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Dolores D'Aigle


A native Oregonian, Dolores D’Aigle started violin lessons at Portland’s Hayhurst Elementary School. Her high school years were spent in the Chicago area, and she attended Northwestern University on academic and music scholarships. While in Chicago, Dolores studied with Edgar Muenzer of the Chicago Symphony, and was co-concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. After earning her B.M. from Northwestern University, Dolores spent two seasons with the Florida Symphony and four years with the San Antonio Symphony. While in Texas, she studied with Stephen Clapp at University of Texas in Austin; she was also a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

In 1978, Dolores returned to Portland to become assistant principal second violin of the Oregon Symphony, a position she held for 33 years. Over the years, Dolores has participated in a number of master classes with noted musicians, including Kató Havas, Dénes Zsigmondy, Max Rostal, Tibor Varga and Burton Kaplan. In addition to violin, Dolores also teaches and performs on organ, viola, and piano.

Dolores had a long association with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony; she inaugurated the first sectional rehearsals, organized the first four international tours, revamped MYS’ structure, and served on its executive board. She is Vice President of the local musician’s union and has served on several Oregon Symphony negotiating teams. She has also been chair of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra Player’s Committee and served as the Oregon Symphony representative to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians. Dolores was treasurer of OR-ASTA, and serves on the Portland Festival Symphony Board of Directors.

Dolores is a state-certified mediator, speaks German and Hungarian, and relaxes by swimming, hiking, and camping in the beautiful Oregon countryside.