The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra has named its next Music Director and Conductor after an 18-month long international search.
Maestro Fouad Fakhouri will take the stage this October as the orchestra kicks off its 70th season, although he begins work this June.
In a press release, Fakhouri said, "For me, this is similar to a homecoming. Having spent a significant amount of time in Texas, it is wonderful to get back and contribute to the state that I practically grew up in."
The West Texas A&M University and University of North Texas graduate said he felt an immediate connection with the musicians when he worked with the symphony in February.
Fakhouri has two decades of international credits as a conductor and composer.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from UNT, a Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting, and a Mast of Music in Composition/Theory from
Pennsylvania State University.
The WFSO said Fakhouri comes from a musical family whose roots go back four generations adding his acceptance of the position makes for an exciting time for the WFSO.