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2024  Elections

Oregon ASTA elections are here. 
You can see candidates for Treasurer and Secretary below,
plus bylaws to be approved. 

Treasurer

Term: 2 years from July 1st to June 30th.

Reports to ASTA OR Chapter President, ASTA OR Chapter President-Elect, and ASTA OR Chapter Board Members. Works with Chapter President, President-Elect, Chapter Board Members, and general members.

Duties: The Treasurer of ASTA OR Chapter manages financial affairs of ASTA OR Chapter. Files Oregon State Form 990 with IRS annually. Prepares annual budget report that includes revenue money that we get from national ASTA, as well as from ASTA OR Chapter sponsored events. Sends to national ASTA annual financial report (due Aug. 15th of each year). Reconciling bank statements. Managing checks and cash flow, including issuing and collecting checks. Updates ASTA OR Chapter Board Members on financial state of the chapter on a regular basis (at least twice a year). Attends ASTA OR Chapter Board meetings regularly.

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Candidate for Treasurer: SHARON ENG

Sharon Eng, who holds a bachelor and master’s degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School, is an active performer and studio teacher in Portland, Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She has been an ASTA member for over 40 years and an examiner for OMEA, AMEB, ASTACAP and ABRSM. She also holds a PhD in Business and Management with a concentration on Nonprofit Management and Accountability. For over 10 years, she served as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra in South Australia. 

 

Sharon has greatly enjoyed working with the Executive Committee and Board of Oregon ASTA these past four years, and feels she has a great deal more to learn and give back to the organization. Sharon hopes that her legacy as OR-ASTA's treasurer will be the creation of easy filing/records-keeping systems, and easy online protocols and financial templates to help with budgeting and managing OR-ASTA's many exciting projects.

Secretary

Term: 2 years from July 1st to June 30th.

Reports to ASTA OR Chapter President, ASTA OR Chapter President-Elect, and ASTA OR Chapter Board Members. Works with Chapter President, President-Elect, Chapter Board Members, and general members.

Duties: Keeps all documents connected to ASTA OR Chapter in well-organized and easy to access manner in Google Drive or similar platforms. Transcribes meetings and sends Meeting Minutes to Board Members within 3 weeks after the meeting. Updates board policy manual and bylaws with ASTA OR Chapter President and President Elect. Maintains regular communication with ASTA OR Chapter President and President Elect. Responds to ASTA National emails and requests when needed. Attends ASTA OR Chapter Board meetings regularly.

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Candidate for Secretary: MYRIAM GENDRON-DUPONT

Myriam is the Orchestra Director at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in the West-Linn-Wilsonville School District. She is a native French speaker from Quebec, Canada and is certified to teach Music and French. Myriam is a lifelong cellist and always knew she would follow a career path embedded in the music world. She attended Portland State University on a full scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters in Education. She obtained her teaching license and has worked over 15 years in the public education system, teaching elementary general music, choir and orchestra, as well as middle school choir, orchestra, guitar and French. She is currently attending PSU again to earn a second Masters in Curriculum & Instruction.

Today Myriam teaches middle school orchestra and guitar, private lessons on the cello, and occasionally performs in orchestras, weddings and other events. She lives in Oregon City with her husband James; their only daughter Isabelle is a student at Portland State University, where she is studying Business and minoring in Art.

Statement:

I recently attended the national ASTA conference and was thrilled by the experience. I've been a member of ASTA for a few years and I'm excited at the opportunity to work with people who, like myself, are passionate string players and educators. String education is alive and well in our country, and it feels like a natural next step to become more involved locally in order to help bring some of that success into our own state.

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ASTA, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers.  ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including

instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession. 

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The Oregon Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (OR-ASTA) was founded to promote string playing in the state of Oregon and to serve Oregon's members of the American String Teachers Association. Its officers are elected every two years by a vote of the membership. 

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