Felix Torres is Music Director of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and is the Artistic and Executive Director of the East Texas Youth Orchestra. Felix recently completed a five-year tenure as the the Principal Conductor of the Flutissimo Flute Choir based in Hurst, TX.
Since his appointment with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in 2018, they have achieved growth in all areas. There has been an increase in revenue over 70%, audience attendance has increased by approximately 60%, and membership in the orchestra has also increased: 8% in 18/19 and a 22% increase for the start of the 19/20 season.
Previously, Felix was the Apprentice Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2012–2014. Working closely with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, he conducted the FWSO in neighborhood and youth education performances, as well as assisting Harth-Bedoya, and guest conductors, in subscription concerts at Bass Performance Hall during the 2013–2014 season. Felix has worked with various youth orchestras in both Texas and Illinois, including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestras.
Felix holds a Bachelor of Music Education (2006), a Master of Music in Wind Conducting (2012), and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting (2014) degrees from Texas Christian University. At TCU, Mr. Torres was a Graduate Conductor with the TCU Bands and Assistant Conductor of the TCU Symphony Orchestra. Felix made his international conducting debut with the TCU Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Argentina in the Spring of 2013. He has studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Dr. Germán Gutierrez; wind conducting with Mr. Bobby Francis; and choral conducting with Dr. Dennis Shrock and Mr. Ron Shirey.
In addition to his conducting pursuits, Felix is the Music Publishing Manager with FILARMONIKA Music Publishing, which is dedicated to the promotion and performance of music from Latin America, and is the Managing Director of Latin Orchestral Music, an online database of Latin American orchestral works. Felix makes his home in the North Texas area, with his wife, Lacey, and their three dogs: Eve, Cali, and Rex.