Administrative Staff

Alicia Deges
Executive Director

Alicia Deges has been with the WFSO since 2014 as Assistant Executive Director, assuming her position as Executive Director in 2019. Alicia brings an enthusiastic, insightful and community-focused presence to the organization.  Alicia attended Texas Woman’s University where she received her B.S. in Music Therapy with a minor in Special Education.  Prior to coming to Wichita Falls, Alicia worked in private practice as a Registered Music Therapist, with a special interest in Alzheimer’s disease. She moved to Wichita Falls in 1995 to assume her position as a staff music therapist, and then received the title of Director of Music Therapy at the North Texas State Hospital. Alicia has a passion for engaging with the community through exceptional music experiences and for providing educational opportunities for aspiring musicians in order to help them grow into future symphony lovers. Alicia is honored to have a position in Wichita Falls where she can make a difference in people’s lives through music.  She is committed to furthering the mission of the WFSO to enrich lives, educate minds and entertain a diverse audience in the Texoma community.

Email contact: wfsoed@wfso.org

Amy Robinson
Operations Manager

Amy Robinson started at the WFSO in 2021. She is also active as an educator and saxophone performer. She completed two master’s degrees at Illinois State University (ISU) in Conducting and Saxophone Performance. She also holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU). Prior to coming to the WFSO, Amy taught middle and high school band, jazz band, and color guard in Iowa Park, Arlington, and Krum, TX.

As a saxophonist Amy has performed on national and international stages. She has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and at several national and regional North American Saxophone Alliance conferences since 2014. Amy has also performed with her saxophone quartet at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 NASA Saxophone Quartet Competition. She has also performed in the WFSO’s Jazz Ensemble, and with the Carrollton Wind Symphony, who performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2018.

Amy is excited to be working for the WFSO, where she can have an impact on the entire Wichita Falls community, including students through the education programs. Amy and her husband, Corey, enjoy playing board games, swimming, and spending time with their cats, Beesly, Lucy, and Buster.

general contact email: operations@wfso.org

education contact email: education@wfso.org

Hannah Bretschneider
Administrative Coordinator and Box Office Manager

contact email: info@wfso.org

Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett has been a part of the WFSO for over 35 years. He is a Wichita Falls native and graduate of Hirschi H. S. and  Midwestern State University. Wayne earned his BA and MA in trumpet performance and  Music Education.  He was Commander & Bandmaster of the 95th Division Army Band, retiring after serving 38 years. He was also employed by the WFISD as orchestra director at Hirschi HS and then as assistant band director at Rider HS.  Wayne has served as the WFSO librarian and musician representive, as well as being an instrumental member of the Education Committee and the Search Committee & the Artistic Committee.

contact email: info@wfso.org


Board of Directors

The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is governed by a board of community-minded individuals who volunteer their time to make our city a better place to live.

Music Director/Conductor
Fouad Fakhouri

President, Elizabeth Yeager
Vice-President,  Dr. Clara Latham
Secretary, Linda Waters
Treasurer, John Buckley


Standing Committees

Education, Dr. Clara Latham

Finance, Elizabeth Yeager

Fund Development, John Buckley

Governance, Dr. Clara Latham



Jessica Boyer

Dr. Martin Camacho

Erwin Davenport

David Farabee

Tim Lockhart

Russ Reynolds

Jeanette Showalter

Josh White


Advisory Council

Ann Funston                        Dale Prothro

Judy Pipes                            Dale Prothro

Tim Justus                            Gary Shores

Rachel Kapelski                     Mary Jane Smith

Janis Linville                           John Stephenson

Katie Parkey                            John Vitek


Honorary Board

Dorothy Denman

Carolyn Sanders



Musicians Representative           Nancy Cook

Symphony League President      Viv Wolf

Youth Symphony President         Dana Taylor