Gloria Velasco, originally from Los Alamos, has performed with The Santa Fe Symphony since its inception, when she was one of the musicians involved in helping to organize The Symphony, and played as a member of the Orchestra of Santa Fe prior to The Santa Fe Symphony’s founding. She has performed professionally with the Oregon Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and Opera Southwest, as well as other performing groups in New Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Music performance degree from Marylhurst University, where she studied with Lajos Balogh; she performed recitals regularly throughout the Portland area while completing her degree. Upon her return to New Mexico, Gloria did graduate work in music performance and earned a Master of Education degree from the University of New Mexico.
Presently a music teacher in Albuquerque who has only recently retired from the public schools, Gloria still serves as a mentor in the district and keeps an active teaching calendar. She is the conductor of the Preparatory Strings Orchestra within the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, and is regularly contracted as a clinician throughout the area. A certified Suzuki teacher, she also teaches Suzuki and orchestra methods in South America and Mexico.
Gloria is the mother of two daughters, one who earned a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at the Boston Conservatory and is now the Executive Director of the Walla Walla Symphony in the state of Washington, and one with a Ph. D. in philosophy, now teaching at the University of Montana.