This year we started off the semester with a reading session of new music. It was so exciting to see people come in from outside of our area to take part in this. It made us realize that we really can help and encourage others in and outside of our community. This semester our main focus is outreach. Our chapter is very small right now and we feel that it is partly because not many of the other students at WKU know who we are. Or if they have heard of us, they don’t really know what we are about. We have plans to host a Halloween bake sale, provide an opportunity for an ASTA member scholarship which will cover the dues of one new member for a year, and we are now doing a “Symphony Member Highlight” every two weeks. This is where we draw the name of one WKU Symphony member and make an announcement at rehearsal as well as highlight their accomplishments by posting their photo and bio on our bulletin board for two weeks. So far this has been a huge hit and has drawn positive attention to our chapter and to our bulletin board where information about our chapter is located. We also have adjusted our advertising strategies to reach not just the music school but the whole campus. Who knows how many other string enthusiasts might be out there!
Alyna Bloecher, WKU ASTA President, 2012-2013