It all started when...
On March 21, 1966, eleven city leagues were invited to attend an organizational meeting in Dallas: Abilene, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco. Mrs. Henry S. Miller (Juanita) was elected the first president of the Texas Woman’s Association for Symphony Orchestras (TWASO). The first Annual conference was held in El Paso in 1968.
The name of the organization was changed to Texas Association for Symphony
Orchestras (TASO) on May 7, 1984 by its twenty-three member organizations. Each year close to 150 delegates from 32 organizations attend the annual conference to gather information and network with their colleagues. These delegates include presidents, presidents-elect, and volunteer leaders from each member group.
In 1997, Juanita and Henry S. Miller provided the initial underwriting and subsequent gifts to fund this youth competition, which now bears her name. It Mr. and Mrs. Miller’s dedication, vision, generosity and devotion to music that led to the establishment of a statewide youth competition for outstanding high school musicians.
In hosting this competition, TASO continues to employ a professional approach for selecting the winners by choosing outstanding judges from across the country.