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Sandy Goldie is passionate about high quality music teaching, learning and performing. Currently Dr Goldie is Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate music education and string pedagogy courses.  Read her complete bio here.

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Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Violinist Susanna Klein has enjoyed a varied career as a violinist, educator and arts innovator. She has performed in orchestra and chamber music settings in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel as well as throughout the United States. Ms. Klein serves as violinist with both Trio 826, based in Iowa, and the trailblazer group Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (ACE) in Richmond. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Klein served as principal second violin for 6 years. Previous orchestral appointments include the Memphis and Colorado Symphonies.

She is a regular guest at the music festivals of Wintergreen, Loon Lake, and Cedar Valley Chamber Music. She can be heard on the compact discs of One Ring Zero, Modern Groove Syndicate and the Klavier Label. Trio 826 has recorded their first cd in 2016 on the Albany Label. Ms. Klein is a frequent writer for the American String Teachers Magazine and wrote the cover article of the April 2015 The Instrumentalist issue.

A passionate educator, Susanna Klein is now assistant professor of violin and coordinator of strings at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Klein is co-director and founder of the Orchestra Project, a yearly summer camp that serves 140 young string players. Prof. Klein holds a Bachelor of Music degree from VCU and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she was an assistant to the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg. To read more about Susanna Klein go to trio826.com or susannaklein.com.


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Lisa M. Maynard is an Associate Professor of String Music Education in the School of Music at James Madison University, where she works with undergraduates and graduate students who intend to pursue careers in the field of music education. Since coming to the United States from Australia in 1989 to begin graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin (where she studied ‘cello with Phyllis Young, and taught in the UT Austin String Project), Lisa has been a long time member of the American String Teachers Association. She has served as the Secretary and Membership Chair for TexASTA, as a member of the Research Committee for national ASTA, and also served as the Western Region Member at Large for the Virginia chapter of ASTA for many years. Lisa continues to be a frequent presenter at ASTA conferences. As well as having taught classroom music and strings in Australia, she also taught orchestra in the Eanes Independent School District while living in Texas. For the last eighteen years, Dr. Maynard has had the pleasure of training future music educators as a member of the faculties of JMU, Baylor University and the Oberlin Conservatory (as a sabbatical replacement). If elected, Lisa would be delighted to have the opportunity to join the VASTA team in continuing to work together with it’s Executive Board and members towards ensuring that the Virginia chapter remains a robust and outstanding one, and continues to successfully serve the needs of its membership, as well as continuing to promote the importance of string playing and teaching throughout the state of Virginia. For further information click here

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Mandy Zayatz
is the Director of Orchestras and Music Technology at Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia. Previously, she directed orchestras within Prince William County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, The British School in the country of Bahrain, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Program building and revitalization is a passion of Mrs. Zayatz. She has worked with many programs to create vibrant orchestras that consistently achieve superior ratings. Mrs. Zayatz earned her Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in cello from Old Dominion University. After almost a decade in the classroom, she went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Mason University. Presently, she is a candidate for the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision at the University of Virginia. Mrs. Zayatz served in various board positions including President of the student chapter of both American Strings Teacher Association (ASTA) and Music Educator National Conference (MENC), now known as National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). She presently serves as the Tri-M National Music Honor Society Advisor following her work to open the first chapter at Stafford High School. She currently serves as a University Supervisor for UVA and as adjunct faculty at James Madison University, evaluating and mentoring of pre-service and new educators. Mrs. Zayatz is also a candidate for secretary for the Virginia chapter of ASTA. Outside of the classroom Mrs. Zayatz enjoys spending time with her very supportive husband, son, Graydon, and daughter, Ansley.

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Alex McConnell is a violinist from Chesapeake, VA who has a passion for music education in public schools. During high school, Alex was exposed to many styles of instrumental music while under orchestra director Steve Vutsinas—a top-ten finalist for the first annual Grammy Award for Music Education. During his senior year, esteemed violinist Dr. Laura Kobayashi recruited Alex to attend George Mason University. While at GMU, Alex was privileged to study with many incredible faculty and staff including Professor F. Wayne Taylor, Dr. Brian Wuttke, and Maestro Anthony Maiello. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Alex received his first teaching job as an elementary orchestra director with Fairfax County Public Schools. Currently in his second year of teaching, Alex has returned to his hometown of Chesapeake, VA and is the orchestra director at Kempsville Middle School within Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Alex is eager to help grow VASTA’s presence in Virginia while working as Treasurer and a member of the Communications and ASTACAP Subcommittees.

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ASTACAP Director

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Carol Stone, strings teacher and arts manager by profession—with degrees from 
Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley—maintains an active teaching studio in Northern Virginia. She founded the ongoing Blacksburg Community String Orchestra while living in Southwest Virginia and was the founding instructor for the highly successful three-year StringStart pilot for early violin and viola study for underserved students at John Adams, the Arts Designated Elementary School in the City of Alexandria. A violist with the Annandale Symphony, Ms. Stone has studied violin and pedagogy with David Salness and viola with Doris Lederer. Ms. Stone serves as the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) Representative for VASTA, the ASTACAP Exam Coordinator for Northern Virginia, and she is the Lead for the ASTACAP National Mentoring Sub-Committee, working closely with colleagues throughout the country on behalf of this outstanding program for string teachers and their students. Ms. Stone enjoys her duties as VASTA Treasurer: the Executive Director for five years and currently the Financial Director of the Left Bank Concert Society, Ms. Stone has also taught mathematics at Virginia Tech and the Urban School of San Francisco.

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Nominations Chair

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Nominations Committee Chair

Stephen Vutsinas: As a veteran high school orchestra director of 26 years, Steve has joined the Long and Foster Real Estate Family because of his love for serving people and for helping people find the home of their dreams! Steve was named Teacher of the Year at Grassfield High School in 2014 and was also selected as a top ten finalist out of 34.700 in the inaugural Grammy Foundation Music Educator of the Year contest also in 2014. Steve's work ethic and love for people have crossed over from the school world to the real estate world with a very smooth transition over the past year. During his first year in the business, Steve has already sold over 1.2 million dollars in sales. Steve has been married to his amazing wife, Sandi, for 25 years and they have 3 awesome kids together! Andrew is 22 and just graduated from the University of Virginia, Samantha is 19 and is in her second year at James Madison University, and Asher who was born in October! Asher has brought tremendous unexpected joy to the Vutsinas family! 

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Ambassador/Engagement

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Ambassador

Gretta Sandberg retired in June 2009 after 42 years as an orchestra director in the elementary and high school levels in Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Since then she has moved to the Shenandoah Mountains and established the Allegheny Mountain String Project.  For her complete bio, including accomplishments and awards too numerous to list, click here.

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Communications

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Kerstenn Marrero is a violinist from the Northern Virginia area. She is quite involved with the arts at the local level. She performs with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and in the Pied Piper Theater Pit Orchestra. Kerstenn is a graduate from James Madison University with a degree in music education, with a minor in music and human services. She currently teaches orchestra at Grace. E. Metz Middle school in Manassas and is working towards getting her therapeutic musicians license.

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Website Coordinator

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Margaret Whiteside, a violinist whose first love is chamber music, teaches and freelances in the Washington, D.C. area. She ran a private violin studio in Fairfax, VA from 1987-2017 and now lives in Annapolis, MD.  Currently she serves as assistant concertmaster of the Arlington Philharmonic, and has played with the Fairfax Symphony, the Washington Sinfonia, the Washington Bach Consort, Capitol City Opera, Maryland Opera, Amadeus, and the Strolling Strings. Originally she performed as a 1st violin with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Artists Internationale Opera.  Margaret received her B.A. from Cornell University and pursued graduate work at Northwestern University.  She has a certificate in computers from CDC and has worked as a technical writer

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College Advisory Board

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College Advisory Board

Akemi Takayama is an associate professor at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music, where she holds the Victor Brown Endowed Chair in Violin. She was a member of the Audubon Quartet from 1997-2011 and has also been serving as the concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and the Williamsburg Symphonia since 2007.  She was invited to the Marlboro Music Festival and has served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute in New York among others.  Her ongoing projects include recording with Centaur Records and Duo recitals with world-renowned pianist, John O'Conor.  She holds both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Toho School of Music in Tokyo and a performance certificate degree from University of Wyoming. During the fall of 2012, she will be serving as a part-time faculty at Oberlin College while maintaining the full-studio at Shenandoah Conservatory.

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