EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
Music Encounters is a Da Camera initiative that brings classical music and jazz into students’ core-curricular classrooms throughout Houston. The mission of the program is to establish creative learning environments that support the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) by promoting collaboration between artists, students and classroom teachers.
Mentors in Music is a series of master classes in which Houston’s most talented student musicians have an opportunity to work directly with Da Camera guest artists. Most master classes are open to the public although some are exclusive to certain school partners.
Exploration, Experimentation, and Creativity:
The Lives and Music of John Cage and Steve Reich
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary Season, Da Camera is launching a year-long residency entitled Exploration, Experimentation, and Creativity in collaboration with Writers in the Schools, guest percussionists Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins, and four schools in the Houston Independent School District.
This residency will explore the music of two seminal 20th and 21st century American composers, John Cage and Steve Reich. Students will discover how each composer explored and experimented with existing musical traditions to develop his own unique musical voice, and connect each composer’s journey to the students’ writing style in their Language Arts classes.
The material covered in the residency is tailored to the specific Language Arts curriculum so that it supports the goals of each teacher by addressing the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills [TEKS]. Students are exposed to ideas that defied established norms and to professional writers and musicians who provide positive adult mentorship.
Da Camera Young Artist Program
The Young Artist Program is a chamber music fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers and composers. This program is designed to achieve two goals:
1) Provide career-expanding experiences and training to the next generation of artists, encouraging them to create music for the community throughout their careers .
2) Offer young students and neglected audiences exposure to great music and talented performers, using music as a vehicle for scholastic exploration and inspiration.
A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. Each concert is designed to deliver Da Camera’s signature programming to an audience including senior citizens, downtown professionals, and homeschool students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. More info.
Stop, Look and Listen! is a series of free chamber music and jazz concerts presented in one of Houston’s most inspiring and stimulating environments, the world-renowned Menil Collection. These museum concerts feature unconventional, interactive concert formats and fun, adventurous musical selections. The programs are often designed to celebrate specific artwork on display in the museum. More info.
Celebrate Jazz in Houston during April, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM).
Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green is a series of free concerts presented each Thursday in April at Discovery Green in downtown Houston featuring jazz vocalists and instrumentalists from the Greater Houston area. The series is presented by Discovery Green and Da Camera of Houston with guest artistic advisor Robert “Doc” Morgan, a retired jazz educator from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts who has taught some of today’s great jazz performers.
Young Artists at AvantGarden
This concert series is set in the picturesque lower-Westheimer bar, AvantGarden. Each month patrons enjoy drinks along with a mix of traditional and avant garde music hosted by Da Camera Young Artists in this intimate setting. More info.
Music at Methodist is a series of free concerts presented on the third Monday of each month from January through April at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Each concert is an opportunity for Da Camera artists to connect with hospital patients and staff in a variety of ways. For those patients who are unable to attend the main concert, the music is recorded and broadcast directly into their rooms and the instrumentalists follow up by visiting floors and rooms to deliver mini-concerts directly to the patients.
Introducing Da Camera Pop-up Concerts. You never know what may pop up around the corner as Da Camera is always looking for new and interesting venues for presenting chamber music and jazz throughout the Houston community to a variety of audiences. Pop-up concerts may take place in schools, museums, office buildings or anywhere else that people congregate.
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For more information Da Camera's Education and Community Initiatives programs, contact Craig Hauschildt, Director of Education and Community Initiatives, at 713-524-7601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.