Leadership Councils

The Houston Symphony’s Leadership Councils are membership groups comprised of business, education and community leaders who advise the Symphony on how it can better connect with communities in Greater Houston.

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 Black Americans in Greater Houston. Their guidance assists the Symphony in providing meaningful musical experiences to the Black 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 Sinfónica concert and Lunada, a performance presented in partnership with the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston.

Council Members

John Steven Cisneros (Chair)
Mary Helen Cavazos
Laura Cervantes
Genaro Cibrian
Manuel Delgado
Irma Diaz-Gonzalez
David Flores
Felix Fraga
Alejandro Gallardo
Tony Grijalva
Madgalena Grijalva
Carlos Lopez
Laura Murillo
Francisco Rivero
Abraham Silva
Walter Suhr
Jairo Velasquez
Yolanda Velasquez
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.