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Kathleen DeBerry Brungard
A graduate of Wesleyan College and Northwestern University, Kathleen DeBerry Brungard has taught orchestra and strings, grades 1-12, in the public schools of Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, and concert band, jazz band, and orchestra in California. Many of her elementary and secondary orchestras have performed for national, regional, and state music educator conventions. Ms. DeBerry Brungard has been involved in curriculum development for the gifted and talented, and has written curriculum guides for strings at all levels of instruction. She has done extensive work with student teachers and served as a mentor teacher throughout her 31 years of public education.


Sandra Dackow
An Aspen Conducting Fellow in 2001, Sandra Dackow holds bachelorís and a masterís degrees in music and a doctorate in philosophy from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Dackow, an annual ASCAP award-winning arranger, has generated more than 70 works for young orchestras, and is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States and Canada, and around the world. She was a member of the faculty of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and has been a visiting faculty member during the summer sessions of the Eastman School of Music and Temple University, among others. She most recently served on the faculty of Brandeis University in Massachusetts as director of the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.


Gerald E. Anderson
Having spent 19 years teaching instrumental music at all levels of public education, Gerald E. Anderson recently retired from the University of California. He holds a bachelorís and a masterís degree from the University of Illinois, and played first trumpet in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point for three years. Mr. Anderson is a sought-after adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor across the United States and internationally. He has participated in the preparation of various instrumental music publications including Essentials for Strings and All for Strings.


Michael Alexander
A past president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and former conductor of the Houston Youth Symphony-Philharmonic, Michael Alexander is in his 19th year as director of orchestras at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. He holds music degrees from Southwestern University, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Houston. He has served as chairman of the Committee on School Orchestras and Strings for the American String Teachers Association with the National String Orchestra Association (NSOA).


Anne C. Witt, Consulting Editor
Sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Dr. Anne Witt is an experienced teacher at all levels of education. She is currently adjunct associate professor of music education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Witt taught middle and high school orchestra and strings for 14 years in Austin, Texas and was the director of the University of Texas String Project for two years. She has served as president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Witt was a professional cellist in the Austin Symphony for 20 years.


Jack Bullock, Contributing Arranger
Jack Bullock is recognized as an authority in the field of instrumental music education. He is one of Americaís most knowledgeable composers. He holds bachelorís, masterís, and doctoral degrees in music education and is sought after as an adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician, and performer across the United States.


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