LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Youth Orchestras of Lubbock (YOL) announced a merger of the two organizations, effective March 10, 2022. Now a subsidiary of LSO, the former youth orchestra will now be called Lubbock Youth Orchestras. LSO President & CEO Galen Wixson said the merger would create a more collaborative and efficient service for young musicians and their families, while complementing the education mission of the LSO.
“Aligning our mission with the youth orchestra has been a longtime dream for both organizations and will greatly expand our reach into education,” Wixson said. “Mentoring young musicians is essential to cultivating a vibrant artistic community in Lubbock and providing performance opportunities for students, many of whom could represent the next generation of LSO musicians, is essential.”
The new Lubbock Youth Orchestras will continue to present a fall and spring concert for its beginner, intermediate and advanced orchestras. Additionally, student musicians benefit from in-depth coaching and mentoring during rehearsals and other orchestra events. The LSO expects to continue serving about 100 student musicians in its first year administering the program. Current YOL president Philip Sizer said the merger represents a significant opportunity for the enrolled youth.
“The very best youth orchestras in the world are generally aligned with their city’s symphony orchestra,” Sizer said. “The benefits of teaching student musicians within the infrastructure of a professional orchestra include greater visibility in the community, more efficient use of resources, opportunities for greater collaboration and the support of a full-time administrative staff to support the needs of the students and their families.”
Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, formerly a subsidiary of the LSO called Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra, became a separate 501(c)3 in 2011 and is supported by a board of directors, a music director and coaching staff. As part of the merger, the existing board will be appointed to the Lubbock Youth Orchestras advisory board.
Auditions for the Lubbock Youth Orchestras beginner, intermediate and advanced orchestras will be in April. More information about the youth orchestra is available at www.YouthOrchestrasofLubbock.org and www.LubbockSymphony.org.
About the Lubbock Symphony
The LSO is one of the oldest community organizations in Lubbock. Founded in 1946, the LSO is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the South Plains region and is made up of professional musicians from all parts of the Lubbock Community. The LSO seeks to enhance the community we serve by providing quality symphonic performances and educational experiences for thousands of children across the greater Lubbock area.