Annette Suhovecky

Ohio Music Teachers Association  E-notes


December Updates 


MTNA Competition


The Ohio Preliminary Competitions were held at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 13-14, 2018. The following students will advance to the Division Finals. This will be an online competition this year. Results will be announced by the middle of January 2019. Congratulations to those moving on to the Division Competition

​​​Junior Woodwind Representative

  • JengYee Chan, Oboe; student of Jessica Smithorn

Senior Woodwinds

  • Winner--Caylie Vaubel, Clarinet, student of Wallis Vore

Young Artist Woodwinds

  • Winner--Garret Klauss, Saxophone, student of John Sampen    

Chamber Music Woodwinds

  • Winner--Catharsis Winds; coached by Mary Kay Fink     

  • Jessica Chancey-FluteMichael Ripple-Oboe, Shihao Zhu-Clarinet, Corbin Krebs-Bassoon and Willem Crone-French Horn

Senior Piano Duet Representative

  • Andrew Huang and Timothy Dang; students of Esther Chu          

Senior Piano

  • Winner--Arun Kamath, student of Richard Van Dyke      

Young Artist Piano

  • Winner--Wei-Yi Sun; student of Steven Glaser  

Junior Piano

  • Winner--Keliang Yao, student of Kathleen Stephenson 

Junior Strings

  • Winner--Cecilia Martin, Violin, student of Tatiana Hanna

Senior Strings

  • Winner--Andrew Yang, Violin, student of Won-Bin Yim

Young Artist Strings

  • Winner--Yu-Chih Chang, Violin, student of Won-Bin Yim

Chamber Music Strings -- Representative

  • Djinn Piano Trio coached by Penny Kruse

  • Gretchen Hill-Clarinet, Ling-Na Kao-Violin and Ivan-Yamugulov, Piano

​Junior Composition

  • Winner: Margaret Chen, Student of Nancy Bachus

​​Senior Composition

  • Winner: Lucas Huang, Student of Bradley Sowash


Our special thanks to Cole Burger, Competitions Coordinator, Fan Zhang, Young Artist/Chamber

Music, Andrew Villemez, Junior Senior Divisions and Jessica Madsen, Compositions Coordinator for volunteering to make these competitions a success. Additionally, we wish to express our thanks to  the University of Cincinnati for allowing us to use their fine facility and especially to Ray Dobson for addressing the scheduling issues.

OhioMTA Fall Conference, October 18-20, 2018___________________________

​Announcing our 2019 Foundation Fellow


Sheila Vail

Look for complete information in the July E-notes for her biography and 

the MTNA contribution link. Here's everything you need to know about the

MTNA Foundation Fund:

MTNA Foundation Fund Overview

Recipient of the 2018 OhioMTA/Mattlin-Hyde Piano Scholarship is Karen Zhang
2018 Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year is Annette Suhovecky

Student Scholarship Applications are due on February 1, 2019. For complete information and the application click on OhioMTA Student Scholarships ​The names of the recipients will be announced by March 15, 2019.


Buckeye AuDition Registration Will Open on January 1, 2019

Starting January 1, 2019, online registration for the OhioMTA State Buckeye Auditions will be available! Please the directions carefully when completing the application. You will still need to send your entry fees directly to the appropriate District Buckeye Chair. All details are available on the Buckeye Auditions webpage.

2018-20 Executive Committee

The OhioMTA Executive Committee includes:

  • ​Sonya Szabo-Renolds, President

  • Laura Flowers Benson, President-Elect

  • Susan Treer, VP-Conferences

  • ​Karen Campo, VP-Affiliated Associations

  • Peter Oehrtman, VP-Membership

  • Margarita Denenburg, VP-Student Activities

  • Brent Schloneger, Treasurer

  • Suzanne Newcomb, Immediate Past President

Karen Zhang and Suzanne Newcomb 


Periodic E-notes will be sent out every other month to update the membership on upcoming events, deadlines and other important items. The Membership is encouraged to check the website to answer any questions regarding OhioMTA functions. PDF files will be posted on this page for the three most recent E-Notes. All newsletters and E-notes from January 2010 to the current date are available on the Archives Page.