The East Texas Symphony Orchestra installs a new president Local news

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra has installed Dr. DM Edwards as chairman of the board. Edwards replaces Laura Hyde, who will step down as past president.

Edwards and Hyde have been, and intend to remain, an active part of ETSO’s leadership with the mission of bringing beautiful music to East Texas.

“I am honored to work with both Laura Hyde and Dr. Edwards as leaders of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association,” said Robin Hampton, ETSO Executive Director. “Mrs. Hyde has led with integrity at an unprecedented time, and Dr. Edwards, a true gentleman with great executive leadership and strategic experience, will lead us into the future.”

Edwards is a fourth-generation Eastern Texan, born and raised in Tyler. As a child, he began attending symphonic concerts in the 1960s.

Edwards brings great experience to the symphony, as this will be his third term as president. Since 2015 he has worked tirelessly in support of the symphony as president of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Foundation.

A graduate of the Hankamer School of Business at the University of Baylor, he has received several civic awards, including several Paul Harris Fellow awards from Rotary International, and in leadership services at the First Baptist Church of Tyler, Literacy Council of Tyler, East Texas Baptist University, and East Texas Heritage Museum Association, Edwards is an icon of the community with a strong dedication and service in East Texas.

Edwards commented that “Mrs. Laura Hyde has given two years of dedicated and visionary leadership to our East Texas Symphony Orchestra. As the symphony world emerges from the closed pandemic, we look forward to a fabulous 2021 season. 2022 “.

From concert halls to classrooms and communities in East Texas, the symphony has played a vital role in the cultural life of Tyler and the surrounding region since 1936. ETSO has performed complete orchestral performances, family programming, intimate chamber performances, master classes, media presentations, conferences and informal meetings at various locations in East Texas.

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to return to live performances with a full 5-concert season that will open Nov. 13 at the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Richard Lee, musical director, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, special guest artists and the audience will once again experience the joy and excitement of live performances.

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