Search Is On for Holder of Baton

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Dr. Barry Epperley, Director and Conductor of the Signature Symphony at TCC, is retiring after the 2013-2014 season.

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College is looking for a new maestro to take the stage for the 2014-2015 season. After 35 years behind the baton, the man who started it all—Dr. Barry Epperley—will retire at the end of this concert season.

Epperley, the symphony’s director and conductor, started the Tulsa Little Symphony 35 years ago. He nurtured the orchestra through growth, name changes and performance halls until the journey brought the orchestra to TCC 17 years ago. The symphony is housed on the TCC Southeast Campus in the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education. Its unique blend of music education, outreach and performance has yielded programs such as Higher Scale Music Education Outreach, TulsaFest Festival of the Arts, Performance Plus and New Dimensions II. Through the years, the symphony has played alongside music icons such as Patti Page, Simon Estes, Leona Mitchell, David Gates, Larry Dalton and many others.

Kelly Clark, Dean of Performing Arts Education, said that Epperley’s work with the symphony has been “amazing.”

2013 TulsaFest Festival of the Arts 

“He has worked hard both on performance and on repertoire to help the musicians and, the group as a whole, improve. The next artistic director will have his/her own vision and may take all of us on a new adventure. That is the exciting part about the search, hearing all of the ways these talented individuals envision the orchestra of the future.”

Dr. Brett Campbell, Provost, has assembled a team of Signature Symphony Advisory Board members, staff and a musician to establish a timeline and process for the search. The team has identified seven industry publications, both online and print, in which to advertise the position and spread the word about the orchestra, Tulsa and TCC.

“Members of the Advisory Board were extremely helpful in developing a process for the succession planning of Dr. Epperley,” Campbell said. “Board members, musicians and Dr. Epperley himself participated in developing a plan that identified the values and skills needed to lead the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College.

Cirque de la Symphonie

“The next Artistic Director of the Signature Symphony at TCC will expand the role of the orchestra into the college experience of our students and the Tulsa community.”

To buy tickets to Epperley’s final 2013-2014 season, call 918-595-7777 or visit


2013-2014 Season

TTCU Pops—Easy to Love, Oct. 4 & 5; A Night in Old Vienna, Nov. 1 & 2; Christmas in Tulsa, Dec. 13 & 14; Cirque De La Symphonie, Feb. 7 & 8; Broadway Babies, March 14 & 15. 

Williams Classics— The French Connection, Sept. 21; Classics Alive, Oct. 19; Classics Opera, Jan. 25; Bartok & Brahms, Feb. 15; Mahler Resurrection Symphony, April 12.