About Robert D. McCashin
Dr. Robert McCashin is currently the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at James Madison University where he serves as Music Director/Conductor for the JMU Symphony, the JMU Chamber Orchestra, the JMU Opera/Theater Orchestra. In addition, Dr. McCashin teaches orchestral conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to his position at James Madison, Dr. McCashin was Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Violin at the University of Texas at Arlington, and preceding that, at Texas Wesleyan University. During his tenure in Texas he performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth Opera Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony, Gallery String Quartet, and the University Piano Trio, and performed extensively as a free-lance violinist throughout the North Texas region. He was the founder and Conductor of the Arlington Youth Symphony, and conductor for the Trinity Symphony and the Arlington Opera Association. In addition, he was Associate Conductor of the Youth Orchestras of Greater Fort Worth, and maintained a substantial private violin studio of students at all levels.
Dr. McCashin’s expertise in conducting pedagogy and violin performance physiology have made him a popular guest speaker for seminars, masterclasses and presentations to gatherings of professional teachers/conductors around the country He continues to serve as the College Chair of the Virginia state chapter of ASTA/NSOA, and is founder and Faculty Advisor for the James Madison University student chapter.