Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Texas Winds Musical Outreach Inc.

Music making a difference

aka Texas Winds Musical Outreach

Dallas, TX


Texas Winds Musical Outreach engages, comforts and celebrates the spirits of isolated seniors, hospital patients, veterans and children in North Texas through live, professional musical performances.

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Executive Director

Thomas Fritsch Ph.D.

Main Address

6211 W. Northwest Hwy.,Suite C250-B

Dallas, TX 75225 USA


Music, seniors, nursing homes, children, education, disadvantaged, hospital, music therapy, disabled, human services





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs + Results

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Senior Adults: Many elderly citizens face difficult circumstances, with limited opportunities to enjoy the happiness of interaction with persons from the wider community. While our musicians provide first-rate entertainment, their greater aim is to strengthen morale, alleviate loneliness and improve quality of life for their audiences by affirming seniors’ dignity. Hospitals: Patients often suffer from fear, loneliness, alienation and insecurities in addition to illness. Texas Winds musicians provide comfort and compassion, improving the morale and well being of patients, family members, doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Head Start: Texas Winds believes music teaches discipline, problem solving, working with others, and self- expression. As a partner with Head Start, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to the early learning environment of preschool children by stimulating their imaginations, intellectual curiosities and self-esteem. Hospice: Individual room visits

Our programs

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Concerts for Seniors

Charles Barr Concerts for Head Start

William E Rice Concerts for Hospitals

Ihor Koszman Concerts for Hospice

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The Texas Winds Vision: Seniors are vibrant and engaged because they are valued and respected by a community involved in their lives. Hospital patients, veterans, and their families are comforted and uplifted during difficult and challenging times. Children are confident and creative and are ready to embrace a future of unlimited possibilities. Texas Winds programs are innovative in that they are created for specific audiences, cultural preferences, generational interests, educational values and audience participation are integral to the success of each concert. For many in the audience, these events will be their only opportunity to experience live music performed by professionally trained musicians. Texas Winds primary programs: Concerts for Seniors: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior centers, adult day centers and facilities for the disabled, low-income senior housing and retirement homes. Concerts for Hospitals: Hospitals and VA North Texas Health Care System. Concerts for Hospice: One-on-one visits. Concerts for Head Start: Dallas County Head Start, Mi Escuelita and Child Care Centers and Tarrant County Childcare Associates Centers.

Successful fundraising allows Texas Winds to offer free concerts at all facilities. The Program Director contacts Activity Directors and Administrators to schedule concerts for the following: 300 Senior Facilities 8 Hospitals 2 VA Hospitals 53 Head Start Centers Facilities receive confirmation of upcoming concerts prior to the event so they may advertise and post schedule details. Each musical ensemble has a leader, who also confirms the upcoming concert. The leader is responsible for bringing signage and concert programs. Facility profiles are updated as needed for program planning purposes.

Established in 1985, Texas Winds has grown from 11 concerts to 1,814 during the 2017-18 season. The organization has an active and engaged board of directors that monitor all aspects of the operation and meet on a quarterly basis. Trained at music conservatories across the United States and Europe, Texas Winds musicians perform with the Dallas, Ft Worth and other local symphony orchestras, as well as the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Many also teach music at area universities, colleges, public schools and private studios. These 75 paid professional musicians continue to add Texas Winds performances to their schedules because of the rewarding interaction with the audiences. Executive Director, Thomas Fritsch, Ph.D, Dallas Program Director, Jane Escueta, Cara Owens, Tarrant County Program Director, Jen Guzman, Denton Program Director and Diane Mickelson Administrative Assistant, are committed to the Texas Winds mission and have many years experience in performance and administration. Well established fund raising mechanism.

Administrators and staff are asked to evaluate each concert. Attendance numbers, comments, suggestions, musician's interaction with the audience and overall quality are noted and reviewed for each program. Requests for additional concerts and comments regarding the therapeutic results of Texas Winds programs are often noted in the overwhelmingly positive evaluations. Input is also received from family members or friends of residents attending the concerts. The following items reflect measurable success: Increased interest and request for Texas Winds programs Continued program growth and expansion Encouraging comments from staff, participants and family members about events Top ratings and outstanding reviews from The Texas Commission on the Arts

Since beginning in 1985 with 11 programs in nursing homes, Texas Winds has expanded to include Head Start, Hospital and Hospice concerts. Program projections for 2018-19 includes 1,866 concerts: Jane Solomon Concerts for Seniors: Total 1,140 concerts Dallas County: 5 concerts in 160 nursing homes, adult day centers and assisted living facilities. 130 concerts in senior centers, independent living and other facilities. Denton County: 50 concerts. Tarrant County: 160 concerts. William E. Rice Concerts for Hospitals: 302 concerts Veterans Hospital, Parkland Hospital and other participating hospitals in North Texas. Charles Barr Concerts for Head Start: 424 concerts 4 Meet the Instrument programs in 32 Dallas and 21 Fort Worth Head Start Centers. Ihor Koszman Concerts for Hospice: one-on-one visits in nursing homes and hospitals. Long term goals include: Increase Tarrant and Denton County concert locations. Increase staffing. Provide a concert each month in every nursing home in North Texas.

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Texas Winds Musical Outreach Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Texas Winds does not discriminate against any person for any reason.