Dortha Manning DeWit was born in Alaska and grew up in Michigan. Her early violin studies were with her mother, Jean Manning, who was also a violinist; later teachers included Romeo Tata, Roland and Almita Vamos, Richard Young, and Josef Gingold. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Oberlin College and a Master of Music from Indiana University, where she also did doctoral coursework. She is a member of the Quad City Symphony and the Serenata String Trio. She also directs the Quad City Symphony Youth String Ensemble. She has performed with orchestras and in recitals throughout the Midwest. She taught at Augustana College for eight years and now maintains a private studio in her home in addition to teaching for Augustana.
- B.A., Oberlin
- M.A., Indiana