About the Authors

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Andrew H. Dabczynski is Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He formerly served as Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Community Education Division at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Dr. Dabczynski has held teaching and administrative positions in the public schools of Penfield and Mamaroneck, New York, and was the Supervisor of Fine Arts Education in the Waterford School District of Michigan. Dr. Dabczynski received a bachelor of music degree in applied viola from the Eastman School. He earned his master of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, where he served as violist in the graduate string quartet. He holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. As a performer, Dr. Dabczynski has played viola in the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Greenwich (Connecticut) Symphony orchestras. For six years, he was a member of the Colden String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at Western Michigan University. He has been an adjunct faculty member at numerous other colleges and at national string workshops. A strong interest in folk music led Dr. Dabczynski to focus his research efforts on fiddling and the transmission of traditional music. In addition to his doctoral dissertation, he has written many articles on the subject of teaching and learning fiddling in contemporary America, and is co-author of the Fiddlers Philharmonic series, published by Alfred Publishing. Dr. Dabczynski frequently appears as a guest conductor and clinician for student ensembles in the United States and Canada, and has arranged and published numerous pieces for string orchestra. He and his wife, Diane (a commercial vocalist), live in the Provo area with two musical daughters.

Richard Meyer has been involved in music education for over 25 years. He received his BA from California State University, Los Angeles and taught instrumental music at both the middle and high school levels in the Pasadena (CA) Unified School District for 12 years. Currently, he directs the orchestras at Oak Avenue Intermediate School in Temple City, California, and is in charge of the city's elementary school string program. For 16 years, Mr. Meyer was the conductor of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, a 90-piece 7th through 9th-grade honor orchestra that he led in concerts in Vienna, Austria, Carnegie Hall, New York, Sydney, Australia, Washington D.C., and Victoria, Canada. Mr. Meyer has served as a guest conductor and clinician on many occasions throughout the United States, and has been a member of the Bellis Music Camp staff for 26 years. In addition to his teaching assignments, Mr. Meyer is a nationally-recognized composer of works for young ensembles, with over 100 orchestra and band pieces in print. His composition Millennium won the 1998 National School Orchestra Association composition contest, and his Geometric Dances were awarded first prize in the 1995 Texas Orchestra Directors Association composition contest. He is also a co-author of the popular String Explorer string method series, and is the string editor for Alfred Publishing Company. He lives in Arcadia, California with his wife and three daughters.

Bob Phillips, composer, string pedagogue, teacher trainer, and conductor, is renowned both as an educator and an innovator in string education. Bob and his wife, Pam, devote their time to creating and presenting new music, workshops and materials for string teachers and students. With over twenty-eight years experience in a public school classroom, as well as twenty years as a teacher trainer, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and a sense of humor to his presentations.

Bob is co-author of the String Explorer method books as well as the ground-breaking Fiddlers Philharmonic and Jazz Philharmonic series all published by Alfred Publishing. He has over twenty pieces published for string orchestra. Bob taught for twenty-seven years in the Saline Area Schools, building a string program with over 700 students that is a national model of excellence in both classical and alternative music. Bob's groups have performed at national and state conferences. Bob and Pam founded the nationally renowned folk-fiddling ensemble, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, which under his direction gained an international reputation annually performing more than 75 shows. Bob has been credited in several national publications with being one of the prime forces in the creation of the alternative styles movement in schools.

Bob graduated from the University of Michigan with both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst, Elizabeth Green and Bob Culver. His students have been successful as string educators, as well as professional performers in both classical and alternative styles. He has been elected "Teacher of the Year" nine times by professional associations and has been invited to present clinics in most states, many foreign countries and at numerous national conferences. Bob has served as conductor for a variety of youth symphonies, honors orchestras and camps.

The City of Saline and both the House and the Senate of the State of Michigan have honored Bob and Pam for their work in music education.