Douglas Droste is Director of Orchestras at Ball State University and Artistic Director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated advocate of music education, Droste regularly conducts youth orchestras, presents in-service conference sessions, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras and festivals throughout the country. He is a Yamaha Artist as a conductor. Droste’s most recent guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the orchestras of Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Midland-Odessa, Fox Valley (IL), and several all-state orchestras. A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock, and the Lancaster Festival. Droste is also skilled on viola and trumpet, and has sung with a variety of choral ensembles. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.