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 DMA’s Horchow Auditorium, FACP began the Bancroft Family Concerts. Starting with the 2019-2020 season, the series has a new name: Hallam Family Concerts. The concerts remain free for all and the artistic vision remains unaltered.

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 250,000 children with education programs and performed quality classical music for over 564,000 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

Hallam Family Concerts

The FREE Hallam Family Concerts are held on Saturdays at the Dallas Museum of Art, October – May (excluding December). 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

Emily Levin poses with her harpEmily Levin

Hallam Family Concerts Artistic Director  

Emily is Principal Harp with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Emily joined Fine Arts Chamber Players staff.  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 Guthrie

Executive Director

Emily has served as Executive Director since June 2018, and previously served as FACP’s Communications Manager for three seasons. … Read More

Rogene Russell

Co-Founder  

A founding member of Fine Arts Chamber Players, Rogene served as FACP Artistic Director until her retirement in May 2019… 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

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

Patricio Gallo

Board Member

Patricio Gallo is a Project Manager at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where he works in the Planning Department… Read More

Carolyn Hodo

Board Member

How could I be so fortunate to live in such an artistically rich and diverse place as the DFW metroplex?… Read More

Cindy Karm

Board Member

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… 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 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… 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… 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…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

2018 Cultural Diversity Action Plan