Denise Dillenbeck, YSO Concermaster

Denise Dillenbeck is a versatile musician, with a strong background in orchestral, chamber and solo playing. She has toured Europe and America with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the U.S. She is currently concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, York Symphony, Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the states and in England.

Denise is active in chamber music through her performances with Sage Rendezvous, a group that programs colorful cabaret-style concerts with a small ensemble. She and her husband Mark Goodenberger play music for violin and percussion as DuoDG. As a former member of Third Angle New Music Ensemble, she has given world premiere performances of works by many of today’s leading composers. She has performed and coached chamber music on concert series and at festivals around the country and abroad, such as the American Church of Paris, Westminster Choir College, Bravo Summer String Institute, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, and Icicle Creek Summer Academy.

She is passionate about teaching, and works with dozens of violin students and young string quartets, and has also taught college courses on music (including a course on viewing world history and literature through the prism of Beethoven). As a teaching artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Community Partnership Program, she led urban elementary school students in experiential music learning, and directed workshops on aesthetic education for classroom teachers and music educators. She is quoted at length in Eric Booth’s book “The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible”.

As a soloist, Denise has collaborated with orchestras and conductors across the region. As a former member of the Oregon Symphony, she was a featured soloist for several concerts, with James DePreist and Murry Sidlin conducting. She has recently played concerti by Sibelius, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Bach, with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Olympia Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Washington-Idaho Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Community College Orchestra, Central Washington University Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Fest Orchestra, and has upcoming engagements with the York Symphony and Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell, and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, where she was Sally O’Reilly’s teaching assistant and worked with Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis. She was a Fellow at Aspen, Dean of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, program coordinator of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Strings International Music Festival, and has played for the Oregon Bach Festival, Ernest Bloch Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Musicorda, Siletz Bay Music Festival, and the International Congress of Strings. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as “simply first-rate”.