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A fifteen year veteran of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, Rufus Chaney passed away July 8, 2015 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was our fbso.org webmaster and principal french hornist for his entire time with the orchestra. “Rufus had a personality that lit up an entire room, a twinkle in his eye and a heart full of love. He will be missed by all who knew him.” (Quote from Amy Floyd Billasch). The 2015-16 season is dedicated to him, his love of music, and his many years of service to the orchestra.
Almost a year after her initial diagnosis, Debbie lost her battle with cancer on October 26, 2005. She was a long-time member of the Orchestra, playing flute, piccolo, and serving on the Board of Directors in several capacities. Debbie always managed to make a serious situation seem funny.
Over the years, FBSO has grown to bring new, musical talent, and wonderful members of our community. Look through how far we have come throughout the years.
FBSO and FBSOC performs Carmina Burana
May 21, 2017
FBSO and FBSOC perform Orff’s Carmina Burana, the largest major work ever programmed by the organization.
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra Chorus Established
August 22, 2016
In serving our community and in pursuit of musical excellence, FBSOC was established.
4th Musical Director Dr. Dominique Røyem
January 1, 2014
Dr. Dominique Royem became our fourth musical director
20th Anniversary Celebration Brings Back All Music Directors to Date
May 19, 2013
In celebration of the orchestra’s 20th year, past Music Directors John Ricarte and Kai Choi join a concert.
3rd Musical Director Hector Aguero
January 1, 2007
1st Stafford Centre Concert
January 1, 2006
1st NEA Grant
January 1, 2004
First year to receive $10,000 NEA Grant
1st Annual Young Artists Concerto Competition
February 12, 2000
First Annual Young Artists Concerto Competition
Received Non-Profit Status
January 1, 1998
Incorporated in the state of Texas as a non-profit organization
2nd Musical Director John Ricarte
January 1, 1997
January 1, 1997
Started charging admission to concerts
1st Concert as Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
November 11, 1995
First concert as The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
Renamed Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
August 1, 1995
Changed name to Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
1st Musical Director Kai Choi
March 26, 1992
Kai Choi, our first musical director, led the first working committee meeting of the Sugar Land Community Orchestra
1st Habitat for Humanity Concert
January 1, 1992