The Pennsylvania - Delaware String Teachers Association

2020 Biennial Officer Election

Every two years PADESTA holds elections for President-Elect and Secretary.  President-Elect is a 6 year term; 2 years as President-Elect, 2 years as President, and 2 years as Past-President.  Secretary is a 2 year term. The ballot is open from April 14, 2020 through May 14, 2020 this year.  Our bylaws state the election  should take place during the month of March, however due to the current Covid-19 situation, the board was delayed in fully organizing the election.  Write-ins are included on the ballot for each position.  

Current PADESTA members may vote one (1) time. Student and Institutional Members MAY NOT cast a ballot. Below are our candidates for the 2020 election.

President-Elect | Secretary


Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller is the orchestra director at Seneca Valley School District where she teaches sections of seventh, eighth, and high school orchestra. During her time at Seneca Valley the orchestra program has quadrupled in size and the orchestras have received accolades at adjudications, festivals, and by music colleagues within and outside of Seneca Valley. Within ASTA, Sarah has served as the membership chair and interim president-elect in addition to her work developing a collegiate chapter at Duquesne University. Sarah would like to serve as the president of the PADESTA Chapter to help develop programs that serve string students and teachers who teach strings and orchestra in all settings. Her vision of PADESTA sees increased involvement by school and private teachers and programs that provide opportunities to enrich their curricula. Sarah holds a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University and will graduate with a M.M. from the University of Michigan in August of 2020. Additionally she teaches privately and is a member of Butler Country Symphony Orchestra second violin section. Sarah resides in Pittsburgh and enjoys taking fitness classes, spending time with her family and friends, and trying new restaurants. 



Carol Briselli

Carol Briselli


Carol grew up in New York City and attended the H.S. of Music and Art in Manhattan.  She received a B.A. in Music and French from SUNY-Binghamton where she studied with Toby Appel, and then went on to earn her M.M. in Viola Performance from Temple University, studying with Evelyn Jacobs Luise.  After graduation, she took lessons in NYC with Sol Greitzer, then Principal Violist of the NY Philharmonic.  Her summer festival participation includes the Spoleto Festival (Charleston and Spoleto), AIMS (Graz, Austria) and the New Mexico Music Festival (Taos).  Carol’s life has been devoted both to performing and teaching. 

In the performance realm, she is currently Assistant Principal Violist of Opera Philadelphia, and substitutes with the PA Ballet and the Philly Pops.  She plays modern and baroque viola with Vox Ama Deus and is the founding member of the Arioso Quartet.  Carol has been teaching at the university level since 1989. She is presently an adjunct professor at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges as well as Lincoln University.  She maintains a private studio in her home and was Assistant Professor at West Chester University from 1989 to 2016.  In addition, she finds time to play for local hospice patients as a volunteer and in a Klezmer group at her synagogue.  Carol was honored to receive PADESTA’s String Teacher of the Year award in 2003.

I am interested in being Secretary of PADESTA because I would like to become more involved in this great organization.  I have a strong commitment to the music profession both as a performer and an educator and would enjoy having closer contact with other teachers.  I feel that I am qualified for this position due to my lifelong experiences, some of which are detailed below.

First, before becoming chair of the Social Action Committee and board member of Congregation Beth Israel of Media, I took the minutes for the monthly Board meetings for several years.  Second, I have been the sole proprietor of the Arioso Quartet since 1989.  In that capacity, it is my duty to run every aspect of the business, including making decisions about advertising, contacting clients, handling the accounting and hiring musicians.  Arioso has been a successful business with a profit every year since its inception.  And lastly, I am a Board member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra (DCYO), and my duty is as librarian of the Young Musicians’ Orchestra, the junior orchestra of the DCYO organization.

My organizational skills and membership of other boards, as outlined above, qualifies me to fulfill the duties of Secretary of PADESTA.  Thank you for your consideration.