Director & Conductor, Prysm Strings
Gloria dePasquale joined the ‘cello section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees as a student of Stephen Geber.
‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist of the dePasquale trio, performing alongside daughter, Francesca and her late husband, William.
Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ La Muse et le Poète. Their last public performance together was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center performing with PYO. Mrs. dePasquale had also appeared as soloist with the PYO in Verizon Hall, performing Haydn’s C Major ‘Cello Concerto and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Ms. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she serves on the musician education committee and at the PYO organization where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization. In addition to serving as director and conductor for PRYSM, Ms. dePasquale designed and directs the PYO College and Conservatory Audition Preparation Program and directs the PYO masterclass and sectional program.
Ms. DePasquale maintains a large private studio and her graduating students are regularly accepted to the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Ms. DePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies and is also on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s NYO2.
Ms. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the board of the League of American Orchestras.