The mission of the West Texas Symphony (formerly Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale) is to enhance the quality of life in West Texas through professional music performances and music education.
West Texas Symphony (WTS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1962 when the two, then-modest, individual orchestras of Midland and Odessa, Texas were combined under the leadership of Dr. Lara Hoggard to form the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale. In 2022, the name was changed to the West Texas Symphony. WTS currently includes a symphony of over 70 professional musicians and is ranked by the League of American Orchestras as a metropolitan Orchestra. Considering that metropolitan orchestras are typically supported by an average population of 500,000 or more, Midland-Odessa’s combined population of 250,000 is a remarkable statistical tribute to this orchestra. WTS proudly holds the distinction of being one of the largest professional performing arts organizations in West Texas.
The vision of the West Texas Symphony is for all individuals in West Texas to have the opportunity to experience quality professional music.