Gloria de Pasquale joined the cello section of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy.
Prior to joining The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mrs. de Pasquale served as Associate Principal cello with The Buffalo, NY, Philharmonic and was a substitute for The Boston Symphony and The Boston Pops Orchestra.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Mrs. de Pasquale credits the public school music program of her hometown for her introduction to the cello.
Mrs. de Pasquale holds a BM and a MM from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.
Currently, Mrs. de Pasquale is the cellist in The de Pasquale String Quartet, which is comprised of her husband, William, and brothers-in-law, Robert and Joseph. The de Pasquale String Quartet is in residence at Villanova University, where they annually present a highly acclaimed chamber series. Mrs. de Pasquale is also cellist in The de Pasquale Trio, with daughter, Francesca and husband, William.
Mrs. dePasquale is a member of the board of directors and the executive board of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mrs. dePasquale is chairman of the orchestra members' education committee and is a representative for The Philadelphia Orchestra to the Mellon Forum where she is a member of the Mellon Elephant Task Force. She has also represented The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Knight Foundation Magic of Music and in the spring of 2005, was elected to the board of directors of The American Symphony Orchestra League.
Frequently called upon to represent The Philadelphia Orchestra at various conferences and events, Mrs. de Pasquale was the orchestra's spokesperson at the 1996 closing ceremonies of The Presidential Summit on Volunteerism, broadcast live on national television. Mrs. de Pasquale also represented The Philadelphia Orchestra's Department of Education and Community Partnerships on the live Public Television celebration on the occasion of the orchestra's 100 birthday.
Mrs. de Pasquale was the 2001 recipient of The Philadelphia Orchestra's Hartman Kuhn Award, awarded annually to the member of The Philadelphia Orchestra who has "shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra."