About OSTA

The Ohio String Teachers Association is a state chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  You are automatically a member of OSTA when you join ASTA with NSOA.  Why join ASTA?  Benefits include the American String Teacher Journal, access to online discussion groups, access to string employment opportunities, discounts on cutting-edge publications, state chapter membership, conferences, discount instrument insurance, and other great opportunities.

You can get ASTA membership info here.


Mission Statement

The Ohio String Teachers Association is dedicated to promoting, supporting and sustaining string and orchestra education in Ohio.

The Ohio String Teachers Association mission will be achieved by:

  • Developing and sponsoring workshops and conferences for string and orchestra students and educators
  • Publishing and disseminating education and informational materials to its members
  • Providing communication and networking services that serve and respond to the needs and concerns of the educational/professional string and orchestral community
  • Providing leadership and visibility for the string and orchestral community resulting in an active and positive image statewide
  • Promoting within the state educational community recognition of the need for a well-balanced music program in which the study of  strings is made available to all of Ohio’s youth

Board of Directors

Jim Bates picture headshots 002Jim Bates, President is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University in Columbus, OH and serves as   an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. As a conductor and teacher, Dr. Bates is able to draw on considerable experience as an educator, performer and historian. For eighteen years he was a conductor for the Louisville (KY) Youth Orchestras and was music director of that organization from 1996 – 2001. In 1999 he joined the conducting staff of Interlochen Center for the Arts and continues to co-direct the Junior Orchestra program and Junior String Institute there in the summer. In fall 2006 he began as an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington and Colorado. He has served as president of Kentucky ASTA and as string coordinator for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. In addition to string education he is very involved with the Classical Mandolin Society of America and period instrument performance. He was recently elected to the National Board of Directors of CMSA. Currently, Dr. Bates is assistant conductor and principal bassist of the Westerville Symphony (OH), and is a member of The Early Interval, Columbus’ professional early music performance ensemble. He has degrees from the University of Louisville (B.M.E.), a Masters in double bass performance from Indiana University, where he studied bass with Lawrence Hurst and baroque performance with Stanley Ritchie, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Kentucky. His wife, Jena Huebner, is a bassist in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and they have two sons, Ethan eight years old, and Gideon age five. In 2010 Dr. Bates was appointed to chair the Coda Bows for America Community Outreach Program for ASTA.

trista   Trista Emmons, Past President

Trista Emmons is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM, Viola Performance), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM, Viola Performance), and Case Western Reserve University (MA, Music Education).  She is in her twelfth year of public school teaching and is the Director of Orchestra for the Indian Hill Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is an active private studio teacher, OMEA adjudicator, Chair of OMEA District 14 Honor Orchestra, and OMEA Conference Orchestra Content Chair .

Gretchen Zunic, Past President/Newsletter Editor

Gretchen Zunic is in her 17th year teaching strings grades 4-12 in the Upper Arlington School District.  She has a BM from B.G.S.U. and an MA from the Ohio State University.  She has worked as a director at both the O.S.T.A. Middle School and B.G.S.U. String Camps.  She has served as Mini-Conference Chair, Middle School Orchestra Festival Co-Chair and Journal Editor for O.S.T.A.  She is also currently an active adjudicator for O.M.E.A.


BettyAnne Gottlieb, Treasurer

BettyAnne Gottlieb received her Bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, her Masters from VanderCook College of Music, and did her doctoral studies at Michigan State University. Following her undergraduate degree in Cleveland, Betty Anne taught for 10 years in the Solon City Public Schools during which she taught strings at various levels as well as beginning wind classes and middle school general music. In addition, she conducted the Beginning and Preparatory Orchestras at the Cleveland Institute of Music and taught private and group Suzuki lessons. Since leaving Ohio to pursue her doctoral studies, BettyAnne has continued to teach privately, perform with regional professional orchestras, guest clinic school string programs, conduct honor string festivals, and adjudicate state solo and ensemble festivals in a number of states. In her current position as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, BettyAnne teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in string techniques and pedagogy, music technology, and assessment among others. Her research interests include democratic learning environments, healthy musicianship, music teacher preparation, and the nature and meaning of music for beginning instrumentalists. Prior to her recent return to Ohio, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas and President-elect for the Arkansas ASTA chapter. BettyAnne looks forward to the opportunity to serve the string teachers of Ohio and continue to develop and advocate for string teaching and learning.

Mrs. Broadhurst1Erin Yelton Broadhurst

Erin Yelton Broadhurst, is an Orchestra Teacher for the Hilliard City School District, where she works with students in grades 6th-12th and maintains a private viola studio. Her performance experience includes membership in the Springfield Symphony, the Newark-Granville Symphony, Middletown Symphony and Sorg Opera Company.  Erin began her musical training with viola study in the Cincinnati area, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Baldwin-Wallace College, then completing Masters degrees in both String Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Ohio State University. Her previous teaching background includes serving as the director of the Middletown Youth Symphony, teaching 4th-12th grade orchestra in the Middletown City Schools, and serving as a section coach for several of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. In 2003 she was chosen as the Ohio Orchestra & String Teachers Association’s Young Teacher of the Year.

Patrick Barrett, Board Member

Lisa Goldman, Board Member

 han photoDorothy Han, Board Member

Dorothy Han, violinist, is a Chicago native, currently living in Cincinnati.  She holds a Master’s degree in violin performance from New England Conservatory, where she was  a student of Dorothy DeLay and Paul Kantor, as well as a Bachelors degree from Boston University, and teaches violin and viola on the east side of Cincinnati. As a freelance violinist, she has toured around the world, performing with such groups as the Cincinnati Symphony, Handel and Haydn, Boston Baroque, the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops.  Her vision for strings students in the state of Ohio is to see to it that string education becomes a more integral part of education as a whole. Making it possible for all children to have the opportunity to play a stringed instrument, and in particular, those in underserved communities, is also a priority.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGayley Hautzenroeder is from Long Beach, California, a cellist, and a graduate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a M.Ed. from Xavier University.   She is retired from the Forest Hills and Northwest School Districts as an Orchestra Director and String Specialist for 35 years.  She has also taught Music Education courses at Xavier and Miami Universities.  She has been active for many years in O.O.S.T.A. and O.M.E.A.  She has served O.M.E.A. in various offices.   She is currently serving as the O.M.E.A. State Instrumental Advisor for Adjudicated Events and was recently the Coordinator of OMEA’s All-State Groups for the 2011 Professional Conference.   In addition, she serves as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.   Mrs. Hautzenroeder plays in the West Chester Symphony and volunteers in several capacities for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, while teaching privately.  She has co-authored the new supplemental string text, Developing Virtuosity, with Lynne Latham and Thom Sharp.  Among  her honors and recognitions, Gayley was the recipient of the 2004 OSTA Public School String Teacher Award, Ohio’s Best Practices Award in 1999 (for interdisciplinary teaching and curriculum), and the 2006 University of Cincinnati Outstanding Teacher USA Award.


pennyPenny Kruse, Board Member. Dr. Penny Thompson Kruse, professor of violin at Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, is active as a teacher and a performer. Prior to her BGSU appointment, Kruse was on the faculty at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and was a member of the Kansas City Symphony. Kruse has performed and presented at state, national, and international conferences, including College Music Society, International Viola Congresses, Percussive Arts International Conference, the Primrose International Festival and the American String Teachers Association Conferences. Trained at Northwestern and Yale Universities and earning a D.M.A. in violin performance from the University of Missouri—Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kruse has co-authored articles in American String Teacher, the Strad and Journal of the American Viola Society with her husband, Steven Kruse. Penny teaches at the BGSU String Camp Summer Music Institute, maintains a private studio and will join the faculty at the Bay View (MI) Chamber Music Festival in June 2015. Committed to improving string playing in Ohio, Penny is an OMEA Adjudicator, an ASTACap Adjudicator and recently has made video tutorials available on her YouTube channel, teaching the violin audition repertoire for several OMEA Regional Orchestras.

Gerry MacDougall, Board Member : Gerry MacDougall holds Masters degrees in Music Theory (Kent) and Cello Performance (Cleveland State), and pursued Ph.D studies in Theory at Eastman School of Music in the mid-1990s. He has been with the Solon City Schools since 2000, and teaches orchestra grades 7-12, concert band at the high school, and AP Music Theory every morning. Gerry’s interests are: promoting chamber music within and around the school day (especially string quartet literature); developing conceptual, skills-based exercises for the string orchestra; and promoting student self-assessment techniques.  geraldmacdougall@solonboe.org

James Ledbetter, Board Member

Dr. Julian Ross, Board Member

Mark Rudoff, Board Member



 Juliet White-Smith, Board Member. Violist Juliet White-Smith is an active international soloist, chamber musician and clinician. She has been a guest artist at Strings in the Mountains and the Fontana Festival in Michigan. She has performed in the viola sections of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

White-Smith is in demand as a master class teacher, clinician and adjudicator. She has presented master classes at Mahidol University College of Music in Thailand, the Eastman School of Music and for the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association. She was the featured pedagogue in “Ask the Teacher” in the April 2010 issue of The Strad magazine. She has been a string juror for the William Primrose International Viola Competition, the annual concerto competition of the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition.

A prominent advocate of the viola, White-Smith served as president of the American Viola Society 2008-2011. Her debut CD recording of works by contemporary American composers George Walker, Michael Colgrass and Maurice Gardner (Fashionably Late: Juliet White-Smith Debuts!) was released in May 2009 on the Centaur Records label.

White-Smith earned the doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her appointment at the University of Northern Colorado, she was a visiting professor at Western Michigan University.

Board of Directors


Elizabeth hankins



Kathleen Horvath



trista emmons



Sherry ellis


Ginny Christopherson


Penny Kruse


Sue Larson


Bob Monroe


Debbie Price


Selma Pyles


David Smarelli



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