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News Release
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Local students, teachers join Baytown Symphony Orchestra


BAYTOWN, TX – The opening concert of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s 44th Elegante Season will bring five new faces to the stage.


Violinists Doran Pennington, Sarah Johnson and Laura Stauffer and tympani/percussionist Chris Thompson will join the fifty-member ensemble in premiering Composer Joseph LoCascio’s Concerto for Saxophone on Sunday, Oct. 16. The program, which features Tenor Saxophonist Dr. Woody Witt, combines classical and contemporary music with an overlay of American jazz.


“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Doran, Sarah, Laura and Chris,” said founding Conductor Dr. David Corder. “These very talented students and professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to the orchestra, and will help us make our opening concert one of the best ever.” 


Pennington, a junior at Goose Creek Memorial High School has played the violin since age six. An avid soccer player, guitarist and aspiring physicist, he credits his love of music to his grandfather, who gave him his first guitar.


A freshman at Lee College, Johnson is a graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School. She first performed with the BSO in May after winning juried concerto competition for high school students. An accomplished musician, Johnson played the viola under the direction of Stuart Eisen for seven years. Additionally, she also studied privately with Laura Tompkins, was a Region Z orchestra member, was named Outstanding Student of the Year for three consecutive seasons, and has won numerous Division I solo ensemble awards.


Stauffer, an instructor for students with hearing disabilities at Asbel Smith Elementary, brings a lifelong love of music to the stage, having begun violin lessons at age two. Her mother was a musical instructor and member of the Elkhart County Symphony and her brother is a cellist.


A professional percussionist, Thompson currently teaches percussion at Lee College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Stephen F. Austin State University and enjoys sharing his “love of music through performance.”


Concerto for Saxophone will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 in the Lee College Performing Arts Center (PAC), located at 200 Lee Drive in Baytown.


Individual tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the Lee College Bookstore by calling 281-425-6578 or at www.baytownsymphonyorg. Tickets may also be purchased at the PAC box office on the day of the concert. Admission is free for current Lee College students with a college identification card.


Season ticket packages are available at a 22 percent discount until Sunday, Oct. 16. Packages are priced at $32 for adults and $23 for students age seven and older and senior citizens age 65 and older.


As a courtesy to musicians and audience members, the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors asks that children under the age of seven not attend concerts.


For more information, contact David Corder at 281-202-8722 or at

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