Meet Yamaha Master Educator Douglas Droste

Band and Orchestra Group
Director of Orchestras
Ball State University

With a dynamic and engaging teaching style, Douglas Droste brings a level of enthusiasm to orchestral rehearsals, which stems from his determination to achieve musical success for every student, at every level, in every ensemble.  He is passionate about this approach and takes full responsibility for ensuring that students are motivated to perform at the highest level.

A former full-time public school music educator and currently the director of orchestras and associate professor of music at Ball State University in Indiana, Droste has firsthand experience with the challenges that are inherent to music educators. He regularly works with school-aged musicians through all-state and honor orchestras, music festivals and school visits, as well as with their directors. Because he holds himself to the highest standard, young musicians under his leadership are nurtured to a rewarding level of achievement. Directors champion Droste’s ability to translate music-making skills to life-enhancing skills through his in-depth interpretations, keen sense of community and personal ability to empower and inspire.

Droste’s presentations and workshops range in scope, much like his teaching experience, from the practical and technical aspects of bowing, to high-level and inspiring conducting workshops about making informed decisions on the podium.


A few of Douglas Droste’s session titles are:

  • “Bowing Misuses and Conducting Fixes”
  • “Conducting Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!”
  • “Orchestral Leadership Principles”

To learn more about clinics by Douglas Droste, please contact Jalissa Gascho at

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