Dara Morales, Violinist
Violinist Dara Morales is the newly appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra, following serving as Principal Second Violin of the Utah Symphony. A native of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, she previously served as Principal Second Violin and Interim Associate Concertmaster of the Puerto Rico Symphony and Concertmaster of the Northern Kentucky Symphony. Ms. Morales earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was graduate teaching assistant and taught in the prestigious Starling Prep Program. As soloist, she has performed with the Utah, Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, Bangor and Lancaster Symphony Orchestras, among others, and has been a regular participant in the Grand Tetons, Park City International and Autumn Classics Music Festivals as well as the Intermezzo Chamber Series. Her principal teachers include Kurt Sassmannshaus, Helen Kwalwasser, and Dorothy DeLay, and chamber music coaches Peter Oundjian, Henry Meyer, and the Tokyo Quartet. She is married to cellist Jesús Morales. Their daughter Isabel Alexandra was born in April of 2007.