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For Immediate Release: 
June. 29, 2022                                                  Contact:    Greg Patterson:  gpatterson@planosymphony.org         Craig Boleman:  craig@soloshoecreative.com


Plano Symphony Orchestra Announces Board of Directors for 2022/23
Including Seven New Board Members and Slate of New Officers

PLANO, TX (June 29, 2022) Gregory Patterson, Executive Director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, today announced that at the recent PSO Annual Meeting, the Board unanimously elected Marion Brockette as President as well as returning and new board members and a new slate of officers. The Board voted to install the following officers: Marion Brockette, President; Brenda Mills, Vice President & President-Elect; Julianne Barnum, Secretary; Mike Mangum, Treasurer; and Marcela Schweers, Guild President.

 

The Board elected the following new and returning board members: Bobby Baggett, Bret Boeger, Mary Jo Cater, Nancy Freeman, Hillary Hansen, Dr. Doohi Lee, Mirna Lynch, Charlotte Moellering, Darlene Morford, Wanda Parker, Christopher Parr, Carlos Rodriquez-Garcia, and Christina Ryan. They will be joining Karen Davis, Tim Dwight, Rebeka Ecker, Deborah L. Hendrix, Dr. Christine Hopkins, Hal Kauffeldt, Charles Miller, Dr. Betty Bell Muns, Ralph Muse, Ryan J. Riggs, Raymond Rowell, Bill Tucker, and Kyle Veverka. The PSO thanks retiring board members Stephen Kyriakos, Janie Orr, and Lauren Wood for their service to the orchestra and the community.

 

“I’m so pleased to welcome Bobby Baggett, Bret Boeger, Mary Jo Cater, Nancy Freeman, Hillary Hansen, Dr. Doohi Lee, and Charlotte Moellering to the PSO of Board of Directors,” said Marion Brockette. “I’m pleased to be serving on the PSO Board alongside so many talented corporate and community leaders. This year, we have record-high participation on our board and will have brand new and returning board members joining the team. With a wonderful 40th anniversary subscription season in place, our future continues to be solid, and we look to the future with renewed confidence. I’m excited to be taking on this important role and partnering with Gregory, Hector, and my colleagues on the Board to continue growing the PSO and its impact on music and music education in our community.”

 

“I’m looking forward to working with Marion and the PSO Board on many exciting new projects for the PSO,” said Executive Director Gregory Patterson. “Our future is very bright, and we have a board team in place that is committed, energized, and excited to play pivotal roles in the organization’s expansion and growth.”

 

About the New Board Members:

Bobby Baggett has been a CPA in the Dallas metroplex and a resident of Plano for over 35 years. Bobby started his own CPA firm in 1990 and joined Montgomery, Baggett & Drews CPAs in the mid-1990s. From 2002-2007, Bobby was co-founder, Partner & Chairman of KBA Group LLP (n.k.a. BKD LLP), which in five years grew to be the largest single-office CPA firm in the metroplex. Bobby is a Certified Public Accountant and a cum-laude graduate of Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business. Bobby has previously served on the PSO Board, including a term as Board President.

 

Bret Boeger has more than 33 years of experience in both welfare and executive benefit plan consulting. He received his Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Kansas and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Bret has been Board Chair for Cornerstones of Care and Marillac in Kansas City for over 15 years. He serves on the District Council of Boy Scouts of America and previously served on boards of Synergy Services and Special Olympics, Jr. Achievement. He attends Lake Lotawana Methodist Church and splits his time between Lake Lotawana, Missouri, and Allen, Texas.

 

Mary Jo Cater returns to the PSO board following a mandatory year off. Previous service to the PSO includes being a member of the Board for the prior six years where she served on the IT Committee and an additional two years of IT advisement. She is retired from Bank of America, where she held the title of Vice President, Technical Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas.

 

Nancy Freeman served from 2006 until early 2021 as the Director of Operations of the DII Industries, LLC Asbestos PI Trust. Created in 2005, the Trust was at one point the nation’s largest asbestos settlement trust and still ranks among the top today. She remains on staff part-time and completes special projects identified by the Executive Director and Trustees. Nancy obtained her J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now known as Texas A&M University School of Law) in 2000.  

 

As the sales leader for Ebby Halliday’s Plano West office, Hillary Hansen is passionate about professional development and helping agents grow their career by providing the highest level of service. She is a native Texan and seasoned real estate professional with over a decade of experience who recognizes and values the trust clients place in their realtors. 


 

As Medical Director of Advanced Surgical Arts, Dr. Doohi Lee applies the principals of Regenerative and Integrative Medicine as the foundation to enhance patient treatments and clinical outcomes in Cosmetic Surgery, Aesthetics Medicine, Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Doohi is also an accomplished pianist and conductor. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Piano major.

 

Charlotte Moellering, who holds a BME from Southwestern University and a M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of music education. She is a Past President of TODA and has taught all levels of orchestra from elementary to college. Twenty-four of her 40-plus years were spent as the orchestra director of the Blalack MS Orchestras in Carrollton, Texas, before she retired in 2010. From 2013-2015, she was an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M Commerce, where she taught the string methods courses, applied string lessons, and coached a chamber ensemble.

 

For tickets and information on the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Season – Celebrating Connections, please visit www.planosymphony.org or call the Plano Symphony box office at 972.473.7262.

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About the Plano Symphony Orchestra:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertoire. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a six-concert, interactive Family Concert Series, and over 200 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

 

The Plano Symphony Orchestra is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, Tammy and Charles Miller, The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Perot Foundation, Atmos Energy, AWARE Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, The Dallas Morning News, The Plano Symphony Orchestra Guild, Dianne and Marion Brockette, City of McKinney, City of Richardson, Frisco Arts Foundation, Frost Bank, H-E-B / Central Market, Medical City Plano, Sandy Nachman, NYLO Hotel Plano, Wanda and Cliff Parker, SoloShoe Communications, Carol and William Tempest, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Veritex Community Bank, and hundreds of individual donors, foundations, and corporations who make transformative gifts to the PSO.

For Immediate Release: 
May. 19, 2022                                                  Contact:    Greg Patterson:  gpatterson@planosymphony.org         Craig Boleman:  craig@soloshoecreative.com


Plano Symphony Orchestra to Perform Outdoor Concert at the
2022 H-E-B | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival

Special concert marks the orchestra’s inaugural performance at the popular festival.

 

PLANO, TX (May 18, 2022): As part of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season – Celebrating Connections and in partnership with the H-E-B | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival, the PSO is honored to play a role in opening this year’s festival a day early with a special outdoor community concert on Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM. Festival tickets, which provide access to the concert, go on sale mid-June and are $10 GA/$5 students and seniors. There will be a limited number of $150 VIP tickets available that come with a reception prior to the concert at the festival and reserved seating. Tickets will be available through the Plano Balloon Festival website https://www.planoballoonfest.org/p/tickets. The PSO’s appearance at the 2022 Balloon Festival is made possible, in part, by the support of H-E-B/Central Market, Tammy and Charles Miller, and Dianne and Marion Brockette.

The concert will include music for the entire family beginning with the “The Star Spangled Banner” and followed with pieces by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Bernstein, and Ellington. Concertgoers will also hear selections from films like Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magnificent Seven, Silverado, and favorites from James Bond films. The PSO’s Maestro Hector Guzman will conduct the orchestra.

“I am always excited when we can present music to a wider audience, and the Plano Balloon Festival will allow us to do just that,” says PSO Music Director and Maestro Hector Guzman. “This is a wonderful way for the PSO, and myself, to celebrate 40 years of making music for North Texas.”

“The Plano Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to partner with the Plano Balloon Festival for this opportunity of kicking off our 40th Anniversary Season with an outdoor community celebration,” says Marion Brockette, PSO Board President. “We are so grateful to Jo Via and her team for working with us these past several months in creating a new way for our friends, family, and neighbors to experience the Symphony. This concert will showcase and celebrate the connections we all share, and it continues the legacy of the PSO in bringing world-class entertainment to our Plano community and beyond.”

“Welcoming the Plano Symphony Orchestra to the 2022 H-E-B | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival will mark the first time the Symphony has performed an outdoor, family friendly, community concert,” says Jo Via, Executive Director of Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. “We’re very excited to showcase the Plano Symphony Orchestra at this year’s festival and look forward to a wonderful evening of music and hot air balloons.”

For tickets and information on the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Season – Celebrating Connections, please visit www.planosymphony.org or call the Plano Symphony box office at 972.473.7262.

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ABOUT PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertorie. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a six-concert, interactive Family Concert Series, and over 200 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

The PSO is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Perot Foundation, The Dallas Morning News, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Atmos Energy, the Burnham Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the City of McKinney, City of Richardson, Frisco Association for the Arts, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Frost Bank, Veritex Community Bank, AWARE Dallas, SoloShoe Communications LLC, Medical City Plano, and Tammy and Charles Miller, Sandy Nachman, Wanda and Cliff Parker, William and Carol Tempest, and hundreds of other individual donors, foundations and corporations who make transformative gifts to the PSO.

ABOUT H-E-B | CENTRAL MARKET PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL & RUN:

The Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency that is dedicated to educating attendees about hot air ballooning and producing a family oriented, high quality event that offers other local non-profits an opportunity to assist in the operations of the festival. Our objective is to offer the participating non-profit agencies an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of their programs and services…thus enhancing the quality of life for all of us.

For Immediate Release: 
Apr. 26, 2022                                                  Contact:    Greg Patterson:  gpatterson@planosymphony.org         Craig Boleman:  craig@soloshoecreative.com


PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Highly respected North Texas arts leader will take the helm in May

 

PLANO, TX: The Plano Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Gregory Patterson has been named Executive Director. Patterson, who is no stranger to the PSO having served as Director of Development from 2018 until now, steps into the role following Robert A. Reed’s resignation to accept a position with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Patterson’s appointment was recently voted on by the PSO Board of Directors, making him Executive Director starting May 25.

“Gregory Patterson is a proven arts leader and, over the past three years, Mr. Patterson has proven to be a tremendous asset for the PSO and our community,” commented PSO Board President Marion Brockette. “Very quickly, we saw his ability to forge and strengthen relationships as a vital part of the Symphony’s growth, and I look forward to the organization’s continued success under his leadership,” continued Mr. Brockette. “I have seen Mr. Patterson’s ability to provide passionate support for our North Texas community through building relationships, forging bonds, and developing new initiatives for the PSO.”

“I am excited by the prospect of joining Maestro Hector Guzman in leading this wonderful Orchestra through its milestone 40th Anniversary Season and beyond,” said Gregory Patterson. “The PSO has already made an indelible impact on the cultural landscape of North Texas because of its exceptional musicians, staff, volunteers, and Board. I look forward to continuing our work, expanding our impact in the community here in North Texas and nationally, bringing world-class musical experiences to our community, and partnering with Maestro Hector Guzman in achieving our many goals for the future. Departing Executive Director Robert A. Reed has been an inspiring leader, and working with him has been extremely rewarding during my three years with the PSO. I wish him great success on his new journey, and I know the community does as well.”

“The success of the PSO is a remarkable combination of talent and dedication, not only in musical terms but also in the everyday operations of the organization,” said Maestro Hector Guzman. “I am confident that Greg Patterson will be just as dynamic, dedicated and efficient as Robert Reed… someone that will carry us to a bright future. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Patterson’s illustrious career began at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, where he served as a development assistant for two years. He then served as Director of Public Relations and Communications for The National Ballet of Canada, touring extensively with the company across North America and Europe, including tours to New York City, London, Berlin, Paris, and Los Angeles.

In 1990, Patterson joined the English National Ballet in London, England, as the Director of External Affairs and Development under Artistic Director Ivan Nagy. Patterson was then hired as the Director of Public Relations at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly Orange County Performing Arts Center) in 1992. Patterson’s role later expanded to include management of all the Center’s series, from Broadway and Chamber Music to Jazz and Pop, and he was given the title of Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Patterson has also served as Director of Marketing for American Ballet Theatre and for the Los Angeles Opera under General Director Placido Domingo. He was also the Director of Development and Marketing for the Atlanta Opera. North Texas residents might recognize Patterson from his nine-year tenure at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, where he worked as Director of Development and later, Managing Director. After forming Gregory Patterson Consulting, LLC in 2017, some of Patterson’s clients included Kitchen Dog Theater, Bishop Arts Theater Center, and the Texas Nonprofit Theater Association, among others.

To learn more about the Plano Symphony Orchestra and the upcoming 40th Anniversary Season, visit www.planosymphony.org.

ABOUT PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas area. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertoire. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a six-concert, interactive Family Concert Series, and over 200 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

The PSO is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Perot Foundation, The Dallas Morning News, Ebby Halliday Realtors, the City of McKinney, Frisco Association for the Arts, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Frost Bank, Veritex Community Bank, and AWARE Dallas

For Immediate Release: 
Apr. 6, 2022                                                  Contact:    Greg Patterson:  gpatterson@planosymphony.org         Craig Boleman:  craig@soloshoecreative.com


PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Award-winning conductor and forthcoming Juilliard School graduate will join PSO in August

 

PLANO, TX: The Plano Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce Shira Samuels-Shragg will be joining Maestro Hector Guzman as Assistant Conductor ahead of the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season. Shira is a young American conductor in her final year pursuing a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Juilliard School with highly-sought after conductor David Robertson. This full-time position is funded by a generous donation from Tammy and Charles Miller. Shira will assume her role on August 22, 2022.

PSO Music Director and Maestro Hector Guzman states: “The audition process for this position attracted conductors from the USA, Venezuela, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, China, and Japan. The final audition consisted of five gifted finalists conducting the PSO. Shira brings to our organization youthful excitement, enthusiasm, and above all, talent! She will be a valuable asset to the ever-growing stature of our outstanding orchestra.”

A graduate of Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Shira Samuels-Shragg served in 2020 as music director for the world premiere of Cassandra, an opera by composer Thomas Whitman and poet/librettist Nathalie Anderson. She worked as assistant conductor for the college orchestra, and as part of her studies with Professor Andrew Hauze, enjoyed conducting guest artists such as the Jasper String Quartet.

Shira was honored to finish her studies at Swarthmore with a grant from the music department and the coveted Swarthmore College Oak and Ivy Award. She also enjoyed studying in workshops with such esteemed conductors as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Octavio Mas-Arocas, Tong Chen, David Effron, and Gary Berkson, among others. During the summer of 2021, Shira was a fellow in the inaugural Conducting Academy at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, where she studied with Marin Alsop and James Ross and was delighted to premier Just Dreams by Tyler Taylor.

In May 2022, Shira will graduate from Maestro David Robertson’s studio at The Juilliard School with a Masters in Orchestral Conducting. At Juilliard, Shira made her Alice Tully Hall debut, conducted concerts with the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and served as Cover/Assistant Conductor for conductors including Sir Anthony Pappano, Barbara Hannigan, and Kevin John Edusei.

Prior to joining the PSO in August, Shira will serve as the Assistant Conductor of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the U.S.A. this summer, where she will work closely with Maestro Daniel Harding and Carnegie’s team as the group performs in concert halls across Europe.

To learn more about the Plano Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.planosymphony.org.

ABOUT PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas area. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertory. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a six-concert, interactive Family Concert Series, and over 200 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

The PSO is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Perot Foundation, The Dallas Morning News, Ebby Halliday Realtors, the City of McKinney, Frisco Association for the Arts, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Frost Bank, Veritex Community Bank, and AWARE Dallas.

For Immediate Release: 
Feb. 21, 2022                                                  Contact:    Greg Patterson:  gpatterson@planosymphony.org         Craig Boleman:  craig@soloshoecreative.com


 PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES MILESTONE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Season honors Maestro Hector Guzman’s four decades as Music Director

 

PLANO, TX (February 21, 2022): The Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to announce the concerts for its momentous 40th anniversary season, Celebrating Connections. In addition to celebrating PSO’s ruby anniversary, Maestro Hector Guzman is commemorating 40 inspiring years as the symphony’s music director. In his honor, each of the concerts on the 2022-2023 season relate to Maestro Guzman’s journey with the PSO. A variety of season subscription packages, ranging from $92-$466, are available now for purchasing. Current subscribers may renew by mail, by calling 972-473-7262, or visiting the PSO’s website, planosymphony.org. New subscribers may call to select available seats. The 2022-2023 season is sponsored by Tammy and Charles Miller.

“How amazing is it that we’re celebrating 40 wonderful seasons here at the Plano Symphony,” says Maestro Hector Guzman. “We hope fans of wonderful music will join us for an exciting lineup of performances that commemorate our four decades of making music together.”

The new season includes a world premiere by composer Jack Waldenmaier, Mexican phenomenon Mariachi Vargas, Texas country and Grammy-winning legends Asleep at the Wheel, and a number of symphony favorites concluding with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Guest artists scheduled to appear on the season include concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal Cellist Christopher Adkins, actor-singer Fela, and more.

Plano Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Robert A. Reed states, “Forty seasons is a milestone for any performing arts organization and we intend to celebrate all year long. This season, we honor not only the connections between Maestro Guzman and our season, but with our patrons who have seen us through the difficulties of the last few years and continue to support us.”


2022-2023 Plano Symphony Orchestra Season


Season Opener and World Premiere

Guest Artist: David Kim, violin

September 17, 2022 at the Eisemann Center

Featuring the world premiere of a violin concerto by Hector Guzman’s dear friend Jack Waldenmaier played by concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim, the season opener will also feature Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and the gorgeous Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.


Asleep at the Wheel

October 22, 2022 at the Eisemann Center

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning group and Texas’s own, Asleep at the Wheel will ring in PSO’s second performance of the season for an evening of favorite songs amplified by the incredible orchestra featuring songs like “Miles and Miles of Texas,” “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and Hector’s favorite, “Choo, Choo, Ch’Boogie.”
Sponsored by H-E-B.


Bravo Broadway!

Guest Artists: Scarlett Strallen, LaKisha Jones, Hugh Panaro

November 19, 2022 at the Eisemann Center

For the third show of the season, PSO is headed straight to BROADWAY! The Plano Symphony will be joined by some of the best voices from the stages of New York performing familiar songs from Tony Award-winning Broadway shows like Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Phantom of The Opera, and many more!


Home for the Holidays

Guest Artists: Fela and the Plano Civic Chorus

December 17-18, 2022 at the Robinson Fine Arts Center

With over 150 musicians, “Home for the Holidays” includes seasonal favorites for orchestra, vocalist, and chorus, the popular audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, humor, and surprises. Joining the Plano Symphony Orchestra will be Fela (Hector Guzman’s niece) and the Plano Civic Chorus. Fela, a singer and actress, came to prominence performing alongside Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernandez. She later led Big Band Jazz de México and starred as Nala in the Mexican production of the hit musical The Lion King.


Hector and Friends

Guest Artists: Christopher Adkins, cello; Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

January 21, 2023 at the Eisemann Center

Taking the stage with a few of his best friends in performance, Maestro Hector Guzman and the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s fifth performance of the season features Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Bloch’s Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, and de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat, Suites 1 & 2.


FIESTA!

Guest Artists: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

February 18, 2023 at the Eisemann Center

Considered the gold standard in mariachi music, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has thrived for five generations and has become one of the most internationally celebrated ensembles in Mexican music history, boasting the title of “World’s Best Mariachi” since the 1950s and spurring national pride for what is recognized as Mexico’s classic sound. It will be a fiesta like you have never experienced before.


Young Artists & Symphonie Fantastique

Guest Artists: CCYAC Grand Prize Winners

March 18, 2023 at the Eisemann Center

Joined by the three grand prize winners of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s annual Collin County Young Artist Competition, this concert will feature one of the most imaginative symphonies ever written with Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique!


Mahler Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Guest Artist(s): TBA

April 29, 2023 at the Robinson Fine Arts Center

For the final concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary season, the Plano Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Plano Civic Chorus, the Irving Chorale, and soon-to-be-named soloists for a rousing concert featuring the largest orchestra in the Plano Symphony’s history performing one of the very best symphonies ever written—Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.”
Sponsored by Tammy and Charles Miller.

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ABOUT PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas area. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertory. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a six-concert, interactive Family Concert Series, and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

The PSO is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, Tammy and Charles Miller, Sandy Nachman, Wanda and Cliff Parker, William and Carole Tempest, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, the Rea Charitable Trust, The Dallas Morning News, Ebby the City of McKinney, the City of Richardson, Atmos Energy, the City of Frisco, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Frost Bank, VeritexCommunity Bank, and AWARE Dallas.

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For Immediate Release:                                                                                      Media Inquires:  Greg Patterson | gpatterson@planosymphony.org | 469-652-6614
Tuesday, September 28, 2021


PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RECEIVES $410,000 LEADERSHIP GIFT FROM TAMMY AND CHARLES MILLER
 The restricted gift will fund several new initiatives designed to transform the PSO over the next several years

 

(Plano, Texas) …September 28, 2021…Robert A. Reed, Executive Director, and Marion Brockette, President, of the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced today the receipt of an unprecedented $410,000 multi-year gift from Tammy and Charles Miller – the largest single donation from an individual in the history of the organization.

The transformational gift will fund several new initiatives for the PSO including $200,000 in funding for four years of the newly created position of Assistant Conductor; a $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge for the 2021-2022 Season designed to encourage new gifts as well as increased giving by existing PSO donors; $50,000 in new technology and ticketing system/donor management system upgrades; $50,000 to fund additional strings for Orchestra concerts; and $60,000 to underwrite the PSO’s 2022-2023 40th Anniversary Season, including the concert sponsorship of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, which will be performed as part of the anniversary celebration.

The Millers’ $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge will match dollar-for-dollar all donations from supporters who have not previously given to the PSO. The challenge grant will also match each dollar given above the amount given in 2020 or 2021 by a returning donor.

The gift will fund a newly created Assistant Conductor position over four years. The audition process for this position will be announced separately, but the PSO plans to conduct a national audition process.

Hector Guzman, the PSO’s Music Director, expressed his desire at a recent Board of Director’s retreat to be able to add more strings to the Orchestra to enhance the orchestra’s sound and be able to play more complex works. Of the Millers’ gift, $50,000 will be allocated to funding more strings in the Orchestra over the course of several seasons.

The PSO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in the 2022-2023 Season. Maestro Guzman will also celebrate his 40th Anniversary as the PSO’s Music Director next season. To celebrate these two milestones, the Millers’ gift will underwrite the PSO’s 40th Anniversary Season and a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, in C minor, known as the Resurrection Symphony. Considered one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works, this vast symphony requires a full orchestra, choir, as well as soprano and contralto soloists.

In making the gift, Charles Miller said, “All too often, nonprofits can only focus on managing their day-to-day business and not dream about the future because funding is always so challenging. Tammy and I wanted to make a gift that would potentially transform the PSO. We have been huge champions of Maestro Guzman and what he has accomplished over the years to build this fine orchestra. He and I have talked for some years about adding an Assistant Conductor to the Orchestra. We are confident the artist he chooses for this position will help augment the musical growth of the organization. The PSO’s sound will also be enhanced with the addition of more string section players and allow Hector to select more complex works for the orchestra to perform, which will certainly help as we work to expand our audience reach in the community.”

Miller continued, “In this day in age, any organization that doesn’t have the right technology to manage its audience and look to the future will be left behind. The PSO has never had the available funding to upgrade a myriad of outdated technology areas, including its ticketing system, video capabilities, and other donor management systems. This is a vital area to keep PSO competitive.”

“Whether it’s performing remarkable classical or popular works of music of the highest quality, or engaging thousands of children and youth in music education programs each year,” said Robert A. Reed, “everything that the PSO does is made possible by our loyal supporters. Their generosity in terms of time and treasure makes possible world-class musical performances and educational programs right here in North Texas. We are very grateful for the Miller family to invest in our Orchestra in a way that encourages others to deepen their support as well as provide us the ability to confidently plan for future growth.”

“The Board of Directors of the Plano Symphony Orchestra are extremely grateful for the Miller’s visionary support”, said Marion Brockette. “Thanks to the Miller’s generosity, we envision a transformational impact on our programs and services. We will continue building our commitment to the growing North Texas arts community as a place for all to come and enjoy great music. “

About the PSO:

Established in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has gradually expanded its mission and programming to serve the greater North Texas. Originally named the Plano Chamber Orchestra, the change to “Symphony” in 1998 reflected a broadening of scope and repertory. Currently presenting eight subscription concerts, a five-concert, interactive Family Symphony Sunday series, and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational programs, the PSO embodies outstanding artistic excellence, active community engagement, and sound fiscal responsibility.

The PSO has an annual operating budget of $1.4 million for the 2021-2022 Season, a 28-member Board of Directors, and a small professional staff led by Executive Director Robert A. Reed. The musicians of the PSO perform on a per service basis, led by Music Director and Conductor Hector Guzman. The PSO’s eight subscription concerts provide a mix of classical and popular music that often includes collaborations with other local arts groups.

The PSO is supported, in part, by the City of Plano, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, TACA, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Perot Foundation, The Dallas Morning News, Ebby Halliday Realtors, the City of McKinney, Frisco Association for the Arts, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Frost Bank, Veritex Community Bank, and AWARE Dallas.

About Tammy and Charles Miller:

 Charles “Charlie” Miller joined Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC in 2011 and serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Wolf portfolio companies Pharmaceutical Strategies Group LLC, The Mulch and Soil Company, Novo Building Products, and Petrosmith LLC.

Prior to joining Blue Wolf, Charlie was an equity partner at Patton Boggs LLP from 1997–2012. He served as the firm-wide Deputy Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the firm’s Dallas office, Chairman of the firm’s Business Department, and as an ex-officio member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Tammy received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Ohio University in 1983. Tammy was a former high school English and Journalism teacher. She served as a PISD substitute for 17 years. Through the Plano PTA, she has chaired the Education committee, Science Fairs, Great Books program, and the Chess club. She was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years where she received various leadership awards. She is currently a member of the Northwood Women’s Club and the Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano. She is the Education chair for the Plano Symphony Guild.

Charlie Miller has served as a director at numerous non-profit organizations, including the Willow Bend Hunt Club, the Plano YMCA, and the Plano Education Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from West Virginia University in 1983 and a J.D., Order of the Coif, from West Virginia University College of Law in 1986.

Charlie and Tammy have been married for 36 years and have lived in Plano since 1993. They have four grown daughters: Ellen, Fran, Amy, and Abby.

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June 9, 2021                                                                                                                   Greg Patterson, 469-652-6614

 

Plano Symphony Orchestra Announces Board of Directors for 2021-2022

Including Five New Board Members and Slate of New Officers

 

Marion Brockette Elected President of the Board

 

Plano, Texas (June 9, 2021) …Robert A. Reed, Executive Director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, announced today that, at the PSO Annual Meeting held on June 6, 2021, the Board unanimously elected Marion Brockette as President as well as approved the returning and new board members and a new slate of officers. The Board voted to install the following officers: Marion Brockette, President; Dr. Chris Parr, Vice President; Janie Orr, Secretary; Mike Mangum, Treasurer; Marcela Schweers, Guild President.

The Board elected the following new board members: Karen Davis, Tim Dwight, Hal Kauffeldt, Raymond Rowell and Sue Wood. They will be joining Linda Ballard, Julianne Barnum, Marion Brockette, Rebeka Ecker, Deborah L. Hendrix, Dr. Christine Hopkins, Humera Kassem, Stephen Kyriakos, William Langford, Mirna Lynch, Mike Mangum, Charles Miller, Brenda Mills, Darlene Morford, Dr. Betty Bell Muns, Janie Orr, Wanda Parker, P.E., Dr. Chris Parr, Ryan Riggs, Carlos Rodriguez-Garcia, Gobriel Rusthoven, Christina Ryan, Bill Tucker, Kyle Ververka, and Lauren Wood. Marcela Schweers is the new Symphony Guild President and an ex-officio member of the board.

The Board also thanked the following board members, whose terms had expired, for their service: Craig Barber, Mary Jo Cater, Marcia Nelson Jackson, and Shirley Ogden.

“I’m pleased to welcome Karen, Tim, Hal, Raymond, and Sue to the PSO of Board of Directors,” said Robert A. Reed. “I’m also thrilled that Marion Brockette has accepted the position of President of the Board. His extensive background in the nonprofit arts, combined with his love for and support of the arts, makes Marion an ideal choice to serve in this important leadership role.”

“Everyone at PSO wishes to extend our gratitude to outgoing President Craig Barber,” continued Reed. “Craig has been a stellar example of leadership throughout his two-year tenure as President, especially during these challenging past 14 months during the COVID-19 crisis.”

“I’m pleased to be serving on the PSO board alongside so many talented corporate and community leaders,” said Marion Brockette. “This year has been especially challenging for the PSO, but thanks to the Board and staff, Craig hands over an organization that is financially strong and artistically vibrant. I am looking forward to the participation of our board next year as we work to recover from the pandemic and continue to move the organization forward in many positive ways. I’m excited to be taking on this important role and to be able to partner with Robert and Hector and my colleagues on the Board to continue to grow the PSO and its impact on music and music education in our community.”

About Marion Brockette, President:

 Marion is a retired CPA and Audit Partner formerly with McCarthy Rose and Mills and has over 45 years of experience in public accounting.

Marion holds a BBA from North Texas State University and is a CPA in the State of Texas. He served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Three for over 10 years, including two terms as Chairman. He also served on the City of Plano’s Cultural Affairs Commission for 6 years, including 3 years as Chairman before stepping down in October 2017. He joined the Plano Symphony Board in January 2018.

Marion and his wife Dianne have lived in Plano for over 25 years and have 3 adult daughters.

 About the New Board Members:

 For the past seven years, Karen Davis has overseen the administration of the Chamberlain Ballet company operations in addition to the finances of the organization. Her dedication to Chamberlain Ballet is evident in everything she does, from her participation in community arts organizations to her assistance with fundraising, marketing, and multiple outreach programs. She has earned a BS in Speech Pathology from Auburn University followed by an MS in Audiology from The University of Texas at Dallas. She also has an MA in Teaching from Texas Women’s University and holds a Real Estate Brokers License. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Plano and Leadership Arts Institute and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Plano Arts Coalition and recently completed a term as the Director of Finance for Theatre Three. Karen and her husband of thirty-four years have three daughters and soon-to-be three grandchildren.

Tim Dwight, CFA, is Chief Investment Officer at Fireside Capital Advisors in Dallas. He previously founded and managed SpringVest Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), in Fort Worth. Prior to founding SpringVest, Tim served in stock analyst, portfolio management, and wealth management roles at two separate RIA’s in Dallas and Houston. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation awarded by the CFA Institute and is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Society of Financial Analysts. He holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a BS in biology from Baylor University. Tim is active in the DFW community and currently serves as chairman of the investment committee at the University of North Texas Foundation. He has served on the boards of The Senior Source (the premier nonprofit for aging services in Dallas) and the Rotary Club of Dallas Foundation. He has two children, a daughter who will be attending Texas Tech next fall, and a son who will be a high school freshman in Fort Worth.

Hal Kauffeldt is currently Manager of the Intellectual Property Analysis team within the Legal department of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Prior to joining HPE, Hal was a Partner in a consultancy he co-founded, providing patent technical analysis services. Hal holds a BSC in Computing Science from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and has worked in the high-tech field for over 35 years in product definition and design as well as IP technical analysis and consulting services roles. Hal is active in several volunteer activities, including acting as the HPE Pro Bono Co-ordinator, facilitating volunteering by members of the HPE legal team with organizations such as Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (LANWT), Metroplex Veterans Legal Services, and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), volunteering with LANWT at monthly legal aid clinics, and serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Houston CT Bauer School.

Raymond Rowell is the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and External Affairs for the College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he has worked since 2009. He has experience in music performance, sales and operational management, and higher education. He earned his Master of Music in Violincello performance from Ohio University and his Bachelor of Music in Violincello Performance from Harid Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sue Wood’s professional experience, until recently, was spent in the world of education. Sue spent her career teaching students in kindergarten and supporting ESL (English as a second language) students. Working with students of all ages and professional colleagues gives Sue the ability to empathize, adapt quickly to changing situations, and make sure that everyone feels appreciated, valued, and respected.

Sue currently uses her expertise and time giving back to the community in which she has lived in for over 45 years. She enjoys being a leader in her community by volunteering and serving in several local organizations. For the past two years, Sue served as President of the PSO Guild. She has also been President of the Plano Senior Council, Parliamentarian and Activity Leader of the Plano Newcomers Club, and Co-Chair of the Silent Auction committee for Plano Symphony Gala.

Sue is a native to New York but has lived in Texas for 47 years, where she raised a family and now spoils her grandchildren. Raising a family, teaching, and volunteering gives her the experience, integrity, energy, and genuine willingness to make any organization an amazing place in which to spend time.

Marcela Schweers, Guild President

 Marcela Schweers’ professional experience includes working for Octel Communications, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Celanese Mexicana, Siderexport (in Mexico City), and 11 years with PepsiCo International. She is proficient in English, Spanish, and Italian. Marcela has certification as a corporate meeting professional. At PepsiCo International Marcela was responsible for organizing conferences and meetings in the U.S. and internationally. Marcela is now retired.

Marcela used her administrative experience and organizational skills as a leader in professional organizations such as the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) and CMP (Certified Meeting Professionals). She has been a member of the PSO Guild for several years chairing and co-chairing various committees. She also serves and volunteers at her church, Plano Newcomers Club, and other social associations.

Marcela is from Mexico City and came to this country 42 years ago, getting her US citizenship in 1992. She raised her family in Carrollton, has a son and a daughter, and a grandson. She loves music and art, and enjoys cooking, entertaining, and trying different restaurants of fine cuisine. She is excited to be the President of the Guild this year and looks forward to working with and supporting everyone in the PSO family.

About the PSO:

Established as the Plano Chamber Orchestra in 1983, the Plano Symphony Orchestra has grown to be the premier musical organization of North Texas. Robert A. Reed is the Executive Director. The Plano Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional orchestra served by a professional staff devoted to the highest artistic quality. Hector Guzman has been the Music Director of the Plano Symphony since its inception.

Now touching the lives of over 190,000 North Texans annually, including up to 44,000 children in various education programs, the Plano Symphony’s mission is “to inspire, educate, entertain and involve the children, youth and adults of our community in the enjoyment of great music.” In addition to its annual series of concerts, the PSO produces a comprehensive education program that has grown significantly over the years. The cornerstone is the School Concert Program, which includes music studies aligned with school curriculum, attendance at a Plano Symphony concert, and musician in-school visits. Also part of the Symphony’s vibrant education offerings is the Instrumental Petting Zoo that tours North Texas locations all year long, the popular Family Concert Series, and the Collin County Young Artist Competition.

The Plano Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Symphony is supported, in part, by grants from The City of Plano, The City of Frisco, The City of McKinney, The City of Richardson, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Muns Foundation, The Burnham Foundation/Bruce Morrice, Central Market, The Rea Charitable Trust, Frost Bank, AWARE Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Perot Foundation, The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, Ebby Halliday, Atmos Energy, Veritex Community Bank, The Dallas Morning News, and hundreds of individual donors.

For Immediate Release:                                                         For More Information Contact:  Greg Patterson | gpatterson@planosymphony.org | 469-652-6614
June 7, 2020

  

Plano Symphony Orchestra Announces It’s 2020-2021

Slate of New Officers and Board Members

Officers for the 20-21 Season Will Be Craig Barber, President; Marion Brockette, President elect ; Mike Mangum, Treasurer and Janie Orr, Secretary
Phillip E. Adams, Deborah L. Hendrix, Charles Miller, Ryan Riggs and Kyle Veverka elected as new board members

 

(June 7, 2020)…Plano, Texas…Robert A. Reed, Executive Director, of the Plano Symphony Orchestra today announced that a slate of officers and board members were unanimously elected at the organization’s annual meeting held Sunday, June 7, 2020.  The slate of officers will be:  Craig Barber, President, who was elected for a second year, Marion Brockette, President-elect, Mike Mangum, Treasurer and Janie Orr, Secretary.

Also elected were the following new board members:  Phillip E. Adams, Deborah L. Hendrix, Charles Miller, Ryan Riggs and Kyle Veverka.  Board members re-elected to a Second, Three-Year Term are Julianne Barnum, Christine Hopkins, Betty Muns, Vicky Teherani and Bill Tucker.

The PSO also paid tribute to retiring members for their board service:  Edward Coyle, Polly Pardo, Melissa Sauvage Senter, Erin Stewart,and Autumn Zank.

The complete 35-member PSO Board for the 20-21 season is as follows:

Craig Barber, Phillip E. Adams, Julianne Barnum, Marion Brockette, Mary Jo Cater, Rebeka Ecker, Ross Gillispie, Deborah L. Hendrix, Dr. Christine Hopkins, Marcia Nelson Jackson, Humera Kassem, Buzz Kolbe, Stephen Kyriakos, William Langford, Mirna Lynch, Mike Mangum, Charles Miller, Brenda Mills, Darlene Morford, Dr. Betty Bell Muns, Shirley Ogden, Janie Orr, Wanda Parker, P.E., Dr. Christopher Parr, Sheri Pixley, Ryan Riggs, Carlos Rodriguez-Garcia, Gobriel Rusthoven, Christina Ryan, Vicky Teherani, Lisa Traeger, Bill Tucker, Kyle Veverka, Lauren Wood, and Sue Wood. The PSO board is as diverse as the community it serves, with a balance of genders, ethnicities, ages and professions providing leadership and sound guidance.

About New Board Members:

Phillip E. Adams, RPLS, is President/CEO of Adams Surveying Company, LLC., located in Richardson, Texas.  He has 36 years’ experience in the surveying industry working in over 30 states, primarily in land development, high rise, low rise, single-family, multi-single, industrial, commercial, roads and bridges.  Before beginning his surveying career, he served in the United States Air Force in the Civil Engineering Squardron as a Fire Protection Specialist-Tactical Air Command.  He is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, National Society of Professional Surveyors, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Plano Chamber of Commerce among many other service organizations.

Deborah L. Hendrix, CPA, is a management consultant with RSM US LLP in Dallas, Texas.  Her vast financial experience includes holding major executive positions with Titan Bank, N.A., in Dallas, Southwest Securities in Dallas, Independent Bank in McKinney, Summit Bank in Fort Worth, among other positions.  Deborah is a board member and Treasurer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County and a member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra Guild.

Charles Miller joined Blue Wolf Capital in 2001 and serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Wolf portfolio companies Pharmaceutical Strategies Group, LLC., The Mulch and Soil Company, Novo Building Products; and Petrosmith, LLC.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Conifex Timber, Inc., Paranet Solutions, LLC and RDB Bath, LLC.  As an attorney, Charles counseled private equity funds, financial institutions, and other institutional investors on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, structured and project financing, acquisition financiings, recapitalizations and restructuring and reorganization.  Charles, with is wife Tammy, have lived in Plano since 1993.

Ryan Riggs has served in various roles throughout his career focused in the area of data architecture and administration.  He specialized in turn-around operations and is a dynamic leader with a focus on increasing operational efficiencies.  He has recently joined the US Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service as a Data Management Specialist.  For more than a decade, Ryan has been a member of Chancel Choir with Custer Road United Methodist Church, and is entering his third year performing with Millennial Choirs & Orchestra.

Kyle Veverka in a Sales Executive at BlueChip Benefits, an independent consulting and advisory firm.  Kyle specializes in employee benefits, healthcare transparency, employee engagement, ACA compliance and social media.  Kyle has held positions with Higginbotham Insurance Services, Allstate, and UCI Southwest.  He volunteers with the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Human Rights and is a graduate of the University of North Texas.

About the Plano Symphony Orchestra

 It is the mission of the Plano Symphony Orchestra to inspire, educate, entertain and involve the children, youth and adults of our community in the enjoyment of great music.  The PSO artistic vision is to bring people to great performances that present all kinds of music without traditional labels, often in one concert. This is made possible by innovative planning, artistic quality, and the versatility of the musicians in the orchestra. It has made the concept of an orchestral experience far more acceptable to many.  The Orchestra is led by Music Director and Conductor Hector Guzman and Executive Director Robert A. Reed.

Established in 1983, the PSO is a fully professional symphony serving North Texas. The PSO presents eight subscription concerts, a five-concert, interactive Family Symphony Sunday series, and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational programs. The PSO strives to bring top guest artists to perform with the Orchestra to support its mission of engaging the community in the enjoyment of great music. Notable past guest artists include Sharon Isbin, Kenneth Broberg, Joshua Bell, Sandi Patty, Haochen Zhang, The Texas Tenors, and The 5 Browns.  The Plano Symphony offers comprehensive music education programs, their purpose being to:  educate students utilizing TEKS-based curriculum; build ongoing musical participation; increase lifelong interest in music; enhance the academic performance of students; contribute to the quality of life for our senior residents; and make a positive impact on our community.  It’s the PSO education vision to ensure that music is available to as many people as possible regardless of age, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status.

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PSO Board President Erin Stewart

Erin Stewart has always been a music lover. From playing violin as a child to planning music concerts for her law school class at Columbia, music has always been a part of her life. Today, Stewart is the proud president of the board of directors for the Plano Symphony Orchestra. As its president, she’s dedicated to spreading awareness about the symphony. Recently, the Plano Symphony Orchestra announced the theme for its 2019 gala – Crescendo: Music in Motion. After celebrating its 35th anniversary last year, Stewart said the PSO is constantly looking to grow and expand its reach so all residents feel welcome at the symphony. Between meetings, Stewart talked about growth, Texas and the best PSO concert she’s ever seen. Music in motion PSO board president talks crescendo, concerts and Los Camperos…click image to read entire article

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