The West Virginia String Teachers Association, WV-ASTA, welcomes you to its website! If you are a member of ASTA and you live in WV, you are automatically a member of WV-ASTA, the association for teachers and performers of stringed instruments. Our mission is to enrich lives through the joy of teaching and playing stringed instruments in the Mountain State.
We hope you will find this site easy to use, and a great resource for your studio, school, colleagues and friends. Look through this website for upcoming events, including application forms, information, and news
A Message from your
Hello, fellow West Virginia ASTA members! I am so happy to be writing to you today as your new president. It will be an honor to serve our state chapter for the next two years. We are all sending a big thank you to our past president, Dr. Jeannine Sturm, for her invaluable time and energy as our leader. The prospect of trying to fill her shoes is quite daunting!
First things first. It is certainly a strange time to be a strings teacher. Everything that has been our normal approach to teaching has been turned completely upside down. We are being forced to find new and different ways to accomplish our work, from reconfiguring our teaching methods to learning new technologies. However, my friends, if you think about it, this is what we do. We are creative artists. We are people who have chosen lives that revolve around out-of-the-box thinking and imagination. Plus, we are West Virginians—people who are renowned for their resilience. With a little will power and some
deep breaths—we can do this TOGETHER!
Now, of course, things will be different this year. We already know this. Naturally, our first goal should be to assess what is possible or not possible. While some annual events might not make sense to host this year, we may have online events that could be a good substitute, or we could try some new ideas. In fact, it is a great time to reevaluate. Let’s be open to the possibilities while we hold onto what is at our core.
One way to “be in this together,” is to stay in touch this year. I am hoping to gather everyone online for a few meetings each semester to plan and implement our activities. In the meantime, I hope you will stay safe and healthy, and please be ready to share your ideas for keeping the string teachers and students in our great state thriving.
Again—we can do this together!
All the best,