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.
Director of Patron Services
Briana Thompson has been working with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra since 2009. As Director of Patron Services, she works dynamically with sponsors, guest artists, patrons, prominent civic leaders, and community members to uphold the Symphony’s prestige and reputation. Briana also works closely with the Board of Directors and manages many aspects of the Symphony’s ticketing operations, development, and event planning. Briana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and has previously worked with the TTUS Chancellor’s Council and the University Libraries at TTU in Marketing and Development. Briana has been married to her husband Matt since 2011. They have a two-year-old son named Creed, a baby girl named Everlie, and a black lab named Mazie.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Alexis Arnold has grown up in Lubbock since she was a teenager. She serves as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations to further facilitate and cultivate our mission, and to advance our interaction with the community through dynamic and on-point messaging. Alexis has experience in many industries such as retail, health care and grocery, but realized several years ago that her heart is truly in non-profit work. She brings Director-level experience to LSO from her own organization she helped establish, The Inside Out Foundation. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married since 2008 and enjoy their fur baby, Dakota.
Alexa Vogelzang came to Lubbock from Boston, Massachusetts in 2006 to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Conducting) at Texas Tech University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Vocal Performance) from Calvin College and a Master of Music Education degree from Gordon College. Alexa has taught students of all ages for more than 25 years in public and private schools, including the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and Texas Tech University. She has also worked in numerous church and community theater venues as a conductor. Alexa appeared regularly on stage for ten years with Boston Lyric Opera and has enjoyed an extensive solo career with various oratorio societies in Michigan and throughout New England. She has appeared several times as a soloist with the Lubbock Chorale since arriving in Texas.
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.
Web and Design Specialist
Mike Hoops is a native of Fort Worth and received his Bachelor of General Studies from Texas Tech University in 2014. He brings experience from a wide range of professions and is overjoyed to have found a place for his varied skillset that advances the arts. Mike was recently married to his longtime girlfriend Sarah, and is happy to be making a home in Lubbock.
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.
Web Support Intern
Corey Wright is a Management Information Systems: Business Analysis student at Texas Tech University. He was born in Birmingham, Michigan and raised in Dallas, Texas. He brings a unique skillset of Web Design through not just knowledge of programming, but also in the visual appeal of the website. Upon graduation in 2016, Corey plans to move back to Dallas in order to start his career and be close to family.
* Part-time Staff