Andrew Dabczynski

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Andrew H. Dabczynski was Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he was also the director of the BYU New Horizons Orchestra, a beginning string orchestra for adults and laboratory for string teacher training.

Education

Dr. Dabczynski received a B.M. degree in applied viola performance from the Eastman School, and a M.A. from the University of Connecticut, serving there as violist in the graduate string quartet. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan.

Career

Dr. Dabczynski has held teaching and administrative positions at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in the public schools of Penfield and Mamaroneck, New York. In addition, he was the Supervisor of Fine Arts Education in the Waterford, Michigan, School District.

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, ensemble-in-residence at Western Michigan University. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at numerous other colleges and at national string workshops. Dr. Dabczynski has held a variety of national committee positions with the American String Teachers Association, and is currently president-elect of the Utah chapter of that organization.

Highly respected for his expertise in string pedagogy, Dr. Dabczynski is co-author of the widely acclaimed comprehensive string method series, String Explorer, published by Alfred Publishing Co. Additionally, a strong interest in folk music and ethnomusicology has led him 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, both in contemporary America and other cultures. He is co-author of the groundbreaking Fiddlers Philharmonic series, also published by Alfred. Dr. Dabczynski also pursues professional and research interests in string pedagogy, school curriculum, and musical learning among senior adults.

Dabcyznksi was named Higher Education Teacher of the Year by the Utah Chapter of the American String Teacers Association with the National School Orchestras Association.

He appears frequently as a clinician for teachers and guest conductor for student ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. His numerous published arrangements and compositions for string and full orchestra are played regularly in concerts throughout the world. Dr. Dabczynski, his wife Diane -- a commercial vocalist -- and two musical daughters live in Provo, Utah.

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