Updated: Jun 30
Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Instructor
Raised in a very musical family, whose father Joseph dePasquale, was the former Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mr. D started cello lessons at an early age with his uncle Francis dePasquale; former cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied with Samuel Mayes, William Stokking, Orlando Cole & Mihaly Virizlay, Throughout his extensive professional performance career, Mr. D has played with several well-known music organizations in the area, including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, the Concerto Soloists, the Delaware Symphony & the Allentown Symphony. Currently, he performs with the Ocean City Pops, the Reading Symphony, the Kennett Symphony and his own chamber ensemble, the Main Line Chamber Players. Mr. dePasquale is also equally experienced in the field of education. He recently retired after 30 years from the West Chester Area School District. Mr. D’s responsibilities there ranged from training beginning Violins, Violas, Cellos & Basses, to directing & coaching several of the secondary orchestra programs, which involved weekly rehearsals and group lessons for all string instruments. While there, Mr. D also served as the director of an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble: The West Chester Senior Strings. This group consistently earned 1st Place Rankings, near perfect Superior Scores and Grand Champion Trophies. In 2016, they won the OrlandoFest National Championship Trophy, beating out an entire 14 week season roster of instrumental ensembles. In addition, Mr. D taught at Immaculata University, for many years, as the String Ensemble director and String Methods instructor and is now currently, the String Ensemble director at Ursinus College. His education includes a Bachelors 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 a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Mandolin Instructor
Paul has been playing guitar for 30 years and has a Bachelors Degree in jazz guitar from the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia. Although his degree is in jazz, he is also well versed in many styles from rock to blues to metal and country. Paul has been teaching for over 20 years and has been playing concerts for just as long. Paul has played many performance venues in all styles of music including the Trocadero in Philadelphia and the China Club in New York and has played shows or worked with well-known artists such as Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen and Michelle Branch. Paul accepts students of all ages and skill levels for Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Ukulele, and Mandolin.