About Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

A Transformative Experience on the High Plains

75 years of world-class music, culture, and transformation.

Changing lives through local education and outreach partnerships.

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A Transformative Experience on the High Plains

Mission & History

Music that Changes Lives

We mean it when we say music is transformative. Classical music sparks creativity, boosts memory, decreases blood pressure, and lowers stress. And that's just how it affects your body. We firmly believe that music is transformative for soul.

Th LSO has been enriching the South Plains with program offerings, educational experiences, and a professional community-based orchestra since 1946.

Mission & History

A History of Community Support

In 1946, the LSO was a volunteer effort conducted by William A. Harrod. Harrod first came to Lubbock a member of the Air Force Band. He formed a dance band for the enlisted men and women stationed in Lubbock, and was asked to form a community orchestra by the local preachers. With no place to recruit trained string players, it look time to shift to a full orchestra.

Harrod said "the orchestra received its biggest blessing: (violinist) Virginia Kellogg." He believed her contribution was the shift to sounding like a real orchestra.

In 1967, success and community support shifted the LSO to a professional orchestra. This shift brought new musical and directorial talent. The current Music Director and Conductor is David Cho.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra now boasts nationally-known guest conductors and soloists. And the full-time administrative staff and professional musicians perform with the symphony, do community outreach, and work with local schools.

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Behind the Curtain at LSO

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Heather Hocker


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Brian Willcutt

Chair Elect

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Katie Salter


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Robb S. Chapman


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Shannon Taliaferro

Immediate Past Chair

Jane Balch

Steve Balch

Gilbert Berdine

Leen Borno

Terri Byrne

Maureen Chadwick

David Cho

Covar Dabezies

Patty D'Alise

Stephen L. Fault

Robin Germany

Elias Ghandour

Gurdev Gill

Barbara Gilley

Erin Gregg

Sandy Henry

Leslie Huckabee

Alena Ilyushyna

Stacey Kollman

Niel Kurtzman

Larry Landusky

Kendra Lansdell

Paula Loveless

Barry McCool

Mary Moran

Keli Ramsey

Alan Shinn

Annette Sobel

James St. Clair

Jill Stangl

Jeremy Steen

Robin Talbert

Russell Thomasson

Davor Vugrin

June Wagner

Toni Epps Wallingford

Pat Wheeler

Harry Zimmerman

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Galen Wixson

President and CEO

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Jess Jackson

Director of Development and Communications

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Amie Dean

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Suzanne Rasco

Director of Accounting

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Dana Wixson


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Emily Gavaghan

Box Office Manager

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Jeanette Markee

Education Director

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