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                                                 For More Information Contact:  Greg Patterson | | 469-652-6614
July 27, 2020

We hope you and your family are staying safe and well.

The Plano Symphony Orchestra considers the health and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff to be our top priority. When faced with the COVID-19 outbreak this spring, we were forced to cancel the remainder of our 2019-2020 season. At that time, we began exploring new ways to bring our music to our community. The result was the launch of our Saturday evening broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. The response to these broadcasts was very positive. Sharing the communal experience of live music is at the heart of what we do, and we know it is a vital part of your life, too.

That is why we are committed to bringing you our complete 2020-2021 season. Of course, there’s no doubt the concert-going experience will be different than in the past due to the necessary safety and health protocols. We are working, in coordination with our performance venues The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and St. Andrew United Methodist Church, to implement new health and safety measures that follow local and state public health COVID-19 guidelines.

Very soon, we will be announcing all safety measures the Plano Symphony Orchestra will be taking, including socially-distanced seating, to provide you with the safest possible live concert experience. In addition, we are exploring ways in which to offer our 2020-2021 season virtually via “live streaming” for those patrons who may wish to choose this as an alternative experience. We will be communicating all of these details in early August.

We do pledge to you our unwavering focus on health and safety, as well as comprehensive ticket flexibility.

Our sincere gratitude goes to our audience and donor community, and to the essential workers keeping us safe during this extraordinary time. Your continued support and patience is deeply appreciated.

Press Release

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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