About Debbie Brooks
Debbie Brooks is a premier music contractor and freelance cellist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and performs regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony and other area ensembles. Ms. Brooks is in the core orchestra of Dallas Summer Musicals, which performed the National Tours of American in Paris, Beauty and the Beast, Flower Drum Song, Lion King, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Wicked, and many others, and has been the solo cellist for Casa Manana Musicals since 1981.Ms. Brooks is the Director of DFW MUSICIANS SERVICES LLC, which has established a national reputation for excellence in event planning and production. [See Contracting] Her debut Compact Disc with Yamaha artist and composer Joyce Valentine was released in 2000, with Yamaha producing a Midi-Disc version in 2001. Ms. Brooks is very much in demand as a solo studio cellist.
Before resigning as Associate Principal Cellist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Brooks was the featured soloist with Bobby McFerrin, Bernadette Peters, and Mark O’Connor on the Fort Worth Symphony Pops Series. In 1996, she was awarded the American Airlines Distinguished Musicians Award as a result of her contribution to the community during her over two decades of service with the orchestra. Ms. Brooks rejoined the FWSO cello section on a part-time basis in 2010, and currently serves as the ICSOM representative.
Ms. Brooks received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of Adolfo Odnoposoff at the University of North Texas. She attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in 1979 and 1980 and received prizes both summers, including the Gregor Piatorgorsky Prize for outstanding cellist. Ms. Brooks performed with such notable artists as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Leppard, and John Williams.