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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.

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TitleEnsembleSeriesGradeItemNew!
Helter-Skelter String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6001 
Symphony No. 4 (First Movement)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6007 
Slavonic Dance (Opus 46, No. 1)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6008 
Egmont Overture String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6034 
Cantabile (from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6040 
Concerto in D Major (First Movement)String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2ST6042 
Andante from Symphony No. 5String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6061 
Dumfries Place String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6062 
Carillon from L'arlesienne Suite No. 1String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6063 
Introduction and Allegro String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6064 
Academic Festival Overture Opus 80String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6080 
Slavonic Dance (Opus 46, No. 8)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6082 
Prelude to Te Deum String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6083 
Sonata in G String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6084 
Symphony No. 104 "London" (First Movement)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4.5ST6097 
Marche Militaire in D Major String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6110 
Danse Russe (Trepak from The Nutcracker)String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2ST6129 
Suite from Don Juan String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6130 
Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" (First Movement)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6131 
Allegretto (from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6149 
Variations on Paganini String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6150 
Largo (from Symphony No. 9)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6153 
Blue Danube, The String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6162 
Themes from The Merry Widow String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6179 
Little Suite for Strings String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6181 
Russian Easter Overture String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6183 
Sonata No. 8 String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6184 
Gymnopédie No. 1 String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6203 
Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6213 
Minuetto from Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6216 
Themes from Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6220 
Minuet from Petite Suite String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6229 
Pizzicato Polka String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6239 
Symphony No 2 in A Major String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6242 
Two Scenes from Kinderstucke String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6246 
Fandango! String OrchestraFJH Beginning Strings1.5ST6260 
Allegro molto from Symphony No. 1String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6264 
Overture to Idomeneo String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6265 
Concerto in C Major String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6271 
Suite from the Magic Flute String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6282 
To A Wild Rose String OrchestraFJH Beginning Strings1.5ST6293 
Allegro from Sinfonia No. 6String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6315 
Balletto String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6316 
Suite for Strings String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6321 
Lyric Pieces String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6324 
Allegro moderato String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6336 
Allegretto from Symphony No 3String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6340 
Pavane and Lesquercarde String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6344 
Grave and Allegro String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5 - 4ST6348 
Presto in D Major String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6367 
Romance for Strings String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra5ST6370 
Pavane and La Volta String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6394 
Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 8String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6399 
Presto from Symphony No. 1String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6400 
Puicinella String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6414 
Overture to Rienzi String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4.5ST6415 
Menuetto from Symphony No. 5String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6417 
Allegro from Serenade No. 1 in DString OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6418 
Concerto Grosso in D Major String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6439 
Largo and Presto String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3ST6441 
Preludio to La Traviata String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6442 
Symphony No 6 String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6443 
Overture to Rob-Roy String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6463 
Fingal's Cave String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5 - 4ST6465 
Prelude to Die Miestersinger String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6467 
Sinfonia in D Minor String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6468 
Larghetto and Allegro (from Sonata No. 4)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6491
Symphony No. 1 (First Movement)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6492
Overture (from Suite No. 3 in D Major)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra4ST6493
Album for the Young String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5ST6496
Suite from Carmen String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6497
Suite in D Major (from Sonata a Quattro - WoO 4)String OrchestraFJH Developing Strings2.5 - 3ST6525
Passo Mezzo (from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1)String OrchestraFJH String Orchestra3.5ST6526
Scale in Time, A OrchestraSupplemental Materials SB306 
New Directions for Strings Book 1OrchestraMethod Books SB303 
New Directions for Strings Book 2OrchestraMethod Books SB304