Raised in a very musical family, whose father Joseph dePasquale, the former Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mr. D started cello lessons at an early age with his uncle Francis dePasquale; a 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 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.
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
In the field of education, he just recently retired from teaching for approx. 30 years, in the West Chester Area School District. His responsibilities there were directing and coaching two secondary orchestra programs, in addition to conducting an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble, called the West Chester Senior Strings. He also taught at Immaculata University, for many years, as the String Ensemble director and the String Methods instructor