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Dr. David Littrell


Dr. David Littrell is a University Distinguished Professor of Music at Kansas State University where he conducts the University Orchestra and teaches or plays the cello, baroque cello, double bass, and viola da gamba. As a reflection of his interest in the music education of young people, he is the Director of String Fling, an annual event at Kansas State that attracts 650 string students from Kansas. He founded the Gold and Silver Orchestras in 1989, which includes 90 Manhattan area string students in grades 4-12, and retired from that post in 2015.

The K-State Chamber Orchestra toured England and Scotland in March 2008 and Ireland in 2011 and 2017. During his sabbatical in 2010, he performed solo cello recitals in seven churches and cathedrals throughout England.

The Gold Orchestra toured England in 1997, Seattle and British Columbia in 1999, performed at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and 2006, participated in the ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Dallas in March 2004, and toured Memphis and Nashville in 2012. It appeared at The Midwest Clinic in 1992 and 2010.

He served six years as Editor of the Books and Music Reviews section of the American String Teacher, and he is Editor of ASTA’s two-volume String Syllabus, the latest revision appearing in 2008. He was the Editor and Compiler of GIA Publications’ three volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He was the chairman of ASTA's National Orchestra Festival in 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Littrell twice received the Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award at Kansas State University. In 1994 the Kansas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association awarded him the Certificate of Merit. He was the national president of the American String Teachers Association in 2002-2004 and planned ASTA’s first stand-alone conference held in March 2003. He was named Kansas Professor of the Year in 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Littrell adjudicates solo and orchestra contests and is a clinician and conductor throughout the United States. Dr. Littrell will retire from Kansas State University in June 2018 after 31 years at K-State, 31 years as the Director of String Fling, and 28 years as the Orchestra conductor.

KMEA All-State Orchestra CELLO and DOUBLE BASS excerpts.

Edited parts and audio recordings by Dr. Littrell.