Jacquelyn Dillon

Alfred Author-Jacquelyn Dillon

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.