About the LSO

Since 1968, the Longview Symphony has provided live orchestral performances of classical music to audiences in Longview, TX.

Starting as an amateur group with a few conservatory-trained musicians volunteering their time, today the orchestra is composed entirely of professional musicians from Longview, the greater East Texas area, Shreveport and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fourteen members are on staff at area universities and colleges, others are music educators in primary and secondary schools and many teach lessons privately. Dr. Isidor Saslav, the concertmaster from 1999-2012, served as concertmaster under the batons of Pablo Casals, Aaron Copland and Sir Neville Marriner…

Our Conductor

Jerry Steichen

Steichen is a native of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, a town he described as “smaller than Carthage.” The son of a high school band director and a mother who supported his love of music, his family listened to all kinds of music, he said. He still believes in the lessons of attending school in a small town.

Our Administration

Niki Groce

Executive Director

Pilar McLemore

Educational Outreach Coordinator