David Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the son of a music educator. He currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. An active conductor and cellist, Eccles has held conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor for various state, county, regional, and community orchestras. Mr. Eccles is also a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Mr. Eccles is completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from University of Miami (Florida) and Bachelor of Music and Media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh, and Dr. Michael Allen. His most influential lessons have come from scores of energetic students and thoughtful colleagues who continue to be a constant source of inspiration.
David is a member of NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, and serves as President of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association. He also serves as Administrative Vice-President of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Board.
Lynne Latham (b. 1960) earned a B.M. and M.M. in cello performance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For 20 years, she maintained a private studio of violin, viola, and cello students in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. Ms. Latham is a frequent freelance performer and conductor with local chamber groups and orchestras. She is often a clinician/conductor at string clinics and educator conferences throughout the United States and Canada. In 1992, Ms. Latham founded Latham Music, a music publishing company specializing in music for strings. In 2007, Latham Music was acquired by The Lorenz Corporation and Lynne was hired as Executive Editor for Latham Music. In April 2013, LudwigMasters Publications purchased Latham Music. Lynne now serves as their String Editor.
Lynne Latham is available as a string clinician. For more information and availability, email email@example.com. Presentation topics include full and string orchestra reading sessions, The Top 10 Things the Band Director Should Know About Teaching Orchestra, Managing Stage Fright: Preparing Students for Auditions and Performance, Safety In Numbers: Using Unison Playing to Build Confidence with Beginners, The Thumb Is the Secret (Cello Technique), Fiddling as a Technique Builder, Using Chamber Music in the Classroom, Working With Cello Ensembles, Playing Without Pain, There’s a Rule for That: Negotiating the World of Music Engraving and Submitting Work for Publication, Arranging for Strings, Copyright Jeopardy: What does the law really say?, and cello or chamber music masterclasses/coaching.