Deborah is a native Wilmingtonian. She studied music at East Carolina University and returned to Wilmington to accept a job teaching band in the New Hanover County School District, where she taught for 36 years, spending most of that time at Trask Middle School.
When asked about any funny anecdotes during a performance, she remembers an experience playing for The Nutcracker when the electronic celeste came unplugged. “As they danced, the music stopped. They gracefully folded up, went backstage and waited for Dr. Errante to plug it back in. We started over and they came back out. The dancers handled themselves beautifully and the show continued.”
Deborah has an identical twin sister who is deaf and teaches at the NC School for the Deaf in Wilson, NC. Deborah says of having a twin, “We still look alike and people get us mixed up. I am able to sign and enjoy learning new signs. I have always enjoyed being a twin.”
She has also played with the Cape Fear Chorale, the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, the Wilmington Symphonic Winds, and local church choirs and orchestras when needed. When she is not playing her flute, Deborah enjoys restoring furniture, remodeling her home, sewing, and exercising. She also sings in the choir at her church.
Beverly Andrews, Co-Concertmaster
Christine Maynard, Co-Concertmaster
Mary Jo White