OMEA Reading Session 2019 in Cleveland

22 01 2019

Please join your OSTA friends and colleagues on Thursday January 31, 2019 in Cleveland for the annual OSTA Reading Session, awards and membership meeting. Dan Clark from Stanton’s Sheet Music will provide the latest and greatest in string orchestra literature¬† complete with commentary and witticisms. We will catch up on state string news and honor some of our outstanding members. Gayley Hautzenroeder has put together tasty treats and cool drinks for your enjoyment. We hope to see you there!

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OSTA Reading Session @ OMEA Professional Conference
The Cleveland Convention Center

Date: Thursday January 31, 2019

-Reading Session, Awards, & Meeting and at 7:30 in Ballroom CC26, 
-Refreshments at 8:30 in Room CC25


OSTA Mini-Grants

10 01 2019

grants-bAre you looking to fund a project that enhances and supports string teaching in Ohio? OSTA awards several Mini-Grants each year of up to $200 to members and their students/programs. Criteria and application is included in the Google form below. Grants will be presented on January 31 during the OSTA reading session. Deadline is January 19th.

Click here to access the description and application!

OSTA Awards 2019-2020

10 01 2019

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Do you know an Outstanding Teacher or Administrator? Please take a moment to submit YOUR nomination for one or many the 2018-2019 OSTA Awards, including:

-School Orchestra Teacher of the Year
-Collegiate Teacher of the Year
-Studio Teacher of the Year
-Young Teacher of the Year (5 or fewer years of experience)
-Administrator of the Year.

Deadline for nomination is January 25, 2020. Awards will be presented at the OSTA Reading Session during the OMEA conference on January 30, 2020

Click here to submit your nomination — Thank you!

12th Annual OSTA Chamber Music Competition

7 01 2019

chamber-musicThe 12th Annual OSTA Chamber Music Competition will be held at Otterbein University in the Battelle Fine Arts Center on January 20, 2019. The competition is open to collegiate groups from the state of Ohio, and pre-college groups. Pre-college groups can compete in the Junior division for cash prizes or participate in the Apprentice division for comments only. The Senior division groups compete for cash prizes. All groups must include one ASTA member, or be coached by a member of ASTA. Applications must be received by January 16, 2019. The details and application can be found HERE within the Chamber Music Competition Guidelines Questions and inquiries can be directed to:

Jim Bates, OSTA Competition Organizing Chair
Director of Orchestra Activities, Otterbein University
1 South Grove Street, Westerville Ohio 43081
614-823-1553 (office), (email)

Directions to Otterbein University and the Battelle Fine Arts Center can be found here: