Making Music in Fort Bend County
Through innovative, exciting, and engaging concerts, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and Chorus strives to bring a diverse array of music to all ages in Fort Bend County, Texas and beyond. Founded in 1992, FBSO approaches our community as artistic partners, using multi-genre programming to create cultural conversations of value while appealing to a diverse swath of people. By intentionally curating concerts that initiate conversations about large-scale issues we can reinforce social cohesion, family ties and individual self-esteem, creating a better quality of life for our community. This produces tools for engagement, encouraging and supporting good citizenship both on the institutional and personal level. Past concerts have celebrated musicians with disabilities, our local first responders, and civic responsibility.
FBSO has a season of concerts and education programs for Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Our 4 concert subscription series is held at the Stafford Centre, and includes a diverse array of music spanning across centuries. FBSO also performs two free, outdoor concerts: the annual Hauntcert, a Halloween themed concert designed for families; and the annual children’s concert.
To commemorate the 25th season, FBSO established the first symphonic choir in Fort Bend county. Comprised of 50 dedicated singers, the FBSOC performs in FBSO symphonic concerts and stand-alone choral concerts. Other opportunities for our singers include an exclusive chamber choir, caroling, and other pop-up and outreach concerts.
As a vital part of FBSO core mission, our educational programming is designed to be inclusive of the diversity within our county. These initiatives include our Marielle Ogletree Young Artist Concerto Competition, where musicians under 18 compete for a chance to play a solo with the orchestra; our Concert and Sight-Reading competition for private and charter schools, which extends an opportunity for these school to participate in a University Interscholastic League-type contest; Summer Sessions, where people high school age and up join FBSO for a weekend of rehearsals and a performance of classical masterworks; and FBSO @ the Library, an outreach program that pairs FBSO musicians with libraries to create collaborative Storytime experiences.
FBSO has been dedicated to bringing culture to your doorstep for over 25 years. Through our symphony, choir, and education programs we strive to serve every aspect of our community. The hard work of all of our staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving you, the residents of Fort Bend County. Your dedicated support continues to allow FBSO and FBSOC to soar to new musical heights and enrich the lives of those in our community.