ASTA Certification Advancement Program

As a member and current Solo Competition Chair of the San Francisco section of the American String Teachers Association my students are eligible to participate in ASTA's Certification Advancement Program (ASTACAP) and Solo Competition.

I encourage all of my students to prepare for the ASTACAP exams each spring.

The mission statement of ASTACAP is: "To establish national goals and awards for students of all levels through non-competitive examinations. Students will be judged on technical and musical preparedness in one of eleven levels by an examiner of musical and pedagogical stature. Certificates of achievement will be awarded for each level successfully completed." To find out more about ASTA visit

The dates for the 2017 exams are:

Walnut Creek
February 25, 2017
Contra Costa Christian School
2721 Larkey Ln.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Application deadline: January 14, 2017
March 18, 2017
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1501 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA 94708
Application deadline: February 4, 2017
San Francisco
March 19, 2017
Community Music Center
Richmond Branch
741 30th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Application deadline: February 4, 2017