PROFESSOR OF CELLO AND STRING PEDAGOGY, Phyllis Young holds the Parker C. Fielder Regents Professorship in Music. Internationally acclaimed as a string teacher, in recent years she has presented workshops/master classes in 30 countries on six continents and in 43 American states. Author of two widely distributed pedagogy books, "Playing the String Game: Strategies for Teaching Cello and Strings" (now in its 7th printing) and "The String Play: The Drama of Playing and Teaching Strings."
She has served as national president of the American String Teachers Association and was the recipient of its 1984 Distinguished Service Award. ASTA with NSOA honored her again with the 2002 Paul Rolland Lifetime Achievement Award for being "a pedagogue of renowned stature who has made significant achievements and contributions to the profession throughout her career. "
In 2000 Indiana University bestowed her the title of "Grande Dame du Violoncelle." In addition to teaching cello performance majors, for thirty-five years she directed the University of Texas String Project, a large teacher training program which has been a model for numerous string programs throughout the United States and abroad. Her former students are university professors, symphony musicians, public school teachers, private Suzuki teachers, and worldwide string leaders. She is an Honorary Member of the European String Teachers Association and has been listed in Who's Who of America.