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Charles dePasquale

Raised in a very musical family, Mr. dePasquale started cello lessons at a very early age with his uncle Francis; a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His father was the Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Over his performance career, Mr. D has served as a cello sub with the Philadelphia Orchestra; as Principal Cellist, for both the Ocean City Pops and the Allentown Symphony and has served as a section player in the Delaware Symphony, Philly Pops, and the Concerto Soloists. He is currently performing regularly 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 an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble, called the West Chester Senior Strings.

His education includes: Bachelors in Music Performance (New School of Music); PA Teacher Certification (West Chester University); Master’s in Music Therapy (Immaculata University).




Immaculata University (Malvern, PA) – Master’s Degree in Music Therapy 2002

West Chester University (West Chester, PA) – Teacher’s Certification 1990

The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) – Graduate Studies 1984

Peabody Institute- Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) – Graduate Studies 1982

New School of Music (Philadelphia, PA) – Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance 1979


Music Director, Honors High School Ensemble, “West Chester Senior Strings”   

West Chester Area School District 


Music Director, String Orchestra & Ensemble Programs   

Rustin High School (West Chester, PA)


Music Director, String Orchestra & Ensemble Programs   

East High School (West Chester, PA)


Music Director, String Orchestra

Peirce Middle School (West Chester, PA)


Adjunct Music Professor, Private Cello, String Methods and String Ensemble   

Immaculata University (Malvern, PA)


Music Director, Upper School Instrumental Ensemble 

The Agnes Irwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA) 

Professional Experience

Part-time Cellist:

Kennett Symphony (Kennett Square, PA)

Ocean City Pops (Ocean City, NJ)- Principal Cellist 

Reading Symphony (Reading, PA) 

Allentown Symphony (Allentown, PA)- Principal Cellist 

Main Line Chamber Players (Greater Philadelphia, PA area) 

Flanders Piano Trio, Flanders Hotel (Ocean City, NJ) 

Substitute Cellist:

Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Trenton Symphony, Philly Pops, and Concerto Soloists

Studied cello with:

Mihaly Virizlay, William Stokking, Orlando Cole, Samuel Mayes, Francis dePasquale