The Corpus Christi Symphony Society was chartered in 1945 by Rabbi Sidney Wolf. During tenure at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Wolf became known for his interfaith work and, in the era of Jim Crow segregation, for his support of integration of public facilities.
On December 10, 1945, C. Burdette Wolfe, the Corpus Christi Junior College (Del Mar) Music Department Chairman, raised the baton as the first conductor for the first performance of the symphony orchestra.
800 patrons braved the 36 degree South Texas weather to experience the inaugural concert in the auditorium of Corpus Christi High School (Miller). The debut season consisted of four concerts total.
Del Mar College's new auditorium, dedicated to the college's 6th president Dr. Jean Richardson, became the home of the symphony with an inaugural concert in 1951.
In 1955, the new music director, Jacques Singer, formed a support group called the Symphony Guild. For the next 49 years, a woman would serve as the President of the Guild until Judge Henry Santana was elected in 2004. At the encouragement of Jacques Singer, Litta Kline became the orchestra's General Manager in 1956 for the next 36 years.
In 1969, the Symphony Orchestra opened it's Silver Anniversary Season under the baton of Maurice Peress.
In 1978, Cornelius Eberhardt and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra are the first to perform in the newly dedicated Bayfront Plaza Auditorium (Selena) on May 20th, 1978. The City Council cut the ribbon on the new Bayfront Convention Center and the symphony performed two hours later in the 2,400 seat hall.
Caller Times staff writer reported much debate at City Hall regarding the $300 rental fee the orchestra would pay for the state of the art Bayfront Auditorium facility.
Maestro John Giordano conducted the inaugural season of the symphony orchestra in their new home at the Performing Arts Center on the Bayfront campus of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The season opener featured pianist Andre Watts performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Opus 83.
The season featured six regular subscription concerts with a special Diamond Jubilee concert featuring the virtuosic violin talents of Itzhak Perlman. By the opening of the 60th concert season, the CCSO performed for many music lovers and continues to serve the Corpus Christi Coastal Bend area to this day.
Maestro Hector Guzman conducts the symphony orchestra in their current home at the Performing Arts Center on the Bayfront campus of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Each exciting symphony season includes six classical/light classical subscription concerts; two or more free Education Concerts for up to 20,000 area children; and the CCSO on the Go! Program, which brings musical ensembles into area classrooms for an up-close encounter with professional musicians and their instruments.
Also, The Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra sponsors two tuition-free full orchestras: an intermediate string ensemble and one elementary string class for instrumental students from 8-19 years of age. Each CCAYO ensemble performs at least twice a year. An annual audience favorite is the special family concert, which brings popular music, bands, movie music and other musical treats to Coastal Bend who might not otherwise be able to experience live music.
Now in its 77th concert season, the CCSO continues to entertain, educate, and inspire music lovers in the Corpus Christi Coastal Bend area.
Karen Urban, Member-at-Large
John Bell, Member-at-Large
Carroll Matthews, Secretary
Nora Fazio, Treasurer
Rosaura Bailey, Vice President - Development
Jaime Nodarse Barrera, Vice President - Marketing
Jody Hughes, Vice President - Governance
Dr. Bruce Wilson, Vice President - Education & Community
Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, President Elect
Andy Crocker, President
Barbara Ostarch, Past-President
Ed Avila, Musician Representative
Diana Sipes, Musician Representative
Joe Galvan, Personnel Manager
Dr. Jose Flores, CCAYO Director
Hannah Bittner, Director of Marketing
Defne Sevil, Director of Development
David Nuss, Executive Director
Dennis Richardson, Director of Operations
Brett Kroening, Music Librarian
Dan Sipes, Audio Engineer