The very best of the holiday season will be yours when you attend the Hometown Holiday Celebration with the WFSO. Music Director Fouad Fakhouri invites you to bring the entire family to enjoy your festive favorites. The Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with us in a classic celebration of community, family, and friends.
Guest Artist: Jim Hall
Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Matthew Luttrell, Music Director
Jim Hall, vocalist
Jim Hall, who currently works as the Chief Information Security Officer for Midwestern State University, has a long-time love of singing and performing. Jim headlines a show titled “Jim Hall and Friends” at the Wichita Theatre Stage 2 Dinner Theatre throughout the year and finds that, outside of his family, music is one of life’s greatest joys. He has appeared on the Wichita Theatre main stage in roles such as Dom Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Walter Hobbs in Elf the Musical, Joseph Pulitzer in Newsies, George Banks in Mary Poppins the Musical, Frank Kell and J.D. McMahon in North Texas Rising, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Curtis in Sister Act, King Triton in The Little Mermaid, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, the Marquis St. Evremond in A Tale of Two Cities, Kerchak the gorilla in Tarzan the Musical and Shrek in the Texoma debut of Shrek the Musical.
Dr. Matthew D. Luttrell, Music Director and Conductor of Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Matthew D. Luttrell, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Orchestra, joined the faculty of MSU Texas in 2013. His duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble, Communiversity Orchestra, Marching Band, and Advanced Conducting. In addition to his duties at MSU Texas, Dr. Luttrell is the conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Philharmonic and serves as the 2nd trombone of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Luttrell earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona StateUniversity (2010) with an emphasis in wind conducting under Gary Hill and euphonium performance under the instruction of Sam Pilafian. He holds a Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2002) and the Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1998).
Prior to Midwestern State University, Dr. Luttrell served as Director of Bands at Adams State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas Arlington, and as Assistant Director of Bands at Illinois State University. He is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for orchestras, bands, and athletic bands, and his international conducting experience includes Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. His ensembles have consistently received invitations to perform in regional concert performances, as well as NFL season and post-season games.
Dr. Luttrell’s professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, and is an honorary member of both the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi honorary bands fraternities.