Gloria Velasco

PSO Conductor

Gloria Velasco is a recently retired Albuquerque Public School orchestra teacher. She continues to work for APS as a mentor for first year music teachers. She also clinics and judges area orchestra programs and festivals and teaches at Hummingbird Music Camp. In summers she also teaches at the Suzuki Instituto Internacionál in Bogotá, Colombia. Her professional playing began with the Oregon Symphony, and includes the El Paso Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, the Opera Southwest, and the New Mexico Symphony. She is currently a member of the Santa Fe Symphony, where she has been playing since it began. Her Bachelor of Music Performance was earned from Marylhurst College in Oregon. She continued with graduate study in violin and viola performance at Eastern New Mexico University before coming to Albuquerque to obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education. Gloria is the mother of two daughters, both of whom were active members of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program. Melodie, a violinist and the mother of four, lives with her physician husband, who also plays horn, in Missoula, Montana. Leah, a violist, is the executive director of the Walla Walla Symphony in Washington State where she lives with her husband, a jazz bassist and music technology professor at Whitman College. They have a young daughter. The Preparatory String Orchestra has been conducted by Ms.Velasco since its inception in 2001.