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
Galen C. Wixson holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in cello performance from Wichita State University, and a second Master's degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. His music career includes performing as a cellist in many different ensembles, including the Wichita Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician. His non-profit management career includes Executive Director positions at the American String Teachers Association, the Reno Philharmonic, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Arkansas Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the Guitar Foundation of America and the Dream Come True Foundation. He assumed the office of President and CEO of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in April of 2017. His interests away from the office include fitness, cooking, and of course, music! He and his wife, Dana, have been married for 30 years, and they have a daughter who currently attends Austin Community College.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Jessica Jackson is a born-and-raised Lubbockite with a deep connection to West Texas where her family has worked for generations in agriculture and business. She has communications and marketing experience spanning the education, technology, and health care fields. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Tech University in English and anticipates finishing her Master of Arts from Texas Tech College of Media and Communication in 2017. She and her husband Ben, also a Lubbock native and a teacher for Lubbock ISD, married in 2016. They enjoy cooking together and spending time with their dogs.
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.
Box Office Manager
Chris is a native Texan who has slowly been working his way westward to Lubbock. Born in Dallas, he obtained two degrees in Abilene from Hardin-Simmons University; a BM in Theory & Composition, and another in Viola Performance. Chris came to Lubbock in 2015 to work on a Masters in Composition under the direction of Dr. Mei-Fang Lin. After completing his Masters in early 2017, he began another MM in Theory. His research interests include pedagogy (particularly at the college level), and the instruction of composition. However, he has found new and engaging directions in non-profit work, and looks forward to bringing his abilities to the Lubbock Symphony. Chris and his brilliant wife, Bailey, have been married for 3 years.
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.