Houston Symphony to add musicians for education and other community programs

Posted on: May 11, 2015

“For fifth graders in Clear Creek Independent School District, going to the Houston Symphony’s special concert is a rite of passage. In the future, the orchestra may likely go to them, as the symphony adds four string players whose primary duties will be community outreach,” writes Andrew Dansby in Friday’s (5/8) Houston Chronicle. “To expand its reach throughout a growing and increasingly diverse city, the Houston Symphony has created four full-time positions for string musicians. Their primary role will be community engagement and music education in area schools, neighborhood centers and health-care facilities … although they will also perform about 25 shows a year with the symphony.… [Executive Director and CEO Mark C.] Hanson said the symphony has wanted to expand its outreach for years, but the idea of having community-embedded musicians began to come together just months ago…. The symphony’s expansion is part of a 10-year strategic plan adopted last year. The intention is to increase the organization’s funding and reach…. The symphony is seeking musicians with varied ethnic backgrounds and who are fluent in at least two languages. It will accept applications through June 19, then invite candidates to audition and interview in mid-July.”

Posted May 11, 2015

Photo of Houston Symphony and Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada by Wilson Parish