The Organization

Mission Statement

Music Changing Lives in North Texas and beyond through inspired collaborations, exceptional mentoring of musicians, unforgettable performances and inclusive community engagement. 

Our Vision

To inspire people and impact lives through our music.

Guiding Principles

To realize our vision, we follow seven guiding principles:

  1. Create a memorable music experience that will have an educational and informative impact on the lives of our audience and the community.
  2. Provide an outlet for gifted musicians to share their talent, further our mission, and have an active voice in the growth and expansion of the organization.
  3. Assist in the music education of young people — the future generation of adult musicians and arts advocates — through the presentation of concerts, scholarships and clinics.
  4. Collaborate with outreach organizations that provide the economically disadvantaged and underserved an opportunity to experience quality musical performances and educational seminars.
  5. Commit to performance excellence, diversity, creativity and integrity.
  6. Commission new works and produce reference recordings of the highest quality and merit for the wind band medium.
  7. Program a variety of repertoire that will appeal to a diverse population and preserve the medium that has become a uniquely American art form.

History

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO) was founded in April 2006 by Robert Clark, Barry Knezek, and Christopher Tucker. The driving force behind forming this performing ensemble was the collective agreement between the founders to build an orchestra from a player’s perspective and be a vital participant in the North Texas arts community. The founders were in agreement that the organization needed to focus on these core values: making the best possible music, giving back to the community, and reaching out to the under-served.

The LSWO performs classical transcriptions, chamber music, and contemporary wind band literature in some of the finest performance halls available, primarily the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Charles W. Eisemann Center, and the Moody Performance Hall. The Lone Star Wind Orchestra is proud to nurture musical growth through its guest artists and conductors, and to support the expansion of the wind band repertoire through commissioning new works.

These accomplishments are in addition to the numerous programs performed for free to community outreach groups and organizations. The Lone Star Wind Orchestra strives to embody “Music Changing Lives” to audiences and as a role model for young students, encouraging the pursuit of music involvement as a life-long passion.

Organization Milestones

  • The LSWO debuted at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on September 27, 2006. The program featured Hispanic music.
  • LSWO recorded its first CD June 2007 titled “American Tapestry” for NAXOS (world’s largest distributor of classical music recordings).
  • Music Changing Lives scholarships were first awarded in May of 2008.
  • In July 2008, Eugene Migliaro Corporon was named the first Music Director and Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
  • The LSWO Youth Winds was established in the Spring of 2010, later renamed the Lone Star Youth Winds in 2014. The inaugural group featured musicians from twenty-two area high schools performing under the baton of Frank Ticheli and Brad Kent. Since then, the Youth Winds has served over 800 students from 75 high schools.
  • LSWO performed at the 2012 Arkansas Bandmasters Convention honoring composer Francis McBeth.
  • Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted the LSWO at the 2012 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
  • National Endowment for the Arts granted LSWO federal funding in 2014 for exceptional artistry.
  • The Jack Stewart Music Changing Lives Scholarship Fund was established in 2015. Over $42,000 have been awarded to forty-three exceptional seniors.
  • In July of 2015, the LSWO performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). The performance garnered widespread positive critical acclaim throughout the international wind band community.
  • The Lone Star Kids outreach program has served ten-thousand artistically underserved students.
  • LSWO performed at the 2016 National Association for Music Education Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
  • LSWO’s 2020 CD album “One for All” was nominated to the 63rd Grammy Awards long ballet.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. 

LSWO is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 

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