Andrew H. Dabczynski is Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he teaches string education and is also the director of the BYU “New Horizons Orchestra,” a beginning string orchestra for adults and a laboratory for string teacher training. Dr. Dabczynski has held teaching and administrative positions at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in the public schools of Penfield and Mamaroneck, New York. In addition, he was the Supervisor of Fine Arts Education in the Waterford, Michigan, School District. Dr. Dabczynski received a B.M. degree in applied viola performance from the Eastman School, and a M.A. from the University of Connecticut, serving there as violist in the graduate string quartet. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan. As a performer, Dr. Dabczynski has played viola in the Rochester Philharmonic, and has been a member of the professional symphony orchestras of Hartford, Portland (Maine), Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Greenwich (Connecticut). For six years, he was a member of the Colden String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Western Michigan University. Dr. Dabczynski has held a variety of national committee positions with the American String Teachers Association, and is past-president of the Utah chapter of that organization.
Internationally recognized for his expertise in string pedagogy, Dr. Dabczynski appears frequently as a clinician for teachers and guest conductor for student ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Additionally, a strong academic background in folk music and ethnomusicology has led him to focus his research efforts on fiddling and the transmission of traditional music. In addition to his doctoral dissertation, he has written many articles on the subject of teaching and learning fiddling, both in contemporary America and other cultures. Dr. Dabczynski also instructs about and pursues professional and research interests in string pedagogy, school curriculum, and music learning processes of adults and seniors. He has been named Higher Education Teacher of the Year by Utah ASTA.
Dr. Dabczynski is co-author of the widely acclaimed comprehensive string method series, String Explorer, as well as the the groundbreaking Fiddlers Philharmonic series, both published by Alfred. His many arrangements and compositions for string quartet, string orchestra, and full orchestra are played regularly in concerts throughout the world, and are published by Alfred as well as Boosey and Hawkes. Dr. Dabczynski and his wife Diane (a commercial vocalist) live in Provo, Utah, as do their two married daughters and their families.
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