Louise Zeitlin

  • Associate Professor of Community Engagement
  • Director of the Community Music School


  • BM, Eastman School of Music, 1985
  • MM, Yale University, 1987
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate, 1989


As a member of the conservatory faculty at Baldwin Wallace University from 1994-2015, violist Louise Zeitlin guided college students to graduate study at prestigious music schools including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. She has also held teaching positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carleton College, the MacPhail Center for the Arts, and the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition, she teaches students ages 4-18, who have gone on to win state and national competitions.

A former student of Heidi Castleman, Jesse Levine, and the Tokyo Quartet, Zeitlin teaches and performs regularly at summer music festivals throughout the country, including past positions at the Brevard Music Center and Madeline Island Music Camp. Past orchestral performances include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Chicago String Ensemble, and the Chicago Opera Theater. 

Zeitlin served as a board member and secretary of the American Viola Society from 2000-09. She is a founding member of the Ohio Viola Society, has served as president of the organization, and continues to work as a board member.

Zeitlin lives in Oberlin with her husband, pianist James Howsmon, and has two children, both of whom are involved in music.

In 2006 she received the prestigious Founders Award from the American Viola Society. In addition, she was a certificate winner from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

In 2012 Zeitlin was the featured pedagogue in the May issue of The Strad magazine.

Fall 2021

Sec Pvt Viola: — PVST 055
String Pedagogy I — PACE 104

Spring 2022

Sec Pvt Viola: — PVST 055
String Pedagogy II — PACE 105
Community Building Through Creative Placemaking — PACE 318
Community Building Through Creative Placemaking — PACE 318OC