Escanaba High School String Buddies – the Newest High School Chapter of ASTA

Please welcome a new Michigan HS Student Chapter of ASTA!  They are a great example of the win-win that happens to the participants AND the program when students get involved with ASTA!


  • Faculty Advisory / Treasurer: Mr. Joe Harmsen
  • President: Ben Campbell
  • Vice President: Kyra Magnuson
  • Secretary: Zoe Spencer


  • “String Buddies” after-school private lesson program: Older high school students are paired up with a String Buddy to work in a private lesson setting at the school once a week for half an hour
  • “MoBuddies”: Four students are concurrently signed up for both their regular high school orchestra class, as well as a 6th grade or junior high orchestra class to help out with sectionals, in-class private lessons, and more
  • Volunteering to help with fundraisers
  • Helping with regular organizing of the orchestra library
  • Making photocopies as needed
  • Refilling the instrument room humidifiers with water daily
  • Helping 6th grade & junior high orchestra students tune their instruments before concerts and taking attendance
  • “Giving Bach”, Holiday Strings, and other community performances at nursing homes, local stores, elementary schools, and more
Escanaba High School String Buddies and their faculty advisor, Joe Harmsen (Left)