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Robert D. McCashin

Robert D. McCashin

Robert D. McCashin, DMA, is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at James Madison University. He recently retired from academe after a 43-year career of conducting and applied string teaching at the college/university level. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He was awarded JMU’s Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2015.

From 1992 through 2016, Dr. McCashin was Music Director for the JMU Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestras, and taught all relevant orchestral conducting and academic courses within the MM and DMA orchestral conducting curricular core, as well as applied studio strings. Dr. McCashin, a violinist, has been a successful writer and arranger of educational publications, having now published nearly 80 works for the Grade I through V educational performance levels.

Prior to his position at James Madison University, Dr. McCashin served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Arlington and 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 freelance violinist throughout the North Texas region. He was the founding conductor of the Arlington Youth Symphony, served as conductor for the Trinity Symphony and the Arlington Opera Association, and associate conductor of the Youth Orchestras of Greater Fort Worth. In addition, he maintained a substantial private violin studio of students at all levels. In addition to the publications he writes for The FJH Music Company Inc., he writes for other major publishers and the many compositions and arrangements he has written have become bestsellers and Editors’ Choice selections in the educational music arena. He is co-author of the popular string class methods, New Directions® for Strings and A Scale in Time, published by The FJH Music Company Inc. He also co-authored a popular collection of pieces for young string players, String Premiere.

Explore Publications by Robert D. McCashin

Helter-Skelter String OrchestraST6001
Symphony No. 4 First MovementString OrchestraST6007
Slavonic Dance, Opus 46, No. 1 String OrchestraST6008
Egmont Overture String OrchestraST6034
Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5String OrchestraST6040
Concerto in D Major First MovementString OrchestraST6042
Andante from Symphony No. 5 String OrchestraST6061
Dumfries Place String OrchestraST6062
Carillon from L'arlesienne Suite No. 1 String OrchestraST6063
Introduction and Allegro String OrchestraST6064
Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80 String OrchestraST6080
Slavonic Dance, Opus 46, No. 8 String OrchestraST6082
Prelude to Te Deum String OrchestraST6083
Sonata in G String OrchestraST6084
Symphony No. 104 "London" First MovementString OrchestraST6097
Marche Militaire in D Major String OrchestraST6110
Danse Russe Trepak from The NutcrackerString OrchestraST6129
Suite from Don Juan String OrchestraST6130
Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" First MovementString OrchestraST6131
Allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7String OrchestraST6149
Variations on Paganini String OrchestraST6150
Largo from Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"String OrchestraST6153
Blue Danube, The String OrchestraST6162
Themes from The Merry Widow String OrchestraST6179
Little Suite for Strings String OrchestraST6181
Russian Easter Overture String OrchestraST6183
Sonata No. 8 String OrchestraST6184
Gymnopédie No. 1 String OrchestraST6203
Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila String OrchestraST6213
Minuetto from Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" String OrchestraST6216
Themes from Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" String OrchestraST6220
Minuet from Petite Suite String OrchestraST6229
Pizzicato Polka String OrchestraST6239
Symphony No 2 in A Major String OrchestraST6242
Two Scenes from Kinderstucke String OrchestraST6246
Fandango! String OrchestraST6260
Allegro Molto from Symphone No.1 String OrchestraST6264
Overture to Idomeneo String OrchestraST6265
Concerto in C Major String OrchestraST6271
Suite from the Magic Flute String OrchestraST6282
To A Wild Rose String OrchestraST6293
Allegro from Sinfonia No. 6 String OrchestraST6315
Balletto String OrchestraST6316
Suite for Strings String OrchestraST6321
Lyric Pieces String OrchestraST6324
Allegro Moderato String OrchestraST6336
Allegretto from Symphony No 3 String OrchestraST6340
Pavane and Lesquercarde String OrchestraST6344
Grave and Allegro String OrchestraST6348
Presto in D Major String OrchestraST6367
Romance for Strings String OrchestraST6370
Allegro from Concerto in D Major String OrchestraST6374
Pavane and La Volta String OrchestraST6394
Allegro con brio from Sym No 8 String OrchestraST6399
Presto from Sym No 1 String OrchestraST6400
Puicinella String OrchestraST6414
Overture to Rienzi String OrchestraST6415
Menuetto From Symphony No 5 String OrchestraST6417
Allegro from Serenade No 1 in D String OrchestraST6418
Concerto Grosso in D Major String OrchestraST6439
Largo and Presto String OrchestraST6441
Preludio to La Traviata String OrchestraST6442
Symphony No 6 String OrchestraST6443
Overture to Rob-Roy String OrchestraST6463
Fingal's Cave String OrchestraST6465
Prelude to Die Miestersinger String OrchestraST6467
Sinfonia in D Minor String OrchestraST6468
Larghetto and Allegro from Sonata No. 4String OrchestraST6491
Symphony No. 1 First MovementString OrchestraST6492
Overture from Suite No. 3 in D MajorString OrchestraST6493
Album for the Young String OrchestraST6496
Suite from Carmen String OrchestraST6497
Suite in D Major from Sonata a Quattro (WoO 4)String OrchestraST6525
Passo Mezzo from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1String OrchestraST6526
Polka from Czech Suite String OrchestraST6538
Andante and Allegro from Symphony No. 10String OrchestraST6541
New Directions® For Strings Book 2String OrchestraNew Directions® For StringsSB304
Scale in Time, A String OrchestraA Scale in TimeSB306
New Directions® For Strings Book 1String OrchestraNew Directions® For StringsSB303