Comprised of approximately 100 members, high school seniors or younger, the Philharmonic is a full symphony orchestra. The combination of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion makes possible the performance of a wide variety of symphonic music. For some, the Philharmonic is an introduction to advanced orchestral literature.

Under the direction of James Frank, the Philharmonic performs three concerts annually.


The orchestra performs pieces such as: Arnold’s English Dances, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, and Franck’s Symphony in d minor.

Listen to the Philharmonic
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers
Turina: Danzas Fantasticas


Guest soloists from across the Metroplex frequently perform with the Philharmonic. In the Spring of 2010, David Heyde from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4.  In 2013, oboist Rogene Russell joined the Philharmonic for a performance of Wayne Barlow’s The Winter Passed.


Philharmonic members are encouraged to enter the Philharmonic Concerto Competition. This competition is held each January, and the winner is invited to perform as a soloist with the orchestra the following fall.

Rehearsals and Requirements

Rehearsals take place at Sammons Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.
Members of the Philharmonic are High School seniors or younger.