About

Mission

 

To enrich and enhance the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through free concerts of classical music and educational activities

 

History

 

Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) was founded in 1981 by Rogene Russell and Charles Price, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts at Fair Park. The FREE Basically Beethoven Festival began that year and quickly became known as Dallas’ premier summer chamber music festival. In 1984, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts moved to its new home in the downtown Dallas Arts District and was renamed the Dallas Museum of Art. There, in the beautiful Horchow Auditorium, FACP began the Bancroft Family Concerts.

In 1989, FACP created an educational outreach program called Dream Collectors, a performing troupe of musicians and actors who integrate subjects such as dyslexia, character education, math and science into an interactive performance for children. Due to their overwhelming success and multiple requests by public school educators, FACP developed additional educational outreach programs such as Music A to Z, Masterclasses, and Music Residencies, which provide long- and short-term professional music instruction for children in piano, violin, and voice. All FACP educational outreach programs are taught by professional teaching artists, are TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) compliant with State of Texas education mandates, and are offered completely FREE of charge to students and schools. To date, FACP has served 215,000 children with education programs and performed quality classical music for over 540,000 North Texas citizens – all completely free of charge.

FACP educational and organizational honors include:

Virginia Nick Arts in Education Award (TACA)

Arts and Education Award (Dallas Business Committee for the Arts)

Cultural Achievement Award (Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce)

Arts Award for Exemplary Arts Education (Texas Commission on the Arts)

Financial Excellence in Arts Award (City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs)

Grace Note Award in 2009 and 2017 (Irving Philharmonic)

Agency of the Year Award (ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program)

 

 

What We Do

 

Bancroft Family Concerts

The FREE Bancroft Family Concert series is held on Saturdays at the Dallas Museum of Art, October – May. Concerts are open to the public and feature talented professional musicians from the Dallas area.

Basically Beethoven Festival

On Sunday afternoons in July, the FREE Basically Beethoven Festival fills Moody Performance Hall with performances from local artists and young Rising Star performers. All are welcome! No tickets are required.

Music education programs

Our music education programs bring local teaching artists to work with students in public schools across Dallas. From Music A to Z and Dream Collectors, which provide engaging performances for large groups of elementary students, to Music Residencies, which provide individualized lessons in voice, piano, and violin, our education programs make an impact on thousands of Dallas students each year.

 

Staff

 

Rogene Russell

Artistic Director  

A founding member of Fine Arts Chamber Players, Rogene serves as FACP Artistic Director and formerly served as Teaching Artist with Dream Collectors. Chosen to receive the Texas Commission on the Arts “Exemplary Programming for Children” Award… Read More

Dr. Alex McDonald

Basically Beethoven Festival Director

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony…  Read More

Emily Muscarella Guthrie

Executive Director

Emily joined the FACP staff in October 2015 and served most recently as Communications Manager, before taking on the role of Executive Director. Her background is in nonprofit development  as a former staff member for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center… Read More

 

Board

Anne Witherspoon

President

Anne Witherspoon is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Client Onboarding and Service Delivery at Texas Capital Bank.  Anne has an MBA from Texas A&M International University and a BBA from Texas Tech University.  She holds several professional certifications including Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Certified Client Experience Professional (CCXP)… Read More

 

Carolyn Hodo

Vice President

How could I be so fortunate to live in such an artistically rich and diverse place as the DFW metroplex? I get a little miffed that I only recently began to see and experience the many culturally enriching… Read More

Cindy Vaughn

Treasurer

Cindy Vaughn is a Texas Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience with Big Four public accounting firms. She is currently an Income Tax Accounting Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin. Cindy… Read More

Beth Johnson

Secretary

Beth Johnson is a Dallas-based attorney who specializes in family law appeals. She is very involved in the Dallas Bar Association and is currently a Co-Vice Chair of the Publications Committee, Vice Chair of the Community Involvement Committee, Past-Chair of the Admissions and Membership Committee… Read more

 

Patricio Gallo

Board Member

Patricio Gallo is a Project Manager at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where he works in the Planning Department. His division is in charge of managing data to perform geographical analysis for the planning process and adjusting DART’s transportation system. He holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Advertising from Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in… Read More

Sally Smith

Board Member

Ms. Smith is retired from a career in banking with most of her career being focused on quality measurement and management for mortgage banking functions. She has… Read More

Donald J. Stone

Board Member

Mr. Stone, a successfully retired retailer, has a long and varied history of helping the arts and cultural communities in North Texas serving area citizens with resources,… Read More

Barbara Carlyle Sypult

Board Member

Ms. Sypult moved to Dallas in 1967 following her husband’s completion of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Actively involved in the community, and a notable arts… Read More

Keitha Wright

Board Member

A graduate of the University Houston’s School of Communications and Howard University School of Law, Ms. Wright is an experienced attorney with extensive experience successfully representing corporate clients in a full spectrum of legal matters… Read More

Celeste Yeager

Board Member

A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Ms. Yeager is a partner at Littler Mendelson P.C., specializing in labor and employment law and representing employers nationally in all types of employment disputes.  Ms. Yeager has an impressive list of legal publications to her credit, and has made speeches and served on panels at legal conferences…Read More

Advisory Board

 

Sue S. Bancroft, Civic Leader

Howard Hallam, Ben E. Keith

Larry & Lori Hutchison, Torchmark Corporation

Jessie Makil, L&B Realty Advisors, LLP