OSTA Summer Reading Session

18 07 2016

OSTA will be hosting a summer music reading session on August 3rd at 10 AM at Stantons sheet music. If you would like to attend, please click on the e-vite below to RSVP. We hope to see you there!


Winter Newsletter!

15 02 2016



Click to download the OSTA Winter Newsletter 2016

Check out our OSTA Winter Newsletter featuring:

-Recap of our annual Reading Session/Meeting/Awards Ceremony at the OMEA Conference in Cincinnati.

-OSTA members presenting at the ASTA National Conference March 3-5 in Tampa

Mini-Grant Application — due April 30th 2016

-Harp Talk

-Save the Date to Energize — dates to connect with colleagues


Using the iPad to Organize and Energize Your Orchestra Classroom, presented by Erin Broadhurst, Hilliard City School District, Thursday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Secrets from the Lab: Reimagining the Instrumental Studio Room, presented by Mark Rudoff, The Ohio State University. Thursday, 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Zen and the Art of Motivation: Shifting the Focus from the Product to the Process and Empowering Students for Success, presented by Juliet White-Smith, The Ohio State University, Thursday, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

National Orchestra Festival Performances—Northern Cincinnati Youth Senior Orchestra, directed by Marva Rasmussen. Thursday, 5:00 p.m.|

What is a String Project and Why You Should Want One in Your Community and at Your University, presented by Amy Gillingham, Northern Kentucky University. Saturday, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Keep Calm and Don’t Throw the Baton: Practical Strategies for Suc-cessful Classroom Management for Elementary, Middle and High School, presented by Julia Ellis, Thomas Worthington High School. Saturday, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Energize — and Save the Date!

10 02 2016


Save the dates below for opportunities to ENERGIZE yourself, your teaching, and our professional organization.  Meet with other string teachers to celebrate each other and our students!

March 13 – Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras

Let’s meet up to hear great performances by our students and directed by  fellow OSTA members.  Concert Orchestra performance begins at 3:00 p.m. followed by the Philarmonic’s performance at 7:00 p.m.  Both concerts are in Greaves Hall at Northern Kentucky University.  Between performances, OSTA members will meet at City Barbeque (5:00 p.m.) for dinner (2760 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, 41076).

May 20 – Columbus Symphony Orchestra—Latin Fiesta

Join musicians and OSTA members at the Columbus Symphony’s Latin Fiesta program at the Southern Theatre.  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and features violinist Bella Hristova playing Piazolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  Join musicians following the performance at Thurber Bar.   For ticket information or more details, please contact Julia White-Smith at White-Smith.1@osu.edu.

June 4 – OSTA String Teachers Workshop

Watch your e-mail for more details on this exciting morning of workshops.  Topics covered range from Alexander Technique to cello extensions.  It doesn’t get much more exciting than this!  The workshop will be hosted at Indian Hill Middle School from 8:30-12:30.  This is a great opportunity to reflect and think about ideas for the upcoming school year before diving into “summer mode.”

August 3 – Stanton’s Reading Sessions –   School Orchestra and Chamber Music/Solo Repertoire

These sessions are for all OSTA members, private studio teachers and orchestra directors!  The morning session, 10:00-12:00 p.m.,  will focus on new school orchestra music.  From 1:00-3:00, we’ll have a chance to play through new chamber music and solo repertoire.  OSTA will provide lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Come for one or both sessions!  Watch your e-mail for a link to sign-up in mid-summer so that we have enough music prepared (and food!).

OSTA Meeting and New Music Reading Session

28 01 2016

osta reading session

Join us TONIGHT at the OMEA Conference for our annual general membership meeting and New Music Reading Session in the Cincinnati Convention Center Jr. Ballroom C&D


Hope to see you there!


Awards and Mini-Grants!

13 10 2015

orchestra teacher


Each year the Ohio String Teachers Association recognizes outstanding string and orchestra teachers in Ohio by presenting an award to one or more teachers. The form below is used for nominations by the membership. The O.S.T.A. Board will select the award recipient(s) from the nominations submitted. We urge you to submit the name of a person or persons whom you believe to represent outstanding teaching.

The awards will be presented at the OSTA Membership meeting during the 2016 O.M.E.A. Conference in Cincinnati in January. Deadline: October 31, 2015

CLICK HERE to download the OSTA 2015-2016 Award form


O.S.T.A. will once more be awarding a limited number of Mini-Grants to Ohio educators!

– Mini-grants are designed to support projects that enhance and support string and orchestra education in Ohio.
– Mini-grants will be awarded for no more than two consecutive years for the same person for the same project; new projects will receive precedence.
-Recipients agree to submit a brief summative evaluation (and photos, when possible) of the success the mini grant helped achieve. These results may be published in an OSTA newsletter, web site, or social media.
– A budget proposal will be required as part of the application process

CLICK HERE to download the OSTA 2015-16 Mini-Grant application

Deadline: October 31, 2015


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