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.”