Talks begin at 2:50 pm

Mid-Texas Symphony Pre-Concert Talks are just one of the many benefits we offer our Season No. 39 Subscribers. Conducted by members of our orchestra the talks focus on details of the music that you will experience during the concerts. This season Dr. Mary Thornton, trumpet, will conduct talks for Concerts No. 1 & 7, and Dr. Mark Rogers, bassoon, will conduct talks for Concerts No. 2 & 5.

Concert No. 1 & 7

Dr. Mary Thornton, trumpet, is a member of the faculty of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. She has taught at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, and St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. She holds degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Thornton holds positions with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony.  She has appeared on two CD’s released by the Madison Symphony Orchestra on the Ion Recordings label, “Live from the Oscar Mayer Theatre: Highlights from a Decade of DeMain,” and “A Madison Christmas.”

Dr. Thornton has performed for numerous local productions of Broadway shows including “Showboat”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Man from La Mancha”, and “The Sound of Music”.  She has worked with various artists such as Garrison Keillor, Pink Martini, the Four Tops, Moody Blues, Riders in the Sky, and the Temptations.

Concert No. 2 & 5

Dr. Mark Rogers, bassoon, holds degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas. As former Director of Publications for Southern Music Company, he is the author of editions of the music of Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa that have entered band repertory worldwide.

He is also widely published as an arranger and transcriber, with performances by all five of the Washington, DC service bands. Dr. Rogers is on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College, Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University.

He has guest conducted numerous community and professional bands, regional honor bands and orchestras, and is an active clinician for area high school and middle school bands and orchestras. A bassoonist, he performs with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic, the Mid- Texas Symphony, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. Mark Rodgers is the conductor of The Heart of Texas Concert Band.