Betsy Thal Gephart joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Second Violinist in January 1990.
She had previously performed with symphony orchestras in South Bend and Springfield, Illinois. A native of Toledo, Gephart received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Jacob Krachmalnick and Angel Reyes. Raised in a musical family, she began piano studies at age 5 and violin at age 10, continuing both instruments through college. She still enjoys playing chamber music on both instruments with family and friends. Gephart is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national music fraternity for women. She has been involved at both the local and national levels and, in 2002, was awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Ring of Excellence. Outside of the Philharmonic, Betsy serves as volunteer librarian for the Madge Rothschild Resource Center at Congregation Achduth Vesholom in Fort Wayne. If there’s down time, you can usually find her with a good book or pursuing her other passion of family history. Married to Geoffrey Gephart, she has two daughters, Naomi and Grace.