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Updated: 10/03/12

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Abilene Philharmonic OrchestraAbilene(325) 677-6710
Chorus AbileneAbilene(325) 673-7464
Amarillo Master ChoraleAmarillo(806) 371-5344
Amarillo OperaAmarillo(806) 372-7464
The Amarillo SymphonyAmarillo(806) 376-8782
Amarillo Youth ChoirsAmarillo(806) 372-1100
Arlington Community Band, Inc.Arlington(817) 504-9099
Symphony ArlingtonArlington(817) 385-0484
A Cappella Texas ChorusAustin(512) 477-7664
Austin Chamber Ensemble • Trio Contraste ~ 2Austin(512) 345-3399
Austin Children's ChoirAustin(512) 750-9299
Austin Civic ChorusAustin(512) 719-3300
Austin Civic OrchestraAustin(512) 200-2261
Austin Civic Wind EnsembleAustin(512) 389-1421
Austin Girls' ChoirAustin(512) 453-0884
Austin Lyric OperaAustin(512) 472-5927
The Austin PhilharmonicAustin(512) 771-3460
Austin Pops ~ 2Austin(512) 417-3578
Austin SaengerrundeAustin(512) 243-2629
The Austin SingersAustin(512) 348-6067
Austin Symphonic Band ~ 2Austin(512) 345-7420
Austin Symphony OrchestraAustin(512) 476-6064
Austin Theremonic OrchestraAustin(512) 293-7279
Austin Vocal Arts EnsembleAustin(512) 719-3300
Austin Youth OrchestraAustin(512) 414-1251
Balcones Community OrchestraAustin(512) 358-8676
Capital City Men's ChorusAustin(512) 477-7464
Chamber Soloists of AustinAustin(512) 380-0065
Chorus Austin ConsortAustin(512) 719-3300
Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of VoicesAustin(512) 476-5775
La Follia Austin BaroqueAustin(512) 879-6404
Golden HornetAustin(512) 965-4694
Salon ConcertsAustin(512) 402-2516
Texas Early Music ProjectAustin(512) 377-6961
Baytown Symphony Orchestra ~ 2Baytown(281) 425-6350
Chisholm Trail ChorusBelton(254) 982-4873
Big Spring Symphony OrchestraBig Spring(432) 264-7223
Brazos Valley SymphonyBryan/College Station(979) 696-6100
Band of the HillsCedar Park(512) 789-4956
Brazosport Symphony OrchestraClute(979) 265-7661
Brazos Valley ChoraleCollege Station(979) 776-1776
Corpus Christi Symphony OrchestraCorpus Christi(361) 882-2717
Arts District ChoraleDallas(214) 942-5085
Children's Chorus of Greater DallasDallas(214) 965-0491
Dallas Jazz OrchestraDallas(214) 521-8816
The Dallas OperaDallas(214) 443-1043
Dallas Symphony Chorus ~ 2 ~ 3Dallas(214) 871-4084
Dallas Wind SymphonyDallas(214) 565-9463
Fine Arts Chamber PlayersDallas(214) 520-2219
FirstOrchestraDallas(469) 644-6900
Greater Dallas Youth OrchestrasDallas(214) 528-7747
Meadows Symphony OrchestraDallas(214) 768-1951
New Texas Symphony OrchestraDallas(972) 282-1947
Oak Lawn BandDallas(972) 841-9470
Orpheus Chamber SingersDallas(214) 546-1252
Town North Concert BandDallas(214) 348-9326
Turtle Creek ChoraleDallas(214) 526-3214
The Women's Chorus of DallasDallas(214) 520-7828
Denton Bach Choir and PlayersDenton(940) 382-3636
Early Music Consort of El Paso ~ 2El Paso(915) 755-0724
El Paso OperaEl Paso(915) 581-5534
El Paso Symphony OrchestraEl Paso(915) 532-3776
Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El PasoEl Paso(915) 532-7703
Flower Mound Chamber OrchestraFlower Mound(972) 680-4440
Flower Mound Preparatory OrchestraFlower Mound(940) 383-4384
Fort Bend Boys Choir of TexasFort Bend(281) 240-3800
Fort Bend Symphony OrchestraFort Bend(281) 276-9642
Chamber Music Society of Fort WorthFort Worth(817) 877-3003
Fort Worth OperaFort Worth(817) 731-0833
Fort Worth Symphony OrchestraFort Worth(817) 665-6500 ext. 102
Hentai Improvising Orchestra ~ 2 ~ 3Fort Worth(817) 731-8626
Schola Cantorum of TexasFort Worth(817) 485-2500
Texas Boys Choir ~ 2Fort Worth(817) 924-1482
Texas Camerata ~ 2Fort Worth(817) 738-7939
Texas Girls' ChoirFort Worth(817) 732-8161
Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort WorthFort Worth(817) 923-3121
Frisco Community BandFrisco(469) 223-8578
Garland Symphony OrchestraGarland(972) 926-0611
South Texas ChoraleHarlingen(956) 493-3738
Bach Society HoustonHouston(713) 523-2864
Bayou City Performing ArtsHouston(713) 521-7464
Clear Lake SymphonyHouston(281) 482-6032
Divergence Vocal Theater ~ 2 ~ 3Houston(713) 416-8944
Houston Bay Area ChorusHouston(281) 326-1286
Houston Chamber ChoirHouston(713) 224-5566
Houston Children's ChorusHouston(713) 650-3800
Houston Civic SymphonyHouston(281) 586-2100
Houston Early MusicHouston(713) 432-1744
Houston Ebony OperaHouston(713) 333-2236
Houston Masterworks ChorusHouston(713) 529-8900
Houston SinfoniettaHouston(281) 497-6574
Houston Symphony ChorusHouston(713) 444-9221
Houston Youth SymphonyHouston(713) 785-2422
Scott Joplin Chamber OrchestraHouston(713) 523-9710
Lone Star Symphonic BandHouston(281) 460-4517
Mercury: The Orchestra RedefinedHouston(713) 533-0080
Opera in the HeightsHouston(713) 861-5303
Symphony North of HoustonHouston(713) 867-3465
Huntsville Youth OrchestraHuntsville(936) 294-1358
Irving ChoraleIrving(972) 255-7272
Irving Symphonic Band ~ 2Irving(214) 969-6138
Irving Symphony OrchestraIrving(972) 831-8818
Las Colinas Symphony OrchestraIrving(972) 252-4800
Lone Star Youth OrchestraIrving(972) 252-4800
New Philharmonic Orchestra of IrvingIrving(972) 252-7558 ext. 1248
Symphony of the HillsKerrville(830) 792-7469
Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra • Kingwood Big BandKingwood(281) 216-4967
Laredo Philharmonic OrchestraLaredo(956) 326-3039
Lewisville Lake SymphonyLewisville(972) 539-8492
Longview SymphonyLongview(903) 236-9739
Opera East TexasLongview(903) 234-1300
Lubbock ChoraleLubbock(806) 792-9220
Lubbock Symphony OrchestraLubbock(806) 762-1688
Marshall Symphony OrchestraMarshall(903) 693-2994
South Texas Lyric Opera McAllen(956) 872-6478
South Texas Youth SymphonyMcAllen(956) 661-1615
Valley Symphony Orchestra and ChoraleMcAllen(956) 661-1615
Mesquite Symphonic BandMesquite(972) 216-8125
Mesquite Symphony OrchestraMesquite(972) 216-8127
Midland-Odessa Symphony and ChoraleMidland(432) 563-0921
Orchestra of the Pines Nacogdoches(936) 468-4602
Northeast OrchestraNorth Richland Hills(817) 689-8640
Pasadena Philharmonic OrchestraPasadena(713) 941-3332
Austin Horn EnsemblePflugerville(512) 251-4235
Plainview Symphony OrchestraPlainview(806) 293-2323
North America Elite Youth OrchestraPlano(972) 818-6888
Plano Civic ChorusPlano(972) 606-5220
Plano Community BandPlano(972) 208-6965
Plano Symphony OrchestraPlano(972) 473-7262
Rich-Tone ChorusRichardson(972) 234-6065
Richardson Community BandRichardson(972) 487-3174
Richardson SymphonyRichardson(972) 234-4195
The Texas VoicesRichardson(214) 537-3049
Roma ChoirRoma956-847-1690
Round Rock Community ChoirRound Rock(512) 658-4129
Williamson County Symphony OrchestraRound Rock(512) 789-5073
San Angelo Symphony SocietySan Angelo(325) 658-5877
Air Force Band of the West ~ 2San Antonio(210) 671-3934
Alamo City Men's ChoraleSan Antonio(210) 495-7464
San Antonio Early Music EnsembleSan Antonio(210) 822-0416
San Antonio OperaSan Antonio(210) 225-5972
San Antonio SymphonySan Antonio(210) 554-1000
San Antonio Vocal Arts EnsembleSan Antonio(210) 494-3674
Texas Bach ChoirSan Antonio(210) 828-6425
Texas Children's ChoirSan Antonio(210) 317-7914
Youth Orchestras of San AntonioSan Antonio(210) 737-0097
Mid-Texas Symphony OrchestraSeguin(830) 372-8089
Sherman Symphony OrchestraSherman(903) 813-2461
Northeast Texas Symphony OrchestraSulphur Springs(903) 243-2708
Temple Jazz Orchestra ~ 2Temple(254) 298-8555
Temple Symphony OrchestraTemple(254) 778-6683
East Texas Symphony OrchestraTyler(903) 526-3876
Tyler Youth OrchestraTyler(903) 597-4896
Victoria Symphony OrchestraVictoria(361) 576-4500
Baylor University Symphony OrchestraWaco(254) 710-3991
Waco Community BandWaco(254) 299-8220
Waco Symphony OrchestraWaco(254) 754-1035
Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra • Waco Symphony Youth ChoirsWaco(254) 754-0851
North Texas Men's ChorusWichita Falls(940) 565-4652
Wichita Falls Symphony OrchestraWichita Falls(940) 723-6202
Wichita Falls Youth Symphony OrchestraWichita Falls(940) 723-6202
Wimberley Community ChorusWimberley(512) 847-0629

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A Cappella Texas Chorus
P.O. Box 181075, Austin, TX 78718-1075
(512) 477-7664; (512) 340-0500
info [at] chordrangers.org
Lon Badgett, 2010 President
Austin Circle of Theaters; Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.
Established: 1961
Formerly the Austin Chord Rangers. Men's a cappella chorus and quartets. Local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA). Meetings each Tuesday 7-10 pm at Ascension Lutheran, Hart lane. Performance chorus with several annual shows.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra
402 Cypress Street, Suite 130, Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 677-6710; (800) 460-0610; Fax (325) 677-1299
philharmonic [at] abilenephilharmonic.org
Leanne Baldwin, Executive Director
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1950
The Abilene Philharmonic is a 70-member symphony orchestra. Four student concerts, four classical concerts and three pops concerts are presented each season. Auditions are held throughout the year.

Air Force Band of the West ~ 2
1860 Carswell Ave., Suite 1, Lackland AFB, TX 78236-5542
(210) 671-3934; Fax (210) 671-9971
Marty Lockaby
The Air Force Band of the West plays many different types of music including big band, classical, country, jazz, pop, R&B, rock and children's music.

Alamo City Men's Chorale
P.O. Box 120243, San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 495-7464; (210) 495-7464
sharonacmc [at] yahoo.com
Dr. Bobby J. Jones, President
GALA Choruses
Established: 1987
Alamo City Men's Chorale is a musical ambassador for the San Antonio gay and lesbian community. Membership (currently at 70) is open to all men who pass an audition, which are held each January and August.

Amarillo Master Chorale
P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX 79178
(806) 371-5344
stweber [at] actx.edu
Dr. Steven Weber
Amarillo Master Chorale, formerly Amarillo Civic Chorus, is an auditioned community choir directly affiliated with Amarillo College that specializes in the performance of major classical and modern choral works, both accompanied and unaccompanied, with at least one annual performance with the Amarillo Symphony. They began performing in 1980 under the direction of Dr. George Biffle, and four years later, they acquired a non-profit status with elected board members and by-laws. Civic Chorus became affiliated with Amarillo College in 1985 with the help of music chair Dr. Dale Roller. The chorus was conducted by Dr. Richard Nance from 1985-1992, and has since been under the leadership of Dr. Steven Weber. For further information about Amarillo Master Chorale or to be included on the Chorus mailer, please contact Dr. Weber at 371-5344 or email weber-st [at] actx.edu, or visit us on our website at www.amarillomasterchorale.org.

Amarillo Opera
P.O. Box 447 , Amarillo, TX 79178
(806) 372-7464; (806) 378-3096; Fax (806) 372-7465
david.odell [at] amarilloopera.org
David O'Dell, Director
Opera America
Established: 1988
Amarillo Opera is the only opera company in the Texas Panhandle. AO annually produces two fully staged, costumed, orchestrally accompanied productions; the "Lift Every Voice" spirituals concert and a comprehensive season of rural, community, and educational outreach activities. Auditions are held by appointment only in Amarillo , Houston, and Dallas in April and May of each year. Support is given by individuals, BRAVO! membership, special events, major gifts, corporations, foundations, Amarillo College, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Amarillo Symphony
P.O. Box 2586, Amarillo, TX 79105-2586
(806) 376-8782; Fax (806) 376-7127
info [at] amarillosymphony.org
Susan White, Executive Director
Amarillo Symphony Guild; League of American Orchestras; Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1924
The Amarillo Symphony (ASO) Subscription Series has seven subscription concerts each year. ASO performances also include an annual pops concerts, master classes, Informances, Lunch and Listenings, Kinderkonzerts, Concerts for Young People, and Symphony Family Concerts ensembles. Auditions for the Amarillo Symphony are held in late August before of each season. The Amarillo Symphony is an 85-member ensemble.

Amarillo Youth Choirs
P.O. Box 9421, Amarillo, TX 79105
(806) 372-1100; Fax (806) 350-7788
katrinaP [at] amayouthchoirs.org
Katrina Perales, Executive Director
Texas Choral Directors Association; American Choral Directors Association; Texas Music Educators Association
Established: 1989
The Amarillo Youth Choirs feature the Amarillo Boy Concert Choir (39 members), the Amarillo Boy Preparatory Choir (23), the Amarillo Girl Concert Choir (57) and the Amarillo Preparatory Girl Choir (61), and provides youth in the Texas Panhandle the opportunity to study and perform choral literature. Membership in the Amarillo Boy Choir is reserved for boys in the 3rd grade and above with unchanged voices. Membership in the Amarillo Girl Choir is for girls 3rd-8th grades. Auditions are held in January, May, and August of each year.

Arlington Community Band, Inc.
P.O. Box 13822, Arlington, TX 76094-0822
(817) 504-9099; Fax (817) 265-4726
bjward64 [at] gmail.com
Barbara Ward, Grant Coordinator 
Arlington Arts League
Established: 1981
The Arlington Community Band was originally formed in 1976 in honor of the City of Arlington’s celebration of the American Bicentennial. Later, the band re-organized as the Arlington Civic Band to offer the citizens of Arlington the opportunity to experience symphonic band music. The band began its concert season in the summer of 1982 under the direction of Ray Lichtenwalter, band director at UTA. In 1992, In 1994 the band was incorporated as the Arlington Community Band. Bob Copeland then conducted and directed the ACB for 16 years as head director, as well as 12 additional years as assistant director when the band was originally formed. In December 2009, Bob Copeland retired from the band. Rick Baker, who played trumpet in the band for 28 years, was appointed musical director and conductor in 2009. 2005, the Arlington City Council proclaimed the Arlington Community Band as “The Official Band of Arlington”.

Arts District Chorale
3415 Westminster, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 942-5085
info [at] artsdistrictchorale.org
Jon White, Executive Director
Established: 1989
Founded in 1989, Arts District Chorale is a signature ensemble of gifted amateur and professional singers from all walks of life, recognized for unique and innovative programming of choral masterworks in the world-class cultural venues of the Dallas Arts District. The Chorale's work is founded upon a shared experience of continuous learning and a commitment to excellence, promoting arts experiences that transform the gathered community, singer and audience member alike. Thus our motto: Extraordinary Music in Unexpected Ways. The Arts District Chorale is a member of Chorus America, the national service organization for choral music. For more information about the Chorale and its programs visit www.artsdistrictchorale.org, e-mail info [at] artsdistrictchorale.org or call 214.942.5085.

Austin Chamber Ensemble • Trio Contraste ~ 2
8909 Wildridge Drive, Austin, TX 78759
(512) 345-3399
terwilliger [at] opustwo.org
Dr. Martha McDonald, Executive Director
Music Teacher National Association; Chamber Music America; Mu Phi Epsilon; ASCAP; BMI
Established: 1985
The Austin Chamber Ensemble presents a concert series and has performed for audiences throughout the Southwest, as well as touring three times in Europe as part of an exchange Chamber Music Program. Instrumentation consists of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, frequently augmented by harp, piano, voice, and strings. The ensemble is committed to presenting varied repertoire of music from all periods and has commissioned works from several composers. Trio Contraste consists of violin, clarinet and piano which tours annually in the U.S. and Europe. Sponsored by the City of Austin under the auspices of the Austin Commission on the Arts.

Austin Children's Choir
12407 North Mo Pac Expressway, Suite 100-292, Austin, TX 78758-2429
(512) 750-9299; Fax (512) 402-9443
ubetrsing [at] yahoo.com
American Choral Directors Association; Organization of American Kodaly Educators; Classical Music Consortium of Austin
Established: 1986
Austin Children's choir was created as a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 by Dr. Bernard Gastler to provide Austin area boys and girls ages 6 to 18 with a choral music experience of the highest caliber. In addition to annual fall, holiday and spring concerts, the choir performs at community fundraisers and events and tours in alternating years. The choir also takes part in performances with other community based arts groups.

Austin Civic Chorus
P.O. Box 204361, Austin, TX 78720-4361
(512) 719-3300; Fax (512) 344-9988
office [at] chorusaustin.org
David Hayes, Executive Director
Austin Circle of Theaters; CMCA; Chorus America
Established: 1965
Austin Civic Chorus is a 100-voice symphonic chorus that performs choral masterworks with professional orchestra throughout the fall and spring concert seasons. In addition to a full season of its own concerts, Austin Civic Chorus is often seen performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Georgetown Symphonic Society. Membership in the Austin Civic Chorus is by audition only. The Austin Civic Chorus is managed by the non-profit umbrella organization Chorus Austin.

Austin Civic Orchestra
P.O. Box 27132, Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261; Fax (512) 990-8226
acomgr [at] austincivicorchestra.org
Sherry Woods, Business Manager
Association for Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1977
The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) was founded in 1977 and includes approximately 70 members. The ACO provides affordable access to classical music to all members of Austin and surrounding communities. We perform 6-7 concerts each season including the annual Pearl Amster Concerto Competition & Festival (a contest for young musicians under 18) and our popular Zilker Park "Pops" concerts (free outdoor concerts held each summer). The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday night (currently at Lanier High School) and auditions are held there. Current major ACO sponsors include the Webber Family Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, The City of Austin, & HEB. For updated concert season and other ACO info, visit our website at www.austincivicorchestra.org.

Austin Civic Wind Ensemble
P.O. Box 9893, Austin, TX 78766
(512) 389-1421
conductor [at] acwe.org
Robert Laguna, Conductor
The Austin Civic Wind Ensemble is a community ensemble with more than 70 members. We offer 10 performances annually.

Austin Girls' Choir
P.O. Box 4026, Austin, TX 78765-4026
(512) 453-0884; (512) 834-3694; Fax (512) 453-0886
austingc [at] flash.net
Sara Burden-McClure, Executive Director / Artistic Director
Royal School of Church Music
Established: 1990
The Austin Girls' Choir is a performance organization for talented singers ages 8-18. Income from performances funds scholarships, tours and educational opportunities for the girls. Choristers sing a wide variety of styles (classical to contemporary) in three- and four-part harmony, in several languages. The Choir contains two performance groups: the Junior Chorus (35 girls ages 8-13) and the Senior Ensemble (20 girls ages 12-18). These perform frequently in Austin throughout the year. Annual concert tours take the group around the US and Europe; in June 2008 a 14-concert East Coast tour included singing for President Bush at the White House and a full Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral. AGC has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Better Homes & Gardens Network, on numerous local TV and radio broadcasts, and live on BBC Radio. The group is widely considered one of the top 20 treble choirs in the US. Auditions are held in January, May and September; day camps are available in June.

Austin Horn Ensemble
703 Yale Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660
(512) 251-4235; (512) 251-4235
laurenleemusic [at] gmail.com
Lauren Post
International Horn Society
Established: 1981
The Austin Horn Ensemble is a group of French horn players from all walks of life who enjoy the instrument and who want a different way to perform than in a typical band or orchestra. The AHE plays a variety of music and membership fluctuates between 10-15 members. The AHE performs several times a year for special events. Membership is open to the general public without audition.

Austin Lyric Opera
P.O. Box 984, Austin, TX 78767
(512) 472-5927; (512) 472-5992; Fax (512) 472-4143
Tamara Hale, Managing Director
Opera America
Established: 1986
Austin Lyric Opera, now in its 19th season, brings the stars of international opera to the Capital City in fully staged productions by acclaimed conductors, directors, and designers. The Opera conducts an extensive series of both youth and adult education programs that are designed to provide a lifelong appreciation of the art form. In addition, various community outreach programs bring the numerous special populations into the Opera's activities. Our toll-free number is 1-800-31-OPERA.

The Austin Philharmonic
7911 Cahill Drive, Austin, TX 78729-6439
(512) 771-3460
austinphilharmonicorchestra [at] gmail.com
Spencer Ledlow
Established: 1991
The Austin Philharmonic is a group of volunteer musicians who join together to provide quality musical performances for the benefit and enjoyment of its members, its audiences, and the greater Austin community. We invite interested musicians to come play with us. String players are especially needed.

Austin Pops ~ 2
P.O. Box 141274, Austin, TX 78714-1274
(512) 417-3578
jamiejd [at] hotmail.com
Jamie Desautels, President

Austin Saengerrunde
1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 243-2629
Hartmannhel [at] aol.com
Mr. Helmut Hartmann
Established: 1879
The Austin Sangerrunde includes German Singers, a Men's Choir (55 members), and a Women's Choir (35 members). We sing for special events upon invitation and with the approval of the general membership. We usually perform at Christmas events and at events related to German heritage, and not normally for other public events.

The Austin Singers
P.O. Box 300251, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 348-6067
asinger [at] austinsingers.org
Texas Music Educators Association; American Choral Directors Association; Classical Music Consortium/Austin
The Austin Singers were incorporated in Fall, 1997 and obtained nonprofit status in Summer 1998. The choir of approximately 50 auditioned singers practices on Monday nights in space provided without charge at First Baptist Church of Austin, located in the heart of Austin. The ensemble is currently in its sixth season under the able artistic leadership of Lanier Bayliss and is continuing its mission of: Performing a wide spectrum choral works from different cultures and countries, recognizing and reflecting the diversity of the Austin community; Providing a forum to develop and showcase local talent, including rising and established vocalists and instrumentalists; Providing an active community outreach program to educate and to enrich quality of life through exposure to creative choral programming. A list of sponsors: HEB, IBM, McGraw-Hill, Applied Materials, City of Austin Cultural Contracts, and First Baptist Church of Austin. Auditions are held; May-June, August/September, December/January, call (512) 452-3107. The Austin Singers are also members of Chorus America.

Austin Symphonic Band ~ 2
P.O. Box 6472, Austin, TX 78762-6472
(512) 345-7420; Fax (512) 474-7873
director [at] austinsymphonicband.org
Dan Wood, Business Manager
Established: 1981
Austin Symphonic Band is a community group of about 100 members who perform repertoire for concert band for the enjoyment of band members and appreciative audiences. The Sudler-award winning Austin Symphonic Band performs popular and challenging concert band literature throughout Central Texas in front of over 10,000 fans per season. Membership in the band, which may be and is hired by cities and organizations in the area, is open to adult musicians without audition.

Austin Symphony Orchestra
1101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-6064; (888) 462-3787; Fax (512) 476-6242
acorroa [at] austinsymphony.org
Anthony Corroa, Executive Director
American Federation of Musicians; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1911
The Austin Symphony Orchestra consists of 90 musicians. The Orchestra's subscription series, a Friday/Saturday pair featuring guest artists, runs monthly September through May. The Symphony also presents a series of pops concerts: Two Long Center Pops Concerts, the Promenade Pops, Holiday Pops, as well as an outdoor Summer Music Concerts at The Long Center. In addition, the Austin Symphony has an extensive program for youth, including Young People's Concerts, High School Concerts, Halloween Concerts and a weekly Children's Day Art Park with an "Instrument Petting Zoo" in the summer. Auditions are held in September.

Austin Theremonic Orchestra
10807 Little Thicket Road, Austin, TX 78736-7440
(512) 293-7279; Fax (512) 293-7279
Doug Ferguson

Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble
P.O. Box 204361, Austin, TX 78720-4361
(512) 719-3300
office [at] chorusaustin.org
David Hayes, Executive Director
Austin Circle of TheatresCMCAChorus America
Established: 1985
Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble is a chamber chorus of 40 singers that performs a variety of choral works from all styles, genres, and periods that are appropriate of chamber ensembles. The group perform unaccompanied, with piano, organ, and some chamber orchestras. AVAE was founded in 1985 by UT music students as the Austin Handel-Haydn Society. AVAE features some of the finest choral musicians and music professionals in the Central Texas area. Membership in the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble is by audition only. AVAE is managed by the non-profit umbrella organization Chorus Austin.

Austin Youth Orchestra
1715 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 414-1251; (512) 841-1395
rfraz8760 [at] aol.com
Ana Maria Solis
The Austin Youth Orchestra is a curriculum enrichment project of the Austin Independent School District, consisting of four orchestras designed to address and expand the musical and education development of students in the Central Texas area. Membership in the orchestras is open to any student musician in kindergarten through high school, public or private. The goal of the orchestras is to provide the best possible musical training and experiences for students living and learning their skills in the central Texas area. Any student, kindergarten through high school, public, private, or home school, who lives in the Central Texas area is encouraged to join the appropriate Youth Orchestra. Concertante Youth Orchestra:(Spring Semester Orchestra) a String Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) which is designed for beginning public school students or Suzuki students at Book I level with limited reading experience. Students in Grades K-6 are eligible for this orchestra. Intermezzo Youth Orchestra: a String Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) which is designed for students with Concertante experience or Suzuki students at Book II level. Students in Grades K-7 are eligible for this orchestra. Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra: a String Orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) designed for advanced string players in Grades K-7. This orchestra meets both semesters of the school year and also has a summer session. Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: a String orchestra in the Fall and a Full Orchestra (strings, winds and percussion) in the Spring, designed for top level instrumentals in Grades 6-9. Symphony Youth Orchestra: a String orchestra in the Fall and a Full Orchestra in the Spring, designed for exceptional high school musicians.

Bach Society Houston
2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005-2696
(713) 523-2864; Fax (713) 523-6578
info [at] bachsocietyhouston.org
Dr. Albert LeDoux, Artistic Director
Chorus America
Established: 1982
For over twenty-five years the Bach Society at Christ the King Lutheran Church has brought the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers in his tradition to a diverse and enthusiastic audience. The professional Bach Choir and Orchestra is the resident performing group. In addition, the Society invites distinguished guest conductors, soloists, and ensembles from across North America and Europe, thus offering the Houston community a program unique in content and quality. A commitment to historically informed performance-careful concern with authentic musical practice of the period-has distinguished the ensemble's sound and style since its founding. The Bach Society offers its programs to the entire community without admission charge, relying on the generous support of private donors and foundations in addition to free-will offerings received at events.

Balcones Community Orchestra
4011 Travis Country Circle, Austin, TX 78735
(512) 358-8676; (512) 567-0181
rradmer [at] mac.com
Robert Radmer

Band of the Hills
P.O. Box 2024, Cedar Park, TX 78630
(512) 789-4956
bandofthehills [at] yahoo.com
Bob Dalrymple

Baylor University Symphony Orchestra
One Bear Place, No. 97408, Waco, TX 76798-7408
(254) 710-3991; (254) 710-3571; Fax (254) 710-3574
richard_veit [at] baylor.edu
Richard Veit, Manager
Established: 1944
The Baylor University Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest university orchestras in the state. We have 100 members and perform approximately six concerts on campus annually.

Bayou City Performing Arts
P.O. Box 541004, Houston, TX 77254
(713) 521-7464; (713) 521-7464; Fax (713) 868-2020
admin [at] bcpahouston.org
Linus Lesner, Artistic Director
Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc.
Established: 1979
The Bayou City Performing Arts is a 200 member choral organization dedicated to excellence in choral music. it is made up of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Women's Chorus and the Bayou City Chorale. We provide a nurturing environment for our members and offer a source of pride, unity and support to our diverse communities. Open rehearsals are held for new members at the start of each concert cycle in September, January and April.

Baytown Symphony Orchestra ~ 2
Lee College Box 818, 511 South Whiting Street, Baytown, TX 77522
(281) 425-6350; (281) 424-2466; Fax (832) 556-4010
deichler [at] lee.edu
Dennis Eichler, Conductor
Established: 1968
Baytown Symphony Orchestra is a community organization consisting of 70 professional, college student, faculty, and talented high school student players. Each year we hold a fund raising gala and support a jazz brunch at a local venue. We have added a home tour, children' concert and a family concert. Outreach is up to 70,000 yearly listeners.

Big Spring Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 682, Big Spring, TX 79721
(432) 264-7223; Fax (432) 267-8155
Dr. Keith Graumann, Music Director
Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras; American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1981
The Big Spring Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra comprised of 60 musicians from throughout Western Texas. The ensemble performs a four concert subscription series as well as presenting two educational outreach programs annually. The annual July 3rd patriotic concert and fireworks show, "Pops in the Park" boasts the highest attendance in Western Texas (approximately 15,000 attendees).

Brazos Valley Chorale
P.O. Box 10644, College Station, TX 77842
(979) 776-1776
mail [at] bvchorale.org
Bob Fleischer
Chorus America
Established: 1969
The Brazos Valley Choral is comprised up of singers from the Bryan-College Station area. We strive to provide unique choral performances to the citizens of the surrounding community and to enrich the lives of our participants with challenging music.

Brazos Valley Symphony
P.O. Box 3524, Bryan, TX 77805
(979) 696-6100; (979) 845-1234; Fax (979) 696-6384
office [at] bvso.org
Mary Koeninger, Executive Director
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1982
The Brazos Valley Symphony Society is sponsored by local businesses and individuals. The Brazos Valley Symphony has 60-85 members in its ensemble. Services provided to our patrons include a newsletter, special parking and discount tickets. Auditions are held in August and January.

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
400 College Drive, Clute, TX 77531-4778
(979) 265-7661; Fax (979) 265-7731
Tory Tuedt, President
Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras; American Symphony Association
Established: 1976
The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra was established in 1976 to promote symphonic music, cultural programs, and educational and musical activities in the Brazosport area. The current orchestra has 35 members. Auditions are held each summer.

Capital City Men's Chorus
P.O. Box 50082, Austin, TX 78763-0082
(512) 477-7464; (512) 477-7464
ccmc [at] ccmcaustin.org
Bob Woiff
Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses; Austin Circle of Theatres
Established: 1989
The Capital City Men's Chorus is Austin's gay men's chorus and is currently in its seventeenth season of quality choral performances. The CCMC's singing membership averages 50 volunteer members, who give of their time and talents for the love of music and the desire to represent the gay community in a positive image. Auditions are open to all who support the vision and purpose of the CCMC. The CCMC is funded in part by the City of Austin under the auspices of the Austin Arts Commission.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth
3720 Autumn Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109-2613
(817) 877-3003; (817) 886-0411; Fax (817) 877-3155
joemanci [at] sbcglobal.net
Orlando J. Manci, Representative
Established: 1989
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth is composed of leading chamber musicians in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The group performs in chamber ensembles of two-five members playing works from the Baroque and Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Always a great musical experience!

Chamber Soloists of Austin
3922 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX 78731-5810
(512) 380-0065
jk511 [at] realtime.net
Karl Kraber, President
American Federation of Musicians; NARAS; Chamber Music America
Established: 1987
The Chamber Soloists of Austin performances include four concerts in Austin venues, with funding support from the Austin Arts Commission. CSA tours Texas under the auspices of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Program. The group was one of only two chamber groups to participate in the Texas Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in June 1991. In 1992, CSA toured South America for three and a half weeks as Artistic Ambassadors (sponsored by the United States Information Agency). The group with guest artists has presented sold-out performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart concertos and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons at Bates Recital Hall, The University of Texas campus.

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
400 North Saint Paul Street, Suite 510, Dallas, TX 75201-6829
(214) 965-0491; Fax (214) 965-0264
terry [at] thechildrenschorus.org
Terence W. Harley, Executive Director
Established: 1996
The Chorus includes three neighborhood preporatory choirs, four children's choruses and two youth choruses - a total of 465 singers. Qualifications are a good voice, a good sense of pitch, and a commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals and performances. The Chorus performs extensively throughout the Dallas area, giving three of its own concerts at the Meyerson Center and appearing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other outstanding area musical groups. The Chorus also tours regularly nationally and internationally. Sponsors include Dallas OCA, TACA, foundations and several hundred individual donors.

Chisholm Trail Chorus
405 North East Street, Belton, TX 76513
(254) 982-4873; (254) 939-5703; Fax (254) 939-0877
cksing [at] hot.rr.com
Carol Scherer, Director
Texas Music Educators Association
Established: 1945
Chisolm Trail Chorus, a member of the Sweet Adelines, International, is a 50-member ladies chorus that sings in unaccompanied four part harmony, arranged in barber shop style. The barbershop harmony of today is a highly stylized art form requiring the same high degree of singing skill as other types of choral music. Auditions are held intermittently throughout the year. Three quartets are available for smaller shows. Sweet Adelines, International just celebrated their 60th anniversary. The Chisolm Trail Chorus has a show every fall in Temple and travels central Texas throughout the year.

Roma Choir
PO Box 187, Roma, TX 78584
956-847-1690; Fax 956-847-1839
Mr. Adrian Guerra

Chorus Abilene
P.O. Box 3358, Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 673-7464; Fax (325) 673-7465
info [at] chorusabilene.net
Gwynn Haseltine, Executive Director
Chorus America
Established: 1991
Chorus Abilene, Inc. is comprised of one adult choir and three children's choirs. These choirs perform four to five concerts each season, as well as singing at many community events. They have collaborated with ensembles, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Abilene Ballet Theatre, and the Abilene Opera Association. Auditions are held in the Spring for the children's choirs and in August for the adult choir.

Chorus Austin Consort
P.O. Box 204361, Austin, TX 78720-4361
(512) 719-3300; Fax (512) 344-9988
office [at] chorusaustin.org
Brian Wagner, Executive Director
Austin Circle of Theaters; CMCA; Chorus America
Established: 2003
Chorus Austin Consort is a smaller ensemble made up from members of the Austin Civic Chorus and Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble. Consort is available to perform at a variety of community and private events, either by hire or by request. Emphasizing both quality and flexibility, Consort's highly trained vocalists perform a wide variety of unaccompanied music including classical, patriotic, contemporary, and holiday selections. Individuals can also be selected to perform solo repertoire. Combining quality, professionalism, and flexibility, Chorus Austin Consort provides a superb musical experience for any special event or occasion. Consort is managed by the non-profit umbrella organization Chorus Austin.

Clear Lake Symphony
P.O. Box 890582, Houston, TX 77289
(281) 482-6032; (713) 639-0702
clsbob [at] aol.com
Betty Wall, Manager
League of American Orchestras; ASCAP; BMI
Established: 1975
The Clear Lake Symphony has 60-80 volunteer members and presents six concerts during its season which begins in September. Its goals are to present classical music for the residents of the NASA area and to provide opportunities for area musicians to create a variety of musical experiences for the enjoyment of the community.

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
1033 La Posada Drive No. 130, Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775; Fax (512) 481-1676
info [at] conspirare.org
ASCAP; American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America
Established: 1992
Conspirare is a professional chamber choir that is based in Austin, Texas and made up of gifted vocal artists from throughout the United States. The ensemble originated in 1992 as the New Texas Festival and in 1998 began presenting a year-round season of performances. Today, under the continuing leadership of founder Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare presents an annual home season of five to six programs with repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary. In addition to the choir's home season concerts, Conspirare presents an expanded repertoire at local schools, retirement facilities, and other community organizations and venues each year.

Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 495, Corpus Christi, TX 78403
(361) 882-2717; (361) 883-6683; Fax (361) 882-4132
ccso [at] ccsymphony.org
League of American Orchestras
Established: 1945
The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 90 professional musicians. The orchestra offers standard repertoire as well as pops concerts and guest appearances by area young artists competition winners. Numerous children's concerts are performed annually. Smaller ensembles perform at area events upon request. The CCSO also sponsors the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra, a free youth orchestra program for area music students. Auditions are scheduled as needed, posted on our website.

Dallas Jazz Orchestra
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-8816
American Federation of Musicians; International Association of Jazz Educators
Established: 1973
The 20-member Dallas Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to performing, preserving, and promoting America's original art form: jazz. The DJO, thought to be the world's first community-supported jazz arts program, performs weekly in Dallas as well as at special concerts with such stars as Joe Williams and Mel Torme at the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Center and other venues. The DJO also regularly entertains at special events throughout the state and has recorded 11 albums.

The Dallas Opera
2403 Flora Street, No. 500, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 443-1043; (214) 443-1000; Fax (214) 443-1060
info [at] dallasopera.org
George Steel, General Director
American Arts Alliance; Opera America
Established: 1957
The Dallas Opera is recognized internationally for its consistently world-class opera productions. Known throughout its history for the American stage debuts of many of modern opera's greatest artists, the company is now involved in groundbreaking new initiatives and presenting great operas in the grand tradition. The current season offers 20 subscription performances, four each of five productions. Extensive education and community outreach programs are expanding the existing audience base as the company prepares for a new facility in the Dallas Arts District. Earned revenues make up less than 50 percent of the annual operating budget, which is balanced through contributions and underwriting from corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Dallas Opera is additionally supported by major government agency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Dallas Symphony Chorus ~ 2 ~ 3
2301 Flora Street, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75201-2413
(214) 871-4084; (214) 692-0203; Fax (214) 871-4070
dkrauss [at] dalsym.com
Donna Krauss
Chorus America
Established: 1977
Dallas Symphony Chorus has 230 singers. Free parking and two for one tickets for concerts are available. Auditions are held in January and August for new members and May for current members involved in the re-auditioning process. Sponsors include the Dallas Symphony Association. Dallas Symphony Chorus sings with the Dallas Symphony four to five times a year on a regular subscription series, and various independent concert and touring opportunities.

Dallas Wind Symphony
P.O. Box 595026, Dallas, TX 75359-5026
(214) 565-9463; (214) 880-0202; Fax (214) 421-2263
jlm [at] dws.org
Kim J. Campbell, Executive Director
Established: 1986
The Dallas Wind Symphony is supported in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas; Texas Commission on the Arts; The 500, Inc.; and TACA. Auditions are held by invitation only. The DWS is comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion musicians. The DWS has been critically acclaimed as "America's Premier Windband" and performs a subscription concert series in the Meyerson and Family Concert series in historic Fair Park Bandshell.

Denton Bach Choir and Players
P.O. Box 1385, Denton, TX 76202-1385
(940) 382-3636; (940) 382-1915
treejwg [at] hotmail.com
Henry Gibbons, Music Director
Chorus America
Established: 1976
The Denton Bach Chorus, part of the Denton Bach Society, was organized in 1976. We have 40 singers, and auditions are held in the spring and fall. Performances held four times a year. Membership includes 300 persons and businesses. We exist to perform choral and instrumental music from the Baroque period, with an emphasis on the music of J.S. Bach. We have performed over the years 60 cantatas and all of Bach's major choral works. The major performances have been Bach's "Mass in B Minor" and Mendelssons "Elijah." We have also performed other works, modern works including Dave Brubeck's "La Fiesta de la Posada" and Benjamin Britain's "Noah's Flood." Basic cost of membership is $35.

Divergence Vocal Theater ~ 2 ~ 3
1824 Spring Street Studio 101, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 416-8944
M [at] artbymisha.com
Misha Penton

Early Music Consort of El Paso ~ 2
3124 Devil's Tower Circle, El Paso, TX 79904-3003
(915) 755-0724
bjhyland [at] sbcglobal.net
Barbara J. Hyland, Director
American Recorder Society; Early Music America Historical Harp Society; Music Forum of El Paso; Viola da Gamba Society
Established: 1990
The Early Music Consort of El Paso is a group of skilled musicians performing music of the 1200's through the 1700's, in costume and using replicas of historic instruments, such as recorders, viols, harp, lute, krumhorns, vielles, and many others. Historically informed performance technique is employed for both secular and religious music of the periods. We have had performances throughout the city of El Paso for civic and church organizations as well as performances in the El Paso Public Schools. We have performed for Renaissance fairs and dinners as well as in the Chamizal Theater, The Fox Fine Arts Center at the University of Texas in El Paso and the El Paso Museum of Art. We have given performances in Las Cruces N.M. and Lubbock, TX

East Texas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 6323, Tyler, TX 75711
(903) 526-3876; Fax (903) 592-7649
info [at] etso.org
Per Brevig, Music Director and Conductor
ASCAP; BMI; American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1936
The East Texas Symphony Orchestra is a per service orchestra which presents a five-concert subscription season, three youth concerts attended by fourth through sixth-grade students from surrounding public and private schools, and one Family Concert for young children, as well as additional community collaborative concerts as funding permits. The subscription series is performed in the Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center and features world-renowned guest artists. Annual open auditions are scheduled for spring.

El Paso Opera
310 North Mesa Street, Suite 601, El Paso, TX 79901-1342
(915) 581-5534; (915) 581-5534; Fax (915) 581-2243
info [at] epopera.org
David Grabarkewitz, General Director
Opera America
Established: 1994
The magic and excitement of opera begin to work their charm in the lobby of El Paso's Abraham Chavez Theatre. Once inside the theater, you'll marvel at the spectacular stage settings and elaborate costumes of our productions. Relax and savor the glorious voices of some of the world's leading artists singing to the music of the world's greatest composers. With English and Spanish supertitles projected above the stage at every performance, you won't miss a single moment of this adventure. The passion, the magic, and the glamour of opera can all be yours for as little as $25 or as much as $150 for both productions. But only subscribers are guaranteed the best seats for a full year of romance and adventure.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 180, El Paso, TX 79942
(915) 532-3776; (915) 532-3776; Fax (915) 533-8162
epsoorg [at] epso.org
Ruth Ellen Jacobson
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1930
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra concert activities include 12 Classical Concerts, Pops Concerts, six Young People's Concerts, 4 Youth Orchestra Concerts and fundraising events. Outreach includes ensemble performances throughout the community in schools. More than 35 concerts reach over 25,000 elementary, middle and high school students. Sarah Ioannides, music director, now in her sixth season, leads the orchestra into its 80th anniversary year. Auditions are held in August. Season concerts run from September through April.

Fine Arts Chamber Players
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75219-3201
(214) 520-2219; Fax (214) 521-7558
music [at] fineartschamberplayers.org
Gae Hatton Executive Director
Chamber Music America; Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition; Texans For The Arts
Established: 1981
Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) presents FREE professional quality concerts of classical music with no admission charge in public arts and cultural facilities, providing a showcase for professional from area orchestras and university faculties. Activities include: Bancroft Family Concerts, a series of seven classical chamber music performances on Saturday afternoons during the spring and fall at the Dallas Musem of Art; Basically Beethoven Festival and Rising Star youth recitals, held every Saturday afternoon in July in Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park; and educational outreach programs in area schools. To date FACP has served over 200,000 children and performed for over 505,000 people in North Texas.

408 Park Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 644-6900; Fax (801) 760-1318
mike [at] itashiki.com
Mike Itashiki, Artistic Director
We are a volunteer string group (violin, viola, cello, bass) that plays challenging but do-able classical music. Since we are new, we have yet to establish a certain "level" of player. Our mission is just to selfishly play music we like. There is no age level, but players need to play at least at a basic level, and take instruction well.

Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra
P.O. Box 270002, Flower Mound, TX 75027
(972) 680-4440
Paul Bonneau, Director
Established: 1994
Located in a suburb of Dallas, the Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra was founded in June of 1994 to provide Flower Mound area residents a vehicle for the performance and enjoyment of classical music. Under the direction of Paul Bonneau, the orchestra is composed of local-area musicians who volunteer their time and considerable talents for the benefit of cultural awareness in the community and for their own enjoyment of playing in an ensemble. The orchestra schedules regular concerts as well as various community events and also provides a prep orchestra as an instructional venue for players new to their instrument. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church.

Flower Mound Preparatory Orchestra
P.O. Box 270002, Flower Mound, TX 75027-0002
(940) 383-4384
director [at] fmco.org
Paul Bonneau
The Flower Mound Preparatory Orchestra, a youth and adult beginners orchestra is now enjoying its fifth performing season.

Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas
P.O. Box 2042, Stafford, TX 77497-2042
(281) 240-3800; (281) 242-8322; Fax (281) 240-3880
wra [at] fbbctx.org
William R. Adams, Founder & Artistic Director
American Choral Directors Association; Royal School of Church Music; Texas Choral Directors Association
Established: 1982
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas has performed with the Houston Symphony, the English Symphony and the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra, among others. More than 180 boys ages eight-14 perform locally, as well as record commercials, movie soundtracks and PSAs. The FBBC tours annually throughout the U.S. and abroad. Auditions are held in April and December. Sponsors vary from private to major corporations.

Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 16861, Sugar Land, TX 77496
(281) 276-9642
fbso [at] fbso.org
Amy Floyd Billasch, President
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO), founded in 1992, enriches the lives of Fort Bend residents and surrounding areas with live symphonic music presented by its volunteer members. The full-size orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion, represents an abundant cross-section of local talent, most of whom reside in the Fort Bend area. FBSO also fosters local musicians through sponsorship of an annual Concerto Competition and opportunities to perform with the Orchestra.

Fort Worth Opera
1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 731-0833; (817) 731-0726; Fax (817) 731-0835
kwolfe [at] fwopera.org
Keith A. Wolfe, Managing Director
Opera America
Established: 1946
Fort Worth Opera was founded in 1946 and is the oldest, continually performing opera company in Texas and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United States. In recent years, under the leadership of Darren Keith Woods, the company has been gaining attention from critics and audiences alike for its artistic quality and willingness to take risks. Darren Keith Woods, who began his operatic career in 1982 as a character tenor, joined Fort Worth Opera as General Director in 2001. After 60 years of producing operas singularly over a fall and winter season, Fort Worth Opera condensed its entire schedule to an annual festival - with all of its operas and concerts being presented over a four week period during the spring.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
330 East Fourth Street, Suite 200 , Fort Worth, TX 76102-4021
(817) 665-6500 ext. 102; (817) 665-6000; Fax (817) 665-6600
dhadlock [at] fwsymphony.org
David Madlock, Vice President of Marketing
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1925
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has grown to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United States, serving an audience of 250,000, with an annual budget of $12.3 million, a 45-week season and a $27 million endowment. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya - one of the most exciting conductors to emerge on the U.S. and international conducting scene in recent years - the Orchestra presents an annual series of symphonic, pops and special concerts, with a subscriber base of 7,500. The FWSO's five-week summer music festival, Concerts In The Garden, features an array of performances and artists, and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festival of its kind in Texas.

Frisco Community Band
8992 Preston Road, Suite 110-323, Frisco, TX 75034
(469) 223-8578; Fax (972) 517-7268
Darrell Mundy

Garland Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 461204, Garland, TX 75046
(972) 926-0611; (972) 205-2790; Fax (972) 926-0811
gm [at] garlandsymphony.org
Deborah Hawkins
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1978
The Garland Symphony is a fully professional orchestra of 93 musicians offering a season of six subscription concerts, as well as annual youth concerts and park concerts. Major contributors include the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, the Junior League, GTE, Semi-Tech, Taylor Manufacturing, Tucker Electronics, Rockwell International, E-Systems, and Alcatel. Auditions are by appointment.

Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso
1520 Upson Drive, El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 532-7703; (915) 591-6210; Fax (915) 591-6210
Stephanie Connell
Established: 1969
Joan Quarm, the artistic director, founded the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso in 1969. It had its beginnings in the Upstairs Theater Downtown and moved to the Chamizal National Memorial Theater in the mid-1980s. The company was established to perform the operettas of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and to produce other allied endeavors. This year the company is proud to be celebrating its 36th Anniversary Season.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747; Fax (214) 522-9174
chuck [at] gdyo.org
Charles R. Moore, Executive Director
League of American Orchestras
Established: 1972
The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has over 400 members with auditions held in the spring for the following season beginning in August. The GDYO has six orchestras for children 8-18. Each season includes 8-12 concerts.

Hentai Improvising Orchestra ~ 2 ~ 3
4521 El Campo Avenue, Fort Worth TX 76107
(817) 731-8626
ken.shimamoto [at] gmail.com
Ken Shimamoto

Hermann Sons German Band
P.O. Box 162, Medina, TX 78055
(830) 589-2268; (210) 834-4343; Fax (830) 589-2268 (call first)
fest [at] hctc.net
Shirley Gauther
Texas Bandmasters Association
Established: 1989
Sponsored by the Hermann Sons Grand Lodge, a fraternal benefit society, the Hermann Sons German Band consists of 25 brass, woodwind and percussion musicians of professional caliber. The instrumentation and repertoire of this ensemble is patterned after the traditional town bands of Central Europe. The group recalls the tradition of band music once an integral part of the social and cultural life of the German communities of Texas. The band performs for Hermann Sons events, civic functions, and at various Texas-German activities and fests, such as Fasching, Oktoberfest, San Antonio Liederkrantz (chorus) concerts, New Braunfels Wurstfest, etc. Membership in the band is free and open to any advanced musician. Auditions are by appointment with the director, phone (830) 589-2268.

Houston Bay Area Chorus
P.O. Box 890704, Houston, TX 77289-0704
(281) 326-1286
info [at] bayareachorus.org
The Arts Alliance At Clear Lake; Houston Arts Alliance
Established: 1965
Founded in 1965, the Bay Area Chorus is Houston's oldest volunteer community chorus. Our repertoire includes a wide range of choral music from the classics to show tunes to the contemporary compositions of local composers. Auditions are held each year in August and January for a chorus of 60 plus voices.

Houston Chamber Choir
P.O. Box 53388, Houston, TX 77052
(713) 224-5566; (713) 974-1253; Fax (713) 222-2412
robertsimpson [at] houstonchamberchoir.org
Becky Tobin, Executive Director
American Choral Directors; Chorus America; Texas Choral Directors Association
Established: 1995
The Houston Chamber Choir is a 24-member, professional choral ensemble devoted to the performance of masterworks from the Middle Ages to the present day. While the Chamber Choir specializes in A cappella literature, works for small chorus and instruments are also performed. Membership is by audition. Through preconcert lectures and demonstration recitals and community-wide, culturally diverse performances, the Houston Chamber Choir seeks to fulfill its commitment to education.

Houston Children's Chorus
P.O. Box 66567 , Houston, TX 77266-6567
(713) 650-3800; (713) 650-3800; Fax (713) 650-3390
info [at] houstonchildren.org
Bronwyn Walker
Chorus AmericaAmerican; Choral Directors Association; Texas Music Educators Association; Texas Choral Directors' Association
Established: 1989
Houston Children's Chorus is an auditioned, community children's choir. It involves 300 children in grades three through eight, and performs over 75 concerts per year. Touring has included New Zealand, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, and Carnegie Hall. The Chorus is seen by over 750,000 people annually and performs all types of music. Expertise includes recordings, radio & TV commercials. Rehearsals are held in 9 geographical areas around Houston. Major sponsors: Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, Wortham Foundation, Kinder Foundation, Rockwell Fund, El Paso Energy, Strake Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance and the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts.

Houston Civic Symphony
P.O. Box 770032, Houston, TX 77215-0032
(281) 586-2100
Alvin Thomas, President
Established: 1967
The Houston Civic Symphony is Houston's first and finest community orchestra. Since our beginning, in 1967, the Civic has had a two-fold purpose: to present great classical music to the Houston Community, and to provide a creative outlet for talented musicians. Our members are engaged in a broad spectrum of professional occupations and share a common joy in performing great orchestral literature before appreciative audiences. As a non-profit community orchestra, we depend on the generosity of you, our sponsors, friends and donors, who make the contributions of time and money to make this possible.

Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193, Houston, TX 77277-1193
(713) 432-1744
info [at] houstonearlymusic.org
Magali Chandler, President
Established: 1969
Houston Early Music presents performances of early music from European and ethnic sources. We present music from the Medieval period to that of the classical era and feature performers of international stature in choral, solo instrumental, and chamber concerts. In addition, we feature performances of music that is truly the early music of this region-the music of Latin America.

Houston Ebony Opera
P.O. Box 300996, Houston, TX 77230-0996
(713) 333-2236; Fax (713) 333-2220
mguillory [at] uh.edu
Mary Guillory, Chairman
Opera America; Chorus America
Established: 1992
The Houston Ebony Opera, part of the Houston Ebony Music Society, is one of the few African-American opera companies in the country. We perform opera and choral music with emphasis on the African American spiritual. The Guild seeks to provide opportunities for artists and audiences that they might not otherwise have. Auditions are held January thru February of each year.

Houston Masterworks Chorus
4119 Montrose Blvd., Suite 260, Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-8900
houstonmasterworks [at] yahoo.com
Charles Stanton, Managing Director
Established: 1986
Houston Masterworks Chorus and Chamber Choir is in its second decade under the leadership of new music director Craig Hella Johnson. Founded in 1986 as the Houston Oratorio Society, this nonprofit organization is Houston's largest independent chorus with 120 skilled singers. HMC members are from all walks of life and all parts of Houston's diverse community and are brought together by the love of choral music and a commitment to the task of preparing great works for performance. The chorus is selected by audition and offers performances which cover the entire range of the choral repertoire from classical to contemporary. HMC believes music has the power to change lives for those who sing and who listen.

Houston Sinfonietta
14323 Apple Tree Road, Houston, TX 77079
(281) 497-6574; Fax (281) 531-0721
gcblytas [at] aol.com
George C. Blytas, Conductor, Music Director
Established: 1973
Houston Sinfonietta, a west Houston community orchestra, has been providing admission free classical music concerts to the public for over 20 years. The orchestra performs at St. Michael Catholic Church located at 1801 Sage Rd south of San Felipe in Houston. Concerts, 4 or 5 each year, are held at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons.

Houston Symphony Chorus
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102, Houston, TX 77002-2798
(713) 444-9221; Fax (713) 222-7024
chorus [at] sbcglobal.net
Susan Scarrow, Chorus Manager
League of American Orchestras
The 60 year old Houston Symphony Chorus consists of 200 singers and is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. It is a chorus of volunteer singer/musicians committed to rehearsing and performing the choral orchestral repertory at the highest level of choral artistry achievable. Auditions are held three times a year - fall, winter and late spring. The Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. Each season the volunteer chorus prepares and presents great choral-orchestral masterworks under the baton of conductors of international acclaim. Recent seasons have included performances with Houston Symphony conductor Hans Graf and Houston Symphony Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, as well as with guest conductors such as Claus Peter Flor, William Lacey, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Seaman, and Hugh Wolf. In addition, the chorus has made several European concert tours performing with orchestras in Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria and England. It also performs regularly in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfanica de Minera­a.

Houston Youth Symphony
2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 235, Houston, TX 77057-4943
(713) 785-2422; (713) 785-2422 ext. 4251; Fax (713) 785-5261
hys [at] houstonyouthsymphony.com
Raana Burnazian Fuller, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League; Cultural Arts Council of Houston; Texas Music Educators Association
Established: 1947
The mission of the Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet is to recruit, nurture, and develop young musicians and dancers by enabling them to perform in a professional setting while enriching the cultural environment of Houston and the State of Texas. The objectives of the music program are to develop the capability of students by offering participation, depending on skill level, in one of three orchestras. This learning experience is designed to complement and enrich existing public and private school music programs by providing opportunities to perform in professionally conducted concerts, train under professional instrument section coaches, and compete for scholarships. Michael Webster, Clifton Evans, Carolyn Vandiver, and Ann Victor are conductors.

Huntsville Youth Orchestra
School of Music, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341
(936) 294-1358
Dr. David Cole
Established: 1986
The Huntsville Youth Orchestra is a nonprofit organization developed to provide opportunities for performance and competition to students in the Huntsville area. Sponsors include the Huntsville community and the Huntsville Arts Commission. The HYO performs and competes throughout the state. Currently, the orchestra is comprised of 35 members, all of whom play string instruments. In the near future, membership may increase to 50 adding woodwinds, brass, percussion. The group performs September through May, with Christmas and Spring shows at Sam Houston State University. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5099, Huntsville, TX 77342.

Carl Hutchens Band
5220 Hudson Bend Road, Austin, TX 78734
(512) 965-3183
carlhutchens [at] earthlink.net

Irving Chorale
3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Suite 300, Irving, TX 75062
(972) 255-7272; (972) 252-2787
c.sully8 [at] verizon.net
Carol Sullivan, President
ASCAP; Cultural Affairs Council of Irving; Irving Arts Center
Established: 1985
Now celebrating it's 20th year, this group of 70 singers, under the direction of Harry Wooten, is comprised of talented music professionals and amateurs from Irving, Dallas, and Fort Worth. The Chorale's season of subscription concerts showcases it's repertoire of both traditional and contemporary choral compositions. A select ensemble performs at society events, service club meetings, major league sports games, retirement centers, and convention openings. Open auditions are held in August; others by appointment.

Irving Symphonic Band ~ 2
3333 North MacArthur, Irving, TX 75062
(214) 969-6138; (972) 252-ARTS
clarinetluv [at] verizon.net
Nadia Raney, President
Established: 1988
The Irving Symphonic Band has 65 musicians. Performances include five Twilight Concerts and Victoria Park in Irving and several formal concerts at Carpenter Hall in the Irving Arts Center.

Irving Symphony Orchestra
225 East John Carpenter Fwy., Suite 120, Irving, TX 75062
(972) 831-8818; (972) 252-2787; Fax (972) 831-8817
april [at] irvingsymphony.com
Tracy J Boyd, President
American Symphony Orchestra League; Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1962
The Irving Symphony Orchestra is a professional ensemble and one of the oldest performing arts groups in Irving. The 2005-2006 concert series celebrates the 43rd anniversary of continuous performances consisting of five subscription concerts; a Fourth of July concert and fireworks display with attendance of 40,000; and four youth concerts with over 8,000 attending. The ISO performs subscription concerts at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall (seats 712).

Larry Jasinski ~ 2
P.O. Box 310308, New Braunfels, TX 78131
(830) 625-7171
lauriejasinski [at] hotmail.com
Gary Hickinbotham

Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra
P.O. Box 8363, Houston, TX 77004
(713) 523-9710
Gary Wilkins, Executive Director
Established: 1979
The Community Music Center of Houston seeks to involve the general community in the appreciation and performance of music through programs and policies which address the areas of music education, training, performances, and research by commissioning works by African American and female composers. We currently sponsor four ensembles: "Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra," "William Grant Still String Quartet," "Jazz Crossroads," and "Inner City Youth Orchestra."

Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra • Kingwood Big Band
P.O. Box 6610, Kingwood, TX 77325-6610
(281) 216-4967; (281) 319-1260 (box office); Fax (832) 451-6431
Info [at] kingwoodmusicalarts.org
Debbie Norris
American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America; Texas Music Educators Association
Established: 1988
The Kingwood Musical Arts Society (KMAS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for the Kingwood Chorale & Chamber Orchestra and the Kingwood Big Band. Under the batons of Dr. Todd Miller and Mr. Jim Stubbs and in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood, the ensembles work with LSC-Kingwood's Visual & Performing Arts Department to continue the KMAS tradition of providing excellent music for our community. Membership in either of the ensembles is by audition.

La Follia Austin Baroque
P.O. Box 29773, Austin, TX 78755-9773
(512) 879-6404
info [at] lafollia.org
Keith Womer, Artistic Director
Classical Music Consortium of Austin
Established: 1980
La Follia is a chamber ensemble specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries performed on instruments of the period. We are interested in recreating baroque approaches to music making and in performing works by both well-known and obscure composers. The ensemble features alto voice plus violin, flute, lute and guitar, harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba. We regularly feature guest artists as well.

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 1399, Laredo, TX 78042
(956) 326-3039; Fax (956) 326-2655
Brendan Townsend, Music Director
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestra
Established: 1980
The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra presents 5concerts during its annual season in various locations throughout Laredo, Texas and Mexico. Concerts are open to the general public. The LPO is a fully professional orchestra consisting of 80 musicians and performs in Laredo, Nuevo Laredo in Mexico, and cities within a 200-mile radius. We are part of a collaborative agreement between Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University.

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 141446, Irving, TX 75014
(972) 252-4800; Fax (972) 252-4877
info [at] lascolinassymphony.org
Deborah Hawkins, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestral League; Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1991
The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble of 93 musicians dedicated to excellence in the performance of symphonic music, offering a subscription season of six concerts annually. The LCSO provides a cultural complement to the dynamically growing Las Colinas corporate and residential communities, as well as to patrons throughout Irving and adjacent cities.

Lewisville Lake Symphony
PMB 270 - 1301 West Highway 407, No. 201, Lewisville, TX 75077
(972) 539-8492; (972) 874-9087
question [at] lewisvillesymphony.org
Nancy Wright
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1984
The Lewisville Lake Symphony is a 45-member professional orchestra performing all types of music - classical to pops, for young and old. We hold four subscription concerts each season, as well as two pops concerts.

Lone Star Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 940291, Houston, TX 77094-7291
(281) 460-4517; (713) 893-5026
tickets [at] lonestarsymphonicband.com
Beverly Emery
Established: 2002
The Lone Star Symphonic band is an adult community band comprised of approximately 80 active musicians and performs concerts in the Houston community. Openings exist in all sections and auditions are held year-round.

Lone Star Youth Orchestra
P.O. Box 141446, Irving, TX 75014
(972) 252-4800
education [at] lascolinassymphony.org
Alice Allen, Manager
Established: 1999
The Lone Stare Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in North Texas and auditions are available by appointment. Members have the opportunity to play alongside the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Garland Symphony Orchestra; compete for scholarships through our annual concerto competition; and perform four concerts annually. Membership is typically 40-60 students. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is sponsored by the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Arts Board and the Irving Rambler.

Longview Symphony
P.O. Box 1825, Longview, TX 75606
(903) 236-9739; (903) 233-3080; Fax (903) 757-5565
longviewsymphony [at] cablelynx.com
Carol Mullikin, General Manager
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1968
The Longview Symphony presents four concerts per season, a chamber music concert, and a children's concert. The Longview Symphony has between 65-75 members. No regular auditions are held, but the conductor will schedule auditions if desired. Grants have been received from the City of Longview, Target Stores, Eastman Company and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Longview Symphony League is the governing body for the Longview Symphony. The League also supports two youth orchestras, a pre-concert program lecture, a preconcert radio interview with the conductor, and a newsletter.

Lubbock Chorale
PMB 303 - 5815 82nd Street, Number 145, Lubbock, TX 79424
(806) 792-9220
lubbockchorale [at] suddenlink.net
Micah Meixner
The Lubbock Chorale is a vibrant and vital civic choral organization that has been bringing enriching and entertaining choral music to the cultural life of the Lubbock community for nearly four decades. In addition to its integral relationship with the Texas Tech University School of Music, the Lubbock Chorale also regularly collaborates with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, area churches, and various municipal and educational entities. As you will read in our Vision and Mission Statements and goals, the Chorale is committed to enhancing our quality of life and to furthering arts education in the South Plains. Sharing choral masterworks, presenting innovative programming, and celebrating a wide variety of music are all fundamental aspects of the Lubbock Chorale's activity in our community. Each season the Chorale provides numerous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate music students. Week after week, year after year, people of all ages come together to enjoy everything from Bach and Beethoven to Broadway and Blues!

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
601 Avenue K, Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688; (806) 762-1688; Fax (806) 762-1824
msaathoff [at] lubbocksymphony.org
Mary Saathoff, President / CEO
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1946
The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is the oldest and largest cultural arts organization in Lubbock, TX. Its purpose is to enrich the greater South Plains community through quality symphonic performances and educational experiences. The eighty-four member professional orchestra presents twelve classical concerts each season, in addition to a holiday pops performance, three chamber ensemble performances, six free educational concerts for local students, and one free community-based family concert. Auditions for membership are held annually in August.

Marshall Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 421, Marshall, TX 75671
(903) 693-2994
Larry Brumley, President
Established: 1959
The Marshall Symphony's annual season runs from September through April, presenting three performances. Two performances are held in the Roger's Spiritual Life Center. Symphony on the Square and participation in the Arts-In-Education program are some of the annual services provided by the Symphony. Auditions are open at any time, with applications to the conductor. The September concert is normally held in downtown Marshall.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 750356, Dallas, TX 75275-0356
(214) 768-1951
The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is truly international in character. Students from many parts of the United States and many countries around the world travel to Dallas each year to study at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Undergraduate, graduate and artist certificate students study with artist teachers and rehearse and perform at the highest level as soloists, chamber musicians, and, under the direction of Dr. Paul Phillips, the great repertoire of the symphony orchestra. Our home is the acoustically attractive Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Each year, in addition to its own series of concerts, the orchestra performs with the Meadows Opera Theater. We also perform annually at the Meyerson Symphony Center, home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra has earned wide critical acclaim, and has recorded several compact discs for commercial release.

Mercury Baroque Orchestra
3601 South Sandman, Suite 220, Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-0080; Fax (610) 956-9478
info [at] mercurybaroque.org
Deborah Lugo

Mesquite Symphonic Band
1527 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75149-2327
(972) 216-8125
drehabsmacd [at] mac.com
Dale Coates, Director
Association of Concert Bands
Established: 1986
The Mesquite Symphonic Band performs concerts for civic and community events, an annual "Music in the Park" series at Westlake Park, and four formal concerts annually. The Mesquite Symphonic Band is sponsored in part by the Mesquite Arts Council and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Mesquite Symphonic Band consists of 45 members. Auditions are held after conferring with the director. The band performs concerts for civic and community events, an annual "Music in the Park" series, and three formal concerts annually. The Mesquite Symphonic Band is sponsored in part by the Mesquite Arts Council, Texas Commission on the Arts, individuals and business organizations.

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra
1527 North Galloway, Mesquite, TX 75149
(972) 216-8127; Fax (972) 216-6397
tchrfromoz [at] aol.com
Roger Gilliam, Music Director
Mesquite Arts Council, Inc.
Established: 1987
The Mesquite Orchestra presents a concert series at low cost to the public performing classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Performances include concerts at the Mesquite Arts Center Performance Hall, and at the annual Symphony Guild-sponsored Debutante Cotillion.

Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 3216-TLU, Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 372-8089; Fax (830) 372-8112
mts [at] tlu.edu
Patricia Schofield, Executive Director
League of American Orchestras
Established: 1978
The Mid-Texas Symphony provides live orchestral music in central Texas, performing six concerts annually, alternating between Seguin and New Braunfels. With exciting soloists, outstanding professional musicians, and Music Director David Mairs, whose witty commentary and exacting musicianship combine to create an outstanding concert experience, the Mid-Texas Symphony adds to the cultural wealth of our region. Reflecting our commitment to the local communities, the Mid-Texas Symphony performs four free full orchestra educational concerts each season.

Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
P.O. Box 60658, Midland, TX 79711
(432) 563-0921; (432) 563-0921; Fax (432) 617-0087
symphony [at] mosc.org
Diane Hilbert, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League; Arts Assembly of Midland; Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities
Established: 1962
The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale presents a biennial National Young Artist Competition. The orchestra is composed of approximately 80 musicians and the chorale has approximately 60 singers. There are three ensembles, the Permian Basin String Quartet, the Lone Star Brass Quintet, and the West Texas Winds. Each year, more than 75 concerts of classical and popular music are performed in Midland and Odessa.

New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Suite 300, Irving, TX 75062
(972) 252-7558 ext. 1248; (972) 252-2787; Fax (972) 570-4962
info [at] npoirving.com
Gretchen Cabrera, President
Irving Arts Center
Established: 1988
The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving is a full-size community, volunteer orchestra comprised of musicians from Irving and surrounding areas, most of whom have performed together for several years. We present five classical concerts each year.

New Texas Symphony Orchestra
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #35, Dallas, TX 75219-3201
(972) 282-1947
info [at] ntso.org
Kathryn D. Brown, Artistic Director/Conductor

North America Elite Youth Orchestra
5220 Village Creek Drive, Plano, TX 75093
(972) 818-6888; Fax (972) 818-6888
naeyo2001 [at] yahoo.com
David Wong, Director/Conductor
Elite Performing Arts Institute; Texas Chinese Performing Arts Association; Elite Performing Arts Center
Established: 1991
The North America Elite Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization founded by David Wong in 1990. A full size symphony ensures a friendly, yet professional environment for musicians of all ages. Concert Repertoire include Chinese Music Symphonic Arrangement with Chinese Instrument Soloist. Training in theory and basic rhythm is taught by university instructors and musicians from area orchestras. Auditions will begin in January every year. Sponsors include China Airlines, Music In Motion, Williamson Music Co., Dallas Piano Warehouse, and SHAR Company. Concert highlights include 1999 performance in Kennedy Center and October 2000 performance at Carnegie Hall.

North Texas Men's Chorus
P.O. Box 311367, Denton, TX 76203-1367
(940) 565-4652
Dr. Jerry McCoy Choral Studies
Established: 1990
"We're the Men from Texas, North Texas..." is the beginning of the first song in our concerts. The North Texas Men's Chorus consists of men from high school age to the senior citizen, representing the greater Wichita Falls communities of Burkburnett, Electra, Henrietta, Iowa Park, and Sheppard Air Force Base. Our chorus was established with seven enthusiasts and has grown to a membership of over forty. We try to limit our concerts to two per month, with weekly rehearsals. We perform our concerts for church groups, civic organizations, school reunions, and retiree organizations. To date we have performed in Amarillo, Archer City, Burkburnett, Childress, Dallas, Electra, Frederick OK, Granbury, Henrietta, Iowa Park, Quanah, and Wichita Falls. The chorus has also performed as a lead in to the musical "Texas", in the amphitheater at Palo Doro Canyon Park. We have also appeared twice at the Granbury Opera house in Granbury and the Texas Gold Show in Wichita Falls.

Northeast Orchestra
P.O. Box 821395, North Richland Hills, TX 76182
(817) 689-8640; (817) 354-3221; Fax (817) 428-2364
Donna Von Der Heydt, Treasurer
The Arts Council of Northeast Tarrant County; ASCAP
Established: 1988
The Northeast Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enriching the communities of Northeast Tarrant County through music awareness and appreciation, and by providing musicians an outlet for their love of music and by cultivating the talents of young musicians.

Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 251, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
(903) 243-2708
dpcorley [at] suddenlink.net
Katherine Hall, Manager
Established: 1990
The Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra performs in Hopkins County, Texas, and adjacent counties. Orchestra size ranges from 40 to 65 performers. Musicians seeking employment should contact the manager.

Oak Lawn Band
P.O. Box 190869, Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 841-9470
Tim Stallman, President
Lesbian and Gay Bands of America; Concert Bands of America
Established: 1980
The Oak Lawn Band is a non-profit community band consisting of Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Ensembles for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. The Oak Lawn Band dedicates itself to serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) community and its causes as well as other communities within Texas and the United States. As such, we provide a welcoming and supportive environment for performers regardless of gender identity, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and musical ability. The Band, through performance and other activities, provides educational, cultural, and social enrichment for its members and audience. The Oak Lawn Band is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season featuring an American Composers Series

Opera East Texas
P.O. Box 1175, Longview, TX 75606
(903) 234-1300
info [at] operaet.com
Derrith Bondurant, General Director
Musical America; Opera America
Established: 1992
Grand Opera at its grandest! That's what Opera Longview, the East Texas region's only opera company, has to offer. Music drama, passion, creative sets and costumes, with powerful professional and amateur voices brought together from across America to make the opera entertainment scene the most sought-after ticket around. The Opera Longview's objectives are to educate, promote, and improve the arts and culture base of the East Texas area by introducing the classic art form of opera. Productions feature professional musicians as well as local talent. Auditions are announced and held in New York City each November. Local chorus and cast auditions are held in area colleges and universities each spring. One opera is performed the first week of June. A National Young Opera Artists Competition is held each September.

Opera in the Heights
P.O. Box 7887, Houston, TX 77270
(713) 861-5303; (713) 861-5303; Fax (713) 862-2350
info [at] operaintheheights.org
William Haase, Managing Director
Opera America
Established: 1996
Opera in the Heights, a professional opera company, exists to provide emerging professional singers the opportunity to perform lead roles and to bring intimate, affordable opera performances to the Greater Houston Area. Auditions are held each December in Houston and New York, and are open to local and non-local singers. Performances are held in the 300-seat Lambert Hall in the Houston Heights.

Orchestra of the Pines
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station Alumni Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3043
(936) 468-4602; (936) 468-6407; Fax (936) 468-5810
moongh [at] sfasu.edu
Mr. Gene H. Moon, Director / Conductor
The Orchestra of the Pines is a regional 90 member full symphony orchestra performing five to seven concerts annually at SFA and neighboring East Texas communities. Located in Nacogdoches, TX, the orchestra performs classics, holiday, and pops concerts throughout the year. Gene Moon serves as Music Director and Conductor. Auditions are held throughout the year on an as needed basis. The orchestra is sponsored in by Stephen F. Austin State University and the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Orpheus Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 25132, Dallas, TX 75225-1132
(214) 546-1252; (214) 546-1252; Fax (214) 321-7380
administrator [at] orpheuschambersingers.org
Kenton Kravig
Chorus America
Established: 1995
The Orpheus Chamber Singers is a 24-voice, mixed professional chamber choir which performs music of the past five centuries. Our concert season is held September through May at various venues throughout Dallas. Auditions are held in January, May and August. Season sponsored in part by the Office of Cultural Affairs in Dallas, TACA, TCA and KERA.

Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra
3218 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77504
(713) 941-3332
Don Salisbury, President
Established: 1982
The Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Pasadena Philharmonic Society, is made up of approximately 50+ local, professional and non-professional members which perform at the San Jacinto College Slocumb Auditorium in Pasadena. Typically four full symphony orchestra concerts, and one chamber music concert are held per season. The organization's purpose is to help promote and expand the cultural affairs of the City of Pasadena through the enjoyment of music; and to provide scholarship funding for students interested in pursuing music as a course of studies. The organization receives funding from the grants, area businesses, and dedicated patrons, in addition to a major fundraiser.

Plainview Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1857, Plainview, TX 79073
(806) 293-2323
don [at] Summersgill.com
Don Summersgill, Artistic Director/Manager
American Symphony Orchestra League; BMI
Established: 1978
The Plainview Symphony Orchestra features up to 60 area musicians and a guest conductor. They perform four times each season in Harral Auditorium on the Wayland Baptist University campus, as well as in the historic Fair Theatre in Plainview. The afternoon Christmas concert is performed for all fourth and fifth graders as an introduction to symphony music. There is no charge to the students and the Plainview ISD provides bus transportation. The Symphony Guild, with its Debutante program, is a strong presence at the concerts and in the community. Plainview Symphony Board believes it to be the smallest city to have a symphony.

Plano Civic Chorus
P.O. Box 864411, Plano, TX 75086-4411
(972) 606-5220 ; (972) 606-5220
info [at] planocivicchorus.org
Ralph Federick Stannard

Plano Community Band
P.O. Box 864441, Plano, TX 75086-4441
(972) 208-6965
Adrian Wang, President
Association of Concert Bands
Established: 1979
The Plano Community Band performs summer concerts in Haggard Park. The band also performs two indoor concerts each year and performs at various city functions. Open enrollment is in January and September. There are no auditions, however, some sections may be closed due to size restrictions. Please contact the band for more information. A newsletter is available from the website for upcoming events- sign up at www.planoband.com.

Plano Symphony Orchestra
2701-C West 15th Street, No. 187, Plano, TX 75075
(972) 473-7262; Fax (972) 473-4639
info [at] planosymphony.org
Alice Hobbs
American Symphony Orchestra League; Plano Chamber of Commerce; Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1983
The Plano Symphony Orchestra concert season includes five classical concerts, four Holiday Pops concerts, two chamber ensembles, a family series, and six school day concerts. Performances are held at the Eisemann Center in their 1550-seat auditorium. Sponsors include individuals, the City of Plano, Texas Commission on the Arts, and several corporations. Auditions are held in late summer. The Plano Symphony Orchestra has 35-60 musicians. The Symphony Association is also known for extensive educational and outreach programs such as 4th Grade Concerts, Instrument Petting Zoo and the Collin County Young Artist Competition.

Golden Hornet
P.O. Box 4559, Austin, TX 78765
(512) 965.4694; (512) 773-4653
john [at] rampant-arts.com
John Riedie
Golden Hornet Project, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musicians Graham Reynolds, leader of the avant-jazz-rock-classical ensemble The Golden Arm Trio, and Peter Stopschinski, of the radically experimental Brown Whornet. Since 1999 GHP has presented over 60 concerts of indie classical music by more than 40 composers from non-academic musical backgrounds in underground rock, jazz, electronic and hip hop and has world premiered 14 new orchestral works and countless chamber pieces.

Salon Concerts
P.O. Box 163501, Austin, TX 78716
(512) 402-2516
salonconcerts [at] gmail.com
Wendy Mazet
Salon Concerts’ mission is to encourage more people to enjoy chamber music. From a four-concert subscription series in unique Austin homes, to free rush-hour concerts, to a nationally recognized program of chamber music education in public schools—our activities reach and educate audiences of all ages about this intimate art form.  Salon Concerts presents 4 chamber music concerts per season, each performed on a Sunday afternoon and the following Monday evening.   Each pair of concerts takes place in a beautiful private home and includes a post-concert buffet of hors d’oeuvres and wines.  Each pair of concerts is followed on Tuesday by a FREE Concert with excerpts from the regular concerts.  Chamber Music in Public Schools (CHAMPS) is the educational arm of Salon Concerts, Inc.  CHAMPS is now in 13 public middle and high schools in the Austin, Eanes, Lake Travis and Round Rock school districts providing free, weekly professional chamber music coaching, master classes and numerous outreach concerts throughout the community.

Rich-Tone Chorus
P.O. Box 832978, Richardson, TX 75083-2778
(972) 234-6065; (972) 242-4306
dale [at] richtones.org
Helen Swanston, Management Team
Sweet Adelines International
Established: 1968
The Rich-Tone Chorus features 150 women from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex dedicated to the performance of barbershop music. The Rich-Tones hold three Sweet Adalines International championship titles: one in 1992, 1996, and 1998. Chartered in 1968 with 16 singers, the chorus has enjoyed growth both in membership and in its musical strength. The Rich-Tones have performed in many settings, from Good Morning America to the Texas State Republican Convention. Annual shows and Christmas performances feature high-energy song and dance numbers along with heart-warming ballads. The Rich-Tones are available for performing as a full chorus and in smaller groups. Award-winning quartets have individual show packages.

Richardson Community Band
P.O. Box 832964, Richardson, TX 75083-2964
(972) 487-3174; Fax (972) 487-4929
info [at] richardsoncommunityband.org
George W. Jones, Jr., Conductor
National Association of Concert Bands
Established: 1970
The Richardson Community Band is an adult volunteer organization providing professional and nonprofessional wind and percussion musicians the opportunity to perform concert band music. The 75-member band had been providing 12-14 concerts annually. The band is sponsored in part by the Richardson Arts Commission. Membership is open to all adults.

Richardson Symphony
2100 N Collins Blvd. Suite 310, Richardson, TX 75080-2681
(972) 234-4195; (972) 744-4650 ; Fax (972) 238-7514
glandis [at] richardsonsymphony.org
George Landis, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1962
The Richardson Symphony, founded in 1961, is the premiere orchestra of the North Texas region and is the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center offering a variety of classical and pops concerts. The orchestra is comprised of sixty-five professional AFM Union musicians under the leadership of Anshel Bruilow. RSO also presents the Lennox International Young Artists Competition; Symphony Days; special educational programs benefiting RISD students and the University of North Texas and University of Texas at Dallas. RSO holds auditions each year in late August.

Round Rock Community Choir
P.O. Box 1142, Round Rock, TX 78680-1142
(512) 658-4129; (512) 658-4129
conductor [at] rrcconline.org
Randi Bolding
Established: 1985
Community choir with approximately 120 members ranging in age from 70's down to the teens. Performs both classical choral music as well as a wide variety of popular music from the 1920s through today. Music is performed in a variety of venues with solos, small ensembles, and the entire choir. Auditions are held in August and January of each year. The choir is supported by membership dues, individual and corporate donations and city grants.

San Angelo Symphony Society
P.O. Box 5922, San Angelo, TX 76902
(325) 658-5877; Fax (325) 653-1045
director [at] sanangelosymphony.org
Charlotte Lewis, Executive Director
League of American Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1949
The San Angelo Symphony Orchestra performs seven subscription concerts a year including a Young Artists Competition (The Sorantin). The orchestra has approximately 65 members, 15 of whom are local residents. Several San Angelo corporations contribute to the symphony through concert sponsorship, including Wells Fargo, and Multi-Chem. We have 700 patron members who provide up to 50 percent of our funding.

San Antonio Early Music Ensemble
132 Linda Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 822-0416; Fax (210) 822-0416
ggbellstx [at] aol.com
George Gregory, Director
Established: 1970
San Antonio Early Music Ensemble, celebrating its 36th anniversary, was formed in an effort to recreate the sounds of medieval and renaissance music. For concerts and rehearsals, the ensemble has access to one of the largest collections of early instruments in the U.S. The ensemble has played for the Texas Music Teachers Association, the San Antonio Festival, The Round Top Festival of Early Music, the San Antonio Early Music Festival, and concerts for churches and universities in San Antonio, Laredo, Brownsville, Seguin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, San Marcos, and Shreveport, Louisiana. The ensemble was in residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the invitation of the Desert Chorale. The ensemble has also been in residency with the Children's Chorus of San Antonio where they assisted in the preparation of music concerts from the Spanish Renaissance. The Ensemble has been presented three times on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and voted the "Best Classical Music Ensemble" by the readers of the "San Antonio Current".

San Antonio Opera
909 NorthEast Loop 410, Suite 636, San Antonio, TX 78209-1309
(210) 225-5972; Fax (210) 822-8430
Mark Richter, General Manager/Artistic Director
Opera America; Musical America
Established: 1997
San Antonio Opera is a professional, fully staged regional opera company. Producing three operas annually, the company is in its eleventh year and has grown from a $6,000 budget to close to $1,400,000. San Antonio Opera auditions talent every November in New York, and its orchestra is made up of professional symphony musicians.

San Antonio Symphony
P.O. Box 658, San Antonio, TX 78293-0658
(210) 554-1000; (210) 554-1010; Fax (210) 554-1008
fishmanj [at] sasymphony.org
Jack Fishman, CEO
Established: 1939
The San Antonio Symphony exist to inspire, educate, and entertain the people of San Antonio and South Texas through the performance of live orchestra music performed at the highest possible level of artistic quality in order to help meet the cultural, educational, and entertainment needs of our region. The Symphony first performed in 1939 and offers more than 100 performances to over 185,000 people. The Symphony serves over 40,000 children annually through its Young People's Concerts.

San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
12107 Magnolia Blossom, San Antonio, TX 78247
(210) 494-3674; Fax (210) 490-6801
christopher.moroney [at] me.com
Covita Moroney
Established: 1989
The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) consists of seven singers who also play a variety of wind and percussion instruments. Since its founding in 1989, the ensemble has made the music of colonial Latin America (villancicos from the XVII century) its special focus. The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble has five CDs out: two on the Iago label, and two on the World Library label.

Schola Cantorum of Texas
P.O. Box 8235, Fort Worth, TX 76124
(817) 485-2500; Fax (817) 927-2443
Archie Bailey, Executive Director
American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America; Texas Choral Directors Association
Established: 1962
Schola Cantorum of Texas is a 70+ voice, volunteer, adult classical chorus performing an October-May season of at least ten concerts in Fort Worth, Arlington, and Greater Tarrant County. Singers audition annually in August. Sponsors include Leo F. Potishman Foundation, Bank One, N.A. Trustee; Star-Telegram, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Crystelle Waggoner Trust, Prestige Gunnite, Texas Commission on the Arts, WRR fm 101.1, Arts Council of Fort Worth, Colonial Charities, Molyneaux Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and City of Arlington.

Sherman Symphony Orchestra
900 North Grand Avenue, Suite No. 61567, Sherman, TX 75090
(903) 813-2461; (903) 813-2251; Fax (903) 813-2273
Daniel Dominick, Conductor
Established: 1965
Sherman Symphony Orchestra is a 70 member, community-based, semi-professional organization that performs five subscription concerts and one children's concert a year and is a part of the Austin College Community Series. The orchestra's home is the newly restored Kidd-Key concert hall, a 1930's art deco auditorium that seats 1340. Auditions are held in September and periodically throughout the year for any open chairs.

South Texas Chorale
P.O. Box 1709, Harlingen, TX 78551-1709
(956) 493-3738
Debbie Gibson
Established: 1992
The South Texas Chorale is a volunteer community choral with Rio Grande valley-wide participation. We perform with an accompanying orchestra.

South Texas Lyric Opera
P.O. Box 3690, McAllen, TX 78041-3690
(956) 872-6478
southtexaslyricopera [at] yahoo.com
Edinir de Oliveira, Vice President
ProCantus Lyric Opera, a local non-profit organization, started its season with a fantastic performance of the Amahl and the Night Visitors December 13, 2005 at the McAllen Civic Center. These are the review words of Jim McKone, The Monitor, on December 16, 2005: "The return of home-produced opera in the Valley stage underlines Hidalgo County's growing wealth, prosperity and affection toward one of the most expensive and difficult fine arts".

South Texas Youth Symphony
P.O. Box 2832, McAllen, TX 78502
(956) 661-1615; Fax (956) 661-1617
office [at] valleyorchestra.org
Monica Folk, Executive Director
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1976
The South Texas Youth Symphony was established in 1997 to provide a unique musical experience for the growing number of young musicians in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. STYS members come from throughout the Valley and Northern Mexico. These students are accepted by audition and attend weekly rehearsals in preparation for public concerts. They are instructed by some of the finest musicians in the Valley, and also have the opportunity to perform with outstanding guest artists. STYS is intended for high school age musicians. However, advanced middle school age musicians may also audition for a place in the orchestra, especially if recommended by their middle school director or private teacher.

Symphony Arlington
P.O. Box 202051, Arlington, TX 76006-8051
(817) 385-0484; (817) 385-0484 ; Fax (817) 274-3593
info [at] symphonyarlington.org
Robert Carter Austin
Symphony Arlington is one of the largest arts groups in Arlington, and presents a season of eight concerts annually at the MetroCenter under the baton of Music Director Robert Carter Austin. The ensemble's ninety-three professional musicians are chosen by competitive auditions from over three hundred applicants. These musicians present concerts of outstanding artistic quality, with a balanced program of classical masterworks, and pops repertoire. Symphony Arlington has supplemented these superb musicians with guest artists of international repute.

Symphony North of Houston
P.O. Box 73591, Houston, TX 77273
(713) 867-3465; (713) 867-3465
Joynn Mercer
Established: 1974
Symphony North is a 45-piece nonprofit orchestra now in its 36th season presenting quality performances of orchestra music to the residents of North Houston. This organization is made up of music teachers, professionals, miscellaneous careers, and a few talented students. Included each season is a Christmas concert, a children's concert, a pops concert, a performance by Young Artist Competition winners, and concerts featuring standard orchestral literature. Auditions are held as needed.

Symphony of the Hills
P. O. Box 2329, Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 792-7469
info [at] symphonyofthehills.org
C. Warren Ferguson
The Symphony of the Hills is a regional symphony orchestra, partnering with Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX. The Symphony, comprising approximately 75 musicians, provides traditional classical music for the enjoyment of audiences in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, performing 4 classical and 2 pop concerts in the modern 832-seat Cailloux Theater in Kerrville, TX. The concert season traditionally begins in September and ends in May, with two performance of each concert: on a Thursday evening. The orchestra provides two free children's concerts each year in March and invites all 3rd and 4th grade students from the Kerrville surroundings, typically about 1600 students. Students from the area are invited to attend all concerts free, provided seats are available 15 minutes before the concert. The schedule for the current season can be found on http://www.symphonyofthehills.org/programs. This next Season, 2011-2012 has been scheduled. The dates have been pinned down and will be stated on the website. We will start on June 27, 2009 with a Pops Concert featuring Don Braswell, one of the finalists on the weekly TV show America's Got Talent. Another Pops, on January 23, 2010, will feature the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing with the Symphony of the Hills. The Symphony is operated by the Symphony of the Hills Association, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Other information can be found on the website www.symphonyofthehills.org. The schedule for rehearsals can be found at http://www.symphonyofthehills.org/schedule.htm. Our Mission: The Symphony of the Hills Association is committed to providing classical symphonic music to audiences throughout the Hill Country of Texas, with an emphasis on expanding the appreciation of music and developing the musical talents of young people throughout the community.

Temple Jazz Orchestra ~ 2
Temple College - 2600 South First Street, Temple, TX 76504
(254) 298-8555; (254) 298-8555; Fax (254) 298-8549
t.fairlie [at] templejc.edu
Thomas Fairlie, Director, Division of Fine Arts
Established: 1990
A professional jazz orchestra (twenty piece jazz group) with members from the Waco/Temple/Killeen area, which performs twice a year at the college, and performs other concerts in the community and in the central Texas area. The TJO is the featured ensemble (with a guest artist) at the annual Temple Jazz Festival held each spring. Director: Tom Fairlie.

Temple Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 4241, Temple, TX 76505-4241
(254) 778-6683; Fax (254) 773-9790
info [at] templesymphony.org
Rick Thomssen, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League; Texas Association for Symphony Orchestra
Established: 1994
The Temple Symphony Orchestra is made up of 65 to 75 professional Central Texas musicians. The TSO presents six concerts per year in Temple and Travels to Cameron and Georgetown Texas for performances. Each year, a chamber, pops and holiday concert are presented, as well as having a Van Cliburn medalist in recital.

Texas Bach Choir
11 Saint Luke's Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-6425; (210) 828-6425
tickets [at] texasbachchoir.org
Ken Donoughue, President
Established: 1976
The Texas Bach Choir is a chorus of 18-24 men and women professional singers selected by audition., focusing primarily on repertoire of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. We rehearse weekly. With the Texas Bach Collegium, paid musicians from several Texas cities who play reproductions of period instruments, we present four public concerts annually.

Texas Boys Choir ~ 2
3901 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109-1810
(817) 924-1482 ; (817) 924-1482 ext. 13; Fax (817) 926-9932
Lisa.earl [at] texasboyschoir.org
Lisa Earl, Arts Management Director
American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America; Texas Music Educators Association
Established: 1946
The Texas Boys Choir is a professional, non-profit choir and educational institution. The choir performs locally, nationally and internationally, both for fees and for community service purposes. Auditions are held throughout year on an individual basis. The Texas Boys Choir is sponsored by various music and performing arts companies and corporations as well as individual donations.

Texas Camerata ~ 2
P.O. Box 101902, Fort Worth, TX 76185-1902
(817) 738-7939
texascamerata [at] swbell.net
Brian Perry
Early Music America; Viola da Gamba Society of America
Established: 1990
Proudly based in Fort Worth, Texas Camerata is dedicated to performing the music of the BAroque with an emphasis on historical stye, presenting a five-concert subscription series and additional concerts throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Texas Camerata's programs combine a captivating mix of familiar and less well-known vocal and instrumental chamber music. Introducing their audience to "hidden gems," while simultaneously giving fresh interpretations to the Baroque "classics" remains the primary focus of Texas Camerata.

Texas Children's Choir
2530 Harry Wurzbach Road, No. 2606, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 317-7914; Fax (210) 916-4040
tghardaway [at] yahoo.com
Colonel Thomas Hardaway, Director
Fifty places for singers ages 8-14 years old. Auditions are held in May for any open spaces. Contact 210-317-7914. Group is self-sustaining financially.

Texas Early Music Project
P.O. Box 4328, Austin, TX 78765
(512) 377-6961
dmj726 [at] aol.com
Stephanie Prewitt

Texas Girls' Choir
4449 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 732-8161; Fax (817) 732-4774
tgc [at] texasgirlschoir.org
Debi Weir, Executive Director
Established: 1962
The Texas Girls' Choir has been acclaimed internationally in over 50 countries, performing in Europe, the Orient, the Middle East, Canada, South America, South Seas, South Africa, and the U.S. The Texas Girls' Choir presents more than 125 performances annually and this past summer traveled to the Orient (including Thailand, China, and Hong Kong). The choir is made up of girls ages eight-14 years from the North Texas area representing more than 30 cities. The choir's headquarters where rehearsals and activities are held is in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas Girls' Choir was founded in 1962 by Shirley Carter and was the first girls' choir incorporated in the US.

The Texas Voices
P.O. Box 861766, Plano, TX 75086-1766
(214) 537-3049
tickets [at] thetexasvoices.org
The Texas Voices is a professional vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting excellence in the choral arts through: providing professional performance opportunities for area musicians and composers, supporting the development and performance of quality choral literature, bringing exceptional choral music to the community, encouraging professional development and music education and supporting community outreach activities. The ensemble debuted in May 2003 and has gained recognition for its polished, nuanced sound and variety of repertoire. Artistic Director and Founder Alan Dyer has gathered talented singers from a broad range of backgrounds, leading them with a musical sensitivity that places The Texas Voices among the nation's top echelon of choruses. To date, the chorus has premiered more than 25 works, many of which were written by Texas composers.

Town North Concert Band
6847 Town North Drive, Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 348-9326
wrspoonmore [at] sbcglobal.net
Wanda Spoonmore, Treasurer
Established: 1965
The Town North Concert Band is a nonprofit community band with 35-45 members. TNCB performs everything from marches to showtunes.

Turtle Creek Chorale
P.O. Box 190137, Dallas, TX 75219-0137
(214) 526-3214; (800) 496-4412; Fax (214) 528-0673
info [at] turtlecreek.org
Stephen Tosha, Executive Director
American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America; Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses
Established: 1980
The Turtle Creek Chorale is a 225-voice male chorus with two small performing ensembles: Encore and Chamber Chorus. Concert season is year-round. Auditions are held in August and January of each year. TCC is sponsored by American Airlines, Park Cities Hilton, Culinadre International and the City of Dallas.

Two Star Symphony ~ 2
6114-1/2 Maxie Street, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 478-2334

Tyler Youth Orchestra
P.O. Box 130694, Tyler, TX 75713-0694
(903) 597-4896
President [at] tyleryouthorchestra.org
Ryan Banek
American Symphony Orchestra League; Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1979
The mission of Tyler Youth Orchestra, Inc. is to provide a dynamic, classical music experience in which talented, young East Texas musicians receive high-quality instruction and significant opportunities for orchestral performance. More specifically, TYO, Inc., through its primary components, the Tyler Youth Orchestra, Tyler Academic Orchestra, and Tyler Preparatory Orchestra, and its various smaller ensembles, accomplishes this mission by meeting the following objectives:"Education". To expand participants' knowledge of symphonic literature and to provide them with the opportunity to work with professional musicians and music educators to further develop their technical and musical skills. "Experience". To provide participants with experiences involving high-level orchestral performance in a variety of groups and settings under the direction of inspiring leaders. "Encouragement". To encourage the creative and personal development of participants by nurturing self-confidence, discipline, dedication, and the ability to work harmoniously with others. "Excellence". To instill in participants a desire to achieve excellence in all of their undertakings and to challenge them to always strive for the highest level of musical performance. "Enrichment". To enrich the musical lives of participants by promoting a life-long love and appreciation of orchestral music and to enrich the musical and cultural life of the community through performance, community involvement, and education. "Enjoymen"t. To enable participants to experience the enjoyment that comes from personal and collective accomplishment, successful performance, and interaction with others who share a similar passion for music. Tyler Youth Orchestra, Inc. began as a violin ensemble for 5th and 6th graders in 1955, reorganized as a string ensemble in 1975 and expanded to a full orchestra in 1979. The Tyler Preparatory Orchestra began in 1991 to provide musical enrichment and training for beginning string musicians, and in 2006, the Tyler Academic Orchestra formed to serve intermediate musicians who are still honing their skills for the Tyler Youth Orchestra.

Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
P.O. Box 2832, McAllen, TX 78502
(956) 661-1615; Fax (956) 661-1617
office [at] valleyorchestra.org
Monica Folk, Executive Director
ASCAP; BMI; League of American Orchestras
Established: 1952
The Valley Symphony Orchestra, part of the South Texas Symphony Association, sponsored the 100 member Valley Symphony Orchestra and the 120 member Symphony Chorale. The orchestra performs four to six season subscription concerts each year at the University of Texas-Pan American Fine Arts Auditorium in Edinburg and McAllen Civic Center. The orchestra also performs annual student concerts, concerts in local civic auditoriums, outdoor parks, and in Mexico. Orchestra members are paid a per-service stipend and membership is by audition only. Auditions are usually conducted in August, but may be scheduled at other times, as the conductor desires and openings arise. Most orchestral musicians are residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

Victoria Symphony Orchestra
2112 North Navarro Street, Victoria, TX 77901-4829
(361) 576-4500; Fax (361) 575-8216
victoriasymphony [at] sbcglobal.net
Michelle Hall, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1973
The Victoria Symphony Orchestra, part of the Victoria Symphony Society, consists of approximately 60 musicians and annually provides a series of five Master Series Concerts, two Family Series Concerts and one Youth Discovery Concert. For more than three decades, Victoria Symphony Orchestra has provided world-class performances. Auditions are held throughout the year.

Waco Community Band
1400 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708
(254) 299-8220
shadowbadger [at] yahoo.com
Brian Harris
Association of Community Bands
Established: 1981
Waco Community Band is an auditioned symphonic band sponsored by McLennan Community College. The 57-piece ensemble is comprised of adults and performs a variety of music and public services.

Waco Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1201, Waco, TX 76703
(254) 754-1035; (254) 745-0851; Fax (254) 752-8611
info [at] wacosymphony.com
Susan Taylor, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League
Established: 1961
The Waco Symphony Orchestra presents five subscription concerts each year, as well as The Nutcracker, and an annual Holiday concert. Eighty musicians perform in the orchestra; auditions held each fall. A chamber music series is offered consisting of three concerts annually. The WSA sponsors a Youth Orchestra consisting of 60 students with 2 performances held annually.

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra • Waco Symphony Youth Choirs
P.O. Box 1201, Waco, TX 76703
(254) 754-0851
info [at] wacosymphony.com
Accepted by audition, the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs a concert each fall and spring. Over sixty students from the Central Texas area participate in the orchestra. The Waco Symphony Children's Choir is celebrating its fifth season with the Waco Symphony Association, Inc. The Children's Choir offers young men and women the opportunity for vocal music study and choral performance. The members of the group are chosen by audition and live in Waco and the surrounding communities.

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra
1300 Lamar, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
(940) 723-6202; Fax (940) 732-6224
wfso [at] sbcglobal.net
Janel Ponder Smith, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League; Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras
Established: 1946
The 75-member Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra presents a series of six subscription concerts and fifteen youth concerts at local area schools.

Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra
1300 Lamar, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
(940) 723-6202; Fax (940) 723-6224
Jessica Bess, Executive Director
Established: 1992
Founded in 1992, the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra provides educational experiences for students and encourages performance and appreciation of classical music. Activities include four showcase concerts free to the public, an apprentice program, scholarship opportunities, ensemble performances, sectionals, and a student retreat.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
1007 Green Meadow Drive, Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 789-5073
John B Gordon
Established: 2001
HCCO is a community based orchestra composed of adults and high school students who wish to enjoy the world of classical music together. Performances take place every 6 to 8 weeks at various locations around Round Rock and Austin. New members are accepted by audition.

Wimberley Community Chorus
P.O. Box 1632, Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-0629
David Morales
Established: 1980
Our volunteer chorus numbers about eighty men and women. We perform three times a year: December, Spring, 4thh of July. We do small ensemble performances at nursing homes. Rotating director and accompanist. Ancillary instrumentalists as needed. No auditions. Sponsors: Wimberley Lions Club, Civic Club, Women's Club.

The Women's Chorus of Dallas
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Suite 210, Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7828; Fax (214) 520-6328
twcdoffice [at] twcd.org
Melinda Imthurn, Artistic Director
American Choral Directors Association; Chorus America; GALA Choruses
Established: 1989
The Women's Chorus of Dallas is a diverse group of women performing a variety of music from Bach to Broadway. We appear in three subscription concerts and a variety of community service events and fundraisers each year. We have recorded ten solo CDs. We have formed an alliance with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds from the Sing for the Cure CD. Auditions are held in August and January. Visit our website at www.twcd.org for further information.

Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth
Orchestra Hall • 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 923-3121; Fax (817) 924-0007
wdunleavy [at] yofortworth.org
Willa G. Dunleavy, Executive Director
American Symphony Orchestra League; Arlington Fine Arts Council; Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
Established: 1965
The Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth includes five orchestras with an enrollment of approximately 300 students ranging in age from 3-19. Weekly full rehearsals at Orchestra Hall, September through May, and scheduled sectional rehearsals with professional musicians. The Senior Youth Orchestra has a major concert tour outside the U.S. every three or four years. The Junior Youth Orchestra has weekend concert trip yearly. Auditions are held in May and August. Size of ensembles: Youth Orchestra (120 members), Junior Youth Orchestra (60members), String Orchestra (47 members), Junior String Orchestra (30 members), Beginning String Orchestra (20), and Suzuki School (37 members).

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
106 Auditorium Circle, Suite 130, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 737-0097; Fax (210) 732-7233
spayne [at] yosa.org
Steven Payne, Executive Director
League of American Orchestras; Cultural Alliance of San Antonio; TMEA
Established: 1977
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) provides superior orchestral, educational, cultural, and performance opportunities to young musicians in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Over 300 young musicians, ages 8-21 study in one of the five orchestras or beginning/intermediate string education classes. Placement is determined by auditions, which are held in June and August or by special appointment. The YOSA program includes weekly rehearsals, sectional coaching, performance opportunities, chamber music, master classes, performance tours, and a summer string camp.