Board of Directors
The current concertmaster of the FWCO, Dan Stevens is an engineer at Lockheed Martin. A native of Fort Worth, and a product of the FWISD, Dan was a member of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth, and in high school was member of the TMEA All State Orchestra all 4 years and played in the TCU symphony, serving as principal violist of all. At the age of 17 he was offered a position in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra by Maestro John Giordano.
Originally a music major, he attended TCU on scholarship and then the Julliard School where he studied viola with William Lincer and chamber music with the Julliard String Quartet. He participated in master classes with many master artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Ruggierio Ricci, and was a member of the National Orchestral Association Training Orchestra based in Carnegie Hall where he was exposed to many of the greatest conductors of the day. However after 4 years of total immersion in the music world, he decided to spend some time pursuing his interests in Science and ended up earning a degree in mechanical engineering.
As an engineer with a steady day job, he found that he could participate in both of his loves. As a young engineer at General Dynamics he was invited to join a rehearsal of the FWCO by some co-workers. He was quickly pushed up to principal violist by the other members of the section. In 1990, when the orchestra's fine young concertmaster moved away, conductor Yves L'Helgoual'ch asked Dan if he would move over to violin and play concertmaster, and except for a few years when he was away form Fort Worth for jobs in Virginia and Waco, he has been concertmaster and an active volunteer for the FWCO ever since.
He currently serves as a board member, a member of the Carol Competition and Young Artist committees, and is the orchestra manager and concertmaster for the University Christian Church's Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival for which the FWCO has provided the orchestra for over 20 years. He is also a past board president and a past chair of the orchestra committee and was heavily involved in the production of the 5 PDQ Bach summer concerts, even working with Peter Schickele and performing the world premier of the PDQ Bach composition, "The Only Piece Ever Written for Violin and Tuba" in Bass Hall. Outside of the FWCO Dan has played in the Austin, Waco, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls Symphonies, The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Brazos Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the professional ensemble, Forte' Strings. When he can find the time, his hobbies include golf and high performance driving.
Ginger is a Reading Specialist with the state of Texas and presently a professor of Reading/Writing at Tarrant County College. She has been teaching at some level of education for over 40 years.
She has played with the FWCO for 15 years, previously playing with other orchestras and wind symphonies in the state of Texas. She is married with two adult children who also participate in music. Her daughter spent 21 years marching and staffing with drum corps and now judges band competitions and Winterguard on the side while teaching high level calculus at the high school level. Her son has his own Irish punk band and plays side gigs to keep his sanity while working as a gunsmith. Both kids learned to use music as their outlet. Her husband plays the “radio” and computer games.
I was born at a very early age...in upstate New York. I went to music school upon completion of High School but was conscripted into the U.S. Army before I could graduate. They started my career as an Air Traffic Controller. I've worked in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Viet Nam, New York, Virginia and California .
I continued to play and perform with my trumpet until 1980. I started up again around 1990 and have been continually active since then. I've played in more groups than I can list but these few stand out for me.
National Concert Band of America ( Washington, D.C.), Phoenix Symphony Orchestra (Arizona ) , Love or Money Orchestra ( Albany, NY), Northern Virginia Symphony ( Virginia ), ten years with the Joey Thomas Big Band ( New York ), The Joshua Experience Big Band ( Texas ), Dynamic Swing Machine Big Band ( Texas ) and of course the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra ( Texas ). I mostly love playing Musicals and Big Band because the trumpet is very active. Playing trumpet in an orchestra is like flying a 747. There is a long period of boredom interspersed by a few minutes of shear panic.
I've been with FWCO about 15 yrs. The orchestra has continually elevated its' musicality and professionalism largely due to the influence of our conductor.
Dr. Kurt Sprenger became music director of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra in 2002. In conjunction with the FWCO’s move to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus, Dr. Sprenger was named artist-in-residence at the Seminary.
He currently serves as principal violin with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and the Brazos Chamber Orchestra, and he is active as a studio violinist in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Overseas, he has served as artist-in-residence at the National Conservatory of Italy, conducting opera throughout the country. In addition, he has conducted and recorded with the Warsaw National Philharmonic in Poland. Dr. Sprenger has held faculty positions with universities in Texas, Wisconsin, and California and is active as an educator working with All-Region and All-State orchestras throughout the country. A native of Hawaii, Dr. Sprenger received his Doctorate of Music at the University of Southern California. He and his wife, pianist Jill Sprenger, operate the Fort Worth Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts.
Steve started playing the piano in 3rd grade, which happened to be the same year in which he lost the spelling bee.
Later, in 1967 during his sophomore year in high school (a late bloomer), he joined band and made All-state in his senior year. From 1970-1974 he attended Texas A&M University, where he played in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. He was named Head Drum Major during his senior year at Texas A&M.
Over the years, he's played in various orchestras: Brazos Symphony (Bryan, Texas), Campanile Orchestra (Rice University in Houston, Texas), Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (Lake Jackson, TX) and Fort Worth Civic Orchestra.
Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and hails from a musical family. He started singing in choirs at age 3, started playing piano at 7, and trombone, euphonium, and tuba in middle school. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Musical Arts, Music Technology. He's lived in Fort Worth since 2008 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Composition from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. Russell plays trombone in the orchestra. He also chairs the annual Carol Competition and does all the arranging for the Civic Orchestra. Russell and his wife, Madysen, currently reside in west Fort Worth.
Ronald assumed the position of librarian in the middle of the 2019-2020 performance season and performs as 2nd and Auxiliary clarinet with the orchestra. He received his early musical education growing up in Hawaii, studying music at the University of Hawaii and completing his education at the University of North Texas, where he studied clarinet with Drs James Gillespie and John Scott. After graduation, Ron enlisted as a US Navy Musician and served in fleet bands in San Diego, California and Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of his contract, he transferred to the Air National Guard, stationed at Fort Worth, TX. As a military musician, he has performed on concert tours with the Washington DC Air Force Band, the Academy Band in Colorado Springs, and the San Diego Symphony among others. He has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) as well as the Air Force Achievement Medal (4 awards) for excellence in musical service.
In addition to his librarian activities, he maintains an active schedule as a multiple woodwind specialist throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as well as serving as Principal Librarian for the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, overseeing a collection comprised of over 3000 items of various instrumentations. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas and has actively participated in conducting seminars both on and off the podium.