Dr. David Bebe || Director of Education

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Dr. David Bebe joined the Empire State Youth Orchestra in July of 2021 as the Director of Education after serving as a tenured professor of music at the College of Saint Rose. While at the college, he was the Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the String Program Coordinator, Instructor of Violoncello, and the Director for the Pre-College Experience in addition to teaching courses in musicianship, string techniques, and music education. An active cellist, Dr. Bebe has appeared as a soloist in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, performed under the baton of legendary conductors such as Kurt Mazur and Michael Tilson Thomas, and been a featured chamber musician with the Saint Rose Camerata and Copernicus Duo throughout the United States, Canada, and France. His passion for string pedagogy led him to serve as Mimi-Zwieg’s teaching assistant at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music and write his dissertation "A Logical and Comprehensive Sequence of Skills for Teaching Young Children the Cello" while pursuing his doctorate from the Frost School at the University of Miami. While on the faculty of The String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, David coordinated their Urban Students in Arts Outreach Program. An active guest conductor and clinician, his conducting appointments include the Broward Symphony Orchestra and the Clark Chamber Players in Florida, and the Willamette Valley Music Festival Youth Orchestra and Young Musicians and Artist String Orchestra in Oregon.