Charles dePasquale, Strings Instructor - Cunningham Music School

Charles dePasquale

Raised in a very musical family, Charles dePasquale, whose father Joseph was the Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, started cello lessons at a very early age with his uncle Francis; a cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied with Samuel Mayes, William Stokking, Orlando Cole, and Mihaly Virizlay.

Over his performance career, Mr. D has performed with several music organizations in the area, including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, the Concerto Soloists, the Delaware Symphony, and the Allentown Symphony. Currently, he performs with the Ocean City Pops, the Reading Symphony and the Kennett Symphony.

In the field of education, he just recently retired from teaching for 29 years, in the West Chester Area School District. His responsibilities there were to direct two secondary orchestra programs, in addition to directing an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble, called the West Chester Senior Strings.

His education includes: a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the New School of Music (a private conservatory that is now part of Temple University); Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now called the University of the Arts); PA Teachers Certification from West Chester University and finally a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University.

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