Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
601 Ave K
Lubbock, TX 79401
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
President and CEO
Galen C. Wixson holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in cello performance from Wichita State University, and a second Master's degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. His music career includes performing as a cellist in many different ensembles, including the Wichita Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician. His non-profit management career includes Executive Director positions at the American String Teachers Association, the Reno Philharmonic, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Arkansas Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the Guitar Foundation of America and the Dream Come True Foundation. He assumed the office of President and CEO of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in April of 2017. His interests away from the office include fitness, cooking, and of course, music! He and his wife, Dana, have been married for 30 years, and they have a daughter who currently attends Texas Tech University.
Director of Development and Communications
Jessica Jackson is a born-and-raised Lubbockite with a deep connection to West Texas where her family has worked for generations in agriculture and business. She has communications and marketing experience spanning the education, technology, and health care fields. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Tech University in English and a Master of Arts degree from the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication in 2017. She and her husband Ben, also a Lubbock native and a teacher, enjoy cooking together and spending time with their dogs.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Amie Dean graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Strategies. During her time at Texas Tech, she played french horn in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and Symphonic Band and was a member of Tau Beta Sigma. Before joining the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra full-time, she served as Marketing Intern in the summer of 2017.
Personnel and Operations Manager
Gary Hudson is Professor of Music (High Brass) at South Plains College and holds the position of Second Trumpet in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Texas Tech University, and the Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) with teaching certification from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Dr. Hudson’s primary teachers include James Austin and Will Strieder. He has also performed in master classes with Philip Smith, Raymond Mase, and Mauro Maur. An active freelance artist, Dr. Hudson has performed with Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Dr. Hudson is also an active performer in the South Plains area. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educator’s Association, International Trumpet Guild, and has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Director of Accounting
Suzanne Rasco is a Lubbock native who graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Since then, most of her career has been in the Accounting field with some IT and Analyst experience. She is a music enthusiast and loves all kinds of music. She and her husband Ricky, a Muleshoe native and a site manager for a chemical company, have 3 children and 3 dogs.
Dana Wixson is new to West Texas, having moved to Lubbock from Austin, TX, in 2017. She is a pianist and violinist, with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. A lifelong lover of music, she has held a variety of positions in the field: music educator, orchestra director, accompanist, church musician, section violinist, personnel manager, and now, librarian. If not marking music for the symphony, you'll find Dana enjoying time with family; whether over a meal, a concert, or a movie. She enjoys knitting, reading, playing piano, antique hunting, and snuggling with the family dog. She has been married 30 plus years to her husband, Galen, and has a daughter studying at Texas Tech University.
Box Office Manager
Emily Gavaghan graduated in May of 2018 from Texas Tech where she completed a B.A. in University Studies. Her studies included Music, Media Strategies, and Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies. In her music career at TTU, she played bassoon, was part of the colorguard with the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and a member of Tau Beta Sigma. Before joining the Lubbock Symphony full-time, she completed two terms as a Marketing Intern. Emily looks forward to combining her past sales and customer service experience with her passion for the organization. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching on Netflix with her orange tabby cat, Oliver.
Jeanette Markee attended Texas Tech University and then graduated from Brigham Young University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She assumed her duties as Education Director for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in November, 2016, having retired from the Lubbock Independent School District in May of the same year. Jeanette taught orchestra at all levels for 26 years, her last 16 being at Hutchinson Middle School. Having loved teaching music and working with students for so many years, it seemed a natural step to come and work with the Lubbock Symphony to try to contribute to the music education of students in the Lubbock area. She firmly believes that the study of music is vital to the education of all students, as she has seen firsthand the power that music has to change lives personally, socially, and academically.