McAllen Performing Arts Center

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Maestro Peter Dabrowski celebrates 19 years as the Music Director and Conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra in the 2019-20 season. Over the course of his tenure with the VSO, the Orchestra has performed throughout Texas (McAllen, Edinburg, Harlingen, Brownsville, South Padre Island) and in Reynosa, Mexico. Most recently, Maestro Dabrowski has led the orchestra in making a new artistic home at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, which is acoustically tuned specifically to the requirements of the VSO. Dabrowski recognizes the founding of the annual VSO Educational Concerts as his most significant achievement, which have introduced nearly 200,000 pre-college students to live orchestral performances.  A native of Warsaw, Poland, Dabrowski is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Over the course of his career, Dabrowski has served as the Associate Conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and as the Music Director and Conductor of the Chicago Philharmonic, UTRGV Symphony Orchestra, South Texas Youth Symphony in Edinburg, American University Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the American Youth Concert Orchestra in Northern Virginia. 

As a guest conductor, he has appeared with many prestigious orchestras such as the Poland National Philharmonic and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw; the Mexico City Philharmonic; the Rossiya Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra and Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra; and the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Chisinau. 


Dabrowski studied conducting and piano at the Warsaw Music Conservatory in Poland and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received master’s and doctoral degrees. He also participated in prestigious conducting courses at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival and in Budapest and Miskolc, Hungary. Among conducting mentors, Dabrowski credits Maestro Yuri Simonov of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for having the most profound influence on his craft.


Maestro Dabrowski’s artistry has been recognized by the Moscow International Music Festival and the Cross Drumming Festival in Warsaw. He has also received special acknowledgments from the Cities of McAllen and Edinburg as well as a place on the City of Hidalgo’s Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame. He has been lauded for the Promotion of Mexican Music by the Mexican Consulate in McAllen and the University of Texas Pan American as a Distinguished Faculty.

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The Valley Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission

to engage and inspire the Rio Grande Valley through live orchestral and ensemble performances,

educational programs and community activities.

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