The following is from the Jan. 27, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Hector Guzman, who earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from SMU's Meadows School of the Arts in 1983, is the subject of this story.

Plano orchestra director awarded Mozart Medal

Hector Guzman, director of three Texas orchestras, will be presented today with the Mozart Medal, Mexico's highest honor for musical excellence.

The award will be made at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

Mr. Guzman, who lives in Plano, directs the Plano and Irving symphony orchestras locally and the San Angelo Symphony in Central Texas.

The Mozart Academy and the Embassy of Austria in Mexico City govern the Mozart award, which is presented along with the Mexican government. Previous winners include Placido Domingo and the late Eduardo Mata, former music director of the Dallas Symphony.

Born in Fresnillo, Mexico, in 1956, Mr. Guzman received degrees from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University.

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 • Plano Symphony Orchestra

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