To enrich and enhance the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through free concerts of classical music and educational activities


Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) was founded in 1981 by Rogene Russell and Charles Price, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts at Fair Park. The FREE Basically Beethoven Festival began that year and quickly became known as Dallas’ premier summer chamber music festival. In 1984, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts moved to its new home in the downtown Dallas Arts District and was renamed the Dallas Museum of Art. There, in the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium, FACP began the Bancroft Family Concerts. Starting with the 2019-2020 season, the series has a new name: Hallam Family Concerts. The concerts remain free for all and the artistic vision remains unaltered.

In 1989, FACP created an educational outreach program called Dream Collectors, a performing troupe of musicians and actors who integrate subjects such as dyslexia, character education, math and science into an interactive performance for children. Due to their overwhelming success and multiple requests by public school educators, FACP developed additional educational outreach programs such as Music A to Z, Masterclasses, and Music Residencies, which provide long- and short-term professional music instruction for children in piano, violin, and voice. All FACP educational outreach programs are taught by professional teaching artists, are TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) compliant with State of Texas education mandates, and are offered completely FREE of charge to students and schools. To date, FACP has served 250,000 children with education programs and performed quality classical music for over 564,000 North Texas citizens – all completely free of charge.

FACP educational and organizational honors include:

Virginia Nick Arts in Education Award (TACA)

Arts and Education Award (Dallas Business Committee for the Arts)

Cultural Achievement Award (Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce)

Arts Award for Exemplary Arts Education (Texas Commission on the Arts)

Financial Excellence in Arts Award (City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs)

Grace Note Award in 2009 and 2017 (Irving Philharmonic)

Agency of the Year Award (ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program)

What We Do

Hallam Family Concerts

The FREE Hallam Family Concerts are held on Saturdays at the Dallas Museum of Art, October – May (excluding December). Concerts are open to the public and feature talented professional musicians from the Dallas area.

Basically Beethoven Festival

On Sunday afternoons in July, the FREE Basically Beethoven Festival fills Moody Performance Hall with performances from local artists and young Rising Star performers. All are welcome! No tickets are required.

Music Education Programs

Our music education programs bring local teaching artists to work with students in public schools across Dallas. FACP Music Residencies, which provide individualized lessons in voice, piano, and violin, our education programs make an impact on thousands of Dallas students each year.


Morgan Vaughan

Executive Director

Morgan Vaughan has been a professional actress, singer, stage manager, arts administrator, and producer in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Read More

Emily Levin poses with her harpEmily Levin

Hallam Family Concerts Artistic Director  

Emily is Principal Harp with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Emily joined Fine Arts Chamber Players staff.  Read More

Dr. Alex McDonald

Basically Beethoven Festival Director

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony…  Read More


Cindy Karm


Cindy Karm is an attorney who practices construction and general business law at Cutler-Smith, P.C. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and juris doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law… Read More

Daniel Stampfel


Daniel Stampfel is a Senior Vice President at US Bank and has over 24 years of corporate banking experience. He has been dedicated to the music communities of Dallas and New York for over 30 years… Read More

Subhashini Tripuraneni


Subhashini Tripuraneni is passionate about solving business challenges through technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning……Read More

John Corrigan

Board Member

John Corrigan is a Principal with PwC Strategy&.  John is a member of the North American Oil and Gas practice, and serves clients in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors…Read More

Winston Fant

Board Member

As Head of Commercial Real Estate Treasury Services, Winston leads JPMorgan Chase’s focus on optimizing and executing real estate companies’ payments…Read More

Patricio Gallo

Board Member

Patricio Gallo is a Project Manager at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where he works in the Planning Department… Read More

Donald J. Stone

Board Member

Don Stone, a successfully retired retailer, has a long and varied history of helping the arts and cultural communities in North Texas serving area citizens with resources… Read More

Barbara Sypult

Board Member

Barbara Sypult moved to Dallas in 1967, following her husband’s completion of service in the United States Marine Corps. Actively involved in the community…Read More

Cindy Vaughn

Board Member

Cindy Vaughn is a Texas Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience with Big Four public accounting firms. She is currently an Income Tax Accounting Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise… Read More

Anne Witherspoon

Board Member

Anne Witherspoon is Chief Operations Officer at Messick Peacock & Associates.  Anne has an MBA from Texas A&M International University and a BBA from Texas Tech University.  She holds several professional certifications including Certified Treasury Professional… Read More

Celeste Yeager

Board Member

A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Ms. Yeager is a partner at Littler Mendelson P.C., specializing in labor and employment law…Read More

Advisory Board

Sue S. Bancroft, Civic Leader

Howard Hallam, Ben E. Keith

Larry & Lori Hutchison, Torchmark Corporation

Jessie Makil, L&B Realty Advisors, LLP

FACP’s Co-Founder

Rogene Russell

Having co-founded Fine Arts Chamber Players in 1981, Rogene serve as FACP Artistic Director until her retirement in May 2019…Read More

2021 Cultural Diversity Action Plan

Fine Arts Chamber Players