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Dr. David Littrell

Orchestra Conductor, Cello, Double Bass, Music Theory
Chair of the String Division

McCain Auditorium 132
785.532.3804 | dlitmus@k-state.edu


David Littrell

David Littrell is a university distinguished professor of music at Kansas State University. He conducts the Kansas State University Orchestra and teaches cello, double bass, and viola da gamba. He conducted chamber orchestras formed from the K-State Orchestra that toured England and Scotland in 2008, and Ireland in 2011 and 2017. He is the director of String Fling, an annual event at K-State that attracts over 600 young string students from Kansas. In 2015, he retired from conducting the youth Gold Orchestra, which he founded in 1989 and which performed twice in Carnegie Hall and around the country. 

Littrell edited three volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra for GIA Publications. He served as the national president of the American String Teachers Association from 2002-2004 and planned the association’s first stand-alone conference in March 2003. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him the 2007 Kansas Professor of the Year. He adjudicates solo and orchestra contests, and is a clinician and conductor throughout the United States. Littrell took a sabbatical in 2010 to perform a solo cello recital tour in seven churches and cathedrals in England. He performed a lengthy cello solo with the K-State Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall in 2015. 

KMEA All-State Cello and Bass Excerpts
Edited and Performed by Dr. Littrell