Executive Director, Kevin Smith, Steps Down From Role

Current Abilene Philharmonic (APO) Executive Director, Kevin Smith, has informed the Board that he has accepted a position with Artis-Naples, in Naples FL, and will be stepping down from his role at the end of the concert season. His last day with the organization will be June 13th. Mr. Kevin Smith joined the Abilene Philharmonic […]

Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition Winners

Abilene Philharmonic announces the winners for the Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition after hosting the final round concert on April 2, 2022, at Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall on the Hardin-Simmons campus. After hosting an incredibly talented group of young musicians with promising musical futures, it is with great excitement the Abilene Philharmonic announces the winners of […]

AYO Fall Concert

Join us at the Wylie Performing Arts Center Monday, November 15th, at 7:00pm for the AYO Fall Concert. The Abilene Youth Orchestra will perform the first Fall Concert of the season and debut our newest program, Mission: Strings!  Tickets are $5 (kids 5 and under free) and can be purchased at the door or online […]

Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition

2008 by Eddie Hodges to honor his wife. He hoped establishing this competition would inspire and reward young peoples’ passion for music, and if recent changes are an indication, is has been a resounding success.

Abilene Youth Orchestra Fall Concert

The Abilene Youth Orchestra, like almost every other organization, looks different this season. The Abilene Philharmonic has remained committed to the mission of providing excellent performance and educational opportunities for advanced young musicians in the Big Country through a full orchestra experience.

Mozart Society Presents: Dracula at the Drive-In.

Join the Abilene Philharmonic’s Mozart Society on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00pm to see the 1931 film Dracula at the Town and Country Drive-In! Put on your costume and bring your friends to this socially distanced, family-friendly event. Entry is free, but you will need to register online here!

Thank you to our Patrons

2020 has been a tough year for classical music. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, orchestras nationwide have been forced to shut their doors and furlough their employees, jeopardizing the livelihoods of thousands of musicians and administrators alike.

Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition 2020

The Abilene Philharmonic’s Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition was established in 2008 to help support outstanding young musicians in the Abilene area. The competition is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, string, and piano students between the ages of 12-18 that live in Texas School Regions 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and have not yet graduated high school.