Denise Dillenbeck has toured Europe, America and the Caribbean 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. As a member of the Oregon Symphony, she was a featured soloist for several concerts. She was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the states and in England. As a member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, she gave world premiere performances of works by many of today's leading composers. As Lead 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.
Denise is a new member of Central Washington University's Kairos String Quartet, and also formed the Areté Trio with Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives and CWU pianist John Pickett. She and her husband Mark Goodenberger also play chamber music for violin and percussion. She has performed and coached chamber music on concert series and at festivals around the country and abroad, at venues such as the American Church of Paris, Westminster Choir College, Bravo Summer String Institute, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, and Icicle Creek Summer Academy. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels.
She 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 studied orchestral leadership 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, the International Congress of Strings, and for the Lake Chelan Bach Festival as concertmaster. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as "simply first-rate".
In her spare time, Denise loves to walk her dogs, run, practice yoga, and read good books. One of her recent favorites is "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barberry.
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