Deirdre Oehrtmann, Violin
Deirdre Oehrtmann has been a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for forty years. A Maine native, “Dee Dee” graduated magna cum laude in seven semesters from the University of Southern Maine with a B.S. degree in Music Education. While there, she was named to the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”
Her private teachers have included Stephen Kecskemethy of the Portland String Quartet, Eric Rosenblith of New England Conservatory, and Arturo Delmoni of NYC.
Besides performing with the PSO, Deirdre is principal second violinist of the Maine Chamber Ensemble of the Maine Music Society as well as violinist with orchestras of PORT Opera, Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet and the Oratorio Chorale.
She was founder and for ten years conductor of the Portland Young Peoples String Consort, training orchestra for the Univeristy of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles. She served for twenty-seven years on the staff of the Maine ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Summer Conference in many capacities – as chamber music coach, section leader, conductor of both the Junior and Intermediate Orchestras, as well as being the director for her last six years on staff. Deirdre is past president of the Maine Unit of ASTA and has also served as vice president of Orchestra for the Maine Music Educators Association.
Deirdre has extensive training in the Suzuki method and has units registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas covering books 1 through 6. Her Suzuki trainers have included John Kendall (USA), Ronda Cole (USA), Judith Bossuat (France/USA), Helen Brunner (England), Edward Sprunger (USA), Alice Joy Lewis (USA) and Edward Kreitman (USA).