Who Are Some of the Greatest Classical Musicians from Texas?



The individuals listed below spent all or part of their childhoods as Texans. Musicians who came to Texas only for college or as adults are not included.

The compiler of this list makes no claim that it is complete. Corrections and reasonable suggestions for additional entries will be graciously accepted.


Piano
Van Cliburn (1934–2013). Kilgore from age 6 (born in Louisiana).
Cliburn was one of the most celebrated classical pianists of all time. His gold medal-winning performance at the inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 represented a significant thaw in the Cold War and resulted in a ticker-tape parade in New York City and his picture on the cover of Time magazine. Cliburn soloed with virtually every major orchestra and made dozens of now-legendary major-label recordings. He helped to establish the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, possibly the world's most prestigious, in Fort Worth.
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Olga Samaroff (born Lucy Hickenlooper) (1880–1948). Born in San Antonio, raised in Galveston.
Samaroff had a major worldwide career as a solo artist, during which one of her many milestone achievements was to become the first American pianist to perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in concert. Her performing career was cut short due to injury, and subsequently Samaroff became one of the 20th century's leading piano teachers. As a professor at Juilliard, she taught some of the following generations' greatest artists, including William Kapell, Eugene List, Jerome Lowenthal, Rosalyn Tureck, and Alexis Weissenberg. Texans Raymond Lewenthal, E. Marion Roberts, James Mathis, and Alfred and Herbert Teltschik (all listed herein) were also among Samaroff's students. (Van Cliburn [herein] aspired to study with Samaroff, but she died before he arrived in New York.) Such were Samaroff's reputation and clout that in 1912 she was able to get her then-husband, a little-known church organist, appointed as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His name was Leopold Stokowski.
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Brooks Smith (1912–2000). McAllen and San Antonio.
Among the greatest collaborative pianists (accompanists) of all time. Best known for being Jascha Heifetz's exclusive pianist for eighteen years. Other celebrated artists with whom he collaborated regularly include Risë Stevens, Mack Harrell (herein), Jan DeGaetani, Raya Garbousova, Lynn Harrell (herein), Zara Nelsova, Jennie Tourel, and the Juilliard String Quartet. Founder and director of accompanying department, Eastman School of Music. As a collaborative pianist, toured worldwide and made numerous recordings and radio and television broadcasts.
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David Golub (1950–2000). Dallas from age 5 (born in Illinois).
Extended collaborative partnerships with Leonard Rose and Isaac Stern; with the latter made the Academy Award-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. Solo career included a recording with the London Symphony rated among year's ten best records by Time magazine. Concertized extensively and recorded with the Golub–Kaplan–Carr Trio. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Was also an accomplished symphony and opera conductor.
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Jeffrey Swann (1951– ). Hurst from age 11 (born in Arizona).
Solo recitals and performances with orchestras worldwide, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, La Scala orchestra, Bayerischen Rundfunk Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra. Gold medal, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, medalist at many others including Van Cliburn and Chopin (Warsaw). Has served on juries for numerous international piano competitions.
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Ivan Davis (1932– ). Born in Electra. (Grew up in New Mexico.)
Performances with orchestras worldwide, including Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic (London). Recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Recordings on Columbia and Decca-London labels. National television broadcast with Philadelphia Orchestra. First prizes in Franz Liszt, Casella, Busoni, and Vianna da Motta Competitions.
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Wynne "Winnie" Pyle Bauer (1881–1951). Wolfe City and Dallas.
Solos with New York Philharmonic, New York Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Russian Symphony Orchestra (New York), Cincinnati Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, St. Louis Symphony. Command performances for royalty throughout Europe; public recitals throughout U.S. and Europe. Recorded several piano rolls. Private studio in New York City, coached at Manhattan School of Music. Pedagogical assistant to her husband, noted pianist Harold Bauer.
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The 5 Browns (Ryan [1979– ], Melody [1980– ], Gregory [1982– ], Deondra [1984– ], Desirae [1986– ]). Houston until 1991 (Utah thereafter).
Performances worldwide. Recordings on RCA Red Seal label, podcasts for Sony BMG Masterworks. Three of their CDs have reached #1 on Billboard magazine's classical chart. Featured on Oprah , 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Today, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, and Performance Today. Featured in articles in Parade, People, and Clavier magazines.
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Raymond Lewenthal (1923–1988). San Antonio (grew up in California).
Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra and others. Recordings for RCA Victor, Columbia/CBS, Angel, Westminster, and other labels. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music.
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Dorothy Kendrick Pearcy (1906–1993). Dallas.
Winner, Naumburg International Piano Competition. Soloed several times with Chicago Symphony, several times with Dallas Symphony. At 17 was invited by composer Xaver Scharwenka to perform his piano concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. Recitals at The Town Hall (New York) and many other venues in the U.S. and throughout Europe. Recitals broadcast nationally on radio weekly for several years. Teacher of David Golub (herein).

Jacques Abram (born Jack Abram) (1915–1998). Lufkin and Houston.
Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London). Recorded for EMI label. Performed U.S. premieres of concertos by Benjamin Britten and Arthur Benjamin. Faculty, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).
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John Owings (1943– ). San Antonio.
Solos with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and many others. Gold medalist, Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, top prizes in Vianna da Motta International Competition in Lisbon, the London Liszt Society Competition, Musical Arts Competition in Chicago. Recitals worldwide. Recordings on Koch International, Opus Millésime, and Pro Organo labels. Has served on juries of several prestigious competitions worldwide.
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Louise Banister Aldrich (1880–1963?). Harwood and Dallas.
Soloist with Boston Symphony, New York Symphony, Russian Symphony Orchestra (New York), Cincinnati Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony. Recitals throughout the U.S.
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Helena Lewyn (1891–1980). Houston.
Solos with Berlin Philharmonic, New York Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (at least three times). Recitals worldwide.
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Harold Morris: See under "Composers."

Grace Potter Carroll (1883–1978). Fort Worth.
Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, North Carolina Symphony. Head of piano department, Bush Conservatory (Chicago).
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James Mathis (1933–2016). Dallas.
Soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, San Antonio Symphony. Recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York). First prize, Munich International Piano Competition. Prizewinner (twice), Busoni International Piano Competition. Winner of Kosciuszko Chopin Award. Faculty, American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria).
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William Black (1952–2003). Dallas.
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, English Baroque Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and many others. Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Recorded on Chandos label, including the only recording of the original version of the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 4. Chair of piano faculty, Cincinnati Conservatory. Guest lecturer, Juilliard School.
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Roger Wright (1974– ). Houston.
Solos with Houston Symphony, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and several others. Recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall. Gold medalist, San Antonio International Piano Competition and Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition (New York); prizewinner in several others. Several national television and radio broadcasts. Recordings on Eloquence and Americus labels.
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Gayle Martin Henry (1952– ). Houston.
Finals, Tchaikovsky Competition. Solo performances with the Moscow Radio Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and many others. Recitals at the White House, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Phillips Collection (Washington DC), and throughout the world. Recorded on Capstone Records.
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Jeaneane Dowis Lipman (1932– ). Dallas.
Faculty, Juilliard School (assistant to Rosina Lhévinne). Faculty, Aspen Music Festival. Prizewinner, Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.

Jeffrey Campbell (1955– ). Dallas.
Soloist with orchestra in New York City, London, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Beijing, and Shanghai, among others.  Recorded the Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto, featuring his own original cadenza, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London during their Fiftieth Anniversary Year. The performance was rated four stars by The Times (London), is issued by Telarc and was a Featured Selection of the BMG Record Club. Gold medalist, International Recording Competition. Prizewinner, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Maryland International Piano Competition, International Recording Competition.
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Adam Golka (1987– ). Houston and Fort Worth.
Gilmore Young Artist Award. Soloist with Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Warsaw Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony. Solo recitals and chamber music at Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw. First prize, China Shanghai International Piano Competition.
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John Bayless (1953– ). Borger.
Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Solo recitals worldwide, including in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), and Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center, New York). Several recordings on Angel/EMI label. Has given master classes at the Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music (London).
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Mary Nan Hudgins Mailman (1929–2016). Dallas.
Diplomate, Geneva International Competition. First prize, Dealey Competition. Faculty, Eastman School of Music.

Lucien Leinfelder (1932– ). Dallas.
Solo performances with Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and others. Recitals worldwide, including at The Town Hall (New York) and nationally on ABC-TV. Co-winner, Dealey Competition.
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John Noel Roberts (1951– ). San Antonio.
Solo recitals throughout the world. Artist-in-residence and head of music at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music. Dean of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. Teacher of Keith Lockhart (Music Director of Boston Pops and Utah Symphony).
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Timothy Hester (1958– ). Houston.
Collaborations with Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Nathaniel Rosen, Eugenia Zukerman, Paul Neubauer, Laszlo Varga, Fredell Lack, and many others. Solo and collaborative recitals at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, Wolf Trap, Wigmore Hall, the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, and many others. Solos with Houston Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, and others. Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Teacher of Amy JiaQi Yang (herein).
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Christopher Guzman (1981– ). San Antonio.
Solo performances with the San Antonio Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, EOS Orchestra, at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), and many others. Featured on NPR's Saint Paul Sunday Morning. First prize, Concours International de Piano d'Orléans. Prizewinner, Seoul International Piano Competition. Has collaborated regularly and toured with noted violinist Ilya Gringolts.
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Herbert Teltschik (1918–2013) and Alfred Teltschik (1919–2009). Floresville and Houston.
Duo pianists who performed over 1000 concerts throughout North America for Columbia Artists and the Community Concert Association over a 23-year period.
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Ruth Burr (1890–1989). Hillsboro and Houston.
Private teacher of Jacques Abram, Gayle Martin Henry, Betty Ruth Robbins Tomfohrde, conductor Victor Alessandro (all herein); coached violinist Fredell Lack (herein). Published four books on piano technique.
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Bomar Cramer (1900–1974). Sherman from early childhood (born in Missouri).
Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony. Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall. Head of piano departments at Gordon Conservatory (Minneapolis), Indiana College of Music / Jordan Conservatory of Music (Indianapolis), Kidd-Key Conservatory (Sherman TX). Teacher of William Black (herein).
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Betty Ruth Robbins Tomfohrde (1922–2016). Houston from age 12 (born in California).
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic. As a collaborative pianist, performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), Wigmore Hall (London), and throughout the U.S. Recordings for the BBC and on Albany and Koch International labels. Professor emerita, Moores School of Music, University of Houston; as a teacher she won numerous university-wide and statewide honors. Private instructor of Roger Wright and Elyane Laussade (herein).
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Maude Gillespie Rucker (1883–1969). Dallas.
Soloist with Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Louisiana Symphony. As a solo pianist, represented Texas at 1904 World's Fair, Saint Louis, Missouri. First to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with orchestra in Dallas. Collaborations in performance with Maud Powell, Hans Kindler, Leonora Corona, Carl Venth, and others.

Richard Dowling (1962– ). Houston.
Solo performances with Fort Worth Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, Shreveport Symphony. Solo concerts worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), in Central Park, and a recital broadcast nationally on PBS. First place, San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition, and several others. Faculty, Harid Conservatory. Editor for Masters Music Publications. Inducted as a Chevalier of the Company of Musketeers of Armagnac in France. International Who's Who in Classical Music.
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Monte Hill Davis Alexander (1932– ). Nacogdoches.
Soloist with National Symphony (Washington DC), Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony. Tours worldwide. Prizewinner, Busoni International Piano Competition, Geneva International Piano Competition, Munich Competition. First prize, Dealey Competition. National radio broadcast over NBC.
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Yetta Wexler Schmidt (1912–2001). Texarkana to age 7 (raised in Illinois).
Soloist with Chicago Symphony at age 12. Solo performances and lectures worldwide.

Drusilla Huffmaster Peterson Anderson (1917–2011). Houston.
Soloist with Houston Symphony (at least ten times), Dallas Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony. Recitals worldwide, including at The Town Hall. Emerita faculty, Southwestern University. Teacher of Susan Youens (herein).
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Julie Bees (1952– ). Dallas.
Soloist with Dallas Symphony, Denver Symphony, and others. Recitals and concerts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), the Phillips Collection (Washington DC), and in many European cities. Has given master classes throughout the world. First prizes in the William S. Boyd National Piano Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition, prizewinner in the Washington International Competition for Pianists and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Radio broadcast on NPR.
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Amy JiaQi Yang (1983?– ). Houston from age 11 (born in China).
Soloist with Houston Symphony. Solo and chamber music recitals worldwide, including at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Weill Hall, and the Marlboro Music Festival. First prizes at the International Sonatina and Sonata Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition, Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, and several others.
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Kenneth B. "Brady" Millican (1946– ). Dallas.
Soloist with Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony. Concert tours worldwide, including solo recitals at the White House (twice), Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall. National radio broadcast on NPR. Recordings on Turnabout, Nonesuch, Keywind, and Ivory Cove labels.
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James Lent (1973– ). Houston.
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and others. Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall. Prizewinner in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center, the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition. Faculty Coordinator of Instrumental Collaborative Piano at UCLA. Also an accomplished organist.
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Nicole Narboni (1964– ). Houston by 4th grade, Wichita Falls, and San Antonio (born in California).
Solo and duo recitals throughout U.S. and in Europe. Debut album of duets with partner Mark Clinton on Elan label was an "Editor's Choice" selection by Gramophone Magazine. National radio broadcasts on NPR's Performance Today and stations in New York and Washington DC.
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Roberta Rust (1956– ). Houston.
Solos with Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, collaborations with Ying and Lark String Quartets. Several CDs released on the Centaur label. Faculty, Harid Conservatory.
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Robert Hairgrove (1952– ). Lake Jackson.
Solo recitals and performances worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikhalle (Hamburg), the Tonhalle (Zürich), and the Phillips Collection (Washington DC). Soloist with Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra.
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Melissa Marse (1974– ). Austin.
Solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall. Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, and many others. Soloist with orchestras in Vancouver, Fort Worth, Austin, and others. Pianist of Mark O'Connor Piano Trio. Music director, coach, and pianist for Metropolitan Opera’s Growing Up With Opera. Faculty, Harvard University (received Certificate of Distinction) and Yale University. Founding Artistic Director, Houston Chamber Music Society. Also a professional singer who has sung with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Conspirare.
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Elyane Laussade (1960– ). Houston.
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Melbourne (Australia) Symphony, Jupiter Symphony (New York NY), Richmond Symphony. Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. National radio broadcasts on ABC Australia. Head of piano department, Melba Conservatorium (Melbourne, Australia).
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Jack Guerry (1931– ). Arlington.
Solo recitals and performances with orchestras throughout U.S. and Europe. Prizewinner, Geneva International Competition and Viotti Competition (Italy). Piano professor emeritus, Louisiana State University.
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Edgar Marion Roberts (1921–2002). Memphis (TX) by age 3 and Fort Worth (born in Oklahoma).
Soloist with Dallas Symphony. Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall. Winner, Dealey Competition. Faculty, Juilliard Pre-College. Faculty, New York University. Assistant to Olga Samaroff, Juilliard School.
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Nancy Burton Garrett (1940– ). Dallas.
First prize, Dealey Competition and KRBE National Piano Competition. Finalist, Busoni International Piano Competition. Recitals at Lincoln Center (for Mozart Bicentennial) and the Smithsonian Institute. Professor, Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Ann Heiligman Saslav (1936– ). Overton.
Soloist with Houston Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Chamber Soloists of Philadelphia, and others.
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Lita Guerra (1935– ). Mission.
Solo recitals worldwide. Has given master classes and lectures worldwide. Solo recordings on Educo label. Faculty, American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria). Emerita faculty, University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. Teacher of Heather Coltman (herein).
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Hilary Demske (1980– ). Dallas.
First prize, Citta di Barletta International Piano Competition. Recitals at Steinway House in Munich, Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum in Dresden, Richard-Wagner Museum in Pirna, the Rococco Saal in Augsburg, Fischer Klavier Haus in Swäbisch Hall, Steinway House New York, and others.
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Michael Schneider (1975– ). San Angelo.
Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and the George Sand chateau. Prizewinner in International Franz Liszt Competition (Wroçlaw, Poland), Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Frinna Awerbuch International Competition, San Antonio International Piano Competition, Competition Internationale (Santa Fe NM), and others.
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Isabel Laughlin Scionti Hicks (1912–2002). Premont.
Concertized worldwide, often in duos with husband, Silvio Scionti. Teacher of Monte Hill Davis (herein).
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Josef Evans (1885–1961). Lockhart.
Concertized worldwide. Teacher of Irl Allison, Sr. (herein).

Viola Beck van Katwijk (1894–1980). Denison.
Soloist with Saint Louis Symphony. Toured nationally in piano duo with husband, Paul van Katwijk.

LaRue Loftin Conlon (1900–1995). Groesbeck(?).
Faculty, Cincinnati Conservatory.

Alex McDonald (1982– ). Dallas.
Soloist with Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, and others. Recitals and radio broadcasts nationwide. Prizewinner, New Orleans International Piano Competition and Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. Adjunct faculty, Juilliard School.
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Heather Coltman (1958– ). Austin from age 8 (born in Zambia).
Solo and collaborative recitals worldwide. Prizewinner, Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and Geza Anda International Piano Competition. Outstanding Accompanist Award, Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition. Recordings on Heng Hao and Lyra Productions labels. Chair of music department and Director of Keyboard Studies, Florida International University.
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Carmen Wilhite (1943– ). Dallas.
Soloist with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals worldwide, including Wigmore Hall (London) and the White House. Television performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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Sam Rotman (1950– ). San Antonio.
Soloist in recital and with orchestra in 58 countries, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Moscow Conservatory, and the Vienna Musikverein. Prizewinner in five international competitions, including the International Beethoven Competition (Vienna); participant in Tchaikovsky Competition. National broadcast on PBS and several recordings.
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Candace Bawcombe (1956– ). Cleburne.
As a collaborative pianist, has accompanied Renée Fleming at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), Pinchas Zukerman in the Academy Award-winning film The Prince of Tides, Erick Friedman, Miriam Fried, Stephen Kates, Peter Winograd, Eugene Drucker, and many others.
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Dan Riddle (1955– ). Dallas.
Soloist with Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Cairo Symphony. Solo recital at Carnegie Hall. Prizewinner, Cleveland International Piano Competition and others. As a conductor has directed numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring productions. Music Director of School of Theatre, Penn State University. Fulbright Scholar.
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Catherine Millis (1957– ). Dallas.
Solos with Dallas Symphony, Austin Symphony, and others. Recitals at Carnegie Hall and in Italy and Germany. Prizewinner, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition (New York).
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Shirley Aronoff Greitzer (1926–2002). Dallas.
Soloist with Dallas Symphony. Solo recital at The Town Hall. Assistant to Rosina Lhévinne at Juilliard School. Harpsichordist, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. Director of Placement, Juilliard School.
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JB Floyd (1929– ). Tyler.
Solo recital at The Town Hall. Chair of keyboard performance, University of Miami Frost School of Music. Recordings on Mutablemusic, New World, and Centaur labels. Fulbright Scholar. Also a noted composer.
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Benjamin Laude (1986– ). Austin from childhood (born in California).
Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and other venues throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Faculty, Bronx Conservatory of Music. Teaching fellow, Juilliard School.
Biography

Mary Lou Muller (1933– ). Houston.
Soloist with Houston Symphony. Solo recital at The Town Hall.
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Peter Marshall: See under "Organ."

John Keene: See under "Conductors."

Ruth Bingaman Smith (1894–1996). San Antonio from age 6 (born in Ohio).
Soloist with San Antonio Symphony, Charleston (WV) Symphony. Solo and collaborative recitals throughout the U.S. Recorded several piano rolls for the Welte-Mignon company. Also an award-winning composer.
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Cosmé McMoon (1901–1980). San Antonio from about age 10 (born in Mexico).
Collaborative pianist, best known for accompanying soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.
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Rodney Waters (1966– ). Lubbock.
Has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist worldwide. Recording on Naxos label.
Biography

Jessica Zhu (1986– ). Sugar Land from age 11 (born in China).
Solo performances in recital and with orchestras throughout the U.S. and U.K., including at Wigmore Hall (London). First prize, Hastings International Piano Competition. Prizewinner and Audience Prize, Sussex International Piano Competition.
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Kathryn Woodard (1969– ). Dallas.
Solo and collaborative recitals worldwide. The first pianist to perform music of Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Frederic Rzewski in Kyrgyzstan. Recordings on Albion and Albany labels.
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Virginia Thomas Selden (1929–2000). Brownwood.
Soloist with Houston Symphony. Recitals throughout U.S. Pianist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Assistant conductor, Dallas Civic Opera.

Kyle Orth (1990– ). Richardson from age 8 (born in California).
Soloist with Dallas Symphony, Israel Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca, Dallas Chamber Symphony, and others. First prize, Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Lennox International Young Artists Competition, and many others.
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Sahun "Sam" Hong (1994– ). Fort Worth from age 11 and brief earlier periods (born in Korea, also lived in Florida and California).
Soloist with Milwaukee Symphony, Camerata New York, Fort Worth Symphony, and many other orchestras. Solo recitals throughout the U.S. First Prize in New York International, Leschetizky International, and several other competitions.
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Alice Demske Hansen (1978–2012). Coppell from childhood (born in Florida).
Winner, Ribble Valley International Piano Competition.
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R. Kent Cook (1962– ). Odessa.
Solo recitals worldwide. Solo recording on Novitas label.
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Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn (1896–1994). McGregor and Richmond.
Teacher of pianist Van Cliburn (herein). (Rildia's father prohibited her from having a performing career of her own, despite her world-class training.)
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Robert Black: See under "Conductors."


Organ
Gerre Hancock (1934–2012). Lubbock.
Solo recitals and lectures throughout the world. Faculty, Juilliard School. Faculty, Cincinnati Conservatory. Visiting faculty, Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Recordings on Decca/Argo, Koch International, Gothic, and Priory labels. AGO International Performer of the Year (2010). Listed in Grove's Dictionary of Music. His many compositions and a textbook are published by Oxford University Press. Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music and the Royal College of Organists. President, Association of Anglican Musicians. Medal of the Cross of St. Augustine, bestowed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Several honorary doctorates.
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Joyce Gilstrap Jones (1933– ). Killeen.
Soloist with San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony. Concerts throughout the world, including at the Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), Riverside Cathedral, Mormon Tabernacle, Chartres Cathedral, and Crystal Cathedral. First prize, Dealey Competition. Has recorded for Word, Rosenhaus, and Motette labels. Has published numerous compositions and methods.
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Bess Hieronymus (1922–2008). Temple.
Performed worldwide as a soloist, including recitals at the Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall (Moscow). Awarded membership in the National Russian Music Society: the first American, the first woman, and the third non-Russian so honored by the society since its inception in 1861. Earned the first-ever Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Peter Marshall (1955– ). Dallas.
Soloist with National Symphony (Washington DC), Atlanta Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. Solo recitals worldwide. Pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, Atlanta Symphony. Faculty and organ department chair, Catholic University of America. Faculty and Chapel Organist, Duke University. Fulbright Scholar.
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David N. Johnson (1922–1987). San Antonio.
Professor and chair of music department, St. Olaf College. Published over 300 compositions for organ, one of which was used as a processional at the wedding of Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox.
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Robert Brewer (1952– ). Houston.
Several solo recitals at Westminster Abbey.
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Jay Whatley (1963–2017). Mineola.
Solo recitals and performances at Carnegie Hall and in Austria and England.
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Violin
Fredell Lack (1922–2017). Houston from age 10 (born in Oklahoma).
Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic (London), BBC Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, RIAS Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, and many others. Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Town Hall, and many others. Recordings as soloist with New York Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and with several noted pianists. Laureate, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition. Concertmaster, Little Orchestra Society of New York. Private teacher of Frank Huang, Maurice Sklar, Luke Hsu, Beverly Shin, Wendy Putnam, Mariko Inaba Messina, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Sharman Plesner, Gloria Justen, Charles Tabony, Maxine Kuo, Kristin Brinkman Kemper, Rosemary Silversteen, Lynn Green Coffman, Matthew Loden, Steven Rochen, and Geoffrey Day (all herein). Faculty, Meadowmount School of Music. Professor Emerita, University of Houston Moores School of Music.
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Frank Huang (1978– ). Sugar Land from age 2 (born in China).
Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic. First prize, Naumburg Competition, Hannover International Competition, and many others. Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony. Solo album on Naxos records. Concertmaster, Houston Symphony. Faculty, The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music. First violinist, Ying Quartet.
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Robert Lipsett (1947– ). Dallas for several years as a teen (born in Kentucky).
A solo and recording artist, Lipsett is best known as a teacher. He holds the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and also teaches at USC and at the Encore School. His students have included Elizabeth Pitcairn, Robert Chen (concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony), Sheryl Staples, Steven Copes, Leila Josefowicz, Lindsay Deutsch (herein), and Jennifer Frautschi.
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Caitlin Tully (1987– ). Austin from age 14 (born in Connecticut, raised in Canada).
Solos with Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and many others.
Biography

Dora Becker Shaffer (1870–1958). Galveston (and New York).
Soloist with Berlin Philharmonic at age 17. New York recital debut (Steinway Hall) at age 9. Concertized worldwide. First female violinist to make a recording (1898). Also a noted composer.
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Biography
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Sally O'Reilly (1940– ). Dallas.
Solo concerts and recitals throughout the world, including at Carnegie Hall. Has taught throughout the world, including as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music. Recordings on Vox label. Frequent adjudicator and panelist for national arts organizations. Many pedagogical works published by Kjos Music. Teacher of Wendy Putnam (herein).
Biography

Josephine Boudreaux (1898–1993). Houston from age 7 (born in Louisiana).
Solo and chamber music recitals throughout Europe and the U.S. Concertmaster, Houston Symphony. Teacher of Fredell Lack, Felicia Moye, Joanne Zagst Feldman, and Lynn Green Coffman (all herein).
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Biography

Felicia Moye (1961– ). Houston.
Solo recitals worldwide. Chamber music with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and others. Acting concertmaster, San Francisco Symphony. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Concertmaster, Honolulu Symphony. Concertmaster, Santa Fe Opera. Concertmaster, Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Faculty, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).
Biography

Nancy Zhou (1993– ). San Antonio.
Soloist with China National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Baden Baden Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kymi Sinfonietta, and others. Performed chamber music throughout Europe with Anne-Sophie Mutter. First prizes in Johansen International Competition and Chinese International Violin Competition at age 16. Laureate, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Violin Competition. Laureate and special prize in Jean Sibelius Competition at age 17. Top 12 in Tchaikovsky Competition at age 18. Top 24 in Wieniawski Competition at age 13; she was the youngest contestant by six years. Gave master class at ENCORE Chamber Music festival.
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Biography

Raphael Fliegel (1918–2005). Houston from about age 11 (born in Illinois).
Concertmaster, Houston Symphony.
Obituary

Elisabeth Adkins (1957– ). Denton from about age 5 (born in Iowa?).
Associate concertmaster, National Symphony (Washington DC). Solos with National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony.
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Zelman Brounoff (1909–1990). Dallas from age 10 (born in New Mexico).
Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony. Private teacher of Robert Lipsett (herein).

Jack Glatzer (1939– ). Dallas.
Solo recitals and master classes worldwide and several recordings. Concertmaster, Rotterdam Philharmonic. Professor, National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, Portugal. Concertmaster, Prades Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals. First prize, Merriweather Post Competition.
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Madeline Adkins (1977– ). Denton.
Concertmaster, Utah Symphony. Associate concertmaster, Baltimore Symphony. Solos with Baltimore Symphony. Solo recitals worldwide. Concertmaster, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. First prize, Stulberg International String Competition. Concertmaster, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Solo recording on TwoPianists label.
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Celeste Golden Boyer (1984– ). San Antonio and Dallas.
Medalist, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Soloist with major orchestras worldwide. Second assistant concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony. Concertmaster, New York String Orchestra Seminar.
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Cynthia Fleming (1957– ). Odessa.
Leader (concertmaster), BBC Concert Orchestra.
Biography
Article

Nurit Pacht (1972– ). Houston from childhood (born in Israel).
Solo performances throughout the world, including at Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (Vienna), Great Hall (Moscow), the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Selected as a Star of the Year (2000) by Le Monde de la Musique. Commissions and premieres of works by several leading composers. Winner, Tibor Varga International Violin Competition. Prizewinner, Irving M. Klein Competition.
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Dona Lee Croft (1939– ). Odessa.
Faculty, Royal College of Music (London).
Biography

Shannon Lee (1992– ). Plano from age 2 (born in Canada).
Soloist with Dallas Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Nuremberg Philharmonic, and others. Solo album released on Telarc label at age 14. Prizewinner, Stulberg International String Competition.
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Lindsay Deutsch (1984– ). Houston.
Soloist with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and others. Featured on NPR's Performance Today and in Strad magazine.
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Chloé Trevor (1987– ). Dallas.
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic. Solo recital at Avery Fisher Hall (New York City). Prizewinner, Ima Hogg Competition.
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Maurice Sklar (1963– ). Houston from age 13 (born in Louisiana).
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Little Orchestra Society of New York, New Jersey Symphony, New Orleans Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, and many others. Recitals throughout the world, including at the Kennedy Center and 92nd Street Y (New York). Winner, Young Concert Artists International Auditions. One of Musical America's Top 10 Young Artists of the Year (1990). Associate concertmaster, Tulsa Philharmonic.
Biography

Alexandra Switala (1993– ). Grapevine.
Soloist with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony. Featured on television in From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Top prizes in Cooper International, Sphinx, and Klein International competitions.
Biography

Luke Hsu (1990– ). Katy from childhood (born in China).
Soloist with Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony. Performances throughout North America and Europe, including at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). Solo broadcasts on NPR's Performance Today and on CBC. First prizes in Isangyun International Violin Competition, Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, Kingsville International Competition. Laureate, Montreal International Competition. Prizewinner, Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Wieniawski Competition, Windsor Festival International String Competition, Klein Competition. Chamber music collaborations with leading artists worldwide.
Biography

Sylvia Danburg Volpe (1975– ). Houston.
Associate principal second violin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Biography

Mariko Inaba Messina (1972– ). Richardson by age 9 (born in Japan).
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Soloist with Montreal Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Odense Symphony, and others. Solo recitals worldwide. Prizewinner, Carl Nielsen International Music Competition, Montreal International Competition, Heida Hermanns International Young Artist Competition. Television appearance on CBS Sunday Morning.
Biography (in French)

Beverly Shin (1975– ). Houston.
Philadelphia Orchestra. Soloist with Houston Symphony. Assistant to Donald Weilerstein at Cleveland Institute of Music.
Biography

Yiying Julia Li (1989?– ). Houston from about age 11 (born in China).
Philadelphia Orchestra. Soloist with Houston Symphony.
Biography

Camille Guastafeste Avellano (1957– ). Dallas to age 4 (raised in Illinois).
Los Angeles Philharmonic. Soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Biography

Wendy Putnam (1969– ). Houston by high school (born in Wisconsin).
Boston Symphony. Concertmaster, New Orleans Symphony / Louisiana Philharmonic. Soloist with Louisiana Philharmonic.
Biography

Katherine Fong (1975– ). Amarillo.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Biography
Article

Arnold Caplan (1916–1997). Houston.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Obituary

Michael Goldman. El Paso.
Cleveland Orchestra.

Paul Stein (born Eugene Stein) (1951– ). Dallas.
Los Angeles Philharmonic. Principal second violin, Denver Symphony.
Biography
Webpage

Eden MacAdam-Somer (1979– ). Houston.
Faculty, New England Conservatory.
Biography
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Sharman Plesner (1963– ). Houston.
Recordings and concert tours with Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Musiciens de Louvre, Trio Werther, and others. Solos with Houston Symphony and many others.
Biography

Sarn Oliver (1964– ). Dallas for several years as a teen (born in Connecticut).
San Francisco Symphony. Principal second violin, Sacramento Symphony. Soloist with Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Shreveport Symphony. Solo and chamber music recitals throughout the world.
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Margaret Bichteler (1962– ). Austin.
San Francisco Symphony.

Jun Iwasaki (1982– ). Plano (born in Japan, also lived in Illinois).
Concertmaster, Nashville Symphony. Concertmaster, Oregon Symphony. Concertmaster, Canton (OH) Symphony. Soloist with Cleveland Pops, Blossom Festival Orchestra, and others. His quartet won the Grand Prize in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
Biography

Jason Issokson (1984– ). Dallas.
Prizewinner, Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, Alberto Curci International Competition, Max Rostal International Competition.
Article

Gloria Justen (1966– ). Houston from childhood (born in Oregon).
Concertmaster, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Soloist with COP. Composer whose works have been performed by COP and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
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Ilana Setapen (1983– ). Amarillo.
Associate concertmaster, Milwaukee Symphony. Assistant concertmaster, Grant Park Symphony. Concertmaster, National Repertory Orchestra. Prizewinner, Irving M. Klein Competition.
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Charles Tabony (1944– ). Houston.
Associate principal second violin, Houston Symphony. Assistant concertmaster, Turin Opera.
Biography

Ronald Neal (1948– ). Dallas.
Founder, Music Director, and concertmaster, Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Founder and Artistic Director, Austin Chamber Orchestra. Founder, Elan International Music Festival. Founder and Artistic Director, Northern China International Music Festival. Founder and Artistic Director, Killington Music Festival. Artistic Director, Manchester Music Festival. Founder and Music Director, Stowe International Music Festival and School. Assistant to Carroll Glenn, Eastman School of Music. Has concertized as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Private teacher of Sarn Oliver (herein).
Biography

Joanne Zagst Feldman (1934– ). Houston from age 1 (born in Louisiana).
First violinist, Alard Quartet. Has toured the world and made numerous recordings as a soloist and with the quartet. Member, Rochester Philharmonic.
Biography
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Biography

Ann Setzer (1955– ). Fort Worth.
Solo and chamber music recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Faculty, Mannes College of Music. Faculty, Juilliard Pre-College. Faculty, Meadowmount School of Music (assistant to Ivan Galamian). Has given numerous master classes.
Biography

Maxine Kuo (1982– ). Plano and Katy.
Assistant concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra. Grand Prize winner, Kingsville International Competition.
Biography

Charles Yang (1988– ). Austin.
Grand prize, Asian American Young Musicians Challenge Cup. Soloist with Austin Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet, China Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and others.
Biography

Hyacinthe Tlucek (1942–2004). Houston.
Minnesota Orchestra.

Kristin Brinkman Kemper (1967– ). Houston from early childhood (born in Connecticut).
Minnesota Orchestra.
Biography

Ellen Chen-Livingston (1974– ). Arlington.
Pittsburgh Symphony. Concertmaster, New York String Seminar.
Biography

Katie Hyun (1984?– ). Richardson.
Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and others. Member, New York Classical Players. Several television appearances.
Biography

Jessica Cheng (1982– ). Arlington.
St. Louis Symphony.
Biography

Alexandra Adkins Wenig (1975– ). Denton.
Houston Symphony.
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Gloria Graham Stroud (1926– ). Cisco.
Dallas Symphony.
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Biographical article

Kenneth Schanewerk (1929–1998). Fort Worth.
Concertmaster, Fort Worth Symphony.

Alice Holcomb McDaniel (1911–2008). Dallas.
Soloist with Dallas Symphony. Member, Dallas Symphony. Assistant concertmaster, Fort Worth Symphony.
Obituary

Jeannette Erlich Edelman Newman (1918–2004). San Antonio.
Dallas Symphony.
Obituary

Rosemary Silversteen (1948– ). Houston.
Houston Symphony.

Deborah Moran (1956– ). Midland and Houston.
Houston Symphony.
Biography

Franklin Washburn (1911–1990). Houston.
Houston Symphony.

Lynn Green Coffman (1934– ). Palacios.
Houston Symphony.

Katharine Harris Riddle (1904–2005). Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.
Obituary

Catherine Pierce (1902–1992). Vernon and Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.

Josephine Everett Maus (1910–1994). Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.

Charlotte Ware Haley (1917–2017). Born in Belton, Dallas from age 3.
Dallas Symphony.
Obituary

Denise Doolan Rusinak (1952– ). Houston.
Cincinnati Symphony.

Adriana Voirin DeCosta (1957– ). San Antonio from early childhood (born in Argentina).
Principal second violin, Fort Worth Symphony. Assistant concertmaster, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

James Pipkin (1938– ). Lubbock.
Assistant concertmaster, Alabama Symphony.
Biography

Gary Schnitzer (1954– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal and acting principal second violin, Rochester Philharmonic. Concertmaster, Mantovani Orchestra.
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Mimi Mitchell (1959?– ). Dallas.
Co-founder, Locke Consort. Concerts with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and London Baroque. Numerous recordings.
Biography

Lacy McLarry (1931– ). Mesquite.
Concertmaster, Oklahoma Symphony. Soloist with Houston Symphony.
Biography

Steven Rochen (1958– ). South Houston.
Faculty, Meadowmount School of Music.
Biography

Carol Pool (1954?– ). Houston.
Little Orchestra Society of New York.
Biography

Timothy Bell (1954– ). Dallas.
Assistant concertmaster, Kassel Opera Orchestra. Assistant concertmaster, Göttingen Symphony.
Article

Spencer Frost (1937?– ). Dallas.
Solos and radio broadcasts with Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony.

Geoffrey Day (1961– ). Dallas.
Principal second violin, Naples (FL) Philharmonic.
Biography

Stirling Trent (1983?– ). Colleyville.
Associate principal second violin, Kansas City Symphony. Colorado Symphony.
Biography
Article

Julia Pautz (1980– ). Blanco.
Assistant principal second violin, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Ruth Lasley (1903–1999). Eastland.
Private instructor of Robert Lipsett and Ronald Neal (both herein).

Dorothy Chancy Croft (1910–2009). Wilbarger County and Ballinger.
Private instructor of Cynthia Fleming and Dona Lee Croft (both herein).
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Viola
Virginia Majewski (1907–1995). El Paso by age 2; lived in San Antonio for portions of her childhood (born in Virginia; also lived in Indiana during childhood).
Principal and solo violist with MGM Orchestra (first female member of orchestra). Member of American Art Quartet, which toured worldwide and made major-label recordings. Chamber music performances and recordings with Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose, et al.
Obituary

David Wallace (1970– ). Houston.
Chair of string department, Berklee College of Music. Faculty, Juilliard School: assistant to Karen Tuttle. Senior Teaching Artist, New York Philharmonic. Faculty, Lincoln Center Institute. Solos with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic. As a composer, has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard School, Marian Anderson String Quartet.
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Brett Deubner (1968– ). Houston from childhood (born in California).
Soloist with Orchestre Bel'Arte of Paris, Thuringer Symphoniker, National Chamber Orchestra of Ukraine, New Jersey Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Percy Grainger Wind Symphony, and many others. Recordings on Albany U07, Eroica, Naxos, and Music Square labels. Concertos written for him by composers Lalo Schifrin, Carlos Franzetti, and Richard Danielpour, and many others. Chamber music collaborations with leading artists worldwide. Faculty, Aaron Copland School of Music, Round Top Festival-Institute, and others. Has given master classes worldwide. Assistant principal, New Jersey Symphony. Principal, String Orchestra of New York City. Apple Hill Chamber Players.
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Roxanna Johnson Patterson (1956– ). Austin and Arlington.
Has performed worldwide as a soloist and as a member of Duo Patterson. Recordings on Vox, CRI, and Ante Aeternum labels. Appearances on television in U.S. and Europe. Special Award from Princess Grace Foundation and Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Culturel, bestowed by Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Biography

Christian Woehr III (1951– ). Dallas to age 5 days (grew up in Pennsylvania).
Assistant principal, Saint Louis Symphony. Principal, Rochester Philharmonic.
Biography

Pamela Askew (1959– ). Houston.
Dallas Symphony. Soloist with Houston Symphony and Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.
Biography

Jessica Bodner (1983– ). Houston.
Violist of Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, which has concertized worldwide and produced major-label recordings.
Biography

Jessica Oudin (1984– ). Houston.
Soloist with Houston Symphony and Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Has performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and several renowned chamber-music ensembles. Atlanta Symphony. Principal, Canton (OH) Symphony. Teaching assistant, Juilliard School.
Biography

John Geisel (1954– ). Richardson.
Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Christine Hwang (1984– ). Richardson.
Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Vivienne Tallal Weinberger Winterry Goodman (1913–1992). Dallas by age 6 (born in New York).
Dallas Symphony. Promotional director, Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Thomas Acock (1960–1992). Dallas.
Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.

Dundee Sheeks Dillard (1913–2006). Beaumont.
Dallas Symphony.
Obituary

Marie Daniels (1991?– ). Born in College Station, The Woodlands from age 11.
Teaching faculty, New York Philharmonic.
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Interview

Abhijit Sengupta (1972– ). Houston.
Principal, Florida Philharmonic. Co-principal, Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic.
Biography

Mark Butin (1971– ). Houston.
Principal, Honolulu Symphony.
Biography

Allegra Askew (1955– ). Houston.
Principal, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.

Catherine Beeson (1969– ). Shepherd and Austin.
Assistant principal, Colorado Symphony.
Biography

Scott Jessup (1960– ). Fort Worth.
Assistant principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Bruce Williams (1959– ). Galveston.
Principal, Haifa Symphony. Assistant principal, Orchestra Santa Fe. Principal, Austin Symphony. Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Gayle Garcia Shepard (1956– ). Houston.
Assistant principal, Oklahoma Symphony. Assistant principal, Birmingham Symphony.
Biography

Liana Laura Mount (1956– ). Austin.
Faculty, Mannes Preparatory Division. Teaching assistant to William Lincer at the Juilliard School.
Biography


Cello
Lynn Harrell (1944– ). Dallas from age 12 (born in New York).
Regarded as one of the world's greatest solo, chamber music, and recording artists, Harrell has appeared as a soloist on virtually every major stage and on dozens of recordings and television and radio broadcasts. A winner of the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize, the Ford Foundation Award, and two Grammy Awards, he has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, and others. Principal, Cleveland Orchestra. He is also a noted conductor.
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Ralph Kirshbaum (1946– ). Denton and Tyler.
Acclaimed as one of the world's leading cellists. Solo performances with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and many others. Many recordings on RCA, EMI, Philips/ London/Decca, Angel, Virgin, Chandos, and other labels with major orchestras and in collaboration with other leading artists. Prizewinner, Tchaikovsky Competition and Cassadó Competition. Solo recitals throughout the world. Founder, Manchester International Cello Festival. Holds Gregor Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and is also on the faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England).
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Biography

Sharon Robinson (1949– ). Houston.
One of the world's leading cellists. Solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (Washington DC), Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Recordings on Sony Classical, Vox, Chandos, Koch International, Arabesque, Bridge, and First Edition labels. Cellist since 1977 with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, one of the world's finest piano trios. Many important composers, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, and Arvo Pärt, have written commissioned works for her. Winner, Avery Fisher Recital Award and Piatigorsky Memorial Award. Grammy nominee. Has appeared on television programs including The Kennedy Center Honors, Great Conversations in Music, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show. Faculty, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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Biography

John Sharp (1958– ). Waco and Fort Worth.
Principal, Chicago Symphony, and soloist with Chicago Symphony. Principal, Cincinnati Symphony. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Prizewinner, Tchaikovsky Competition.
Biography

Sophie Shao (1977– ). Houston.
Avery Fisher Career Grant. Prizewinner, Tchaikovsky Competition and Rostropovich Competition. Soloist with L'Orchestre de Paris, Houston Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taipei, and many others. Recordings on EMI, Albany, and Bridge labels. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
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Andor Toth, Jr. (1948–2002). Houston from infancy to age 7 (grew up in Ohio).
Cellist in the Toth Duo, New Hungarian Quartet, and Oberlin Trio. Principal, San Francisco Symphony. Faculty, Oberlin Conservatory.
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Richard Aaron (1959– ). Houston (senior year of high school only) (born in Connecticut).
One of the world's leading cello teachers. Faculty, Juilliard School of Music. Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music. Faculty, Aspen Music Festival. Faculty, University of Michigan. Faculty, ENCORE School for Strings. Has conducted master classes worldwide, including at the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.
Biography

Christopher Adkins (1959– ). Denton from about age 4 (born in Iowa?).
Principal, Dallas Symphony. Principal, Milwaukee Symphony. Assistant principal, Denver Symphony.
Webpage

John Koen (1966– ). Dallas and El Paso.
Acting assistant principal, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Biography
Webpage

Donald Moline (1939– ). Fort Worth.
Chicago Symphony. Soloist with Chicago Symphony. Faculty, Indiana University. Faculty, Northwestern University. Recordings on Centaur, Dorian, and Reference labels. Grammy winner as member of Chicago Pro Musica.
Webpage

Keith Robinson, Jr. (1962– ). Houston.
Miami String Quartet. Faculty, Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
Biography

Sally Guenther (1946– ). Fort Worth.
Principal, Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Principal, Syracuse Symphony. Cincinnati Symphony. Fort Worth Symphony. Has performed worldwide and recorded extensively with BIT 20, a contemporary chamber ensemble of which she is a founding member.
Biography

Brant Taylor (1971– ). San Antonio from early childhood (born in New York).
Chicago Symphony. Soloist with San Antonio Symphony, New World Symphony, and others. Member, Everest Quartet. Faculty, Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Biography

Brian Thornton (1969– ). Plano by age 14 (born in Illinois).
Cleveland Orchestra. Solos nationwide, including several times at the White House.
Biography

Edouard Blitz (1922–2008). San Antonio and Sherman.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Assistant principal, Dallas Symphony. Minnesota Orchestra.
Obituary

Laurinel Owen (1956– ). Dallas.
Principal, National Symphony of South Africa. Principal, Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts, recordings, and television and radio broadcasts worldwide. Author of several books and contributor of numerous periodical articles on music.
Webpage

Rainer Eudeikis (1990– ). Born in Amarillo, raised in Lewisville? (lived in Colorado during high school).
Principal, Utah Symphony.
Biography

David Vanderkooi (1930– ). Denton.
Founding member of Blair String Quartet, with which he performed and recorded extensively. Principal, Oklahoma City Symphony. As a session cellist in Nashville, recorded on numerous major labels including RCA Victor, Mercury, United Artists, ABC, Geffen, and A&M. Faculty, Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University.
Biography

David Kim (1975– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal, Saint Louis Symphony.
Biography

Kristi Curb (1972– ). Southlake.
Principal, Teatro Massimo Orchestra.
Article

Christine Lamprea (1989?– ). San Antonio from early childhood (born in New York).
Soloist with Houston Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. First prizes in Sphinx Competition, Schadt National String Competition, and Astral National Auditions. Chamber music collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Carol Wincenc, and others. Acting member, Intersection piano trio, which tours worldwide and has released recordings selling over 100,000 copies.
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Biography

Gabriel Morales. El Paso.
National Symphony (Washington DC).

Kevin Dvorak (1954– ). Dallas.
Houston Symphony. Soloist with Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Tahirah Whittington (1976– ). Houston.
Soloist with National Symphony (Washington DC). Recital at Carnegie Hall. First prize, Sphinx Competition. Solo recording on Cedille label was nominated for a Grammy. Additional solo and chamber music recordings on Albany, Capstone, and Cedille labels.
Webpage

Pearce Meisenbach (1957– ). Dallas.
Solo performances in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Zurich, The Hague, Frankfurt, Milan, Stockholm, in the Virgin Islands, and throughout Mexico and the U.S.
Webpage

Lori Singer (1957– ). Corpus Christi.
Soloist with Oregon Symphony. Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Featured soloist in several films. Singer is best known as a leading film and television actress.
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Daniel McDonough (1979– ). Austin.
Cellist, Jupiter String Quartet. Founding member, East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Has given master classes at the Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and others. As a chamber musician has won numerous national and international awards and performed in leading venues on national television and radio broadcasts and on several recordings.
Biography

Jim Denton (1959– ). Fort Worth.
Houston Symphony. Acting assistant principal, Honolulu Symphony.
Biography

Pamela Washburn DeLisse (1949– ). Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.

Barbara Paddock George (1969– ). Austin.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Principal, Orlando Philharmonic. San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Mitch Maxwell (1960– ). Abilene.
Dallas Symphony. Principal, Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Biography

Marian Webb (1935?– ). Houston.
Dallas Symphony.

Arvel Haley (1917–2011). Pin Hook and Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.
Obituary

Viola Rohling Lovelace (1894–1951). Galveston.
Dallas Symphony.

Ruth Valente Burgess (1982– ). San Antonio.
Principal, Memphis Symphony.
Biography

Anthony Adkins (1972– ). Denton.
Principal, Knoxville Symphony.
Webpage

Mark Fasshauer (1958– ). Houston.
Soloist with Chicago Symphony.

Victoria De La Cruz. Dallas to age 13 (also lived in Pennsylvania).
Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra. Principal, Camerata Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Chamber music performances worldwide.
Biography

Peng Li (1982– ). Sugar Land.
Assistant principal, North Carolina Symphony.
Biography

Matthew Switzer (1956– ). Lake Jackson.
Assistant principal, Colorado Symphony. Principal, Oklahoma Symphony.

Oliver Schlaffer (1977– ). Dallas from childhood (born in New York).
Principal, New World Symphony. Soloist with New World Symphony.
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Bass
Harold "Hal" Robinson (1952– ). Houston.
Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra. Principal, National Symphony (Washington DC). Associate principal, Houston Symphony. Faculty, Curtis Institute. Private instructor of Sidney King (herein).
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John Hood (1957– ). Amarillo.
Philadelphia Orchestra. National Symphony (Washington DC). Faculty, Peabody Conservatory.
Biography

Rosemary Salvucci (1992– ). San Antonio.
Co-principal, Teatro alla Scala orchestra.

David Malone (1955– ). Houston.
Associate principal and acting principal, Houston Symphony.
Biography

Lew Norton (1936–2014). Houston from early childhood (born in Tennessee).
New York Philharmonic. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music.
Obituary

Curtis Burris (1949– ). Lubbock.
Philadelphia Orchestra. National Symphony (Washington DC). Milwaukee Symphony.
Biography

Charles Barr (1975–2006). Dallas.
Cleveland Orchestra. Principal, Charleston Symphony.
Biography

Brett Jory Herman (1982?– ). Klein.
Los Angeles Philharmonic. National Symphony (Washington DC). San Diego Symphony.
Webpage

Ira Gold (1981– ). Houston.
National Symphony. Faculty, Peabody Conservatory.
Biography

James Krummenacher (1930–2011). Dallas.
Pittsburgh Symphony. Dallas Symphony.

Tyler Shepherd (1983– ). San Antonio.
Principal, Welsh National Opera.
Biography

Lavanna Leno (1953– ). Houston.
Houston Symphony.

J. Keith Grimwood (1951– ). Houston.
Houston Symphony. Later became bassist for the pop duo Trout Fishing in America.
Article
Webpage

Thomas Huckaby (1973– ). Plano.
Principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Mark Morton (1960– ). Houston.
Principal, Columbus Symphony. First prize, International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, New York. Assistant to Gary Karr at Hartt School of Music.
Biography

Kirby Nunez (1960– ). Denton.
Principal, Honolulu/Hawaiʻi Symphony. Soloist with Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.
Biography

William McNeiland (1940– ). Born in Fort Worth, raised in Amarillo.
Principal, Jacksonville (FL) Symphony. Resident conductor and assistant conductor, Jacksonville Symphony.
Biography

David Milburn (1985– ). Corpus Christi and Houston.
Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Sidney King (1959– ). Beaumont.
Assistant principal, Louisville Orchestra.
Biography


Harp
Emily Mitchell (1953– ). Dallas.
Solo performances worldwide, including with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and at the White House. Appearances on NPR's Performance Today, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Recordings for RCA Victor and JMR record labels. Has performed on over 70 film scores. Principal, EOS Orchestra. Has given master classes at Juilliard, Eastman, and the Royal College of Music (London). First prize, International Harp Contest (Jerusalem).
Biography

Paula Page (1948– ). Born in Odessa (raised in Pennsylvania).
Principal, Houston Symphony. Pittsburgh Symphony. Principal, Grand Teton Music Festival. Faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Houston Moores School of Music, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Temple University, Oklahoma University, Interlochen Arts Camp, International Festival at Round Top, and Texas Music Festival.
Biography

Megan Levin Conley (1983– ). Austin and Buda.
Principal, Houston Symphony. Soloist with Houston Symphony. First prize, Ima Hogg Competition.
Biography
Webpage

David Williams (1949– ). Grand Prairie.
Principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography


Flute
Bradley Garner (1956– ). Canyon.
Faculty, Juilliard School. Faculty, Cincinnati Conservatory. Principal, New York Virtuosi. Solo recitals in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), and Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow, Russia). Earned first-ever Doctor of Musical Arts in flute from Juilliard.
Biography

Jean Weger Larson Garver (1946– ). Paris (TX).
Principal, Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Mercedes Smith (1982?– ). Plano through 6th grade (also lived in Arkansas).
Principal, Utah Symphony. Principal, Pacific Symphony. Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and in China. First prizes in National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and Artists International Competition. Prizewinner, Haynes International Flute Competition.
Biography
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Clint Foreman (1980– ). Pflugerville.
Boston Symphony.
Biography

Kara Kirkendoll Welch (1977– ). Garland (born in Illinois).
Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Jan Justus Crisanti (1956– ). Corpus Christi.
Principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Ebonee Thomas (1979– ). Plano.
Houston Symphony. Principal, Knoxville Symphony.
Biography

Julie Luker (1957– ). Austin.
Associate principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Pam Holland Adams (1953– ). Richardson.
Assistant principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Claire Starz (1980– ). Houston.
Assistant principal, Honolulu Symphony.
Biography


Oboe
Nicholas Stovall (1984– ). Austin.
Principal, National Symphony (Washington DC).
Biography

Wayne Rapier (born Elma Wayne Raper) (1930–2005). Tyler.
Boston Symphony. Associate principal, Philadelphia Orchestra. Principal, Indianapolis Symphony. Principal, Baltimore Symphony. Faculty, New England Conservatory.
Obituary

Jeffrey Rathbun (1959– ). Abilene by fifth grade (born in Missouri).
Assistant principal, Cleveland Orchestra. Assistant principal, Atlanta Symphony. Honolulu Symphony. Oakland Symphony. Recital at Carnegie Hall. First prize, Lucarelli International Competition. Visiting faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music. Visiting faculty, Indiana University. Has given master classes at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes School of Music. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser; several have been performed by the Cleveland Orchestra.
Biography

Gladys Crisler Elliot (1929–2014). Dallas.
Principal, Dallas Symphony. Principal, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Principal, Grant Park Symphony.
Article
Obituary

Roger Roe (1968– ). Dallas.
English horn, and assistant principal and acting principal oboe, Indianapolis Symphony.
Biography

Melissa Hooper (1989– ). Portland.
Assistant principal, Baltimore Symphony.
Biography

Jason Lichtenwalter (1969– ). Arlington.
Associate principal, Honolulu Symphony. Colorado Symphony. Principal, Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Biography

Jason Sudduth (1972– ). Lubbock.
Assistant principal, Omaha Symphony. Honolulu Symphony.
Profile

Nancy Rumbel (1951– ). San Antonio.
Member, Paul Winter Consort. Grammy Award winner as member of duo Tingstad and Rumbel.
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Clarinet
David Breeden (1946–2005). Denton.
Principal, San Francisco Symphony. Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory.
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Robert Walzel (1959– ). Lake Jackson.
Solos worldwide as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency. President, International Clarinet Association. Dean, University of Kansas School of Music.
Article

Jimmy Gilmore (1943– ). Dallas.
Principal, North Carolina Symphony. Soloist with North Carolina Symphony.
Article

Ilya Shterenberg (1971– ). Richardson (senior year of high school only) (born in Soviet Union).
Principal, San Antonio Symphony. Soloist with San Antonio Symphony. Principal, Charleston Symphony.
Biography

John Coulehan (1945– ). El Paso.
Concertmaster, U.S. Navy Band. Soloist with Boston Pops Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band.
Articles

Stephanie Key (1969– ). San Antonio from age 12 (born in Illinois).
Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

John Manry (1951– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Ashley Ragle Leigh (1981– ). Allen.
Assistant principal, Naples (FL) Philharmonic. Grand prize, Buffet-Crampon Young Artists Clarinet Competition.
Biography


Saxophone
Timothy McAllister (1972– ). Houston.
Soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, São Paulo Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Sydney Symphony; scheduled with Berlin Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, etc. Solo recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Sydney Opera House. Guest orchestral saxophonist with Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Oregon Symphony. Recordings on Nonesuch, Stradivarius, Summit, OMM, Einstein, NAXOS, AUR, New Dynamic, Albany, Equilibrium, New Focus, Centaur, G.I.A. Publications, Parma, and Innova labels. Grammy Award winner, prizewinner in several international competitions. Dedicatee of many solo saxophone works by noted composers; has premiered over 150 new works. Professor, University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Faculty, Interlochen Center for the Arts.
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Paul Wehage (1963– ). San Antonio from age 16 (born in North Dakota, raised in Minnesota).
Solo and chamber performances worldwide. First prize, Paris Conservatoire. Numerous works written for him by Jean Francaix, with whom he had an extended collaboration; many other compositions by other important composers were written for Wehage. He is also a prolific composer and a noted arranger, publisher, and musicologist. Several recordings on commercial and private labels of his performance and his compositions.
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Bassoon
Willard Elliot (1926–2000). Fort Worth.
Principal, Chicago Symphony. Soloist with Chicago Symphony. Principal, Dallas Symphony. Houston Symphony. Solo recording on Deutsche Grammophon label.
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Lynn Gaubatz (1956– ). Odessa.
Solo recitals worldwide, including the Kennedy Center (ten times) and the Smithsonian. Faculty, Mozarteum. Has given master classes worldwide, including Vienna, Salzburg, Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC. Broadcasts on PBS, Voice of America, and many others. Interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning. One of Glamour Magazine's "America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women."
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William "Billy" Short (1988– ). Round Rock.
Principal, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Faculty, Juilliard School.
Biography

James Jeter (1949– ). Paris.
Solos with orchestra and recitals internationally, including at Carnegie Hall. Solo recording on Crystal Records. Founder and bassoonist of Virtuosi Quintet, which has toured nationally and made recordings on the Musical Heritage Society and Capstone labels. Principal bassoon, St. Cecilia Orchestra.
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Harrison Hollingsworth (1986– ). Kingwood.
Principal, New York City Ballet Orchestra. Guest principal, Orchestra of St. Luke's and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra. Faculty, Chautauqua Music Festival. As a conductor, is assistant music director of the New York Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor for the New York City Ballet. Also plays fiddle, sings, and composes professionally.
Biography

Rian Charlton Craypo (1980– ). Elgin from age 10 months (born in Virginia).
Principal, Houston Symphony.
Biography

Miles Maner (1985– ). Austin.
Chicago Symphony. Associate principal, Kansas City Symphony.
Biography

Scott Walzel (1962– ). Lake Jackson.
Assistant principal, Dallas Symphony. Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Michael Frederick (1956– ). Houston.
Houston Symphony.

Stephen Franse (1947– ). Houston.
Principal, Calgary Philharmonic. Principal, Richmond Symphony. Principal, U.S. Army Band.
Biography

Jack Peña. Carrollton.
Principal, Louisiana Philharmonic.
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Thomas "TK" DeWitt (c. 1985 – ). Austin.
Associate principal, Kansas City Symphony.
Biography

Samuel Blair (1985– ). Frisco.
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra / Washington National Opera Orchestra.
Biography (click on name)

Sam Rhodes (1956–2010). San Antonio and Dallas.
Principal, Tucson Symphony. Principal, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Principal, El Paso Symphony.
Obituary
Article

Benjamin Atherholt (1982– ). Houston.
Assistant principal, Louisiana Philharmonic.
Biography

Charles Price (1945– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography


Trumpet
Craig Morris (1968– ). San Antonio.
Principal, Chicago Symphony. Associate principal, San Francisco Symphony. Principal, Sacramento Symphony.
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Billy Ray Hunter (1974– ). Austin.
Principal, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Assistant principal, Grant Park Symphony.
Article

Stacy Blair (1954–2010). Eastland.
Soloist with Israel Philharmonic, Mexico City Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and many others. Solo recording on Erato label nominated for a Grammy. Winner (three times), Maurice André International Trumpet Competition. Winner (twice), International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. Television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street; radio interviews on NPR and Voice of America. Taught master classes at the Juilliard School and at Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals.
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Boyde Hood (1939– ). Dallas.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, and soloist with LAP. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Dallas Symphony. Milwaukee Symphony. Assistant principal, Rochester Philharmonic. Principal, Marlboro Festival Orchestra.
Biography

L. Russell Campbell (1967– ). Brenham.
Associate principal, Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Jerry McCathern (1948– ). Hereford.
Principal, São Paulo Symphony. Executive Director, Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Kevin Good (1955– ). Arlington.
Detroit Symphony.
Biography

Phil Snedecor (1959– ). Richardson.
Baltimore Symphony.
Biography

Jan Roller (1949– ). Amarillo.
Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Jason Bergman (1982– ). Garland.
Associate principal, Santiago Philharmonic.
Biography

John Haynie (1924–2014). Ralls, Cisco, and Mexia.
Trumpet and cornet pedagogue. Made several instructional CDs and wrote two widely used method books. Received many top teaching awards at the University of North Texas, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation by the American Bandmasters Association.
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Horn
John Cerminaro (1947– ). Navasota, Orange, and Dallas.
Principal, New York Philharmonic. Principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Principal, Seattle Symphony. Faculty, Aspen Music Center.
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Martin Hackleman (1952– ). Houston.
Principal, National Symphony (Washington DC). Canadian Brass. Empire Brass. Principal, Montreal Symphony. Principal, Vancouver Symphony. Principal, Calgary Philharmonic.
Biography

Martin Smith (1947–2005). Baytown from early childhood (born in Louisiana).
Associate principal and acting principal, New York Philharmonic. Associate principal, Pittsburgh Symphony. Principal, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Gave master classes at the Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and others. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music.
Obituary

Michael Mayhew (1970– ). Denton and Euless.
Associate principal, Cleveland Orchestra. Assistant principal, Syracuse Symphony.
Biography

Michelle Reed Baker (1964– ). Pearland from early childhood (born in Mississippi).
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Faculty, Juilliard School. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music.
Biography
Article

Jay Wadenpfuhl (1950–2010). Kirbyville and Beaumont.
Boston Symphony. National Symphony (Washington DC). Faculty, New England Conservatory. Teacher of Mollie Pate (herein).
Obituary

James Thurmond (1908–1998). Dallas.
Philadelphia Orchestra. Dallas Symphony. Principal, Norfolk (VA) Symphony. Founder and Officer-in-Charge, U.S. Navy School of Music. Director of all U.S. Navy bands and music during World War II.
Biography
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Jeff Garza (1978– ). Clute.
San Francisco Symphony. Principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

William Jones (1952?– ). Pearland.
Principal, Mainz Philharmonic. Principal, Vancouver Symphony. Faculty, Peter Cornelius Conservatory (Mainz).
Biography

Bruce Gifford (1961– ). Houston.
Principal, Utah Symphony. Principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Scott Fearing (1958– ). Denton by 6th grade (born in Florida).
National Symphony (Washington DC). Co-principal, Omaha Symphony.
Biography

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith (1963– ). Killeen from age 10 (born in New York, also lived in Hawaiʻi).
Minnesota Orchestra.
Biography

Wade Butin (1973– ). Houston.
Acting associate principal, Houston Symphony.
Biography

Mark Houghton (1980– ). Keller from childhood (born in California).
Pittsburgh Symphony. Principal, Fort Worth Symphony. Principal, Phoenix Symphony. Prizewinner, American Horn Competition. Prizewinner, International Horn Society John Hawkins Memorial Solo Competition.
Biography
Article

Jay Andrus (1942– ). Galveston.
Houston Symphony. Teacher of Carolyn Hendershot Clark (herein).

John Turman (1991?– ). Austin.
Dallas Symphony. Seattle Symphony. Acting principal, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Biography

Paul Capehart (1948– ). Dallas.
Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Lorin Larson (1946– ). Austin.
Principal, Fort Worth Symphony.

Kay McCallister Buss (1952?– ). Houston.
Principal, Calgary Philharmonic.

Mollie Pate (1971– ). Baytown.
Principal, Louisiana Philharmonic.
Biography

James Frank (1958– ). Richardson.
Co-principal, Columbus Symphony.
Biography

Joshua Horne (1990– ). San Antonio.
Co-principal, Sarasota Orchestra.
Biography

Richard "Kelly" Satterwhite (1946– ). Baytown.
Principal, U.S. Army Concert Band ("Pershing's Own").
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Scott Strong (1987– ). Carrollton (born in Iowa).
Associate principal, San Antonio Symphony. Assistant principal, Louisiana Philharmonic.
Biography

Jennifer Frank-Umana (1983– ). Richardson.
Associate principal, Calgary Philharmonic.
Biography

Jeffrey Solomon (1957– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal, Alabama Symphony. Principal, Natal Philharmonic.
Biography

Alton Adkins (1969– ). Ralls.
Co-assistant principal, Fort Worth Symphony.
Biography

Shane Clare (1981– ). Dallas.
Assistant principal, U.S. Army Concert Band ("Pershing's Own").
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Trombone
Ronald Barron (1946– ). Fort Worth.
Principal, Boston Symphony. Principal, Boston Pops. Montreal Symphony. Soloist with Boston Pops and Bavarian State Radio Orchestra and worldwide in recital. Top prize, Munich International Competition. Faculty, New England Conservatory. Faculty, Tanglewood Music Center. Numerous recordings as soloist on Nonesuch and Boston Brass Series labels; one recording won a Stereo Review Record of the Year award. Has served on juries for several international competitions.
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Matthew Vaughn (1969– ). Born in Dallas (raised in Indiana).
Associate principal, Philadelphia Orchestra. Principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Stephen Lange (1973– ). Richardson.
Boston Symphony. Assistant principal, Saint Louis Symphony. Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Richard Stout (1964– ). Raised in Houston (born in Illinois).
Cleveland Orchestra. Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music. Principal, Jacksonville Symphony.
Biography

David Garcia (1972– ). San Antonio.
Principal, Zurich Opera. Principal, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Soloist with Hartford (CT) Symphony. Has presented master classes at Tanglewood and Yale University.
Biography

Bradley White (1971– ). Houston.
Assistant principal, Houston Symphony.
Biography

Mark Davidson (1983– ). Plano.
Associate principal and acting principal, Utah Symphony. Acting principal, Baltimore Symphony. Assistant principal, San Antonio Symphony. Cincinnati Symphony. Winner, International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Tenor Trombone Competition.
Biography

Lee Rogers (1978?– ). Duncanville.
Assistant principal, Cincinnati Symphony. Principal, Washington National Opera. Grant Park Symphony.
Article

Phillip Freeman (1974?– ). Houston.
Bass trombone, Houston Symphony.
Biography

David Waters (1940?– ). Houston.
Bass trombone, Houston Symphony.
Biography

Philip Graham (1948– ). Born in Abilene, Dallas from early childhood.
Dallas Symphony. Soloist with Houston Symphony.
Biography

Arthur Topper (1951– ). Dallas.
Luxembourg Philharmonic.


Tuba
Sumner Erickson (1962– ). Austin.
Principal, Pittsburgh Symphony, soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony.
Biography
Article

Kyle Turner (1962– ). San Antonio.
Principal, Orchestra of St. Luke's. Principal (three-year interim), New York Philharmonic. Principal, American Symphony Orchestra.
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Lee Hipp (1958– ). Big Spring.
Principal, San Antonio Symphony. Acting principal, Utah Symphony. Principal, Eastern Philharmonic.
Biography


Percussion
Brian Jones (1967– ). Freeport.
Principal timpani, Detroit Symphony.
Biography

J. William Hudgins (1959– ). Lufkin.
Boston Symphony. Florida Symphony.
Biography

Ronald Snider (1947– ). Arlington.
Assistant principal, Dallas Symphony.
Biography

Mark Griffith (1974– ). Duncanville.
Houston Symphony. Jacksonville Symphony. New World Symphony.
Biography

Riely Francis (1967– ). Houston.
Principal percussion and assistant principal timpani, San Antonio Symphony. Associate principal, Honolulu Symphony.
Biography

Trent Leasure (1986– ). League City.
Principal percussion and assistant principal timpani, San Antonio Symphony. Nashville Symphony.
Biography

David Reinecke (1991– ). San Antonio and Austin.
Assistant principal percussion, San Antonio Symphony.
Biography

Blake Taylor (1984– ). Groves.
Principal percussion, Arkansas Symphony.
Biography


Voice
Mack Harrell (1909–1960). Greenville.
One of the 20th century's greatest baritones. Numerous leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera, including in the world premieres of Susannah (Floyd), The Triumph of St. Joan (Dello Joio), The Warrior (Rogers), and The Dybbuk (Tamkin), as well as the U.S. premieres of The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky), David (Milhaud), and Christophe Colomb (Milhaud). Recitals at The Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Director, Aspen Music Festival. Faculty, the Juilliard School.
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Helen Erwin Donath (1940– ). Corpus Christi.
Soprano. Has regularly sung leading roles with Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival and has performed at virtually every leading opera house, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Numerous opera and lieder recordings on major labels (RCA, EMI, Decca).
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Susan Graham (1960– ). Midland (born in New Mexico).
Mezzo-soprano. Leading roles with major companies, including Covent Garden. Recital at Carnegie Hall. Numerous major-label recordings (RCA, Phillips, Sony Classical, Erato, Chandos, Delos, etc.). Soloist at George W. Bush Presidential inauguration and at Edward Kennedy funeral mass.
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William Walker (1931–2010). Waco and Fort Worth.
A leading baritone for the Metropolitan Opera, where he performed over 360 times. Television appearances included some 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. Solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra; recitals worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall and at the White House. General Director, Fort Worth Opera.
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Mary Jane Rose Johnson (1950– ). Pampa.
Lead soprano roles with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opéra, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and many others. Soloist with Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Winner, Pavarotti Competition. Television appearances on Pavarotti Plus Gala, Live from Lincoln Center, and CBS Sunday Morning.
Biography

Jules Bledsoe (1898–1943). Waco.
Baritone. Specialized in operatic roles early in his career, performing lead roles with Chicago Opera and in Europe and a recital at Aeolian Hall (New York), but later achieved greater fame on Broadway and in light opera. He created the role of Joe in Florenz Ziegfeld's original 1927 production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat and was thus the first to perform "Old Man River" in public. He made recordings of Negro spirituals, which have recently been re-released.
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Leonora Corona (born Lenore Cohron) (1890–1987). Dallas.
Soprano. Numerous lead roles over eight seasons with the Metropolitan Opera; also performed at La Scala and with Opéra Comique of Paris. Recitals at Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall.
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Laura Claycomb (1968– ). Born in Corpus Christi, raised in Dallas.
Soprano. Leading roles worldwide, including at La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and many others. Performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and many others. Medalist, Tchaikovsky Competition. Numerous recordings and videos on major labels (Sony, Chandos, Virgin, Delos).
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Yvonne de Tréville (born Edyth La Gierse) (1881–1954). Galveston.
Lead roles with Opéra Comique (Paris), Imperial Opera (St. Petersburg, Russia), Royal Opera of Brussels, Imperial Opera (Vienna). Soloist with the Russian Symphony Orchestra (New York). Recitals at Carnegie Hall, Aeolian Hall (New York).
Biography
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Rafaelo Diaz (1883–1943). San Antonio.
Leading tenor with the Metropolitan Opera for 19 years. Made several major-label recordings.
Article

Lella Terrell Cuberli (born Lela Alice Terrell) (1945– ). Austin.
Lead soprano roles with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. Several major-label recordings. Listed in Grove's Dictionary of Music.
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Etheldreda Aves (1894–1942). Galveston from early childhood (born in Ohio).
Soprano. Lead roles over five seasons with the Metropolitan Opera. Performed with Dresden Opera, the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New York Friends of Music, and others.
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Lillian Eubank Kempton (1882?–19??). Abilene (born in Missouri?).
Leading roles with Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Opera. Faculty, the Juilliard School (then known as the New York Institute of Musical Art).
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Josephine Lucchese Caruso Donato (1893–1974). San Antonio.
Soprano. Toured worldwide, performing with leading opera companies and in recital. Known in Europe as "The American Nightingale."
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Bruce Ford (1956– ). Lubbock.
Tenor. Leading roles worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Concertgebouw, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and many others, as well as opera festivals at Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, and Pesaro. Recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, and in Europe. Recordings on Sony Classics, Decca, Chandos, and Opera Rara labels.
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Jay Hunter Morris (1963– ). Paris.
Tenor. Lead roles with Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Australia, and others.
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Biography

Gigi Mitchell-Velasco (1960– ). Dallas.
Mezzo-soprano. Lead roles with Opera Company of Boston, Houston Grand Opera, Prague Opera, Opera Florentine, and many others. Solo performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and others. Has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center, New York), the Konzert-Haus in Vienna, and the Kennedy Center.
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Glenda Maurice (1939–2013). Fort Worth.
Soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony (Washington DC), Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and others. Recitals worldwide including at the Concertgebouw and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York). Founder and director, The Institute for Art Song Recital Performance (Minneapolis).
Biography

Dana Beth Miller (1975– ). Houston, Plano, and San Antonio.
Performances with Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and others. First place, Classical Singer National Vocal Competition, National Opera Association Competition, and Jensen Foundation Voice Competition. Prizewinner, Elardo International Opera Competition, Opera Index Career Grant Competition, Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, and Eleanor Lieber Awards.
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Joyce Malicky Castle (1939– ). Born in Beaumont (also lived in Colorado and Kansas as a child).
Mezzo-soprano. Lead roles with Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and many others.
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Article

Lila Deis Lauby (1944–2010). Dallas.
Soprano. Performances with Houston Grand Opera and San Diego Opera. Solos with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Dallas Symphony, St, Cecilia Society of New York, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, New York Choral Society, and others. Has performed in Carnegie Hall and at the Phillips Collection (Washington DC). Her quartet, the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, won first prize in the Geneva Competition. Recordings on Newport Classic, Gasparo, and Alexxandra labels.
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Wayne Conner (1929–2008). Dallas.
Soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival, Zagreb Philharmonic, and others. Recital at The Town Hall. Prizewinner, Naumburg Competition. Faculty, Peabody Conservatory. Faculty, Curtis Institute. Faculty, Mannes College of Music. Producer of Singer's World for NPR.
Obituary

Gary Lakes (1950– ). Irving (born in Oklahoma).
Tenor. Has performed numerous leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera. Appeared on The Tonight Show.
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Barbara Smith Conrad (1940– ). Pittsburg (Texas).
Mezzo-soprano. Has performed with Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera and has sung for the Pope. Portrayed Marian Anderson in the ABC-TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. Best known for having been denied the right to perform the role of Dido in a 1957 University of Texas at Austin production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, despite having won the audition for the part, because of her African-American ethnicity; in 1985 she was named a Distinguished Alumna at UT.
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William Blankenship (1928– ). Gatesville.
Regularly performed leading tenor roles with Vienna Volksoper and Vienna Staatsoper. Faculty, Sydney Conservatory.
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Emily Pulley (1967– ). Raised in College Station.
Soprano. Major roles with Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, New York City Opera, and many others.
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Biography

Donald Braswell (1963– ). Boerne.
Tenor. Performed leading operatic roles worldwide. Prizewinner, Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition. Soloist at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York) and at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel (New York). Following a serious injury, he revived his career as a crossover singer and actor and was most noted for a top-five finish on NBC's America's Got Talent.
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Lawrence Harris (1954– ). Sherman.
Following a career as a lineman with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League, Harris became an operatic baritone. First prize, Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. Solo recital at Carnegie Hall. Performed for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Leading roles with numerous professional companies in U.S. and Mexico.
Biography

Karen Hall (1955– ). College Station from childhood (born in Kentucky).
Faculty, Boston Conservatory of Music. Faculty, Berklee College of Music. As soprano soloist, numerous performances with the Seattle Symphony; as a member of the New York Choral Artists has performed several times with the New York Philharmonic. Numerous roles with Seattle Opera. Recital performances worldwide and television appearances.
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Joseph Burger (1899–1978). San Antonio.
Baritone. Recitals throughout U.S., including at The Town Hall (New York); nationwide radio broadcasts.
Article

Chad Shelton (1971– ). Orange.
Many lead roles with Houston Grand Opera. Has also performed roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, amd many others.
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Timothy Nolen (1941– ). Rotan.
Several lead roles with San Francisco Opera, performances with Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera. Soloist with New York Philharmonic. A leading Broadway singer and actor.
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David Portillo (1980– ). San Antonio.
Tenor. Lead roles at Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Australia, Opera Frankfurt, Dutch National Opera, San Diego Opera, and others.
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Zelma Watson George (1903–1994). Hearne, Palestine, and Dallas (moved to Kansas at age 13).
Opera singer who was the first African-American woman cast in a traditionally white leading operatic role (The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Cleveland, 1949). George was also a noted musicologist, civic leader, diplomat, and philanthropist. Merit award, National Association of Negro Musicians.
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Ava Mason Pine (1977– ). Born in Galveston, raised in Fredericksburg.
Lead roles with Fort Worth Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Colorado. Soloist with BBC Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Dallas Bach Society. Grammy Award nominee with Ars Lyrica of Houston.
Biography
Article

Tracy Cox (1985– ). Dallas.
Lead roles, Los Angeles Opera and Wolf Trap. Soloist, Los Angeles Opera.
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Roberta Dodd Crawford (1897–1954). Bonham.
Recitals throughout the United States and in France.
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Kirby Traylor (1965– ). San Antonio.
Tenor. Soloist with Dallas Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Biography


Conductors
Frank Van der Stucken (1858–1929). Fredericksburg.
First Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony, a post he held for 12 years. Conducted the first concert in the U.S. that was exclusively devoted to music by American composers (1885, New York) and the first concert in Europe that was exclusively devoted to music by American composers (1889, Paris). Director of the New York Arion Society (chorus); led them on the first-ever European tour by an American musical organization. Kapellmeister, Breslau Stadttheater. Dean, Cincinnati College of Music. A noted composer whose works were presented in important venues in Weimar (under the sponsorship of Franz Liszt), Antwerp, and many other cities. Founding member, (U.S.) National Institute of Arts and Letters. Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Listed in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Baker's Biographical Dictionary.
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Robert Page (1927–2016). Abilene.
Assistant conductor and director of choruses, Cleveland Orchestra. Director of special projects and choral activities, Pittsburgh Symphony. Conductor and chorus master, Cleveland Opera. Conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Czech State Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Denver Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and many others. Recordings on Columbia, London, RCA, Telarc, Decca, and Sony Classics labels. Two Grammy Awards and eight nominations. Grand Prix du Disque. Prix Mondial de Monteux. Conducted world premiere performances and recordings of works by Shostakovich and Penderecki. Head of music department and director of choral studies, Carnegie-Mellon University. Director of choral activities, Temple University. Director, Blossom Festival Chorus. Music Director, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Founder and Music Director, Robert Page Singers. President, Chorus America. Pennsylvania Artist of the Year (1998).
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Louis Lane (1923–2016). Eagle Pass.
Resident conductor, Cleveland Orchestra. Principal guest conductor, Dallas Symphony. Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music. Faculty, Oberlin Conservatory.
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Carl St.Clair (1952– ). Hochheim and Yoakum.
General Music Director, Komische Oper Berlin. General Music Director, Staatskapelle Weimar. Principal Guest Conductor, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart. Assistant conductor, Boston Symphony. Music Director, Pacific Symphony. Seaver/NEA Conductors Award. Several recordings on Sony Classical, harmonia mundi, Koch International Classics, and Reference labels. Faculty, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
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Victor Alessandro (1915–1976). Waco.
Music Director, San Antonio Symphony.
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Robert Black (1950–1993). Dallas.
Founder, New York New Music Ensemble. Founder, Prism Chamber Orchestra. Music director, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Principal conductor and artistic director, Kuopio (Finland) Symphony. Guest conductor, Warsaw Philharmonic (on many occasions) and other major orchestras. Also a noted pianist (a solo album he recorded was nominated for a Grand Prix du Disque) and composer. Recordings as conductor, pianist, and composer on CRI, Orion, Bridge, MMC, and GM labels.
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Dan Riddle: See under "Piano."

William McNeiland: See under "Bass."

John Keene (1959– ). Dallas.
Chorus master and head of music staff, Florida Grand Opera. Faculty, Mannes College of Music. As a pianist, has performed as a soloist and collaborator at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and other venues, and on television and radio.
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Valerie Taylor (1957– ). Richardson.
Faculty, Berklee College of Music.
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Harrison Hollingsworth: See under "Bassoon."

Chris Xeros (1927– ). Dallas.
Founder and Music Director, Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Founder and Music Director, Allen Philharmonic. Assistant concertmaster, Chattanooga Symphony.
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Composers
Scott Joplin (1867?–1917). Texarkana.
Classically trained as a pianist and composer, Joplin is best known for his many ragtime compositions for piano, which are considered definitive examples of the genre. He wrote a ballet and two operas, of which one, Treemonisha, after its revival in the 1970s, became immensely popular and is now established in the standard operatic repertory. Joplin was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his contributions to American music.
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Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016). Houston.
One of the leading figures in electronic art music. Founding director, San Francisco Tape Music Center (now called the Center for Contemporary Music). Writer and philosopher of new music.
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Steven Stucky (1949–2016). Abilene from age 9 (born in Kansas).
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. Composer in residence, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Faculty, Eastman School. His works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and others.
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Christopher Theofanidis (1967– ). Dallas.
Winner of the Masterprize for his Rainbow Body. Has also won the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize, six ASCAP Morton Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Tanglewood Fellowship, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship. Composer in residence, California Symphony. Composer of the Year, Pittsburgh Symphony. Faculty, the Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University. His works have been performed by the National Symphony (Washington DC), London Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and others.
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Harold Morris (1890–1964). San Antonio.
Faculty, Juilliard School and Columbia University. Founder, American Music Guild. U.S. Director, International Society for Contemporary Music. Works performed by violinists Eugène Ysaÿe and Josef Stransky and with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony. As a pianist, soloed with the Boston Symphony and performed recitals worldwide.
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David Guion (1892–1981). Ballinger.
Classically trained in Europe as a concert pianist and composer. Composed numerous classical works, which were commissioned and performed by leading concert artists and ensembles, but was best known for his arrangements and settings of cowboy songs; in particular, his setting of "Home on the Range" for a 1930 Broadway show made the previously little-known song an instant and enduring classic.
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Robert Xavier Rodriguez (1946– ). San Antonio.
Winner of Prix de Composition Musicale Price Pierre de Monaco, Prix Lili Boulanger, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Goddard Lieberson Award. Composer in residence, Dallas Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. Performances of his works by the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony (Washington DC), Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Vienna Schauspielhaus, Dallas Opera, National Opera of Mexico, and many others. His works are published by G. Schirmer and have been recorded on the Newport, Crystal, Orion, Gasparo, Urtext, CRI, First Edition, and Albany Labels.
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Kyle Gann (1955– ). Dallas.
Winner, American Music Center Letter of Distinction. As a writer on new music, has won the Peabody Award, Stagebill Award, and Deems-Taylor Award. Performances of his works by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Orkest de Volharding, and the Relache Ensemble, and at festivals including New Music America, Bang on a Can, and Spoleto. Recordings on New Albion, New World, Cold Blue, Lovely Music, Mode, Meyer Media, New Tone, and Monroe Street labels. As a writer on music, has produced several books, published by Cambridge University Press, Schirmer Books, University of California Press, Yale University Press, and University of Illinois Press; has published over 2500 periodical articles; and was the new-music critic for the Village Voice for 19 years. Faculty, Bard College, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Art Institute of Chicago, and Bucknell University. Listed in Baker's Biographical Dictionary.
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Andrew Rudin (1939– ). Newgulf and Beaumont.
Works performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, on a Fellini film soundtrack, and on commission from Pennsylvania Ballet. Recordings on Nonesuch label. Faculty, Juilliard School, Philadelphia Musical Academy. Macdowell Colony Fellow.
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Fisher Tull (1934–1994). Waco.
Awards from ASCAP, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Composers Guild, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Flute Association, Kappa Kappa Psi (Distinguished Men of Music), Phi Mu Alpha (Orpheus Award), and several others. Performances, recordings, and commissions of his works by the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, and many others. Works published by Boosey & Hawkes and Southern Music.
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Paul Wehage: See under "Saxophone."

John Beall (1942– ). Belton.
Commissions and two awards, National Endowment for the Arts. West Virginia Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year. Multiple Serious Music Awards, ASCAP. Performances of his works by Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Interlochen Faculty Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Aeolian Chamber Players, and many others. Faculty, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Professor and Composer-in-Residence, West Virginia University. Recordings on Crystal and Cambria labels. Music published by Carl Fischer, Southern, and MMB Music.
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Martin Amlin (1953– ). Dallas.
Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts Cultural Council. Resident at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Twice winner of the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition. Performances of his music by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (commissioned), Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Chairman of Boston University Department of Composition and Theory. As a pianist, has soloed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. Recordings as composer and performer on numerous major labels.
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"Blue" Gene Tyranny (born Robert Sheff) (1945– ). San Antonio.
A noted avant-garde composer. Winner, Bessie Award and New York Foundation for the Arts Composer Fellowship. Has released numerous albums on the Lovely Music label. Faculty, Mills College Center for Contemporary Music.
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Julia Smith (1905–1989). Denton.
Nationally acclaimed composer of numerous works, including two operas. Also a noted pianist. Performed and lectured throughout the U.S. Advocate for women composers. Published books on American composers. Faculty, Juilliard School. Faculty, Hartt School of Music, where she founded and chaired its department of music education.
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Jerry Hunt (1943–1993). Waco and Dallas.
Influential composer of electronic music and performance artist. Recordings on CRI, Centaur, Nonsequitur, oodiscs, Musicworks, Innova, Lovely Music, Tzadik, and IRIDA labels.
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Philip Krumm (1941– ). San Antonio (born in Maryland).
Recordings on Opus One, New World, Idea, and IRIDA labels. Performance at Carnegie Hall.
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Robert Avalon (born Robert White) (1955–2004). San Antonio.
Numerous awards and commissions. Recordings on Centaur label.
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Frank Van der Stucken: See under "Conductors."

Radie Britain (1899–1994). Silverton.
Winner, Juilliard National Publication Prize. A noted pianist and music educator.
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David N. Johnson: See under "Organ."


Educators, scholars
Gideon Waldrop (1919–2000). Abilene.
Dean, Juilliard School. President, Manhattan School of Music.
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Susan Youens (1947– ). Houston.
Musicologist. A leading authority on German lieder and on the music of Schubert and Wolf. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Author of many books published by Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, and Cornell University Press. Has lectured worldwide, including at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Juilliard, the Royal College of Music, and many others. Board of Directors, American Musicological Society. Professor, University of Notre Dame.
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Theodore Albrecht (1945– ). San Antonio from early childhood (born in New York).
Music historian, internationally recognized Beethoven scholar. Widely published writer of books and articles on music history. Pre-concert lecturer for Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Opera. Professor, Kent State University.
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Scott Foglesong (1954– ). Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas.
Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory. Writer and lecturer, San Francisco Symphony.
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Irl Allison, Sr. (1896–1979). Warren.
Founder of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
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Joe Orchard (1956– ). Dallas.
Senior editor, International Repertory of Music Literature (RILM).
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Barbara Gerald Barber (1954– ). Amarillo.
String pedagogy workshops and performances worldwide. Has released at least 26 books and CDs, of which nearly 250,000 copies have been sold.
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Sudie L. Williams (1872–1940). Bellville.
A music educator and leading advocate and promoter of the performing arts in Dallas in the early 20th century. Her campaign succeeded in virtually singlehandedly reversing the dissolution of the Dallas Symphony by its board of directors in 1939.
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Performing arts administrators, philanthropists, etc. (with classical music backgrounds)
Claire Raphael Reis (1888–1978). Brownsville.
Pianist. Founder and Executive Director of the League of Composers. Executive Director, International Composers' Guild. Mentor to Aaron Copland.
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Ima Hogg (1882–1975). Austin and Houston.
A European-trained classical pianist and teacher, one of whose private students was Jacques Abram (herein). She became a leading philanthropist and patron of the arts. In 1913, she founded the Houston Symphony; she would serve 12 terms as president of its board of directors. The Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition is named in her honor.
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Alan Valentine (1958– ). San Antonio.
Percussionist. President and CEO, Nashville Symphony.
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Speight Jenkins (1937– ). Dallas.
Music critic and journalist. General Director, Seattle Opera.
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Dean Corey (1947– ). Arlington.
Hornist. President, Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
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Darren Keith Woods (1958– ). Luling.
Tenor. General Director, Fort Worth Opera. Artistic Director, Shreveport Opera. Director, Seagle Artist Colony.
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Matthew Loden (1967– ). Houston.
Violinist. General Manager, Aspen Music Festival. Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Philadelphia Orchestra.
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Carolyn Hendershot Clark (1958– ). South Houston.
Hornist. Founder and executive director, Staten Island Philharmonic.
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