Since 1985, Texas Winds has brought music and friendship to thousands of local residents who would otherwise be left out of the cultural riches of our great city.

Dallas Benefit Raises Money for Hospice Care Concerts

A recent Texas Winds Musical Outreach benefit concert at Christ Lutheran Church in University Park drew a full house to raise money to underwrite 500 concerts for people in hospice care.

Read Robert Miller's article at the Dallas Morning News.

Gifts Support Ihor Koszman Concerts For Hospice

Funds raised at a benefit recital given by Jing Wang, violinist, and Jenny Cho, pianist, will sponsor 500 concerts for persons in hospice care. The February 10th recital at Christ Lutheran Church attracted a full house of music lovers and Texas Winds supporters. Both Wang and Cho are award-winning musicians.

Victor Koszman, violinist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, established the series through Texas Winds Musical Outreach in memory of his father. These one-on-one programs are offered in nursing homes and hospitals and can be arranged in private homes.

Texas Winds on CBS Channel 11 News

Click here to see the video of the 1/17/11 program.

New non-profit in Cleveland, OH, mentored by Texas Winds

Visit the Music Outreach Collaborative site.

Click here to read the Cleveland Plain Dealer 10/7/11 story.

Texas Winds on CBS Channel 11 News

Click here to see the video of the 1/17/11 program.

Texas Winds Musical Outreach Wins Nonprofit Excellence Award for Mission Achievement

Click here to see the video produced for this award.

The Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas has chosen Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Inc. for its annual award in the category of Excellence in Mission Achievement for nonprofits with budgets under $1 million.

Dallas, Texas - November 17, 2008 - Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 24-year-old Dallas-based organization was honored on November 14, 2008 by the Center for Nonprofit Management at its annual Award of Excellence ceremony.

The Center for Nonprofit Management offers the Awards of Excellence recognizing organizations that exemplify distinctive achievement in nonprofit management with $5,000 cash awards. Texas Winds was selected for developing and implementing a program clearly focused on advancing its mission, and addressing a critical community need.

Catherine Barr, founder and executive director of Texas Winds, accepted the award on behalf of the organization, its musicians, staff, and board of trustees. Last year, 70 professional musicians gave more than 855 free concerts, reaching 33,000 persons, young and old, from nursing home residents and hospital patients to children in Head Start Centers.

Charles Barr Concerts for Head Start Launched in Cleveland, Ohio

In April and May of 2007, the first performances in this new series were given for children enrolled in Head Start in Cleveland, Ohio. Executive Director Catherine Barr was directly involved in the establishment of the first program ensemble, modeled on the Texas Winds MEET THE INSTRUMENTS series that has been a part of the curriculum offered through Head Start of Greater Dallas, Inc. for the past six seasons. After the first concert in April, Mr. Brian Gleisser, Senior Vice President of the Council For Economic Opportunities In Greater Cleveland, the agency that funds and oversees Head Start in Cuyahoga County, shared a wonderfully positive report.

I don't know what to say! The first Charles Barr concert was a great success! The kids loved it, they were very engaged, clapping, conducting, singing, spelling - it all came together. The teachers were very impressed as well. And it looked like Claire, Nick and Cara [the Cleveland musicians] were also enjoying the experience.

Thank you Cathy for inspiring all of this and thank you Claire for putting it all together. Just amazing! Hope this brings a smile to you. It made my week special.

Left: Audience at the first Charles Barr concert.
Right: Musicians Cara Tweed, violin, Claire Garza, viola, Nick Diodore, cello.

Click here for more information about Charles Barr