Please Note: The Tulsa Symphony
Orchestra New Address is:
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra
111 E 1st - Tulsa Depot
Tulsa, OK 74103-2804
Symphony Orchestra moves into new
home at Union Depot
It's almost 40 years since Tulsa's
Union Depot has moved to the rhythm
of the rails. But these days, the
Art Deco showplace at 3 S. Boston
Ave. is starting to move to a more
S. Letcher, president of Tulsa
Symphony Orchestra, works in his
office while still unpacking boxes
at their new location at Tulsas
Union Depot downtown.
The building is being renovated to
become the new home of the Oklahoma
Jazz Hall of Fame, and its chief
executive officer, Chuck Cissel, has
already set up his office here.
Beginning this week, the depot also
will be home to the offices of the
recently formed Tulsa Symphony
"This is a huge step forward for
us," said TSO Director Tim McFadden.
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra was
created in December through the work
of retired surgeon Frank Letcher.
Letcher came up with the idea of a
full-time professional orchestra in
which the musicians would be
involved in all aspects of the
operation, from making the music to
raising the money.
Until June 26, the orchestra had
operated out of Letcher's old
medical offices in the Hillcrest
South Physicians Building at 11th
Street and Utica Avenue.
The orchestra now has about 3,000
square feet of office space on the
first floor of the
McFadden said the Oklahoma Jazz Hall
of Fame "has been very generous in
helping us. We had talked with Chuck
Cissel in February, and fell in love
with the space. We've got a lot of
room to grow, and we're just a block
away from the Performing Arts
McFadden said the orchestra's staff
consists of himself, Letcher, an
office manager and five "executive
musicians" -- three working
full-time, two part-time. Executive
musicians is the designation the
orchestra uses to describe the
players who also serve in
administrative functions with the
"Right now our primary focus is on
fundraising and grant-writing,"
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra has
performed for Tulsa Ballet -- the
February performances of "The
Sleeping Beauty" and the gala
honoring ballerina Daniela Buson --
as well as the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus
and Light Opera Oklahoma.
TSO musicians also made up a large
part of the Tulsa Opera Orchestra
for that company's productions of "Ariadne
auf Naxos" and "The Marriage of
Figaro" last season.
The orchestra plans to announce its
first concert season in the next
couple of weeks, as soon as
negotiations with guest artists and
conductors are completed.
McFadden said the season will have
five concerts presented at the Tulsa
Performing Arts Center, in addition
to the orchestra's work with Tulsa
Ballet and the Tulsa Oratorio
Chorus, and having its musicians be
a part of the Tulsa Opera Orchestra.
"We are in the black as of this
fiscal year, which ended June 30,"
McFadden said. "We've proven that we
can generate funds, that we can work
with groups like Tulsa Ballet and
the Oratorio Chorus.
"But we still have a lot to prove to
this community," he said. "That's
due in part to the fact that what we
have is such a unique model for a
symphony orchestra. It's going to
take time for us to prove that this
organization can work. And when we
make it through this coming season
-- well, that will go a long way to
proving that point."
James D. Watts Jr. 581-8478