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  • D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts), Violoncello Performance, University of Maryland at College Park, 1995
  • M.M., Violoncello Performance, University of Maryland, College Park, 1987
  • Künstlerische Reifeprüfung, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, 1985
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Additional Information

How does one choose their instrument? Dieter Wulfhorst was inspired to take up the cello at the age of eight when he was exposed to the sounds of the cello whenever he visited his best friend’s home. The father of his friend was Ernest Strauss, member of the Strauss Quartet and later for many decades the principal cellist of the Basel (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. Ernest Strauss continues to be an inspiration even now after many decades: now in his 80’s Strauss practices every day for several hours and still performs chamber music. Dieter was fortunate enough to have wonderful teachers as a child and he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Germany for a couple of years as a cellist and their soccer goalie. He continued his studies in Hanover and played in various orchestras (Hanover State Opera Orchestra and Radio Orchestra) before joining the Gőttingen Symphony Orchestra. Combining his love of music and traveling, he was able to concertize in Australia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In 1985, he came to the United States (on a one-way ticket on Pakistan Airlines, paid in cash, there was no TSA in those days) and continued his studies at the University of Maryland with the members of the Guarneri Quartet and with Evelyn Elsing. He met his future wife, violinist Susan Doering, while they both were teaching, playing chamber music, and polka-dancing at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI. Despite their different ability levels in their dance activities (Susan was a competitive championship Irish dancer-think “Riverdance”- while Dieter’s abilities can be found elsewhere), they fell in love.

They continued to live in different time zones even after they got married but they both have been residing near Shaver Lake since 2001. Unfortunately he is not able to spend as much time with their many cats as he wishes for because he is gone a lot: teaching at Fresno Pacific University, playing in various regional orchestras (within the last six weeks alone in Santa Rosa, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, Sacramento, and Tulare County Symphony) and also keeping a busy schedule as a chamber musician, adjudicator and clinician. He and Susan are looking forward to spending seven weeks next summer teaching and also performing some twenty plus chamber concerts in Germany. In 1996, Wulfhorst met cellist Jürgen Wolf with whom he recorded a duo CD and taught with for many years in the summers in Sweden. For the last 15 years Dr. Wulfhorst has been playing the ex- Jürgen Wolf Giovanni Battista Rogeri cello, crafted in 1693. 

Publications & Presentations

  • Three presentations given about music of the revolution at a regional lecture day for Academic Decathlon, September 2009 in Madera, California, themed around the French Revolution
  • Performed with The University String Quartet, a student ensemble directed by Wulfhorst, on Valley Public Radio KVPR (89.3 FM, Fresno) in April 2008 as part of Young Artists' Spotlight
  • "Terezén: Music of the Holocaust for Violin and Violoncello," presented and performed at the CMEA convention in Pasadena, CA, 2007; Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, CA; American String Teachers Association National Convention in Kansas City, MO; and the 4th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, HI, 2006
  • "Exploring Baroque Style and Techniques in Public School String Orchestras," presented and performed at the CMEA Convention in Pasadena, CA, 2007; and the National ASTA Convention in Kansas City, MO, 2006
  • Clara Kathleen Rogers Chamber Music, edited with Judith Radell, published by A-R Editions, June 2001
  • John Cage: Music, Philosophy and Intention, 1933-1950, David Wayne Patterson, ed. Garland Publishers, 2000. (Translation of article on John Cage by Martin Erdmann, assisted by Susan Doering)
  • "Clara Kathleen Rogers: Reverie," co-presented and performed with Judith Radell at the American Musicological Association, Allegheny Chapter Meeting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • "Music for the 21st Century," presented at the Southwest Cello Conference in Santa Fe, NM, 1997
  • "Franz Schubert and Arpeggione," presented at the American Musicological Association, Allegheny Chapter Meeting at California University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • "Music Education in Germany," presented at the MENC Student Chapter (Number 1), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • "Dedications to Mstislav Rostropovich and Siegfried Palm: A Selection of Compositions for Violoncello solo." UMI, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1996