Member Classification Talk
Feb 25, 2021
LeeAnne Chenoweth Lawson
Member Classification Talk

LeeAnne Chenoweth is founder of Timeless Concerts, president of the board and artistic director. Ms. Chenoweth began taking violin and piano lessons at age 5, in her hometown; Enid, Oklahoma.  By age 12, her father was taking her to Tulsa, weekly, for violin lessons with the concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic.  At age 16, she spent a summer studying violin at the Meadowmount School of Music in upper New York state.  At age 17, she went to the University of Houston to study with artist-in-resident Fredell Lack for one year. Ms. Chenoweth graduated from the SMU Meadows School of Arts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, having been a recipient of the Meadows Artistic Achievement Award Scholarship.  After working with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, she won a violin audition at Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra in 1990, working in FWSO until 2007. Early in 2007, she imagined a chamber music series; Timeless Concerts, and began planning. During her orchestral career, she has shared the stage with great classical artists such as Itzak Perlman, Pavoratti, Van Cliburn, Joshua Bell and more. Plus, pops artists as diverse as Natalie Cole, Marvin Hamlisch, Doc Severinsen, Wynona Judd, Pink Martini, The Beatles tribute band “Classical Mystery Tour”, and more. Outside of FWSO, she has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Ricky Martin and Depeche Mode.  Ms. Chenoweth also contracts ensembles for special events throughout Texas; some examples being wine tastings at the Anatole, Christmas parties at the Ft. Worth Club, and weddings in a variety of locations form the Ritz Hotel to a family ranch.  In August 2007, Ms. Chenoweth produced the first Timeless Concerts production, (a piano trio with pianist Heejung Kang and cellist Karen Maddox Smith) hoping to expand the series over time. (Currently 5 per year in Arlington, and 2 in the Houston area.) She has a love of teaching children about wonderful music, not just in the form of violin lessons, but teaching them to appreciate and experience all live classical music from chamber music to symphony to opera. Frequently, she is invited to perform in title one elementary schools and speak about her career with the symphony as well as other musical careers. She also works as a substitute violinist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and performs regularly in the Waco Symphony, where in 2015 she collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, and in 2017 with superstar soprano Renee Fleming, two of her favorite experiences.  Ms. Chenoweth plays on a French violin (Nicholas Vuilliaume), made approximately in 1848.

Ms. Chenoweth is married to Richard Lawson, senior director of quality assurance at Renibus Therapeutics. They have two grown daughters. LeeAnne and Richard reside in north Arlington with a cat and a dog, and faithfully attend Fort Worth Presbyterian Church. LeeAnne is passionate about researching and practicing great music to perform next, and also loves to travel, work out at the gym,  and keep their garden in good shape.