Symphony of SETX executive director resigns

A spokesperson for The Symphony of Southeast Texas Tuesday announced that Executive Director Craig Escamilla will resign his position effective May 31 to accept a position at Lamar University.

A board search committee has been formed to find his replacement and encourages interested parties to visit for information and apply by April 25.

Escamilla joined the SOST staff in 2006 as director of communications and was promoted to executive director in 2007. He has agreed to assist in the transition to the new executive director through June if needed.

"I am incredibly proud to have been a part of the outstanding growth and success SOST has enjoyed over the last few years," said Escamilla. "Our orchestra is well poised to serve our community with outstanding performances for many years to come, and I look forward to enjoying those concerts as SOST's biggest fan!"

The SOST recently completed its 61st consecutive season of outstanding performances. The Symphony has a commitment to a major strategic planning process focused on three key areas of artistic quality, community engagement and music education. Since 2009 the budget size has increased by nearly 20 percent, ticket sales revenue has increased by 20 percent and donor revenue has increased by 25 percent. They have eliminated dependence on line of credit borrowing, deferred income borrowing and all debt. For the 2014-2015 season, 70 cents of every dollar goes to direct concert program costs.

The Southeast Texas community continues to embrace the area's premiere music organization. The orchestra has performed four sold out pops concerts since 2008 and also re-instated the holiday concert in 2012 with a great response.

Season tickets for 2014-2015 are currently on sale. Highlights of the upcoming season include: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto," a semi-staged performance of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," a movie themes pops concert, and local favorite pianist Philippe Bianconi in Rachmaninoff's wickedly difficult Piano Concerto No. 3.

Season tickets are available with prices ranging from $77 to $153. Single ticket prices range from $17 to $41; senior, student and group discounts are available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas continues its mission of presenting educational, entertaining, and culturally enriching programs of the highest artistic quality and, as always, promises to be "Good to the last note!"



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