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Staff & Contact Information

Contact Information

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
601 Ave K
Lubbock, TX 79401
P 806.762.1688
F 806.762.1824
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Mary Saathoff
President and CEO
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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.


Briana Thompson*
Director of Patron Services
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Briana Thompson has been working with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for two years. As Director of Patron Services, she works dynamically with sponsors, guest artists, patrons, and prominent civil leaders and community members to uphold the symphony’s prestige and reputation. With a business degree from Texas Tech University, Briana has previously worked with the Chancellor’s Council and the University Library at TTU in Marketing and Development. Briana was married this past June and lives with her husband Matt and their Black Labrador Mazie.


Marilyn Bell*
Accounting Services Director
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Marilyn Bell grew up in Utah but has lived in Texas over half her life, and she and her husband have been in Lubbock for 18 years. After retiring from her accounting position at Texas Tech she decided life was not complete without a job and joined the symphony as a part-time number cruncher. She uses her paychecks to buy plane tickets to visit her three children, who have managed to scatter themselves half way across the globe.

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Alexis Arnold
Director of Development and Community Relations
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Alexis Arnold comes to the LSO family as a Lubbock native. She has joined the Symphony as the Director of Development and Community Relations to further facilitate and cultivate our mission, and to advance our interaction with the community. Alexis has experience in many industries such as retail, health care and grocery with companies such as United Supermarkets, but recently discovered her true passion for 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 five years and enjoy both of their dogs, Bandit and Dakota, who are their children for the time being.

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Alexa Vogelzang*
Education Director
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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.

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Anh Vu
Box Office Manager
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Anh Van Vu is a native of Houston and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano) at University of Houston. She previously worked for TTU School of Music as Senior Business Assistant for Orchestral and Vocal Ensembles, and recently joined the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra family. Aside from working as Box Office Manager for the LSO, you may also find her at Lubbock Chorale concerts as Business Manager or playing in the pit orchestra as the accompanist for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Since moving to Lubbock, Anh has worked with many music groups and is thrilled to have found a place in the non-profit music organizations as she wishes to continue to further the arts in the Lubbock community.


Gary Hudson
Personnel and Operations Manager
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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.


Mike Hoops
Web and Design Specialist
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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 engaged to his longtime girlfriend Sarah, and is happy to be making a home in Lubbock. 


James Ellis*
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Rebecca Ballinger
Ph.D. Administrative Intern

Rebecca Ballinger is currently a PhD student in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University with concentrations in Music and Arts Administration. She is a Lubbock native and holds a Master of Music from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wayland Baptist University. She is a graduate part-time instructor of voice at TTU and assists with TTU opera/music theater productions. She is active in the Lubbock arts community as  member of the Lubbock Chorale and performs many duties with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, including stage directing, performing, stage managing, and administration.


Nathan Walker 
Web Support Intern

Nathan Walker serves as the Web Support Intern for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He is working on his MIS degree at Texas Tech with concentrations in Web Design and Software Programming. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and played cello for four years.  


Bethanie Davidson
Marketing Intern

Bethanie Davidson is the Marketing Intern for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. She is a Senior from Keller, Texas, who is majoring in Corporate Communications at Texas Tech.


Kelsey Sanders
Administrative Intern

Kelsey Sanders is the Administrative Intern for the Lubbock Symphony. She is a sophomore from Midland, TX and is currently working towards her Business Marketing degree at Texas Tech. 

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Brian Thiebaud
Design Intern

Brian Thiebaud is the Design Intern for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He is a senior at Texas Tech Finishing up his last year in the Communication Design program. He was born and raised in Plano, Texas and played soccer for ten years.

 * Part-time Staff



Will Watson serves as the Design intern for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Communication Design at Texas Tech University. Previously he was a music major but shifted his path to graphic design.  Working for the Lubbock Symphony gives him the opportunity to pursue his passion for both music and art.



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