Dallas Symphony mourns a death in the family

Dallas Symphony mourns a death in the family


norman lebrecht

January 29, 2020

Dallas Symphony notice:

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra mourns the loss of long-time bassist Dwight Shambley. He passed away on January 27, 2020, and is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dallas Symphony violinist Sho-Mei Pelletier, and their two children, Aaron Joshua and Alexis Jessica.

In 1992, Shambley co-founded the Dallas Symphony’s Young Strings program. Young Strings develops the talents of exceptional and underrepresented string players in the City of Dallas by providing its students with the skills, lessons, opportunities and resources essential for success both in college and careers in music. For 28 years, the program has worked to increase the diversity of American orchestras. In June 2019, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presented Shambley with the title Young Strings Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus.

“We will miss Dwight terribly at the DSO and in Dallas” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO. “He was a change agent, looking beyond himself to the future of orchestral music. He leveled the playing field for hundreds of students, and his legacy is beyond compare.”


  • Paula Holmes Fleming says:

    I am devastated that Dwight has left us!! He was my stand partner for many years!! Always a great player and a kind person!! He had a wonderful dry sense of humor and was Always pleasant!!! I wish there were more people in this world like Dwight, it would be a far better place!!

  • LOVE Dwight, eternally❤️❤️‼️

  • David J Hyslop says:

    Dwight was a fine musician and a great person in every

    respect. I got to know him during my time with the Dallas