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 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.
Design and Media Specialist
Gahye Lee was born and raised in South Korea. She received her B.F.A in Communication Design with an emphasis on graphic design from Texas Tech University in 2015. Prior to that she has also earned her B.F.A in Animation at SoonChunHyang University in South Korea. Before joining the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Gahye has worked as a graphic designer & marketing student supervisor at the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center for two years. Gahye is excited and happy to join a team that enables her to apply her widely varied skillset to benefit the artistic aspects of the community.
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.
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.
Box Office Manager
A native Texan, Dr. Jacob Miller has been seen as a conductor, pianist and tenor soloist on regional and university stages. Dr. Miller has served as organist, pianist and/or music director for many churches throughout Central and West Texas. Since 2006 Dr. Miller has served as music director and/or conductor for many art organizations in Lubbock including Texas Tech’s School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Hub Performing Arts, Lubbock Underground Theatre and Garza Theatre. Miller received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Texas Tech University, where he studied conducting with Gary Lewis, vocal coaching with John Hollins and voice with Gerald Dolter. Miller received his MM and BM in church music with a piano performance concentration from Baylor University.