents
|1962-1964||Anna Mae Sharp|