Robert Gillespie


The Wilson Family Chair

Robert Gillespie, violinist and professor of music, is Chair of Music Education at the Ohio State University where he is responsible for string teacher training. Ohio State has one of the largest and most extensive string pedagogy degree programs in the nation. Under Dr. Gillespie’s leadership, the Ohio State University received the 2015 Institutional String Education Award as the premier string education university in the country. Dr. Gillespie is a past national President of the American String Teachers Association. He is a frequent guest conductor of All-State, region, and festival orchestras. Dr. Gillespie has appeared in 49 states, Canada, Asia, and throughout Europe. He is co-author of the Hal Leonard string method book series, Essential Elements for Strings, the leading string instrument teaching series in the country with sales of over ten million copies. Also, he is co-author of the college text Strategies for Teaching Strings: Building A Successful School Orchestra Program, the String Clinics to Go DVD series, the Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra texts for GIA publications, and the new method series, Rockin’ Strings for Hal Leonard. He received the Distinguished Scholar award for 2002-2003 in the School of Music at the Ohio State University. In summers, Gillespie directs the OSU String Teacher Workshop, the largest string/orchestra teacher-training workshop in the country.

In Columbus, he conducts the Columbus Symphony Chamber Strings Youth Orchestra. He is a performing violinist in the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. In 2019-2020 Dr. Gillespie will be working with students and teachers in nine states throughout the country. He will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Paul Rolland Award by the American String Teachers Association at its national conference in 2020 for significant contribution to the field of string pedagogy.