Tickets & Events

Concerto Competition Entry Deadline

The Brazos Valley Symphony & Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra announce:

21st Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition

Open to all students, 18 years of age or under, in a Brazos Valley public or private school, and home schooled.

Entry deadline is September 28, 2018, all entries must be received at the symphony office or postmarked by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018. CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

The competition is open to any music student in any public or private school in the Brazos Valley or any home-schooled student. We’ve had winners as young as 9 and instruments as varied as piano, violin and tuba. There is no entry fee.

Requirements are simple, but deadlines are critical:

- The student selects any movement from any concerto for any instrument, not to exceed 12 minutes in length.

- The student must submit a good quality recording of his or her performance – with or without piano accompaniment – and the application form, both of which must be received in the Brazos Valley Symphony Office by close of business on September 28, 2018 if hand delivering, postmarked by September 28, 2018 if mailing. Late entries will be rejected. The entry must be submitted on compact disk. There should be NO markings on the entry disk.

- The entries will be assigned a number and will be judged anonymously by Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director & Conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony.

- Up to five finalists will be selected by mid-October, and will be notified by mail, shortly thereafter.

- The finalists will be invited to perform their selection before a panel of three judges and an audience on November 11, 2018 at 3pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in College Station. A piano accompanist is provided for the finals and the piano will be provided. Students must also have their music memorized for the performance.

- A winner and first and second runners-up will be named at the conclusion of the finals competition. All three will receive plaques.

- The winner of the competition will be invited to enter the first Juanita Miller Concerto Competition for which he or she is eligible. The Miller Competition is held in Dallas each January and is sponsored by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras. The Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO) will pay the entry fee for that event, but the finalist will be responsible for all other expenses and to indicate interest in entering the event with FASO. The winner also will be invited to perform with the Brazos Valley Symphony.

- All finalists must submit a “head-shot” photograph (at least 150 dpi if submitted electronically), a copy of their sheet music, and a completed biographical form to be provided with the finalist selection notification. They must agree to allow their name, photograph, and biographical information to be used in publicity for the competition.

- First-place winners of previous Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competitions are ineligible to enter.

Best wishes,

Robert Borden, Chair, e-mail Robert
21st Annual Youth Concerto Competition



Sponsored by:Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO),

BVSO Golf Tournament



2018 Sponsorship Levels

R.C. Slocum Celebrity Team - $3,000 - SOLD!

Platinum - $2,500

Gold - $1,500

Silver - $1,000

Bronze - $750

Hole Sponsorships - $150 to $250

Cart Sponsorships (2 available) - $500

Tent Sponsorships (4 available) - $500

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!


The 18-hole Championship golf course, designed for both challenge and enjoyment by nationally recognized golf course architect Ken Dye, brings out the best in players of all skill levels, while leaving the best of nature in play. Mr. Dye’s expertise and artistry have produced a series of 18 unique holes, each with its own natural features. Lakes, creeks and woodlands provide a beautiful backdrop and blend with the course design to produce a unique golf experience in the Brazos Valley

Registration 8:30 AM - Shotgun Start 10 AM



QUESTIONS? 979-696-6100

Sponsored by:Allen Honda,

On-line Season Ticket Sales Close


Select the "Fullscreen" icon below to flip through our virtual Season Ticket Brochure! 


Under the baton of Music Director Marcelo Bussiki, join us as professional musicians from around the world come together to create a season that elevates the BVSO to thrilling new levels of live performance. We start off the concert year in high style with the world famous Canadian Brass, next your favorite Cliburn Finalist returns in November at the top of her game. The spring concerts take you into the upper echelons with Chicago-based jazz, a double dose of the preeminent classical composer – Mozart, and then an astonishing season finale that reaches the absolute apex – An evening with Leslie Odom, Jr., the 2016 Tony Award-winner from Broadway’s Hamilton. . . Get ready for “New Heights” in Season 37!


Sponsored by:CHI St. Joseph Health,

Canadian Brass



Chaconne for Orchestra BWV 1004

Little Fugue in G Minor

New York Cityscapes, Mvt. 3,2,5

Beale Street Blues

Penny Lane, Blackbird, and Come Together

Carmen Suite (abridged)

Guest Artists
Canadian Brass

The BVSO’s 37th Season Opener starts things off in world-class style when the Canadian Brass takes the stage. Continually elevating the art of the brass quintet to new levels for decades, the Canadian Brass has introduced the sound and the excitement of brass music to mass audiences around the globe. The award-winning ensemble, together with Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the BVSO, will present a varied program with a full range of music from Bach to Bizet to The Beatles, and featuring, of course, the “world’s most famous brass group.”  The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and most of all, fun! DOWNLOAD SEASON FLYER HERE

Photo Credit: Bo Huang

Sponsored by:The Clearfield Family,

Fei-Fei Returns



Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, A major

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, C minor

Guest Artists
Fei-Fei, piano

Back by popular demand! Cliburn finalist and audience sweetheart, Fei-Fei, returns to the BVSO performance hall with another presentation of pure virtuosity with Rachmaninoff’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Marcelo Bussiki and the orchestra will add to the evening with Beethoven’s captivating Symphony No. 7. The famous Allegretto, the second movement, is so wildly adored that it is often performed as a stand-alone work. Beethoven’s Seventh represents true ambition, beauty, breathlessness, and energy in musical form. The composer himself even called it "one of the happiest products of my poor talents." Don’t miss this one! DOWNLOAD SEASON FLYER HERE

Photo credit: Jiyang Chen

Sponsored by:Rose P. VanArsdel,

Youth Concerto Competition

Each fall, area students through 12th grade are invited to submit an entry on CD of their performance of any movement from any concerto for any instrument, with a maximum length of 12 minutes. Entry deadline is September 28, 2018 for this season's 20th annual competition--click here for more information about the competition entry guidelines.

The 21st Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition will be November 11, 2018 at 3pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in College Station.

Finalists will be chosen in blind judging by Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director and Conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Competition entrants submitted a CD of their performance of any movement from any concerto for any instrument. Finalists will be selected in October 2018 an announced as soon as possible. Once the finalists are selected, this information will be updated to include their details.

The competition is sponsored by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and its support guild, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO).

The finalists will perform their competition entry from memory before a panel of  judges and an audience. While the judges are making their decision, the Symphony Belles will host a reception in the church foyer.


Sponsored by:Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO),

Holiday Pops Concert



Jingle Bells

Silent Night

Hallelujah Chorus

This is just a sample of songs from this beautiful Holiday Program. Come hear the rest!

Guest Artists
James Faith, organ
The Sanctuary Choir and Canticle Ringers of CUMC
CSHS Varsity Women's Choir
Brenham Children's Chorus

The finest of the Brazos Valley’s holiday season – Music Director Marcelo Bussiki invites you to bring the entire family to hear all your festive favorites, as well as wonderfully unexpected musical gifts from this collaborative concert. This uplifting performance will feature the outstanding BVSO Brass and Percussion musicians, organist James Faith, The Sanctuary Choir and The Canticle Ringers of Christ United Methodist Church, the College Station High School Varsity Women's Choir, PLUS the Brenham Children’s Chorus! Come for the music, and stay for the treats—don’t miss the famous cookie reception immediately following the concert, graciously hosted by the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra.

Note: This event is separate from the subscription season and is not included in the purchase price of regular season tickets. Adult and child pricing available!

Sponsored by:Sterling Auto Group, Systek Computing,

Annual Children’s Concert


Work performed by 2018 Youth Concerto Winner

Plink! Plank! Plunk! conducted by Student Conductor

Carnival of the Animals

Guest Artists
The Dancers of Ballet Brazos
2018 Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition Winner
Student Conductors selected from the audience!

The area’s premiere cultural & educational experience for children.

Brazos Valley Symphony
Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director

9:30am & 11am, January 28, 2019
Rudder Auditorium, College Station

Click on the School Participation button below to find the Official Invitation, Teacher Prep Packet, and other documents for the schools.


Sponsored by:Blue Bell Creameries, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corp., Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO),

From Classics to Jazz


Music Director Marcelo Bussiki invites you to an evening of classics, jazz, and more as Chicago-based composer and jazz pianist Rob Clearfield returns to the BVSO to present a program of original music for string orchestra and jazz quartet, featuring New York-based musicians Caroline Davis (alto saxophone), Sam Weber (bass) and Jay Sawyer (drums). This performance will feature new compositions written just for the BVSO, as well as music from the quartet's upcoming album. During his decade-plus on the big time music scene of Chicago, performing both as a solo artist as well as with a number of bands and ensembles, Clearfield has developed a reputation for lyrical and emotive compositions. Come find out what surprises are in store for you this evening! DOWNLOAD SEASON FLYER HERE

Photo credit: Gulnara Khamatova

Sponsored by:The Clearfield Family,

Mozart for March



Meditation on Mercy

Oboe Concerto, K. 314, C major

Requiem, K. 626, D minor

Guest Artists
Brazos Valley Chorale
Rebecca Fairweather-Haskins, oboe
Soo Yeon Kim, soprano
Jennifer Lane, contralto
Randall Umstead, tenor
Hector Vasquez, baritone

Double your Mozart pleasure this March as Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the BVSO take on two stunning works from the beloved composer. The Oboe Concerto in C, both melodious and expressive, will feature the BVSO’s Principal Oboist, Rebecca Fairweather-Haskins, as she performs this joyous work with the orchestra. At the other end of the emotional scale, experience the monumental Requiem, complete with four talented soloists and the incomparable Brazos Valley Chorale. Mozart died before finishing this work and portions of it were actually composed by others imitating his style, but there is no substitute for experiencing this music performed live in concert, so be sure you are there! DOWNLOAD SEASON FLYER HERE

Sponsored by:The Ham Family Trust,

Premiere Market


Get all your spring and summer shopping done in one place! Just in time for Graduations, Easter, Mother's Day gifts, and summer weddings, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presents its highly anticipated 7th Annual Premiere Market, the only upscale juried market in the seven county Brazos Valley area. The 2019 Premiere Market will be held on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th, all centrally located at the popular Brazos Center in Bryan on Briarcrest Drive.

The Market features upscale merchants selling unique specialty items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry and much more. The 2019 Premiere Market hours on Friday will be from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.


All proceeds go to benefit the cultural and educational programs of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) arts organization.


Like Premiere Market on Facebook!

Sponsored by:The Arts Council, City of Bryan, City of College Station, FedStar Credit Union, H-E-B,

An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.


Join Maestro Marcelo Bussiki and the BVSO for this unforgettable finale to the 37th Season! Special guest Leslie Odom, Jr. took Broadway by storm when he originated the role of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster musical Hamilton and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. His impressive career has spanned television, film and theatre. After making his Broadway debut at 17 in Rent, the acclaimed star of stage and screen has gone on to be featured in television’s Smash, The Good Wife, and Grey's Anatomy and most recently he played the role of Dr. Arbuthnot in Kenneth Branagh's 2017 film adaptation of Murder on The Orient Express. In 2018, he even sang “America the Beautiful” on the NBC Broadcast of Super Bowl LII. Now, he joins the BVSO for what is sure to be a legendary evening of music! DOWNLOAD SEASON FLYER HERE

Photo credit: Nathan Johnson


The 2018-19 Season is sponsored by CHI St. Joseph Health

Buy Tickets

SEASON 37 Detail:

BVSO Season Tickets are on sale NOW! Music Director Marcelo Bussiki has planned an outstanding season that elevates the BVSO to thrilling new levels of live performance in 2018-19. Join us!

Let's Get Social

Connect with us online