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Musical Director and Composer in Residence

Music Director, Felix Torres

Felix Torres is Music Director of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Youth Orchestra. In addition, Felix is the Principal Conductor the Flutissimo Flute Choir based in Hurst, TX. Flutissimo was recently chosen to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN in August 2017.

Previously, Felix was the Apprentice Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2012–2014. Working closely with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, he conducted the FWSO in neighborhood and youth education performances, as well as assisting Harth-Bedoya, and guest conductors, in subscription concerts at Bass Performance Hall during the 2013–2014 season. Felix has worked with various youth orchestras in both Texas and Illinois, including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestras.

Felix holds a Bachelor of Music Education (2006), a Master of Music in Wind Conducting (2012), and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting (2014) degrees from Texas Christian University. At TCU, Mr. Torres was a Graduate Conductor with the TCU Bands and Assistant Conductor of the TCU Symphony Orchestra. Felix made his international conducting debut with the TCU Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Argentina in the Spring of 2013. He has studied orchestral conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Germán Gutierrez; wind conducting with Bobby Francis; and choral conducting with Dennis Shrock and Ron Shirey.

Felix is an advocate for music education and of the orchestral music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Felix makes his home in North Texas with his wife, and their three dogs.


Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its first Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day. Selected by Music Director Felix Torres, Day will begin his residency with the start of the 19/20 season for a two-year term continuing through July 31, 2021.

As part of Day’s residency, the MSO will present the world premiere performance of “Danza del Sol” as part of the MSO season opener on September 14, 2019. The MSO will perform additional works during this time by Day including two further world premieres.

Music Director Felix Torres said, “We are delighted to establish the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Composer-in-Residence program. Injecting new music into the repertoire is important for the longevity of our craft and to continue providing new, relevant programming to our audiences. Kevin’s music is full of energy and highly accessible, and I am thrilled to share his music with our audience.”

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