Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass Endowed Fund Supporting the Fine Arts Institute

Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass is the director of string studies and professor of music education and string pedagogy at Wichita State University, where she is involved in the daily development of many up-and-coming faculty and performers.

Outside the university, she serves as the conductor of the Wichita Youth Chamber Players, a board member of the Midwest Clinic and an educational consultant for Scherl and Roth.

As a cellist, Mrs. Dillon-Krass has performed with symphonies in Wichita, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City. She also is a frequent guest clinician and conductor with string festivals and state and national music educator events throughout the United States. Mrs. Dillon-Krass has had guest professorships at nearly 35 universities during her tenure as a nationally known string pedagogue in the orchestra field.

Mrs. Dillon-Krass is a co-author of the “Strictly Strings” series and author of “Tips: Establishing a String and Orchestra Program.” Early in her career, Mrs. Dillon-Krass founded orchestral programs in Derby, Kan., and Norman, Okla.

She formerly served as national president of the American String Teachers Association. Mrs. Dillon-Krass is the recipient of a lifetime achievement awards from the National School Orchestra Association and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She has received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest Clinic, the hall of fame award from the Kansas ASTA and the Music of the Heart award from the Kansas Music Educators Association.

The Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass Endowed Fund Supporting the Fine Arts Institute was established in her honor by a parent of some of her former students at WSU's Fine Arts Institute, which provides high-quality and affordable instruction at a professional level for preparatory students and adult learners, desiring general or specialized training in the performing arts of music and dance.