Leadership Councils

The Houston Symphony’s African American Leadership Council is a membership group comprised of business, education and community leaders who advise the Symphony on how it can better connect with African Americans in Greater Houston. Their guidance assists the Symphony in providing meaningful musical experiences to the African American community through a number of education and community partnerships and performances, thereby expanding its impact on this community, and improving the overall diversity of the symphony’s audience. Specific initiatives include numerous free summer and holiday concerts performed by the Houston Symphony at churches and schools in the community, and the Music Literacy Workshop series.

Council Members

Jessie Woods, Chair
Otis Coney
Juan Crawford
Tanya Dubose
Burnell Hines
Albert Lemons
Ray Mackey
Stepheny Scott
Robert Thomas
Terence Washington
Evelyn Wagner Wright

The Houston Symphony’s Hispanic Leadership Council is a membership group comprised of business, education and community leaders who advise the Symphony on how it can better connect with Hispanics in Greater Houston.  Their guidance assists the Symphony in providing meaningful musical experiences to the Hispanic community through a number of education and community partnerships and performances, thereby expanding its impact on this community, and improving the overall diversity of the symphony’s audience. Specific initiatives include numerous performances at cultural festivals and free or low-cost concerts performed by the Houston Symphony, including its annual Fiesta Sinfonica concert and Lunada, a performance presented in partnership with the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston.

Council Members

David Flores, Chair
Mary Helen Cavazos
Laura Cervantes
John Steven Cisneros, Ed.D.
Manuel Delgado
Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
Felix Fraga
Nelly Fraga
Laura Murillo
Carlos Lopez
Francisco Rivero
Abraham Silva
Walter Suhr
Art Vivar

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Through more than 1,000 education and community engagement performances and events, the Houston Symphony works to fulfill many of our community's needs.