Deborah Dansby Wells, viola and violin, is a long time resident of Orlando. Debbie is a
freelance ensemble performer, soloist, clinician, and instructor who has played with nearly
every orchestra statewide as well as many ensembles around the United States. She travels
worldwide making music, often with the legendary Mantovani Orchestra, of which she is
Principal Viola and Tour Manager.
Deborah has performed with many well-known artists
(often acting as their orchestra contractor) such as Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick,
Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Roberta Peters, and Robert Merrill to mention
a few. As a student of Paul Rolland and Lillian Fuchs, Debbie came to love the process of learning
her instruments and is dedicated to passing on the wisdom and knowledge of her revered mentors
to students of all levels. She earned Bachelors and Masters in both Performance and Education
from the University of Michigan. Deborah has been a member (and Vice President) of the Central Florida
Musicians’ Association for more than 30 years and was named a National Arts Associate of
the Sigma Alpha Iota national music sorority in 2005.