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Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Immerse yourself in live orchestral music with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra!

  • Experience classical favorites, pop arrangements and world premieres LIVE…the way they were intended to be heard.
  • Join one of the fastest-growing audiences of classical music lovers.
  • Celebrate the world of music in a world-class venue with amazing sound.
  • Introduce the whole family to symphonic music affordably, without worrying about parking or big city traffic.

BSO 2019/2020 Season

2019

Hotel California

October 12, 2019

The Eagles Tribute

The Great Outdoors

November 9, 2019

Handel's Messiah

December 14, 2019

Featuring selections from The Nutcracker

2020

Covering All Basses

January 25, 2020

Featuring Austin Crumrine

Interaction! - The Sequel!

February 29, 2020

Wizards of Music, Wizards of Magic!

April 18, 2020

Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artist Competition

Our Programs

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  • About
  • Volunteer
  • Membership
  • History
  • Affiliations
  • Education
  • Special Events
  • Leadership

About Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra based in southern Brazoria County. Under the direction of Brian Casey, the orchestra presents a full season of classical and pops concerts in The Clarion Music Performance Hall at Brazosport College. Brazosport Symphony Orchestra is registered as a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable and educational organization with the Internal Revenue Services. Donations to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra are tax-deductible.

Volunteer with Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Do you have a dusty instrument sitting in your closet just begging you to play a little tune?
Come be a part of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.

What do I need to do?
All you need to do is come to one of our rehearsals to either listen or join in on rehearsals. We just want to get to know you and would love to meet you.

Do I need to Audition?
No longer do you need to audition. Just come to rehearsals and introduce yourself is all you need to do.

Is there an age requirement?
We welcome everyone to our symphony from high school students on up, no age restrictions here.

What if I don’t play an instrument?
We have other opportunities for you to be involved with the Symphony. For instance there is our Brazosport Symphony League that helps support the Symphony and its players.

Please contact The Center’s volunteer coordinator at (979) 265-7661 or by clicking this link to a full list of volunteer opportunities.

Membership

Full Circle Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2019)

Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Reserve tickets and receive discounts on select workshops and classes with only one membership number!
Membership includes:
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership)
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Membership to Brazosport Center Stages (6 total tickets to any combination of performances in the 2019/2020 season. Reservations required.)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership (Single passes throughout the 2019/2020 planetarium season)
Flex Membership to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (6 total tickets to any combination of concerts in the 2019/2020 season.  Reservations required.  All concerts take place at The Clarion Music Performance Hall at Brazosport College.)

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2019)

Full Season 1 reserved seat for all 6 concerts
Student 1 reserved seat for all 6 concerts (elementary – college students)
Subscriber 2 reserved seats for all 6 concerts
Patron 2 reserved seats for all 6 concerts & Gala invitation
Benefactor 4 reserved seats for all 6 concerts & Gala invitation
Virtuoso 6 reserved seats for all 6 concerts & Gala invitation
Maestro 8 reserved seats for all 6 concerts & Gala invitation
Concert Underwriter Named underwriter for one concert (to be determined), plus 25 tickets to that concert, full page ad in program, 8 reserved seats for all 6 concerts & Gala invitation
Flex 6 tickets for the season to be redeemed in any combination

Flex ticket holders are encouraged to reserve tickets prior to the night of the concert by calling (979) 265-7661 during The Center’s regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) or selecting seats via online ticketing. Tickets may be redeemed the night of the concert, pending availability, at The Clarion’s box office. Be sure to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to the start of the concert to avoid late seating.

History of Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

In 1981, Dr. Samuel Jones, Director of Rice University’s newly formed Shepherd School of Music, contacted Jeralyn Friedli, a former player living in Lake Jackson. Dr. Jones said he had a promising conducting student named Jim Hagberg who wished to become the conductor of a community orchestra after graduation.

In the Spring of 1982, Clayton Gilpin, President of the Brazosport Music Theater, (which later merged with the Little Theater of Brazosport to become Brazosport Center Stages), called Jeralyn to determine the possibility of starting an orchestra under the sponsorship of the Music Theater. Jim Hagberg was invited to attend a meeting with Gilpin, Friedli and Margaret Davis, a local musician with two children who played the violin. Hagberg was graduating from Rice University with a Masters in conducting in May 1982.

Since Hagberg was not available until the summer of 1982, Davis gathered a small group of students and community people to form a string ensemble under the direction of Bill Atkerson, a former high school orchestra director. An August concert was held at the Music Theater and was very well received. In the fall of 1982 that small string group became the nucleus for the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jim Hagberg. Hagberg was hired by the Brazosport Music Theater to conduct one rehearsal per week and three concerts for the 1982-83 season. A sum of $600 was collected from the community and added to the Music Theater treasury, from which Hagberg was paid $50 per month.

In the summer of 1983 Friedli and Linda Claiborne, another mother of a violinist, worked to organize a Symphony Board of Directors and Symphony League. These groups were to operate and maintain the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. A charter was received from the State of Texas in 1983 and Federal non-profit status was received in 1984. The Board of Directors started with nine members, but has increased over time to 27 members. The board is organized into working committees that function well and keep the orchestra operating within budget.

Since 1984, the Symphony has continued to grow in its quantity of players, audience and budget. The quality of its performances has improved greatly and additional concerts have been added. The Symphony and its League continue in their relationship to The Center, as affiliate organizations of Brazosport Center Stages. In 2006, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra moved its rehearsals and concerts to the newly opened The Clarion Music Performance Hall at Brazosport College. Many exceptional soloists have performed with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, both from within the community and outside professionals.

In 2006 the Symphony revitalized its Young Artists Competition for string players. The winner received a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to play with the orchestra. In 2017, the competition was renamed the Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artists Competition, in memory of locally trained music student and performer, Whit Phillips. More information about this competition can be found in the Education section of this page.

Conductors:

James G. Hagberg (co-founder): 1982 – 2003

Dr. John Ricarte: 2003 – 2018

Brian Casey: 2018 – present

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Affiliations

Brazosport Symphony League

Brazosport Symphony League is a dues-paying organization that supports the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra and music education in the community. Prior to each Symphony concert, BSL members meet to learn about the music for that concert. During the concert, League members can be seen helping audience members find their seats and answering questions at The Clarion as ushers. They are also a welcome sight during intermission behind the refreshment counter. To become a member, print and complete the form found at this link and mail to:

Brazosport Symphony League

400 College Blvd

Clute, TX 77531

The Clarion at Brazosport College

The Clarion at Brazosport College is a magnificent 600-seat performance hall designed to meet the highest acoustical standards for today’s live music performances. The beautiful ambience of The Clarion features a stunning, two-story lobby graced with a specially commissioned bronze sculpture entitled “Spirit of Music,” as well as rehearsal halls for vocal and instrumental music, individual practice rooms, faculty offices, classrooms, and green room. The Clarion encompass approximately 29,000 square feet of custom-designed space, providing an exciting venue for the performance, appreciation, and learning opportunities of music.

“Clarion” denotes a medieval trumpet with a clear, ringing tone; the clarion call is a bright fanfare from the trumpet, an instrument that plays a vital part in all types of music. The “Spirit of Music” bronze sculpture in The Clarion lobby will be an impressive angelic figure with clarion aloft, calling all to the appreciation of music. The word clarion comes to our language through Middle English and Old French from the Latin clarus, meaning clear.

More information about The Clarion and its season can be found by going to the following website: https://brazosport.edu/business-community/clarion/

Education

The Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artists Competition

2019-2020 Season 

$1,000 Prize to the Young Artist of the Year 

Prizes also awarded to each category division winner. 

Open to Brazoria County music students grades K-12. Auditions on string, brass, wind, percussion, piano or voice. 

Application deadline: January 20, 2020 

UPDATED! Auditions: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2 PM in 

The Clarion Concert Hall at Brazosport College 

Winners may be invited to perform with BSO: April 18, 2020 

Contest guidelines and applications are available by clicking the link below.

For additional information contact your Orchestra, Band, or Choir Director or private lesson music teacher. 

Click here for the 2020 Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artists Competition application.

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Special Events

Art❤️Strings

Art❤️Strings is a fundraising project to support Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. Hurricane Harvey left many damaged violins in its wake prompting the painting, carving and embellishing of violins and auctioning them to benefit the orchestra. The series has reached seven as it has gained momentum.

A seventh installment of this project is bejeweled and autographed by singer/composer/actress Dolly Parton. More information on this violin coming soon!

Barbecue & Boogie

Each Spring, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra hosts “Barbecue & Boogie”, an annual fundraiser that features great live music, dancing and delicious Texas-style barbecue. The 2020 Barbecue & Boogie will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Lake Jackson Civic Center! Watch this space for more details to come!

Coastal Cruzin’

Join Brazosport Symphony League late Summer for “Coastal Cruzin’”, a fun event featuring live music, great food and a lot of fun. Proceeds go toward the League’s mission to support Brazosport Symphony Orchestra and music education initiatives in the Brazosport area.

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Leadership
Conductor & Music Director
Brian Casey
Concert Master
Darren Tidwell
President
Gary Rodgers
President-elect
Paula Matzke
Recording Secretary
Rachel Cloeter
Corresponding Secretary
Linda Bartholome
Treasurer
Pat Quirk
Vice President
Susan Zollers
Council Member
Neldia Ahlquist
Council Member
Ron Bachman
Council Member
Sandra Blake
Council Member
Wanda Buckner
Council Member
Linda Crummel
Council Member
Kathy Lee Davis
Council Member
Justin Garcia
Council Member
Jeri Gibbs
Council Member
Dr. Frank Grady
Council Member
Dr. Jonathan Grady
Council Member
Carolyn Kent
Council Member
Mingo Marquez
Council Member
Brianna Mitchell
Council Member
Betty Phillips
Council Member
Tere Sandlin
Council Member
Torry Tvedt
Council Member
Emma Jean Tanner

Our Programs

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Set Builders

Once it is built, it is time to add detail and color to the set. Set painters of various talent and experience levels can contribute to this fun and satisfying task. Novices can apply basic “base coats” of paint while more accomplished artists can follow behind add the detail (color, texture, shadow and highlight). Bring the set to vibrant life by volunteering as a set painter!
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Museum Attendant

Museum attendants welcome visitors to Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants also learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibits, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for gift shop sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant also helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the exhibits and artifacts on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Set Builders

During the time a Center Stages play is in production, set builders work on Saturdays (usually 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and, occasionally, during some weekdays, as volunteer availability allows. Volunteers should have a background in safe construction practices, including using various types of power tools. Though not necessary, set construction volunteers are encouraged to bring and use their own well-maintained and safe power tools. Wood is usually the most typical construction material, though occasionally other materials, such as metal, are used.
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Gallery Attendant

Gallery attendants welcome visitors to the art gallery and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibit, Brazosport Art League and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for art sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the art on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.