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Sho-Mei Pelletier

Associate Principal Second Violin

Sho-Mei Pelletier, Associate Principal violin, follows a legacy of musicians and artists; families from China, Canada, and Mexico; and religious influences from Buddhism to Judaism. Her musical affiliations include serving as Associate Principal violin with the Santa Fe Opera for 25 years as well as solo performances with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Voices of Change, the Dallas Bach Society, the Walden series, the Kodaly Ensemble, the Arensky Trio, the YES String Quintet and the Young Strings Piano Trio. She has also appeared with the New Mexico Symphony, and Evansville Philharmonic, the Owensboro Philharmonic and the New World Orchestra. Ms. Pelletier has taught at the Booker T. Washington School for the Arts and was an Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University with the world-renowned pedagogue, Josef Gingold. She is married to Dallas Symphony bassist, Dwight Shambley, and has a son, Aaron Joshua, and a daughter, Alexis Jessica. Ms. Pelletier also enjoys oil painting and has completed over fifty-five canvases. She has won prizes in art shows and has exhibited her work in galleries in Santa Fe and Dallas. Ms. Pelletier is also a published author of a humorous book, “The Simple Dictionary for Classical Musicians”. You can read a review at, her official website! Ms. Pelletier was also featured in the 2007 “Who’s Who of American Women”.