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), jbates@otterbein.edu (email)

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

OMEA Reading Session 2019 in Cleveland

22 12 2018

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. 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
Location: Ballroom 25
Agenda: Reading Session at 7:30 Awards, meeting and refreshments at 8:30

OSTA Chamber Music Competition Winners 2018!

4 03 2018


Congratulations to all the fine participants as well as the winners of the OSTA 2018 Chamber Music Competition! More pictures posted on the OSTA Facebook Page!

1st Prize Senior: Geneva String Quartet
Daniel Wu, violin; Kelly Gambara, violin, Elizabeth Macintosh, viola; Isaiah Wu, violoncello
1st Prize Junior: Suave Quartet with 4-Way String Quartet
Allison Smith, violin; Adryan Rojas, violin; Jonah Tugaoen, viola; Dylan Cai, violoncello
2nd Prize Junior:  DAJJ Quartet with 4-Way String Quartet
Daniel Tai, violin; Anna Linder, violin, Julian Tugaoen, viola; Jackson Tomsic, violoncello

Join us during the OMEA Conference!

10 01 2018


OSTA is proud to host the annual reading session, annual general meeting and reception during the 2018 OMEA Professional Conference in Columbus/

Note: OSTA members may attend the OMEA Conference at the OMEA member rate (even if you are not an OMEA member).  Click here to download the registration form

Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM
Location: Hyatt — Franklin Room

OSTA’s 11th Chamber Music Competition

10 01 2018

Ohio String Teachers Association
11th Biennial
Chamber Music Competition



Otterbein University Riley Auditorium
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Apprentice and Jr Division 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Sr Division 1:00-2:00pm

Click here to download the OSTA Chamber Competition Guidelines and Application

The Ohio String Teachers Association Chamber Music Competition is open to precollege ensembles and collegiate ensembles comprised of any combination of string trio, quartet or quintet as well as mixed groups of strings with winds and/or strings with piano.  Prizewinners in each category will be selected based on live performance.  Groups will be judged by prominent chamber musicians from the region and will receive written comments on their performance.  Each participating group will also receive a certificate of participation from OSTA. Cash prizes are awarded to winning groups.

Applications for participation must be postmarked by January 15, 2018.  (A late fee of $10 per ensemble member will be charged for applications postmarked after January 15, 2018. Acceptance of applications postmarked after January 15, 2018 will be at the discretion of the competition organizers.)


The apprentice and junior divisions are open to students who are not more than 19 years of age as of June 1, 2018 and to students whose 19th birthday occurs before June 1, 2018 and whose grade level is not higher than grade 12 during the 2017-2018 school year.

The senior division is open to ensemble members who are all currently full time students enrolled in an Ohio college.  The senior division may include members who are younger than 18 years of age.

Inquiries may be directed to:
Jim Bates, OSTA Competition Organizing Chair
jbates@otterbein.edu (email)


OSTA 2017 Award Winners

1 05 2017

john osta award (2)Congratulations to the OSTA Award Winners for 2016-2017

School Orchestra Teacher of the Year – John Riegel, Hilliard City Schools

Studio Teacher of the Year – Steve Wedell, Columbus, OH

Young Teacher of the Year – Chris Japikse, Mansfield Schools



10th Biennial OSTA Chamber Music Competition

27 01 2017

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the competition a success.  All the performers who participated were outstanding. The judges were very inspired by the performance level of the groups. Of course the expertise of our judges – Sujean Kim, William Manley, Kevin Boden and Nat Chaitkin of 4-Way String Quartet – made the event worthwhile and meaningful for the participating performers. A big thank you to the Otterbein University students who allowed the event to run smoothly and on time. Bravi to all!

Winning Ensembles

Junior Division

Honorable Mention

DAJJ Quartet      Daniel Tai, violin; Anna Linder, violin; Julian Tugaoen, viola; Jackson Tomsic, violoncello


Junior Division

Second Prize

Decorus Trio       Daniel Woo, violin; Anna Macintosh, cello; Leon Durrenberger, piano


Junior Division

First Prize

Geneva String Quartet   Daniel Wu, violin; Kelly Gembara, violin; Elizabeth Macintosh, viola; Isaiah Wu, violoncello

Senior Division

Second Prize

Canorus Piano Trio            Youjin Na, violin; Chang H. Lee, cello; Sanghie Lee, piano


Senior Division

First Prize

Callisto Quartet                                    Paul Aguilar, violin; Rachel Stenzel, violin; Eva Kennedy, viola; Hannah Moses, violoncello


OSTA Fall/Winter Newsletter 2016

16 12 2016

newsletterNEWS! NEWS!


Awards Info included — Deadline December 30th!

Click here for the OSTA Fall-Winter Newsletter

OSTA 10th Biennial Chamber Music Competition

18 11 2016


Ohio String Teachers Association
10th Biennial
Chamber Music Competition

Otterbein University Riley Auditorium
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Apprentice and Jr Division 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Sr Division 1:00-2:00pm

Cash Prizes!!

Applications due January 10, 2o17 (after Jan. 10 a $10 late fee will apply)

Click HERE to download the information/application packet

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!