Orchestra of New Spain

A nonprofit organization

$1,442 raised by 17 donors

19% complete

$7,500 Goal

With 22 years of concertizing experience, the Orchestra of New Spain was approached by the Dallas ISD Performing Arts Division in 2011 to create and conduct an annual Summer Strings Camp. By the end of the second Camp, our musicians realized that the typical DISD youngster had simply not learned well enough, if at all, the basics of string playing. With new funding ONS created the In-School Lessons program which takes our professional musicians—tutors we say—into the classroom where, in the company of the music teacher, we provide that basic skillset as well as tutor the particularly gifted students. 

In 2013 the Orchestra presented its first staged production in the newly opened Moody (at the time City) Performance Hall, a baroque Spanish operetta —zarzuela — the critics noted “reviving the acting styles, costumes, and sets of early eighteenth-century Spain; every opera and theater fan should attend this production.”

ONS professionals form the heart of the ONS In-School String Lessons program. Over the past 5 years, the need of DISD students for more personal attention has been obvious to these professionals. The goals of these lessons are manyfold: to provide such students with the tools to pursue their musical interests, to help the Dallas ISD orchestra teachers build their programs, to expose the child to possibilities otherwise unexpected, and in the long term to encourage the student's family to participate in their child's development in music and beyond.

Our most promising long-term audience is found through education, namely with DISD students. Students, some 90% Latinx, are our most important and promising audience because they are our future, as well as recipients of the artistic and cultural nourishment they find nowhere else. We offer for no cost the annual Summer Strings Camp that engages young music students and employs local music teachers. We offer free string instrument lessons in class and via Zoom during Covid. We offer students free attendance at our annual Spanish language production in the Arts District’s Moody Hall. This first exposure to theater for many provokes wide-eyed and spell-bound reactions where a stage production featuring their language is being spoken and sung by young people who look like them. Those productions, historically on themes of mythology, are scheduled when 4th & 5th graders are studying mythology, linking their Hispanic cultural history to the classroom through the arts. 


The Orchestra of New Spain (ONS) is a period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in the music of Spain and its sphere of New World influence. Fully professional, it is based in Dallas where it was created in 1989 to celebrate the place of the Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe in the aborning Arts District. The Orchestra's repertory comes from the rediscoveries of its founder and Artistic Director of manuscripts in the court of 18th-century Spain, from Spanish and New World cathedrals and monasteries, and from the popular theaters of Madrid. This previously unknown repertory is the Spanish equivalent of better-known European baroque traditions. The Orchestra's most recent initiatives are concerts reviving music and poetry of the Medieval Spanish Convivencia, when Christians and Jews lived peaceably under the Islamic Caliphate until 1492, and more recently performing the music of Black composers with award-garnering programs "Celebrating Juneteenth."

Our Needs

We would like to ask our donors to consider any contribution that will lead us to the amount of $7,500 to the combined programs that include a Summer Strings Camp, In-School individual and small group string lessons, and student attendance at our annual staged production at the Moody Performance Hall. $50 will provide one hour of private or small group tutoring for DISD students. 


The mission of the Orchestra of New Spain is to introduce in concert the lost repertory of the Spanish and New World Hispanic 17th and 18th centuries, and to explore the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part, educating the public on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications.

• Performance of other renaissance, baroque, classical and romantic repertories on period instruments.

• Performance of alternative repertory, from other periods and other provenance.

Equity Statement

Pegasus Musical Society/ Orchestra of New Spain Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

All activities of the Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain provide diverse, inclusive and equitable experiences, whether in the workplace or at its activities. All employees, volunteers and patrons are made to feel valued and respected, whatever gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability they represent. We strive to reflect our community and our musical culture and to respect and inspire all people equally.

Goals for equity, diversity and inclusion


Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain strives for an equitable culture throughout its staff and board and across all its programs. We provide working environments without prejudice, discrimination or misogyny. We respect and try to inspire all people equally. Our goal is to provide fairness for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age or disability. The director and the board hold themselves accountable to continually strive for these goals.


We believe that diverse perspectives, cultural histories, life experiences and personal stories enrich the production of our repertoire and stimulate innovation at our organizational level. Diversity provides a richness and affirms varied contributions to our art form and to the community.


Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain works to establish new connections and relationships within our local community and internationally, broadening access to the arts among lesser-served groups and adding a richness to our contributions in our art form. We vary our performance subjects and sites in order to extend new opportunities and to appeal to new and varied audiences.

Action Items

* Our job descriptions are consistently inclusive, offer flexibility of work times and educational background, and on-the-job training. We welcome women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups.

* Our board is committed to including diverse representation.

* Our educational program (i.e. musical lessons provided to underserved students in the Dallas Independent School District) is based on the belief that everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, a cornerstone of a healthy and democratic society.

* Our performance venues are varied and located throughout the community, including the lower socio-economic areas. We work with local leaders to communicate and invite people to attend who would normally not be aware of our performances. We work to make all attendees feel welcome and appreciated by greeting each attendee personally.

Organization Data


Organization name

Orchestra of New Spain

other names

Pegasus Musical Society

Tax id (EIN)




Arts, Culture & Humanities, Racial Equity, Education - K-12

Operating Budget

$100,000 - $249,999

Counties Served


BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


11615 Forest Central Dr Ste 206
Dallas, TX 75243