Delphina Dorrance – Maui Chamber Orchestra

Delphina Dorrance


Delphina grew up near Annapolis, Maryland and her first instrument was the piano at age 3, taught by her mother who was a church organist and Choir Director. Her father, a mechanical engineer and sailor, built harpsichords as a hobby, inspiring her to start viola at age 8 and recruited to the bass at age 14. Delphina received a B.A. in String Bass and Dance from Ithaca College in New York. Since graduating from College, she’s been driving station wagons or VW vans to carry her bass to rehearsals and gigs!

Living on the Big Island since 1998, Delphina has been the principal bassist for both the Kona Music Society since 2000 and the Kamuela Philharmonic since it was founded in 2004. She joined the bass sections of both the Maui Chamber Orchestra and the Maui Pops Symphony in 2014. She has also played bass in many Broadway musicals at the Aloha and Kahilu Theatres, plays in a local bluegrass band and a rock band, has played in big jazz bands, jazz quartets, and will jam to reggae, funk, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern, blues, etc.! She also helped form and teaches music at the Ohana Homeschool Cooperative and Kanu o ka `Āina ka Oha PILI Academy.

Besides loving music, Delphina serves as V.P. of Heartwood Institute in California and as President of Feed Hawaii at Kohala Village HUB (where she also teaches keiki ballet), both not-for-profit centers for Food, Arts, Culture and Ecology. She is co-owner, with her ukulele strumming and singing husband, of Blue Dragon Restaurant & Spa, Kohala Village Inn, and Kohala Village HUB PUB. Her favorite job and instruments are her 3 kids!