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Westminster College's Chapter of American String Teachers Association Honored

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College student chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) was recently named the "Most Improved Student Chapter" for 2014. This is only the chapter's second year of existence.

Westminster chapter adviser is Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music and orchestra director.

Crawford Perttu directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She joined the Westminster faculty in 2009.  Crawford Perttu earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's and doctorate from Ohio State University.

The ASTA honor will be presented at the 2014 ASTA National Conference March 5-8, in Louisville, Ky.

Contact Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu at 724-946-7271 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Click here for hometown information for students who are members of ASTA.


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