Symphony of the Hills Mission
Now in its 17th season, the Symphony of the Hills truly lives up to its name, as the orchestra creates the harmonies that flow from…through…and for…all lovers of music in the Texas Hill Country.
Our MISSION is to provide inspiring and enriching symphonic music to audiences throughout the Texas Hill Country, with an emphasis on expanding music appreciation and developing the musical talents of young people throughout the community.
Achieving Our Mission
The orchestra is led by Dr. Eugene Dowdy, Conductor & Artistic Director, and Dr. Daniel Kobialka, Concertmaster. Both are consummate professionals, with years of diverse orchestral participation and leadership. Concerts are performed in Kerrville’s Cailloux Theater for the Performing Arts.
The Symphony of the Hills’ 75 professional musicians have performed a wide range of great music, making an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life in the Texas Hill Country. With each season’s four classical concerts and one Pops concert, as well as two free concerts for more than 1600 third and fourth graders and their teachers, this contribution is real and measurable.
The Symphony was born on the Schreiner University campus, where its offices are housed and where it rehearses. Musicians are drawn from both local performers and professionals from San Antonio, Austin and across the Hill Country. They include Schreiner faculty and students. Symphony performers mentor, coach, and privately teach music to hundreds of children and adults each year throughout our community and region.
Studies have shown that exposure to and participation in music enhance brain development, improve grades and SAT scores, reduce drug and alcohol abuse, and increase graduation rates and college participation. In addition, we know that that economically successful communities need an innovative workforce and diverse cultural amenities, such as a symphony orchestra, to attract new business investment and new residents.
The orchestra is governed by The Symphony of the Hills Association, Inc., whose Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders and educators. This is an all-volunteer, working board, and each of the directors has specific responsibilities and duties. The costs of operations are covered through ticket sales, patron donations, business sponsorships, program advertising, foundation gifts, and specific grants. The SOH Board is dedicated to sound management is a key to achieving its mission over the long term.