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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
President, Elizabeth Yeager
Vice-President, Dr. Clara Latham
Secretary, Linda Waters
Treasurer, John Buckley
Education, Dr. Clara Latham
Finance, Elizabeth Yeager
Fund Development, John Buckley
Governance, Dr. Clara Latham
Dr. Martin Camacho
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
Musicians Representative Nancy Cook
Symphony League President Viv Wolf
Youth Symphony President Dana Taylor