Currently, Maestro Oltman is a freelance conductor residing in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina with his wife Shirley. Since May 2017 Oltman has been the Artist Teacher at the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition.
REFLECTING ON A RICH MUSICAL LIFE
By Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Oltman also has had a remarkable impact in his musical sphere for decades in different capacities: faculty member at Baldwin Wallace, founder of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and music director, for 39 years, of the university's Bach Festival, now in its 82nd season. Under Oltman, the annual event has attained a level of performance and synergy between students and seasoned artists unmatched by other collegiate Bach festivals in this country. . . He's had a career marked by variety, richness, and integrity. . . Oltman said recently of the Bach Festival: "It is so incredibly inspiring and rewarding, and it shows the best of BW." And the best of a musician whose legacy--like Bach's in his singular galaxy--will be difficult to surpass."
These excerpts have been taken from a tribute to Maestro Oltman in the program of the 2014 Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival.