Music

Felix Torres

Felix Torres

Title: Conductor, Wind Ensemble
Department: Music
Email: ftorres@uttyler.edu

Degrees

  • Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Texas Christian University
  • Master of Music in Wind Conducting, Texas Christian University
  • Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Christian University

Biography

Felix Torres is the Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Texas at Tyler, Music & Artistic Director of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and Executive & Artistic Director of the East Texas Youth Orchestra.

Since his appointment with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in 2018, they have achieved growth in all areas. There has been an increase in revenue over 70%, audience attendance has increased by approximately 60%, and membership in the orchestra has also increased: 8% in 18/19 and a 22% increase for the start of the 19/20 season.

Previously, Mr. Torres 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.

Mr. Torres 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. He 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.

In addition to his conducting pursuits, Mr. Torres is the Managing Director of FILARMONIKA Music Publishing, which is dedicated to the promotion and performance of music from Latin America. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of The Conducting Institute, founded by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and dedicated to the art and craft of conducting.

Mr. Torres and his wife, Dr. Lacey Wright, started the Wright Torres Foundation in 2019 as a way to give back to the areas which have provided them with so much fulfillment: animals, mental health, and music.

Mr. Torres and Dr. Wright split their time between North Texas and East Texas with their three dogs: Eve, Cali, and Rex.