Ms. dePasquale, guest concertmaster of The Dallas Opera, is former associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and former concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra. While in Cleveland, she made numerous solo appearances with the ensemble, was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A frequent guest concertmaster with U.S. and Canadian orchestras, Ms. dePasquale was recently the acting associate concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony. She has also performed at such music festivals as Aspen and Caramoor. Strings are a family affair for the dePasquales. Her father Robert was the longtime associate principal second violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and three uncles and two cousins played in the violin, viola, and cello sections. She studied with the famed Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute and pursued graduate studies at Indiana University.
Ami Davolt Campbell
A native of Portland, OR, Ami Campbell studied with Polish violinist Raphael Spiro, before being accepted to The Juilliard School at age 16. She later received her Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University, with Henryk Kowalski, and graduate studies at Yale with Syoko Aki. Past positions include assistant concertmaster with The Colorado Symphony (and Opera Colorado) in Denver, as well as section positions with both the St Louis Symphony (and Opera St Louis) and the Seattle Symphony and Opera. Campbell has been a member of the Spoleto festival, Sarasota Opera, Portland Opera, Utah Festival Opera Company and others. Ami moved to Dallas in 2004 when her husband, a native Texan, accepted the Associate Principal position at The Dallas Symphony. Ami joined TDO as Associate Concertmaster in 2008, and maintains a varied freelance career, performing with the DSO, and various local quartets, as well as traveling to offer master classes and perform with chamber and new music groups around the country.
A native of San Angelo, Texas, Brandie Phillips began studying the violin at the age of four, and has been the Assistant Concertmaster of The Dallas Opera Orchestra since 2012.She has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Lynn University Philharmonic Orchestra, the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Other opportunities have allowed her to perform as soloist and orchestral violinist in various venues around the US and Europe. Brandie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she studied with esteemed pedagogue Sergiu Schwartz. She earned a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, under the tutelage of recording artist Chee-Yun Kim and The Dallas Symphony's Principal First Violin, Diane Kitzman. Brandie frequently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As an avid motivator of exposing young children to classical music, Brandie maintains a private studio where she teaches students of all ages. In her free time, Brandie enjoys spending time with her wonderful niece and nephew, and spoiling her fur babies. As a lover of animals, she also volunteers at Operation Kindness where she helps find loving families for homeless dogs and cats.
In demand as a soloist and ensemble player, Florence Wang is a first violinist in the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She is a recent graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she was on a full artist scholarship as a pupil of Chee-Yun and won the SMU Meadows Concerto Competition in 2010. She was also a Dallas Women’s Club Scholarship recipient.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Wang has performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Opera, the Charleston Symphony, and was concertmaster of the Meadows School of the Arts during showcase performances. She has also held positions in a number of summer music festivals, including Concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Harold Simmons Foundation Full Scholarship at Music Academy of the West, as well as positions in the Spoleto USA Festival and the Innsbrook chamber music festival.
Ms Wang has been a frequent contributor to many of the Dallas area’s active chamber series, performing multiple times with both Ensemble 75 and Avant Chamber Ballet, in addition to the Open Classical Artist Series. She has also participated as soloist and chamber musician in masterclasses by artists such as Midori Goto, Cho-Liang Lin, Zvi Zeitlin, Jerome Lowenthal, Kathleen Winkler, Bill Preucil, Andres Cardenes, Takács Quartet and the Ysaye Quartet.
Born in Shenyang China, Ms Wang began studying the violin with her father at age 6. At age 12 she was one of four accepted at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Ms. Wang moved to the U.S three years after she completed the program.
Amy Faires, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, began studying the violin at the age of six. Ms. Faires holds both Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from Texas Christian University where she studied with Frank Almond. She is a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and also performs regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Gyros String Quartet. Although classically trained, Amy grew up in a large extended family of musicians and was exposed to many different kinds of music. As a result, some of her favorite musical experiences have included working with such artists as Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Rockstar Supernova, Harry Connick, Jr., and Peter Gabriel. Amy and her husband, Swang Lin, live in Euless, Texas. They are busy parents of twin toddlers, Ian and Ivy, but are enjoying every crazy moment. Aside from chasing the twins, Amy enjoys cooking, gardening, and decorating.
Grace Kang Wollett
Violinist Grace Kang Wollett, a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, is now engaged in an active teaching and performing career in the Dallas area. Mrs. Wollett is a member of Trio Venia, which made its debut at the Banff Music Festival in 2010. The group has made its home in New York City, performing in halls, cultural centers, and medical facilities throughout New York City. She is also a member of the first violin section of the Dallas Opera.
David Miles Wolcott, director of the Dallas Suzuki Academy since 1997, has been teaching violin lessons for more than 20 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University in 1985, he earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in 1987. Mr. Wolcott has been a first violinist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 1991, and from 1998-2003 was the concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic and Abilene Opera. He has performed with several other area orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Wolcott has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Killington (Vt.) Festival Orchestra and Bowling Green (Oh.) Philharmonic. An active chamber musician, he has played in quartets and other small-ensemble groups in Dallas for more than two decades. Mr. Wolcott enjoys all styles of music, and has performed concerts with such musicians as Ray Charles, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (from Led Zeppelin), Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Doc Severinsen. He has also appeared as the violinist in the television documentary, "The Genesis of Healing: Music Therapy." Alas, he was given no spoken lines.