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Dr. Robert Jesselson

Robert Jesselson is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina where he teaches cello and plays in the American Arts Trio. He was the national President of ASTA, the American String Teachers Association, from 2000-2002. During his tenure as president he initiated the National Studio Teachers Forums (2000 and 2002), started the National String Project Consortium (with sites at 26 universities and grants of $2.2 million), and began the planning for the first stand-alone ASTA national convention in 2003. Jesselson is now the Executive Director of the National String Project Consortium.

Dr. Jesselson has performed in recital and with orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, and has participated in the Music Festivals at Nice, Granada, Santiago, Aspen, Spoleto and the Grand Tetons. His performance degrees are from the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, West Germany, from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Paul Katz, and the DMA from Rutgers where he studied with cellist Bernard Greenhouse. He has been principal cello of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta-Sinfonica de Las Palmas, Spain. In 1983 Dr. Jesselson was in China for a six-month residency, one of the first Western cellists to visit that country. During that time he performed as soloist, gave master classes, and taught at several conservatories (including Beijing, Shanghai, and Canton).

Dr. Jesselson is former conductor of the USC University Orchestra and the Columbia Youth Orchestra. For 15 years he was the director of the USC String Project, building the program into one of the largest and most prominent string education programs in the country. His pioneering work on this program was recognized in an article in the New York Times in December, 2003. He is the recipient of the 1989 S.C. Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, the 1992 Verner Award, the 1995 Mungo Teaching Award, the 2002 Cantey Award for Outstanding Faculty, and the first SC ASTA Studio Teacher Award in 2005. Dr. Jesselson was the cello teacher at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts for 17 years. He recently returned from a European tour in which he performed in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Prague. In December, 2001 he led a delegation of string players and teachers to Cuba to begin professional contact with Cuban musicians. In 2004 he taught for a semester at Sookmyung University in Korea. This summer Dr. Jesselson will be teaching cello at the Green Mountain Music Festival in Vermont.


BettyAnne Gottlieb

BettyAnne Gottlieb is Assistant Professor of Music Education (Strings) at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education. She has over 10 years of experience teaching in the public schools and university-affiliated music programs including two preparatory orchestras at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition, Ms. Gottlieb teaches private and group Suzuki lessons, frequently serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various school and youth orchestras in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, and is a faculty member at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Pursuing her interests in conducting and string pedagogy, Ms. Gottlieb has traveled to Iowa, Norway, Japan, and Austria for additional training. Her conducting mentors and instructors include Gary Ciepluch, Marvin Rabin, William LaRue Jones, Robert Culver, Henry Charles Smith, Raphael Jimenez and Leon Gregorian. Ms. Gottlieb received degrees in music education from Case Western Reserve University, VanderCook College of Music, and is currently ABD in her doctoral studies at Michigan State University. Prior to her doctoral studies at Michigan State University, Ms. Gottlieb taught elementary strings, band and general music in Solon, OH, and conducted the Beginning and Preparatory Orchestras at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Most recently, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas.

Ms. Gottlieb’s research interests include democratic learning environments, sociology in music, identity formation, healthy musicianship, music teacher preparation, and the nature and meaning of music for beginning instrumentalists. Ms. Gottlieb has presented her research at such conferences as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, Michigan Music Conference (Grand Rapids, MI), Biennial Colloquium for Teachers of Instrumental Music Methods (Mt. Sterling, OH), Symposium for Music Teacher Education (Greensboro, NC), and Narrative Inquiries in Music Education (Tempe, AZ). Ms. Gottlieb coauthored an article entitled “Eminence in music education research as measured in the New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning,” published in a recent edition of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.