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2019 PADESTA Luncheon & General Membership Meeting

Join us for our annual PADESTA Luncheon & General Membership Meeting @ PMEA / NAfME All-Eastern Conference
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 12:30pm-2:15pm | David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA 

Preregistration payments must be paid online or sent to:
Marie Weber
219 Hanover View Circle
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Please include a copy of your registration confirmation email.
Payments must be postmarked before Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Soup, Salad & Sandwich Buffet
Chef’s Selection of Vegetarian Soup
Mixed Green Salad with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings
Roast Turkey with Brie, baby spinach, caramelized onion and strawberry preserves on multi-grain bread
Vegan Wrap with white bean and basil spread and fresh veggies
Assortment of Cookies & Brownies
Iced Water, Coffee, and Iced Tea

Cost per person in advance is $25
Cost per person at the door is $30
Cost per student is $15

Register today (Prepayment or Pay at the Door)

Studio Teacher Survey

PADESTA is interested in finding out how we can better serve the needs and desires of our private studio members, and other private studio teachers throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Please take a moment to fill out this survey.  Also, please forward to any other studio teachers who might not be an ASTA / PADESTA member.  Click here to complete the survey.

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!