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Help send Brianna to Summer Piano Camp! Donate today. Every dollar counts. Brianna Buss is an incredibly talented fourteen year old piano and violin student at the Arts Council of Wayne County. We were so excited when we found out that she ... More ...

Help send Brianna to UNC's School of the Arts Summer Piano Workshop! Donate today. Every dollar counts.

Brianna Buss is an incredibly talented fourteen year-old piano and violin student at the Arts Council of Wayne County (she's also a great ACWC volunteer). We were so excited when we found out that she was accepted into the prestigious University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts Summer Piano Workshop, June 29 to July 12.  (

The Workshop is a fantastic opportunity for Brianna to learn and grow. “The piano workshop is a two-week program that offers aspiring pianists the opportunity to develop their craft in a supportive and encouraging environment” (

Here’s what Brianna’s piano teacher, Marshall Foster had to say about her -

“I have been Brianna's piano instructor at the Arts Council of Wayne County for about a year and a half. Rarely have I seen a student as highly motivated and as eager to learn and perfect her skills. She plays with a sense of understanding and maturity that I believe is well beyond her years. Even at this stage of her life she is playing music that is more likely to be the focus of a college level student. Indeed, she welcomes the challenge that comes with undertaking advanced literature. Brianna brings to her music sensitive artistry as well as technical proficiency, and her avid interest in music theory enhances these qualities. Her dedication, optimistic manner and enthusiasm will serve her well as she advances in her studies. Brianna is a very talented and unassuming young lady, a true gem, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of encouragement and support.”

Here's link to Brianna's audition video -

Pretty impressive! Please help us make this a wonderful experience for a wonderful child.

FAQs about Brianna

  • the daughter of Msgt/Ret. Brian Buss and Jennifer Buss.
  • She is 14 years old, in 9th grade, and homeschooled via Seton Home Study School of Font Royal, Va.
  • Maintains a 4.0 academic avg (out of 4.0).
  • Is a great big sister to her younger siblings, Caitlin (3) and Ethan (almost 2).
  • She has been taking piano lessons since she was 8 years old. Violin for the last two and a half years through the ACWC. She took Voice lessons Clifton Cuddington.
  • Hobbies (she has been actively involved for the last four years) include Both the Teen Council of SJAFB ( A group dedicated to the needs of Air Force Teens) and the Keystone Club (a joint effort between the military and the Boys and Girls Club of America that focuses on leadership and community service).
  • She is President of both the Keystone Club and Teen Council.
  • While with the Keystone Club, she implemented several service projects –
    • Started pop tab collection for Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC (Greenville).
    • Volunteered at Goldsboro’s Community Soup Kitchen
    • Lobbied for a Music room and the purchase of instruments for base youth to use at the youth center. Provides free peer lessons and support.
    • Participated in a program aimed to reduce teen suicide/self harm
  • Other Hobbies include participation in StageStruck - The Children’s Theatre of Goldsboro.
  • Charlotte’s Web, The Music Man, Treasure Island
  • Loves to read
  • She cantors (sings the solo portion of song/prayer) at Saint Mary’s Church on weekends.. She is a member of The Youth Ministry and assists with the breakfast service held each week (set up, serve, take down, and clean up)
  • Volunteers at Arts Council of Wayne County
  • She represents SJAFB as the 2014 Military Youth of the Year
  • She has also been selected to attend the AF Youth Leadership camp in San Antonio, TX.
  • Participated in Duke TIP’s program in 7th grade
  • Won the 2013 America’s Got Talent competition for SJAFB
  • Was invited to open for the USAF Tops in Blue with her vocal and piano performance of Piano Man by Billy Joel
  • Awarded Congressional Volunteer Service Award – in 2013, she totaled over 170 community service hours between the ACWC, Youth Center programs, etc.)
  • Her educational/college/career goals are to become a professional performer as well as a licensed musical therapist



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Brianna's Reception
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All wonderful contributors will be invited to a reception for Brianna on Thursday, August 7, 6pm to 7:30pm at the Arts Council of Wayne County, 102 N John Street, Golsboro, NC- (919)736-3300. You'll get to meet her, hear her play, and enjoy refreshments.
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