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Joel MacMillan, double bassist, has played with the Wichita Falls Symphony since the 2014-15 season. He studied Double Bass Performance at Wichita State University with David Neubert, and at Northwestern University with Jeff Bradetich. He has played in the Wichita, (KS) Symphony, The Chicago Sinfonietta, The Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, Elgin and Lake Forest Symphonies, New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphonies, Opera Southwest, (Albuquerque), Amarillo Symphony, Richardson Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Joel works as a luthier on staff in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He lives in Krum with his wife Liane, their two teenage daughters, and an abundance of animals.

 
 

Will Coppoc is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has played with the WFSO since 2018. Will completed his Master of Music degree in performance and pedagogy at Oklahoma State University, and his Bachelor of Music in performance at the University of North Texas, where he graduated summa cum laude. Currently a member of the 77th U.S. Army Band, Will is stationed at Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK. His primary duties with the band include performing with various ensembles and acting as head music librarian. Will has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and others. When not playing the bass, you can usually find Will reading science fiction and posting book reviews to Amazon and Goodreads.

 
 

Sheila Lucas is a native Dallasite, born in the Deep Ellum section of downtown. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance from UNT, and a master’s degree from A&M. For over 30 years Sheila has played coast to coast with ensembles ranging from regional symphonies to rock groups. In 1994, she joined the WFSO and quickly fell in love with the orchestra, the patrons, and the city. An interest in Texas politics led Sheila to becoming a Precinct chair for the Texas Senate, District 2, and also serve as a Dallas County Election Judge.

 
 

Nancy Cook began her music career as a youngster in the WFISD strings program, playing cello and double bass, and in the band program playing trombone.  She made All-State Orchestra on double bass her junior and senior years.  As a sophomore at SH Rider High School Nancy began performing with the WFSO and has been performing with them off and on for approximately 45 years. 

After graduating from high school, Nancy attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she studied classical guitar for one year.  She then went to Midwestern State University where she graduated in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in music.  She attended graduate school at MSU, studying curriculum and instruction.  After graduating from College, she worked in school districts including Midway, Dallas, and Wichita Falls.  While in Dallas Nancy attended Dallas Theological Seminary.  She also performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony, and various church orchestras in the area.

Nancy worked in the public education system for 35 years.  She was a classroom teacher for 25 years for grades 1 through 6.  After leaving the classroom, for 10 years she had the privilege of serving teachers in Wichita Falls Independent School District as the Math and Science Curriculum Specialist for grades 3 through 6.  She also taught various workshops at Region 9 Educational Service Center.  Nancy retired from public education at the end of July 2017.

During her years in Wichita Falls, she has also performed with Backdoor Theatre, The Wichita Theatre, The Performing Arts Alliance, Red River Lyric Theater, MSU Opera and Musical productions, the Wichita Falls Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Community Orchestra, and has been in choral performances, such as the Messiah, and many church cantatas.  Nancy also served as the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Music Librarian from 1999 to 2015.

Nancy currently serves on the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and is the Musicians Representative on the WFSO Board.  She has private double bass students and continues to learn as well through studying double bass from various teachers. Nancy also enjoys being a volunteer with Hospice of Wichita Falls.