THe OVS Board

Nina Kiken, President


Jeffrey Irvine, Vice-President


Kirsten Docter, Treasurer

Christine Sherlock, Secretary

Lisa Boyko, Website Editor

Matthew Daline

Chris Jenkins

Joseph Kromholz

Laura Kuennen-Poper


Catharine Lees


Deborah Price

James Rhodes

Carol Ross

Laura Shuster

Christina Spackey

Michael Strauss

Lembi Veskimets

Juliet White-Smith

Lisa Whitfield

Joanna Zakany-Patterson

Louise Zeitlin


Let's welcome Nina Kiken as our new volunteer president of OVS! Nina is Artist-in-Residence at Judson Manor and teaches at the Cleveland School for the Arts and at the Avon School of Music. She previously taught at the Music House in Chicago, and did her Suzuki training with Gilda Barston and Edward Kreitman. Nina was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has recently participated in the Vermont Mozart Festival and the Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra. She is currently a DMA student at CIM with Jeffrey Irvine, where she is also his assistant. She also did her MM at CIM, and completed her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University with Roland Vamos. Her favorite musical moment was playing under the baton of Ricardo Muti while in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.



  Our mission is to promote viola performance and research and to provide activities and support for violists on a local and national level.  We do this by sponsoring concerts, master classes, competitions, clinics and any other activities which will meet the needs of our members.  


  Membership in the Ohio Viola Society (OVS) is free and open to everyone! As a local affiliate of the American Viola Society (AVS), we encourage you to join our parent organization, as well as supporting our local chapter with your participation and donations.  


To join the AVS, visit www.americanviolasociety.org.


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