Purpose : The purpose of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the greater community we serve through quality symphonic performances and educational experiences. Vision : The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will be an integral part of the cultural fabric of the South Plains Region with strongly supported program offerings, educational experiences that appeal to diverse audiences, a strong professional community-based orchestra, and operational and financial stability. History : The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra was organized and presented its first concert in October 1946, under the baton of founding Conductor William A. Harrod. At that time, and for many years thereafter, it was entirely a volunteer effort. The LSO became a professional organization, with paid musicians, in 1967. Mr. Harrod continued to conduct the orchestra through the spring of 1984. He has been followed by a number of dynamic, talented conductors including previous Music Director and Conductor, Andrews Sill. The current Music Director and Conductor is Tomasz Golka, who will begin in the 2007-2008 season. The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is now classified by the American Symphony Orchestra League as a group VI Orchestra. It boasts nationally-known guest conductors and soloists, a full-time professional administrative staff and dozens of talented professional musicians who represent the business community, public school staff and faculty, and the faculty and student body of Texas Tech University.