Bob Gillespie, Professor of Music, is responsible for string teacher training at The Ohio State University, which has one of the largest and most extensive string pedagogy degree programs in the nation.
Dr. Gillespie is the immediate past national President of the American String Teachers Association. He is a frequent guest conductor of all-state, regional, and festival orchestras throughout the country and Europe, and he has presented string teacher sessions, workshops, and conducted concerts at national and state music educator conferences in 44 states and Canada. He is also a string education teaching artist and clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation. He is past president of the Ohio String Teachers Association. In Columbus, he conducts the Columbus Symphony Chamber Strings, and is a performing violinist in the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.
His string education articles appear frequently in all the major music journals. He is co-author of Essential Elements for Strings, Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Essential Elements for Strings Plus DVD, and Getting Started: Strolling Strings (MENC). He is also co-author of Strategies for Teaching Strings: Building A Successful School Orchestra Program (Oxford University Press), String Clinics to Go DVD series, and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra (GIA).
Dr. Gillespie received the Distinguished Scholar award given by his faculty colleagues in 2002-2003 in the School of Music at Ohio State University, and he is a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education.