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!

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!).