In Amarillo, Texas, the Greater Southwest Music Festival will close its doors on July 1, 2018, and the music festival will continue to operate as a program under the Amarillo Symphony umbrella. The Amarillo Symphony absorbed the nonprofit festival earlier this June. For 47 years the festival had run a five-state competition for middle-school and senior-high students, but had been undergoing “recent financial struggles,” said Greater Southwest Music Festival President Jim Hutson. The largest single education initiative under Amarillo Symphony leadership will now be the Greater Southwest Music Festival program, with over 8,000 student musicians performing at the Amarillo Civic Center and Amarillo College Washington Street Campus annually in early May. Amarillo Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart said, “The Symphony will be looking to strengthen the GSWMF and sustain it as a symbol of excellence, attract new visitors to our city, and earn positive attention for our region throughout the State and beyond.” The Greater Southwest Music Festival was founded in 1969 by a group of local businessmen, musicians, educators, and others to promote the educational and cultural aspects of fine arts among young people in middle and high schools. The first festival was held in 1971 and has been ongoing annually since that time.
Posted June 15, 2018