In 1986, at the age of 24, Sir Georg Solti appointed Patricia Dash to the Percussion Section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York, Ms. Dash began her percussion studies at the age of nine. She received a Diploma with Honors and a Certificate of Merit from the Eastman School of Music's Preparatory Department in 1979, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction from Eastman in 1983. Her teachers included John Beck, Ruth Cahn, Allen Otte, Richard Jensen and Doug Howard. While in college, she performed as an extra with both Rochester Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Dash came to Chicago from the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, where she held the position of Principal Percussionist. Since coming to Chicago, Ms. Dash has become an active chamber musician. She has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Chicago Pro Musica ensemble, the CSO Trombone Ensemble, the Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris, and in numerous CSO chamber music concerts in Orchestra Hall. Ms. Dash is a member of the percussion quartet Pulse Chicago, as well as an active studio musician, percussion clinician and teacher. She has recently initiated a scholarship percussion program, sponsored by The Orchestral Association, for gifted 5th-grade students in Chicago. She is married to fellow percussionist Doug Waddell, who is an active studio musician and a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.