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Season 20
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Under the able leadership of Thomas Fairlie, founding Musical Director/ Conductor, the Temple Symphony Orchestra embarks on its 19th season. The TSO is made up of approximately 65 talented, professional musicians from the greater Temple and Central Texas area. Most are educators, but all have a passion for music and their instrument.

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Artistic Director

Thomas Fairlie is the founding Musical Director/ Conductor of the Temple Symphony Orchestra and leads the orchestra in its nineteenth season. He was instrumental in developing the board of directors in 1994, and continues to assist the board in long-range planning, fundraising, public relations and artistic development. With his and the TSO board's encouragement and assistance, classical music lovers from Georgetown, Texas, founded the Georgetown Symphony Society in 1999 with the Temple Symphony season as its base. Under his direction the orchestra has expanded its concert offerings to Georgetown, Cameron, Copperas Cove and Ft. Hood, Texas.

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2013-2014 Season

September 14, 2013

"Season Premier"

October 26, 2013

Van Cliburn Crystal Medalist

December 7, 2013

Holiday Concert - Pianist Rich Ridenour
Temple College Academie Musique Children's Choir

January 25, 2014

"A Night at the Opera" - (Not part of regular season)

March 1, 2014

"Great Overtures"

March 29, 2014

The Temple Jazz Orchestra - Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron

April 25, 2014

Season Finale

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Box Office

Tickets for symphony concerts are available as general seating admission.
(In consideration of everyone in the audience, children under 6 years of age are not permitted in the auditorium.)

Individual Tickets: Adult $20 Student $5

Click on the FrontGate logo to order online.

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Concert Halls

September 14,2013

All of the performances are held at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College, except for the VanCliburn Recital in October that is held at the Cultural Activities Center.

Mary Alice Marshall Performance Center
2600 S. First Street
Temple, TX 76504
Map to MAMPC

Cultural Activities Center
3011 N. Third Street
Temple, TX 76501
Map to CAC

Symphony Personnel

Professional Staff: Thomas Fairlie, Musical Director/Conductor; James Flowers, Personnel Director; Brent Colwell, Librarian

Board of Directors: Executive Board - Dr. Johnette Frentz, President; Rosemary Hauser, President-Elect; Ilene Miller, Secretary; Andy Montgomery, Treasurer; Don Nelson, Past President
Board Members - Maretta Deiterman; Will Lowery; Allan Lueck; Ilene Miller; John Mischtian; David Perez-Guerra; Dr. Barbara Weiss Probe; Richard Schneider; Carlyle Walton;

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We Couldn't Do It Without You!
The Temple Symphony Orchestra continues to rely on our community, businesses and patrons to keep the sensational sounds coming!

There are so many ways that YOU can be a part of our continued success.

Read more: Ways to Contribute


The Temple Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and companies for their generous support.

Endowment Fund

Wendland Family Trust

Concert Sponsors

  • E Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
  • City of Temple
  • Joe and Louise Cook Foundation
  • Barbara and Erroll Wendland
  • Friends of the Temple Symphony Orchestra
  • Panda Power Funds
  • Scott & White
  • Texas Commission on the Arts

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Contact Information

Temple Symphony Orchestra
100 West Adams Avenue
Mailbox #10
Temple, TX 76501.
Phone: (254) 778-NOTE
E-mail: templesymphony@gmail.com

We Want to HEAR from you!
Each season, our Musical Director, Thomas Fairlie, works diligently to provide a varied range of classical and popular music performances and selections to appeal to a large audience. We would love to hear from you! If there are specific composers, musical selections, performers, etc. that you would like to hear during a Temple Symphony Orchestra performance season, please let us know!    EMAIL US!


Many symphony supporters strengthen our financial picture by becoming advertisers in our season programs. Please join this special group of individuals by contacting us at 254.778.NOTE or by email.

Please be sure to support those who support us!

Here is a list of our current Advertiser's for this season.

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Our Mission

The Temple Symphony Orchestra's mission is to entertain, to educate and to enrich the cultural life of Central Texas.
This mission is supported by providing a broad repertoire of live music performances of the highest artistic standard to a wide and diverse audience and by educating students and adults about our rich musical traditions.

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Artistic Director...

The Temple Symphony has released two recordings, the second of which features internationally renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti. Additionally, Mr. Fairlie was the co-founder and musical director of the Larimer Youth Festival Orchestra in Ft. Collins, Colorado (now the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies), and was the musical director and conductor of that organization for five seasons. Mr. Fairlie has also guest conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies and conducted the Louisiana All-State Orchestra in November, 2007. He has guest conducted professional orchestras in Ft. Collins, Colorado and four separate concerts with the Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana. His latest venture was founding the Fort Collins Chamber Music society in during the summer of 2011 and he conducted on its inaugural concert last July. He is currently serving as its artistic director.

Mr Fairlie is also the Director of the Division of Fine Arts at Temple College, where he has been employed since 1990. He founded the Temple Jazz Orchestra in 1990, and the Temple Jazz Festival, which is one of the most successful jazz festivals in Texas, in 1991. Under Mr. Fairlie's direction, the Temple Jazz Orchestra has received critical acclaim for its five recordings (including two with Bill Watrous and one with Gordon Goodwin), and has performed for the International Association for Jazz Education international conference in New York, the Texas Bandmaster's Association annual conference and other regional conferences and festivals. TJO has also collaborated with the Temple Symphony for several concerts. The Temple Jazz Orchestra was invited to perform at three prestigious jazz festivals in Europe during the summer of 2009 including Jazz a Vienn, Montreaux and the North Sea Jazz festival where they appeared with trumpeter Randy Brecker. TJO returned to Europe during the summer of 2012 with performances for the general assembly of the United Nations in Geneva and in Vienna among others.

Mr Fairlie was also one of the founding members of the Central Texas Jazz Society and is it's artistic director. A frequent invitee for conducting honor groups including band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra, Mr. Fairlie has been an active clinician throughout the United States since 1975.

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Symphony Members


Violin I: Suzanne Jacobson, Concertmaster ~ Janet Crawford, Assistant Concertmaster ~ Mary Fairlie ~ Heather McFarland ~ Eka Gogichashvili ~ Aleksandra Kassak ~ Amanda Schubert ~ Naomi Frausto ~ James Anderson ~ Paula Beard ~ June Solomonson ~ Dario Landazuri ~ Thomas van der Brook ~ Priscila Aranski ~ Vanessa Cedilios
Violin II: Wilma Schiller, Principal ~ Steve Merson ~ Bill Stanley ~ Julienne Smith ~ Paul Robertson ~ Philip Smith ~ Anna Harris ~ Sarah Godley ~ Emily Grosshans ~ Erica Photides
Viola: James Flowers, Principal ~ Catrina Lotspeich ~ Jeremy Cameron ~ John Holquin ~ Joe Ortiz ~ David Jarrott ~ Kyle Myers ~ Susan Whitney
Cello: Shawn Sanders, Principal ~ Michael West ~ Valerie Fischer ~ Christopher Martin ~ Frank Jennings ~ Jarrod Tuikka ~ Elizabeth Pittel ~ Tani Barr-Kermani
Bass: Anna Macias, Principal ~ Ricky Pringle ~ Vince Bryce ~ Rene Piotrowski ~ Terence Guerrero ~ Carl Cooper


Flute: Sheryl Goodnight, Principal ~ Beth Heeren ~ Erin C. Gibson (Piccolo) Oboe: Frank Allbright, Principal ~ Kevin Berg Clarinet: Michelle Palmer, Principal ~ Mark Arritola Bassoon: John Batson, Principal ~ Linda Hartzog


French Horn: Glenn Doyle, Principal ~ Lindsay Dubberly, Asst. Principal ~ Deborah Scharf ~ Sylvia Brummett ~ Philipe Vera Trumpet: Jim Gibson, Principal ~ Ryan Whittle Trombone: Gary Smith, Principal ~ David Wilborn ~ Brent Colwell (Bass Trombone) Tuba: Clayton Capps


Stephen Crawford, Principal (Timpani) ~ Curtis Hair ~ Duncan Holman ~ Norm Bergeron Harp: Kela Walton

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Box Office Locations

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the following locations:

Band Room in Belton, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove
Discover Natural Foods, Avenue M, in Temple
HEB in Temple, Belton, and Killeen (in stores with service centers)
Temple College Fine Arts Department
By emailing
By calling (254) 778-NOTE(8863) before 3 PM performance days
for sale at the venue door before the performances (starting at approximately 6:45 pm).

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Ways You Can Contribute

Here is a partial listing:

     Business Advertising in our Concert Programs
     Concert Sponsorships at the $2,000 and $4,000 level
     Annual fund contributions
     In-kind giving of products or services
     Hosting special events or fundraisers
     Purchasing concert tickets for gifts
     Connecting the symphony with grant programs
     Purchasing season tickets
     Purchasing Temple Symphony audio CD's

Please feel free to contact us at (254) 778-NOTE, or email.

In addition to the opportunities listed above, the Temple Symphony Orchestra also encourages patrons of the orchestra and the arts to consider our organization in estate planning. Making sure your support continues to make classical music possible in Central Texas is a magnificent legacy for years to come. For more information on how include the Temple Symphony Orchestra in your will or estate planning.

Please call (254) 534-7101, or email.

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Patron Sponsors

Symphony Circle - $1500+

Joe B. and Louise P. Cook Foundation ~ Thomas and Mary Fairlie ~ Drs. Gary and Johnette Frentz ~ Virginia Goodnight ~ Allan and Anne Lueck ~ Johnny and Alma Montgomery Family Foundation ~ Drs. Robert and Barbara Probe ~ Dr. Bob and Kay Pryor ~ Drs. Christopher and Dian Ruud ~ Tommy and Shirley Strasburger

Concerto Circle - $500 - $1499

Mary Alice Andes ~ Drs. Alex and Mercedes Arroliga ~ Patty Benoit and Weldon Cannon ~ Don Cummings ~ Dr. Hiroko K. DeLoach ~ Dr. Walter P. Kyck ~ Mr. and Mrs. Ed Franklin, Jr. ~ Illinois Tool Works Foundation ~ Benjamin and Allyson Irom ~ William and Mary Jo Koss ~ Ed and Sharon Laughlin ~ Neal and Mary Locke ~ The Frank and Sue Mayborn Foundation ~ Michael and Diane Miller ~ Michael and Ilene Miller ~ Andy and Rosie Montgomery ~ Donald and Mary Anne Nelson ~ Gail L. Peek ~ Dr. and Mrs Francisco Perez-Guerra ~ Professional Data Solutions, Inc. ~ Patricia Sulak and Jeffrey Waxman

Chamber Circle - $250 to $499

Mary Jean D. Boston ~ William D. Digaetano ~ Peter and Marlene DiLillo ~ Andrew and Mary Ann Fairlie ~ Bernard Feinstein ~ Laura Jo Fojtasek ~ Johnathan Gary ~ Virginia Goodnight ~ Jeffrey Hall ~ Marilyn Hoster ~ Gene and Pat Hunter ~ John and Dawna Mischtian ~ Antonio Salazar ~ Robert and Veronica Piziak ~ Philip and Donna Reilly ~ Dr. and Mrs. William Stanley ~ Meg Tormey ~ Cave Wann ~ Dr. Jack S. Weinblatt ~ Jane Wimer ~ Sharon Wilson

Sonata Circle - $25 - $249

Sonata Circle contributors are listed in the season concert programs.

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Season 20 Repertoire and Artists

September 14-15 “Brahms and Tchaikovsky”
Academic Festival Overture...Johannes Brahms; Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33...Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Coleman Itzkoff, cellist; Symphony No. 3...Johannes Brahms

December 7-8 Holiday Concert
Featuring pianist Rich Ridenour and the Acadamie Musique Children’s Choir

March 1-2 “Great Overtures”
Ruslan and Lyudmilla...Mikhail Glinka; Cowboy’s Overture...John Williams; William Tell Overture...Gioachino Rossini; Overture to La gazza ladra...Gioachino Rossini; Poet and Peasant Overture... Franz von Suppé; Festive Overture...Dmitry Shostakovich; Overture to Candide...Leonard Bernstein; Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld...Jacques Offenbach; 1812 Overture...Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

March 29 (Temple only)
The Temple Jazz Orchestra with Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron

April 25-27 Season Finale
Finlandia, Op. 26...Jean Sibelius; Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47...Jean Sibelius, Eka Gogichashvili, violinist; Symphony No. 3 in E flat major “Eroica”, Op. 55...Ludwig van Beethoven

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