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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, five-string cello piccolo, double bass, viola da gamba, viola, and Zeta® electric cello. 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 University that attracts more than 750 string students from all over Kansas. He also conducts the Gold Orchestra, which includes 65 Manhattan, Kansas, area string students in grades 5 - 10. The Gold Orchestra toured England in 1997 and Seattle and British Columbia in 1999, performed at Carnegie Hall in 2001, and participated in the ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Dallas in March 2004.
He served six years as editor of the Books and Music Reviews section of the American String Teacher, and he was editor of ASTA's two-volume String Syllabus. 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 became the national president of the American String Teachers Association in May 2002 and planned ASTA's first stand-alone conference, held in March 2003.