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For Immediate Release:                                                                                      Media Inquires:  Greg Patterson | | 469-652-6614
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

 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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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 | | 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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