Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
601 Ave K
Lubbock, TX 79401
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
President and CEO
Mary Saathoff assumed the role of Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s President and CEO in February 2007 after serving as its Interim Executive Director. Dr. Saathoff’s interest in the community’s cultural endeavors is evident in her education and business experience and affiliations. She earned her PhD in Fine Arts (Music) from Texas Tech University, was co-owner of George Robinson Violins, and was senior director of Corporate Foundation Scholarships at TTU prior to coming to the LSO. She is an active member in St. John’s United Methodist Church and its choir and has served on the boards of South Plains Suzuki Strings Foundation and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Mary continues to combine her love of music and business experience to further the arts in the Lubbock community and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
Personnel and Operations Manager
Gary Hudson is Professor of Music (High Brass) at South Plains College and holds the position of Second Trumpet in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Texas Tech University, and the Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) with teaching certification from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Dr. Hudson’s primary teachers include James Austin and Will Strieder. He has also performed in master classes with Philip Smith, Raymond Mase, and Mauro Maur. An active freelance artist, Dr. Hudson has performed with Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Dr. Hudson is also an active performer in the South Plains area. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educator’s Association, International Trumpet Guild, and has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
James Ellis is a Lubbock native and has performed violin in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He has served as LSO’s Librarian to date, but also recently assumed the role of Accountant in addition to his existing duties. James previously taught music to middle school students for 18 years and has a vast knowledge base and passion for music and education. He is very close with his grandmother and enjoys spending time with her.
Jeanette Markee attended Texas Tech University and then graduated from Brigham Young University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She assumed her duties as Education Director for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in November, 2016, having retired from the Lubbock Independent School District in May of the same year. Jeanette taught orchestra at all levels for 26 years, her last 16 being at Hutchinson Middle School. Having loved teaching music and working with students for so many years, it seemed a natural step to come and work with the Lubbock Symphony to try to contribute to the music education of students in the Lubbock area. She firmly believes that the study of music is vital to the education of all students, as she has seen firsthand the power that music has to change lives personally, socially, and academically.
Gloria Decker although born in the state of Colorado considers herself to be a Lubbock native. She brings experience from a wide range of professions – from state government (retiring after a combined 30 years of experience in clerical work with the Attorney General’s Office to case worker with the Department of Human Services to Supervising and managing of a unit of 15 – 20 staff with the Department of Human Services). She is also experienced in non-profit office work as she was Administrative Assistant at Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she retired after 12 years. Gloria is married to principle trombonist, James T. Decker and looks forward to learning and sharing with him the beautiful music played by the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.