“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Emeritus Board member Carol Ann Hixon agrees with Plato’s sentiments from some 2,000 years ago. The arts, coupled with education, are Carol Ann’s passion and the Fort Collins Symphony has been home to that passion for many years.
Carol Ann believes that each generation provides the foundation for following generations. Her early memories growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, are filled with images and sounds of her mother, Sammy, playing Chopin on the Wurlitzer spinet piano often accompanying herself as she sang all types of music from “Ave Marie” to “Tennessee Waltz.” Then there were piano and violin lessons and, finally, Carol Ann found her musical niche as an audience and Board member. She joined the Fort Collins Symphony Board in the early 90s. During her tenure with the Symphony Carol Ann has served as president, executive director and on numerous committees.
A native Coloradan, she moved to Fort Collins with husband Gary in 1966 and together they advocate for the arts and education in the city they love.