Directors

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Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells

Director and Cello Faculty

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Dr. Jacqueline Skara

Co-Director, Violin and Viola Faculty

Classes & Ensembles

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Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey

Youth and Community Orchestra

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Nicholas Han

Youth and Community Orchestra Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Dr. Julia
Haley

Youth Choir

Private Instruction

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Esther Fellows

Suzuki Violin and Teacher Trainer

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Dr. Jacqueline Skara

Co-Director, Violin and Viola Faculty

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Ashley
Cooper

Suzuki Violin

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Samantha Kerns

Suzuki Cello

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Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells

Director and Cello Faculty

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She has presented clinics and performed solo and chamber music recitals at numerous professional conferences including the International Clarinet Association, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, National Association of College Wind Brass and Percussion Instructors, American Single Reed Summit, British Association of Symphonic Bands & Wind Ensembles, Contemporary Clarinet Festival, College Band Directors National Association, Oklahoma Band Masters Association, OK Mozart International Festival, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Clarinet Colloquium, College Music Society, International Women in Music Festival, and the Music Teacher National Association.
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Upcoming performances for 2020-2021 school year include the International College Music Society convention in Bogotá, Columbia, the International Double Reed Society convention in Boulder, Colorado, and the virtual National Association of Wind Brass and Percussion Instructors convention.
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Professor Belter has created outreach programs for students at home and abroad. Ms. Belter served as an American Cultural Specialist in Costa Rica through the United States Information Agency where she presented recitals and masterclasses on American music at the University of Costa Rica. She traveled to Israel through the Rothchild Foundation to present clarinet masterclasses in Zichron Ya’akov. She is the program coordinator for the OSU Italian summer study abroad program, and has also presented a series of educational recitals in Japan.
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Committed to the role of artist-teacher, Babette Belter is Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma State University. Belter also serves as Director of the Greenwood School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Series and is Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree program. She currently serves as the state and regional chair for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. In 2004, Professor Belter received the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 2008 she was awarded the Friends of Music Distinguished Professor Award.
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Babette Belter

Clarinet Faculty

Babette Belter enjoys an active career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, performing in Asia, Central America, Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States. She served as principal clarinet with the Signature Symphony where she has appeared as a soloist performing the Weber Concertino, Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, and Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations. In addition, she performed the Copland Concerto with the Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra in Guatemala City, Guatemala. A recipient of the Southwestern Bell Foundation Fellowship, Professor Belter researched and retrieved Hungarian chamber music in Budapest, Hungary. Professor Belter has appeared as a soloist with the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble on ten occasions at regional, national, and international venues, performing much of the demanding repertoire for clarinet and wind ensemble.
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Nicholas Han

Youth and Community Orchestra Graduate Teaching Assistant

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Nicholas made his conducting debut with The Music & More SummerFest Music Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He earned his Undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at Central Washington University, and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Oklahoma State University. His principal mentors include Nikolas Caoile, Dorian Keilhack, and Thomas Dickey

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Samantha Kerns

Suzuki Cello

Samantha graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors in Music Education and a concentration in Cello Performance where she studied with Meredith Blecha-Wells. She recently won the Oklahoma State University Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the OSU Symphony Orchestra in early February 2018. She also won first place in the Ad Astra String Competition in February of 2018 and second in 2017. Sam has been accepted into a number of festivals such as Brevard Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and Hot Springs Music Festival. She is currently spending a year in Stillwater teaching and playing. Her future endeavors include more Suzuki training and the possibility of a Masters. Samantha is a dedicated teacher and has received Suzuki teacher training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Her students have attend North Central Honors Orchestra (NCHO), the OSU Summer Music Camp, the Arkansas Summer Music Camp, and CelloFest at OSU.

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Dr. Jacqueline Skara

Co-Director, Violin and Viola Faculty

Currently, Dr. Jacqueline Skara serves as Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Education (Strings) at Oklahoma State University Greenwood School of Music. A native of Southern California, Jacqueline is a driven and focused string instrument educator and performer. A valued teacher who connects personally with her students, she designs innovative curricula and infuses modern technology into the classroom. Committed to community engagement, Jacqueline has worked with organizations such as Cheerful Heart Mission located in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Kabarek University in Kenya, and the Fairview Violin Project in Indiana, to create and develop string programs locally and internationally. Her global teaching experience includes proficiency in distance teaching and a commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy.

Jacqueline is a member of the ASTA Conference Planning Committee, the Advisory Board for the Music Educators Journal, and she currently serves as the Student Advisory Committee Chair for the National ASTA. Jacqueline has presented at the ASTA National Conference, the NAfME National Research Conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Research Conference, and Desert Skies Research Symposium. Her research interests include pedagogical and descriptive analyses of string shifting, and the intersections of parental involvement, parent attitudes towards music in school curricula, and parent social/cultural capital.

An avid chamber musician, Jacqueline was a founding member of the Allium String Quartet and has always enjoyed participating in local groups that perform music outside of the Western art tradition. During her time in Chicago, she was principal violist of the Civic Orchestra and frequently performed with many regional ensembles.

Jacqueline received bachelor’s degrees in viola performance and French from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a master’s degree in viola performance and chamber/orchestral literature from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and a PhD in music education with a minor in viola performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her primary viola teachers included Robert Becker, Pam Goldsmith, Roland Vamos, and Steve Wyrczynski. Dr. Brenda Brenner served as her dissertation chair and mentor throughout her PhD studies.