KMEA Hall of Fame
Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass
Inducted in 2007
Jacquelyn Dillon graduated from Wichita East HS and Wichita State University with bachelors and masters degrees and participated in doctoral study at Louisiana State University. She currently serves as Director of String Studies and Professor of Music Education and String Pedagogy at WSU. She founded orchestral programs in Derby, KS and Norman, OK and also taught in New York public schools. Other professional activities include: conductor of Wichita Youth Chamber Players, board member of Midwest Clinic and educational consultant for Scherl and Roth. As a pioneer in teaching string instruments, she co-authored a college textbook titled: How to Design and Teach a Successful String and Orchestra Program and has approximately 50 published articles on various aspects of string and orchestra teaching. Ms. Dillon is co-author of the Strictly Strings series and formerly served as national president of ASTA. She is a recipient of Lifetime Achievement award from ASTA. She is a Hall of Fame award from KS ASTA and "Music of the Heart" award from KMEA. As a cellist, Ms. Dillon 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. Ms. Dillon has presented guest professorships at 50 universities during her nearly 46 years as a nationally recognized pedagogue in the orchestra field.