Pan American Symphony Orchestra


The Pan American Symphony Orchestra is the only community orchestra in the United States that presents classical music from Latin America in every concert, along with standard orchestral pieces. Though only four years old, the orchestra has premiered more than fifteen compositions from Latin America, including the U.S. premier of Astor Piazolla’s poetic opera, Maria de Buenos Aires. and highlighted the works of Latin American composers such as Ginastera, Piazolla, Chavez, Moncayo, Revueltas, and Ponce.

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteer musicians. It is the ensemble-in-residence at Trinity College, Washington, D.C.

Sergio A. Buslje, artistic director and conductor, is the creative force behind the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. A native of Rosario, Argentina, Buslje began his music studies at an early age and won the prestigious Alberto Williams Award for Young Musicians when he was only ten years old. He continued his studies in conducting, piano, violoncello, and tuba at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de Bellas Artes, in Buenos Aires. In 1986, he was the Boronda Scholar of Harntell College in California, which enabled him to study music with major artists in the Republic of China and Japan.

In 1990 he was invited by the Ministerio de Cultura de la Nacion de la Republica de Argentina to appear as guest conductor with the symphony orchestras of Rosario, Cordoba, and Santa Fe. Since his debut, he has become a frequently featured guest conductor of those orchestras.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/13/2012: Pan American Symphony Orchestra

The ensemble presents an evening of Latin American music as part of its mission to engage the world’s great Latin American musicians, artists, and composers.

Video 5/26/2010: Pan American Symphony Orchestra

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Argentina’s 1810 Revolución de Mayo, The Pan American Symphony Orchestra—the first orchestra in the nation to focus solely on the musical heritage of Latin American—under the direction of Sergio Buslje, plays a symphonic tribute to the Argentine songbook, including milongas, tangos, and music inspired by Argentine folk genres. Presented in cooperation with the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Embassy of Argentina as part of the series “Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010.”

Pan American Symphony Orchestra