Hometown: Texas, USA
Web site: http://www.mtsymphony.org/
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The Mid-Texas Symphony was founded in 1978 by a visionary professor at Texas Lutheran University who engineered what many said was impossible. Professor Anita Windecker, a gifted pianist and passionate educator, believed that that the communities of Seguin and New Braunfels as well as the students of her beloved university, TLU, deserved and could support a professional orchestra. She knew -- and persuaded others -- that with creativity, energy, careful planning, and organization, two small communities with the help of a small university could bring high-quality classical music and associated educational programming to an area with a small population that was not rich in cultural opportunities.
Having laid a very solid framework that continues to exist today, the premiere concert of the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra was presented on November 19, 1978 in the Seguin Coliseum. On April 29, 1979, the Mid-Texas Symphony presented its first concert in New Braunfels at the Civic Center. That autumn, the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus was established; it sang with the orchestra at the December concert in 1979. In 1983, the first Young Artist Competition was held.
Since 1988, its tenth year, the Mid-Texas Symphony has offered free children’s concerts in New Braunfels and Seguin – two in each city. These well-attended concerts offer perhaps the only opportunity for many of these children – 1/3 of them economically disadvantaged – to hear live orchestral music.
Seguin and New Braunfels are the smallest communities in the U.S. that sponsor a professional symphony orchestra. The strong volunteer organization, careful planning, and the close relationship with Texas Lutheran University have helped the Mid-Texas Symphony meet a pressing cultural need for the inspiration and the wide emotional range that classical music offers.