Jacquelyn Dillon is currently professor of string music education and
conductor of a chamber orchestra at Wichita State University, Kansas.
She is also conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony Chamber Players. Nationally,
Ms. Dillon is president of the American String Teachers Association as
well as chair of the MENC Committee for String & Orchestra Education.
Ms. Dillon has been involved in the teaching of strings and development
of school orchestra programs for more than 30 years. As a clinician, consultant
and guest conductor, she has made nearly 1,000 professional appearances
at the national level working with school orchestras, faculty members
and administrators. She has guest-conducted regional and all-state orchestras,
presented clinics or conducted at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic,
national and division conferences of MENC, ASTA, NSOA and 46 state music
educator conferences. She also serves as editor of Orchestra News
and as educational director for Scherl and Roth, Elkhart, Indiana.
Ms. Dillon holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of
Music Education degree from Wichita State University and has participated
in advanced study at Louisiana State University. As a teacher, Ms Dillon
founded award-winning string programs in the public schools of Derby,
Kansas and Norman, Oklahoma and has taught in public schools and universities
in Louisiana and New York states. Her outstanding reputation as an authority
in group string teaching has resulted in invitations to present graduate-level
string pedagogy classes at more than 50 universities.
After years of highly acclaimed work with students, teachers and supervisors
as a clinician and guest conductor, Ms. Dillon has created Highland/Etling's
Strictly Strings, a highly creative course of instruction that
helps string students to perform ensemble music with mature musicianship
and style in the first year of playing.