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 American orchestras. She is concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival 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 a member of Sage Rendezvous, a small group that programs colorful cabaret-style concerts. She is also a member of Central Washington University’s resident Kairos String Quartet, and DuoDG with her husband, percussionist Mark Goodenberger. She has performed recitals around the country and abroad at the American Church of Paris, Westminster Choir College, Bravo Summer String Institute, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.
As a teaching artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Community Partnership Program, she led elementary school students in experiential music learning and directed workshops on aesthetic education for classroom teachers. She is quoted at length in Eric Booth’s book, The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible.
As a soloist, Denise has collaborated with orchestras across the region. 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 Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Mozart 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 and Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra; and she has upcoming engagements with SOGO Conservatory Orchestra and Northwest Sinfonietta. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels.
Denise was a Fellow at Aspen, Dean of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, program coordinator of Strings International Music Festival, and has played for the Oregon Bach Festival, Ernest Bloch Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Musicorda, Siletz Bay Music Festival, and International Congress of Strings. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as “simply first-rate.” [Photo by Rosemary Dai Ross]