“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 long tenure with the Symphony Carol Ann 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. They are a team. Carol Ann is a retired humanities educator, who continues to work with student teachers and volunteers in her granddaughter’s second grade classroom each Friday. Gary is a retired interior designer now creating unique jewelry and is an Emeritus Board member for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Both have served on many arts non-profits boards and committees and on city initiatives, ever emphasizing the importance of arts in living.
Together they produce ArtWear to benefit Lincoln Center’s visual arts program, host gatherings for non-profits, plan events, travel, and enjoy their family of two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two granddaughters.
It is important to note that their two granddaughters, both very young, are surrounded with love and liberal amounts of the arts and humanities. And, they practice their piano lessons on Sammy’s Wurlitzer spinet piano.