The Pennsylvania - Delaware String Teachers Association

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High School Scholarship Application | Pay-It-Forward WinnerWho is PADESTA?

PADESTA Annual Luncheon & General Membership Meeting

This year's PADESTA Luncheon & General Membership Meeting will take place during the PMEA In-Service Conference in Erie, PA.  The luncheon will be on Thursday, April 20th, from Noon-1:00pm in Room 140B at the Bayfront Convention Center. Cost for the luncheon is $20 - pre-registration, $15 - students, $25 - at the door.  Pre-registration deadline is April 12. Click here to pre-register

2017 PADESTA Member Award Applications Available

Every year at the annual PADESTA general membership meeting, we award deserving PADESTA members for thier work and service in string education.  Visit the PADESTA Member Award Page for award descriptions and to download a nomination form.  Nominations are due March 15th, 2017.

On-Site ASTACAP Examinations - Deadline March 18th

This year's On-Site PADESTA ASTACAP Examinations is set for Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in York, PA. Applicaiton deadline is Saturday, March 18th.  For information on the ASTACAP program, go to the PADESTA ASTACAP Page.

2017 High School Orchestra Education Scholarship Available

Every June PADESTA awards our annual PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior who will be attending college for a degree in music education. For more information and the application, go to the Orchestra Education Scholarship Page. Applications are due May 5th, 2017.

2017 Pay-It-Forward National Conference Incentive

PADESTA is pleased to announce its first annual "Pay It Forward" National Conference Incentive program winner.  Congratulations to Kristina Woodson-Grahm of Beaver Area School District, PA.   For more information about the program, go to the Pay-It-Forward Page.

Welcome to PADESTA

Who are we?

The PADESTA chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) represents hundreds of school and private teachers, professional performers, college faculty, and students from across the Pennsylvania-Delaware region.  Our leadership board is composed of volunteers who are either elected by the membership or appointed to positions by our leadership to serve in various capacities. By working closely together, we hope that a unity of strength and vision can help us continue to advance the cause of strings in our region.

This change in our website is part of PADESTA’s ongoing commitment to continue to serve its membership in meaningful and practical ways. Our goal is to provide information, news, and resources to you in a timely fashion. Please take a few moments to browse our website and offer feedback on what information would be most useful to you or if there is anything you’d like to see us add.

With this new website we also have the ability to update information more regularly, providing you with greater advance notice of events, both locally and nationally. In addition, you’ll see ads from our sponsors, who help make this service available. In the future, we hope to add such benefits as a job listing service, resources and links, and also features about our members.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these changes and we also hope that you’ll see the great range of activities and benefits offered for ASTA members. If you’re not yet a member of ASTA, here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider joining our organization:


Why Join ASTA?

Advocacy Tools––ASTA is committed to championing string education and providing you with resources to make your job easier. These include: Why Strings informational brochures; recruitment posters; Advocating for Strings DVD, PowerPoint presentations, customized letters of support for programs in trouble, and special advocacy sessions at our national conference.

Training & Education––ASTA members have access to cutting-edge professional development options that include: the National Conference offering more than 170 training sessions programs; New Music Reading Folders; and American String Teacher journal – to name just a few.

Programs For Your Students––When you belong to ASTA your students can take part in: National High School Honors Orchestra; National Solo Competition; Alternative Styles Awards; National Orchestra Festival; Instrument Outreach programs; and Certificate Advancement Program for students enrolled in private lessons.
Recruitment/Community Initiatives- ASTA members have access to a host of special programs including: Discovering Strings and Orchestra; Increasing Access to Strings: Piloting After-School Music Programs; and recruitment posters, brochures, pamphlets, and more.

Collaborative Partnerships––ASTA is the national leader in string education. As a member we have nurtured partnerships to help you be a more effective string educator including: discounted instrument insurance from Merz-Huber; membership in your ASTA State Chapter; preferred pricing on ASTA publications and discounts from our String Industry Council members; and ongoing collaborations with Americans for the Arts, NAMM,, League of American Orchestras and others.

Click Here to Become A Member!