Jacquelyn Dillon was Director of String Studies and professor of music education and string pedagogy at Wichita State University. She is also a co-author of the Strictly Strings series and formerly served as national president of the American String Teachers Association. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the National School Orchestra Association, a Medal of Honor winner from the Midwest Clinic, a Lifetime Achievement award from American String Teachers Association, the Hall of Fame award from Kansas ASTA, and the “Music of the Heart” Award from the Kansas Music Educators Association. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected her as Kansas Professor of the Year in 2008. She has served as President of the WSU Music Associates and the founding conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony Chamber Players Orchestra. She is also a Hall of Fame awardee from the Kansas Music Educators Association and the Kansas Band Masters Association.
Ms. Dillon is a co-author of the Strictly Strings series and served as national president of the American String Teachers Association. As a cellist, Ms. Dillon has performed with symphonies in Wichita, Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City. She is a frequent guest clinician and conductor with string festivals and state and national music educator events throughout the United States. She has presented guest professorships at nearly thirty-five universities during her tenure as a nationally known string pedagogue in the orchestra field.
Dillon began her teaching career in the Derby, Kan., public school system, where she founded an orchestra program. She repeated that success in Norman, Oklahoma. Drawing on those experiences, she then co-authored How to Design and Teach a Successful String and Orchestra Program, which became a key textbook for music educators. As a pedagogue, she’s prepared students from preschool to graduate school for careers as performers, conductors and educators. Dillon is a proven master of her discipline, and her influence is far-reaching. Says Ingri Fowler, an instrumental music educator, “I can't think of a time when, as an educator, I wasn't reading something she’d written. She’s been instrumental to string programs.”
Since those early days, Dillon went on to share her musical vision during nearly 3,000 professional appearances as a conductor, clinician and consultant in North America, Europe and Asia. She’s also held guest residencies at more than 50 universities. Dillon’s effectiveness as an educator is built on her ability to connect with people: “She’s capable of making you feel that you’re important, that she’s genuinely interested in what you’re doing, what you’re saying.”