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April 17, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Due to the ongoing health crisis, we will cap the audience in the new reimagined concert season to allow for appropriate social distancing. Due to this limited capacity, tickets will be available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the following priority schedule for our current season ticket subscribers: 

  • March 22, 2021 – EARLY ACCESS tickets available for current 19-20 Subscribers by phone only. Purchase “WFSO On-Demand” access by clicking HERE.
  • March 29, 2021 – Tickets available for general public by phone only. 
  • April 24, 2021 – On-Demand video available by clicking HERE.
Our top priority as we return to the concert hall is the safety of our musicians and our patrons.  When you join us at Memorial Auditorium, you can expect the following safety procedures:
  • The concert will be one hour long, with no intermission.
  • All attendees must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you purchase your tickets with information specific to you.
  • We ask that you arrive at the concert hall at the time specified in your email. 
  • Please enter through the designated door, and use only the restroom specified in your email.  This will ensure that all of our patrons feel safe. 
  • Your seats will not be near other attendees.
  • Departure times will also be staggered to allow everyone adequate space to move towards the exits. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout Memorial Auditorium.
  • To view the WFSO’s complete safety protocol, please click here.  (Coming soon)

 

 
 
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February 27, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Due to the ongoing health crisis, we will cap the audience in the new reimagined concert season to allow for appropriate social distancing. Due to this limited capacity, tickets will be available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the following priority schedule for our current season ticket subscribers: 

  • February 1, 2021 – Early Access tickets available for current 19-20 Subscribers by phone only. Purchase “WFSO On-Demand” access by clicking HERE.
  • February 8, 2021 – Tickets available for general public by phone only.
  • March 6, 2021 – On-Demand video goes live through the link emailed to you. 
Our top priority as we return to the concert hall is the safety of our musicians and our patrons.  When you join us at Memorial Auditorium, you can expect the following safety procedures:
  • The concert will be one hour long, with no intermission.
  • All attendees must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you purchase your tickets with information specific to you.
  • We ask that you arrive at the concert hall at the time specified in your email. 
  • Please enter through the designated door, and use only the restroom specified in your email.  This will ensure that all of our patrons feel safe. 
  • Your seats will not be near other attendees.
  • Departure times will also be staggered to allow everyone adequate space to move towards the exits. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout Memorial Auditorium.
  • To view the WFSO’s complete safety protocol, please click here.  (Coming soon)

Dr. Corey Robinson - bio coming soon

 
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January 23, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Attend in person at Memorial or  enjoy WFSO On-Demand from your home, beginning January 30th. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, we will cap the audience in the new reimagined concert season to allow for appropriate social distancing. Due to this limited capacity, tickets will be available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the following priority schedule for our current season ticket subscribers: 

  • January 6, 2021 – Early Access Tickets available for current 19-20 Subscribers by phone only.  Purchase “WFSO On-Demand” access by clicking HERE.
  • January 13, 2021 – Tickets available for general public by phone only.
  • January 30, 2021 – On-Demand video goes live with the link emailed to you.  
Our top priority as we return to the concert hall is the safety of our musicians and our patrons.  When you join us at Memorial Auditorium, you can expect the following safety procedures:
  • The concert will be one hour long, with no intermission.
  • All attendees must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you purchase your tickets with information specific to you.
  • We ask that you arrive at the concert hall at the time specified in your email. 
  • Please enter through the designated door, and use only the restroom specified in your email.  This will ensure that all of our patrons feel safe. 
  • Your seats will not be near other attendees.
  • Departure times will also be staggered to allow everyone adequate space to move towards the exits. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout Memorial Auditorium.
  • To view the WFSO’s complete safety protocol, please click here.  (Coming soon)

 Dr. Pam Youngblood

Coming Soon

 

Dr. Jaymee Haefner

Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Jaymee joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2006. An avid supporter of new compositions for harp, Jaymee Haefner has recently commissioned and premiered several new works, including In Arkadia for horn and harp by Gary Schocker (Los Angeles, 2015), Better than One and Snow for harp duet by Gary Schocker (New Orleans, 2015), Et descendit for flute, viola and harp by Sungji Hong (Denton, Texas, 2016), Music for Violin and Harp by Patricio Da Silva (Atlanta, 2016), Flutter by Kirsten Broberg (Hong Kong, 2017), Still/Nervous by Gary Schocker (Hong Kong, 2017), and Canonic Crimson by Paul Patterson (Philadelphia, 2018). Her duo, Crimson, received a grant from the American Harp Society to commission a new work for violin and harp by acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. Crimson released its self-titled album in 2015 a second album in 2018, featuring works they have commissioned. Jaymee’s performances with her Crimson duo and Better than One duo (with harpist Emily Mitchell) have been featured at several American Harp Society (AHS) national conferences (New York City, 2012; New Orleans, 2014; Atlanta, 2016) and the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. She has also performed throughout the Dallas‐Fort Worth area, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Colorado, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Jaymee has performed under the direction of several notable conductors, including Jaap van Zweden (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Roger Nierenberg (Music Paradigm), David Syrus (Royal Opera), and David Stern (Crested Butte Music Festival). Her recordings include features with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Daniel Narducci, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and James Boldin; she has joined several notable musicians on stage, including Johnny Mathis, Ben Folds, and the Canadian Tenors. Jaymee regularly writes for The Harp Column and has published two books: The Legend of Henriette Renié and One Stone to the Building: Henriette Renié’s Life Through Her Works for Harp, and recently had her article about Henriette Renié accepted by the New Grove Dictionary of Music. A respected masterclass teacher, Dr. Haefner recently taught a class at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales and taught classes at Virginia Harp Center, and holds an annual masterclass at UNT. She presented lectures for the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam (2008) and Sydney (2014) and has led workshops for the American Harp Society in Minnesota (2017), New Orleans (2014), and Utah (2009). Dr. Haefner chaired the 2011 AHS Institute and currently serves as the Treasurer for the WHC, board member of the American Harp Society, Inc. Foundation, and serves on the American Harp Journal editorial board. Her ensemble (UNT HarpBeats) was featured in the 2018 Lyon & Healy Summer Concert Series in Chicago and were showcased at the World Harp Congress Hong Kong (2017. Her harp ensemble will be featured at the upcoming World Harp Congress (Wales) in 2020. She has served on the jury for the Italy Harp Competition, the Lyon & Healy Awards, and will adjudicate 2018 Hong Kong International Harp Competition alongside Skaila Kanga and Isabell Perrin. When she isn’t on stage, Dr. Haefner enjoys outdoor photography, making wire-wrapped jewelry and trains in karate with her son; she earned her first-degree black belt in 2015.
Credit: Luke Mislinski Photography

 by Todd Giles

Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C Major, K. 299 (1778)

Mozart was not a big fan of the flute; indeed, he only wrote three concertos for the instrument, including the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, the latter of which is one of only two double concertos written by the composer, the other being the Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-Flat major, written one year later. However Mozart felt about the flute, the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra has since become one of the most popular double concertos in the repertoire. Written in the spring of 1778 during an extended stay in Paris as a commission for a wealthy patron and his daughter, this unusual concerto likewise brings to the foreground an instrument that was not yet taken seriously as an orchestral family member at the time—the harp, or “plucked piano.” Considering Mozart wrote no other works for the harp, we can assume his taste for the instrument was even less favorable than that of the flute. Although certainly a tenuous paring in Mozart’s day, the flute-harp repertoire grew quite rapidly in the 19th century, especially for unaccompanied duo. Mozart not only had his patrons in mind when penning the score, he also had contemporary French tastes in mind as well, as seen in the concerto’s similarity to the popular Sinfonia Concertante of the time, which combined both the concerto and symphony genres by having one or more solo instruments in conversation with and a part of the orchestra. Today, the concerto is often performed by chamber ensembles as a way to highlight their own flutists and harpists, as is the case tonight as we feature WFSO regulars Pam Youngblood and Jaymee Haefner.  

Johann Strauss II & Joseph Strauss: Pizzicato Polka for Orchestra (1870)

Born in Vienna thirty-four years after the passing of Mozart, Johann Strauss II took the Austrian capital by storm with his prolific output of over 500 dance pieces, as well as 18 light operas and ballets. Following in his namesake’s footsteps—Johann Strauss, Sr.—the eldest Strauss son raised the light, danceable music of the late 19th century Hapsburg Empire to new heights of elegance with works such as the Blue Danube, Emperor, and Vienna Blood waltzes. With his younger brother, Josef (1827–1880), Johann, Jr. wrote the three-minute Pizzicato Polka for one of their concert tours of Russia in 1869. As a musical form, the polka first appeared in Prague in 1837, making its way to the capital city two years later. The Pizzicato Polka is scored for strings and glockenspiel, a German percussion instrument similar to the xylophone. As the title indicates, this short dance is performed entirely on plucked strings, harkening back to Mozart’s harp above. This unusual polka quickly gained popularity, especially in Italy, where Strauss included it on the program for all of his tours.

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40 (1884-1885)

Similar to Czech composers Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak’s Romantic musical nationalisms, Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) also worked outside the European classical tradition by embracing the warmth and melodies of the folk traditions of his native land. Best known for the Piano Concerto in A minor (1868), as well as his Peer Gynt Suite (1875), Grieg also wrote some of the most endearing short works for orchestra in the late Romantic period. One such work is From Holberg’s Time: Suite in Olden Style, named after Norwegian-born Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754). The work, originally scored for Grieg’s favored instrument, the piano, was composed in celebration of the bicentenary of Holberg’s birth in 1884. The Holberg Suite is an example of what in the early 20th century would become known as Neoclassism, a reactionary style which embraced the more melodic musical tastes of the 17th and 18th centuries. Grieg’s nostalgic backward glance takes the form a five-movement dance suite intended to call to mind the “olden style” of the late Baroque/early Classical periods of Holberg’s day. As is the case with Neoclassicism, Grieg’s own time period and personal style meld together with the earlier forms and sounds of the work’s dance movements, such as the Praeludium, Sarabande, and Rigaudon.

 

 

 

UPDATE! 9-16-20

THE LIVE AT THE LAKE CONCERT PLANNED FOR 9-17-20 HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Due to the current restrictions in place by the City of Wichita Falls, the Live at the Lake concert with the WFSO has been cancelled.  The event was scheduled to take place at the Museum of Art at MSU’s Priddy Pavilion on Sept. 17.  In order to keep our patrons and musicians safe, the WFSO and MSU Museum of Art has made the decision to cancel this outdoor event.  

Please watch for updates this fall about events happening with the WFSO. Season tickets for our Spring Concert Season go on sale in October! 

 

Updated 7-10-2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 WICHITA FALLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DELAYS START OF 2020/2021 SEASON  Wichita Falls, TX (July 13, 2020)

 The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will delay the start of the 2020-2021 concert season due to the challenges and uncertainties created by COVID-19. “This was a difficult decision but one we believe allows us the best opportunity to sustain our organization through the current crisis, fulfill our mission to promote symphonic music in the Texoma community, and be well-positioned to recover quickly,” stated WFSO Board President, Elizabeth Yeager.

 WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges says, “Our top priority has to be the health and safety of our patrons, musicians and staff. Our current plan is to begin our concert season in January 2021 with a full concert at Memorial Auditorium that includes plans to allow for safe social distancing for our musicians and our audience.” This decision was the result of careful consideration of a number of financial, logistical, and health and safety factors. Among these challenges included the state’s June 3 reopening guidelines limiting performance halls to 50% capacity and the requirement for socially distanced seating for orchestra musicians and audience members. The spring season will include adapted education programs and subscription concerts in January, February, and April. Plans are being made for alternative performance opportunities for WFSO musicians, including small ensemble performances at different venues in the community. The WFSO also hopes to present a chamber group at The Priddy Pavilion on September 17, 2020 as part of the Live at the Lake Concert series.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our musicians, many of whom rely solely on performances at concerts like ours. They have lost virtually all of that income,” said Deges. “Financial contributions from our loyal patrons will be more crucial now than ever to make our 2020-2021 season possible. Annual Fund contributions can be made now either online or by mail.”

 Yeager says, “Our goal is the long-term sustainability of the WFSO. By preserving our capital today, we expect to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2021-2022 with a full season of outstanding symphonic music.”  WFSO patrons can expect season ticket renewals to begin in October 2020 and will have the opportunity to confirm their subscription with season ticket holders receiving first priority for seating. 

Inquiries regarding subscriptions and ticket sales may be directed to WFSO Box Office Manager, Jenny Oliver at 940-723-6202 or via email at info@wfso.org.  Other inquiries can be made by contacting WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges at 940-723-6202 or via email at wfsoed@wfso.org. 

 

May 29, 2020 —  Dear family and friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

In an effort to be responsible with our resources and faithful to our mission, the Wichita Falls Symphony board or directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the rescheduled concert on August 15, 2020.  The uncertainty of holding a large gathering and the amount of planning and resources required to do that will just not allow us to move forward with the concert. Though this news is disappointing, the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff is our first priority.  Please consider donating the cost of your tickets for a tax deduction or allowing the value of the tickets to be used as a credit next season.  This would greatly assist us during this challenging period when we are unable to provide concerts. 

While we are unable to perform at Memorial Auditorium, the WFSO is working hard to find creative ways to keep the music alive.  We invite you to tune in to our new weekly music playlist, Legato in times of Staccato at  http://www.wfso.org/2019/05/02/legato-in-times-of-staccato/ .  Also be sure to follow our social media channels for updates and ways to connect with us while we are apart.   Please stay safe and healthy.  We look forward to being back with you in the concert hall very soon.

TICKETING OPTIONS

We hope that you will consider exchanging or donating your tickets and have several convenient options:

Donate your ticket.  Your tax-deductible donation will help the Wichita Falls Symphony fulfill its mission and is especially appreciated during this time of uncertainty.

Exchange your ticket. We would love for you to join us at a future performance in the 20-21 concert season.

Receive credit on your account. Unsure of which concert you would like to exchange for? We will place your funds on your account for future use.

For other ticketing options, please contact the WFSO office via email at info@wfso.org or by phone (940)723-6202.

Sincerely,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

4-29-20 — Dear Friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

During these unprecedented times when we cannot gather in person, we are constantly exploring ways that we as an organization can connect with you. In looking to the future, we will make decisions based upon two overriding guiding principles. First and foremost, we will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff. Second, we will strive to ensure that the mission of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is upheld and sustained. For us, this means commitment to promoting music that enriches our lives, educates our students, and entertains our audiences.

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and the impact that both have on the WFSO. While this disruption is significant, and will undoubtedly require a lengthy recovery, we are confident that we will come out of this stronger than before. The WFSO has been a leading cultural force in Texoma for almost 75 years and our foundation remains firm. We are grateful for the continued support of our donors and patrons. Decades of strong board leadership have ensured that we have a solid foundation to withstand financial stresses while maintaining our commitment to artistic excellence and providing our region with inspiring symphonic music.

To date, the leadership of the WFSO has taken focused action to ensure the safety of our patrons and our musicians: 

  • We have rescheduled our April 2020 concert to August 15, 2020.
  • We continue to monitor and reassess our upcoming season to ensure the safety and health of our musicians and audiences. To that end we are considering a number of options such as social distancing within Memorial Auditorium and streaming concerts online in real time.

Although, at this moment, we are disappointed that we cannot share live music with you we remain optimistic about our future. The adversity we are facing today will almost certainly usher in opportunities for new and creative ideas that will allow us to continue to engage and connect with you. Our shared love of great symphonic music will without a doubt carry us through this difficult and challenging time. 

We are grateful for your ongoing support and treasure your commitment to the WFSO throughout the years. We look forward to better days and a brighter future.

 

Fouad Fakhouri                                 Alicia Deges                                        Elizabeth Yeager

Music Director                                   Executive Director                           Board President

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Updated 3-30-20, 3:15PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

We are all sharing a world that is very different than it was just several weeks ago, and it’s changing by the day. However, we are optimistic that we will return to the stage at Memorial Auditorium for our 20/21 season!

Last week we shared with you our plan to postpone the final concert of the season which was scheduled to take place on April 18th. We will continue to closely monitor updates and recommendations from our public health officials regarding the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our future performances.

At this time, the WFSO is looking to reschedule the “Brilliantly Orchestrated” concert on August 15, 2020. We will communicate more details as soon as they become available. If you are a current season ticket holder, your 2019-20 season ticket will be honored at the rescheduled concert.

Anyone who purchased single tickets to the April concert can:

~Retain your tickets for the rescheduled concert;

~Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value;

~Receive a refund for the value of your ticket.

For assistance, please contact us by email at info@wfso.org, by phone at 940-723-6202.

We are thankful that you — our patrons, donors, and friends — have helped us prepare for this challenging time. Your ongoing connection to and support of our organization through the years has helped make us who we are today and prepared us to meet this enormous challenge. While we are well-positioned, we all know that we are facing uncharted territory and uncertainty about what the future may bring. February marked the beginning of our Annual Fund Campaign which raises vital funds for the incredible concerts we bring to the community each season. We hope that you will continue to support the WFSO even now as planning is underway for our 20/21 season.

Yours,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

Updated 3-25-20, 12:00PM

Our Office is Temporarily Closed March 23 – April 6, 2020

In order to protect the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff – and comply with local, federal and state recommendations, the Wichita Falls Symphony staff will be working remotely between March 23 and April 6.

During this period, you are invited to leave a telephone message for the office at 940-723-6202 or send us an email message at info@wfso.org.  Our staff will respond as soon as they can. During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to follow the CDC‘s guidelines and be safe.

At the end of the two weeks, we will evaluate and determine the next steps based on the advice of our health authorities.

 

Updated 3-16-20, 4:30PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is postponing our April 18, 2020 concert, Brilliantly Orchestrated, with guest pianist Andrey Ponochevny. More information will made available to patrons via email, phone, social media, and posted on our website, www.wfso.org. In the meantime, please hold on to your tickets.

While our concerts and programs are crucial to the fulfillment of our mission, we are most concerned for the health and well-being of our patrons, orchestra musicians, and staff. We ask that you follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and be vigilant in seeking information from trusted sources.

We look forward to bringing music to the stage of Memorial Auditorium as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours,
Alicia Deges
Executive Director

 
 

Music has an amazing way to connect people in any circumstance.  There is something about it that seems to bring us closer together when we listen, play or sing together. The WFSO is committed to providing you with the joy of music, even when we are not in the concert hall together.  We will provide a weekly play list for you, “Legato in times of Staccato”, curated by Music Director, Fouad Fakhouri.  Simply click on each of the titles on the list below to view a special music selection. Also included each week is a Spotify playlist for you to enjoy all the selections together. 
 We invite you to participate each week by sending us music (from any genre) that you have found comforting and uplifting. We hope that through music we can encourage each other through these uncertain times. Send your play list additions to us at info@wfso.org. Preferable formats are YouTube and Sound Cloud clips, or just share the title and artist or composer and we will do our best to find it!

 

Legato in times of Staccato

   Curated by Music Director, Fouad Fakhouri 

Previous Playlists

 

April 13th – Playlist #1 
July 8th – Playlist #14
April 13th – Playlist #2
July 15th – Playlist #15  “Ennio Morricone”
April 20th – Playlist #3
July 22nd – Playlist #16 “Great Movie Themes”
April 27th – Playlist #4
July 29th – Playlist #17
May 4th – Playlist #5
August 5th – Playlist #18
May 11th – Playlist #6
August 12th – Playlist #19 “Great Movie Themes”
May 18th- Playlist #7
August 19th – Playlist #20
May 26th – Playlist #8
August 26th – Playlist #21 “The Music of John Williams”
June 3rd – Playlist #9
September 2nd – Playlist #22
June 10th – Playlist #10
September 9th – Playlist #23 “The Music of John Williams”
June 17th – Playlist #11
September 16th – Playlist #24
June 24th – Playlist #12
September 23rd – Playlist #25 “The Music of John Williams”
July 1st – Playlist #13
September 30th – Playlist #26 “Classic Broadway”

 

 

***To access all of our Legato in times of Staccato playlists on spotify, click here!***

 
 
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Quiet Heroes – Salute to the Armed Forces with special guest narrator, Wilford Brimley.

November 11, 2017 at Memorial Auditorium, 1300 7th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 

Gould: American Salute

Williams: Liberty Fanfare

Jager: Esprit de Corps

Williams: Midway March

Brubeck: Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flagraisers at Iwo Jima

Lowden: Armed Forces Salute

 

 
 

October 14,  2017~ New Beginnings with Fouad Fakhouri 

Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 pm, 1300 7th, Wichita Falls, TX

Mozart: Overture from Le nozze di Figaro

Marquez: Danzon No. 2

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Brahms: Symphony No. 1

 

 
 

OCTOBER 14,2017

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

NOVEMBER 11, 2017

Veterans Day Concert with the WFSO

DECEMBER 16, 2017

Canadian Brass with the WFSO

FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Dr. Martin Camacho, piano with the WFSO

APRIL 14, 2018

Pixar in Concert with the WFSO

 
 

Wichita Falls, Texas (March 28, 2017) – The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra (WFSO) has named Fouad Fakhouri as its next Music Director and Conductor effective June 1, 2017. The Search Committee chose Fakhouri after an 18-month-long international search.

Maestro Fakhouri will take the podium on Saturday, October 14, 2017, as the orchestra opens its 70th season. “For me this is similar to a homecoming. Having spent a significant amount of time in Texas, it is wonderful to get back and contribute to the state that I practically grew up in,” said Fakhouri, who was educated at West Texas A&M University and the University of North Texas. “I felt a genuine, almost immediate, connection with the musicians and was thrilled by their high level of professionalism, commitment, and dedication to the art of music making,” said Fakhouri of his work with the WFSO in February.

With over two decades of international credits as a conductor and composer, Fouad Fakhouri is committed to actively engaging with audiences through powerful artistic experiences. Known for his “musical accuracy” and “emotional intensity,” his performances have been celebrated for their broad, dynamic and powerful interpretations, which go beyond the score to capture both the essence and spirit of the music.

Kristen Van Cleve, WFSO Concertmaster, said, “I am thrilled that Fouad Fakhouri has agreed to be the next Music Director of the Wichita Falls Symphony. Maestro Fakhouri demonstrated skill, musicianship and understanding of the art of conducting when he led the symphony in February. I am looking forward with great anticipation to working with him during the 2017/18 season – this is an exciting time for the WFSO!”

In June 2016, Fakhouri was named Music Director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (Michigan). From 2004 – 2016 Fakhouri served as Music Director and Conductor of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina). Previous appointments include Principal Guest Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) as well as Music Director and Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra where he led the orchestra on its first international tour to Austria and Germany. He continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor. Among his many recent appearances are the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (Lebanon), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York), Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Egypt) and the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra (Sophia, Bulgaria).

In addition to conducting, Fakhouri is an active composer of a multitude of symphonic, chamber, choral and solo music. His works have been premiered and performed by the English Chamber Orchestra (UK), the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, the Mediterranean Orchestra (Italy) and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to name a few.

Fakhouri hails from a musical family whose roots go back four generations. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, as well as a Master of Music in Composition/Theory from the Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from West Texas A & M University.

In December 2014 in recognition of “his impressive career achievements, phenomenal leadership of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO), and dedication to music and the community” Methodist University (NC) bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. In March 2016 he was inducted into the Fayetteville (NC) Music Hall of Fame and in April 2016, upon the completion of a highly successful 11-season tenure with the FSO, individual symphony donors honored him with establishing “The Fouad K. Fakhouri Endowment for Artistic Excellence” – a $1.1 million fund that will “continue his legacy of excellence forever”.

Fakhouri resides in New York City with his wife Diane Lavelle, an advertising executive, and their daughter Isabella.