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 (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!