The Da Camera Young Artist Program is a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, vocalists, 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, and 2) Offer young students and neglected audiences exposure to great music and talented performers, using music as a vehicle for scholastic exploration and inspiration. Da Camera Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops and school visits. They perform at the Wortham Center; The Menil Collection; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and area hospitals. They are the principal teaching artists for Da Camera’s innovative Music Encounters program.

The 2018/2019 Young Artists are: Theo Chandler, composer; Robert J. Coe, composer; Hope Cowan, harp; Douglas DeVries, flute; Camille Jasensky, soprano; Timothy Krippner, piano; Giancarlo Latta, violin; Michael Lenahan, piano; Austin Lewellen, bass; Ellie Parker, saxophone; Jacob Schafer, violin; Brady Spitz, percussion; Christoph Wagner, cello; Hasmik Vardanyan, cello; Madison Vest, violin; Rainey Weber, viola; and Sergein Yap, viola. The second year fellows are Robert J. Coe, Timothy Krippner, Giancarlo Latta, Jacob Schafer, Brady Spitz, Rainey Weber and Sergein Yap.

Click on the photo to learn more about each Da Camera Young Artist. Look for upcoming performances by the Da Camera Young Artists on our Free Events page.

 

  • Theo Chandler

    Theo Chandler

    Theo Chandler is a composer currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Karim Al-Zand. Chandler is the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters and a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP. He was selected as...

  • Robert Coe 400

    Robert J. Coe

    Robert J. Coe’s music has been heralded as “sweeping, grand, and unspoiled” (Relevant Tones), and has been performed in Europe, Australia, Africa, and throughout North America by such illustrious ensembles as ETHEL (New York City), the Emily Carr String Quartet (Vancouver), the Hobart Wind Symphony (Tasmania), the Anima Vox Duo...

  • Hope Cowan

    Hope Cowan

    Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, harpist Hope Cowan moved to Houston in 2009 to pursue her musical education. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Music degree from Rice University, both under the instruction of Paula Page. Since graduating, Ms. Cowan...

  • Doug DeVries

    Douglas DeVries

    Houston-based flutist Douglas DeVries is currently a Da Camera Young Artist and a frequent guest principal flute of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. He is also the solo flutist of Loop38, a contemporary music collective in Houston, as well as an adjunct instructor at Houston Community College. In...

  • Camille Jasensky

    Camille Jasensky

    Camille Jasensky is making a name for herself in both the opera and musical theater worlds, and is praised for her “clear soprano voice and vivacious stage personality” (Greg Carpenter, General Director of Opera Colorado). Ms. Jasensky made her debut performing with Opera Colorado as Papagena in The Magic Flute...

  • Timothy Krippner

    Timothy Krippner

    Praised as “a true artist” by the late Aldo Ciccolini, pianist Timothy Krippner has won top awards in numerous competitions and performed throughout the United States as well as Italy and Austria. A second-year fellow in Da Camera’s Young Artist Program, Mr. Krippner regularly performs chamber music and has performed...

  • Giancarlo Latta

    Giancarlo Latta

    Fiercely committed to the music of our time, violinist and composer Giancarlo Latta has premiered dozens of works by numerous composers. Recent highlights include duo performances with flutist Claire Chase as part of Da Camera’s 2017-18 season, a premiere of a George Lewis work at the Banff Centre, the U.S....

  • Michael Lenahan

    Michael Lenahan

    Michael Lenahan, a pianist from Toledo, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He is currently studying with Dr. Robert Roux working toward his master’s degree at Rice University. Other teachers include Dr. Robert Saterlee and Dr. Logan Skelton. He has won...

  • Austin Lewellen

    Austin Lewellen

    Born into a musical family, Austin Lewellen played several different instruments before settling on the double bass. Well-versed in both orchestral and contemporary music, Austin has held fellowships at the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie in Austria, and the...

  • Ellie Parker

    Ellie Parker

    British saxophonist Ellie Parker is an active advocate of new music and creative collaboration. A first-year Da Camera Young Artist, Ms. Parker has recently performed at the NASA Biennial Conference in Cincinnati and Lubbock, TMEA 2016, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, World Youth Wind Ensemble Project in Schladming, Austria and the Frederick...

  • Jacob Schafer

    Jacob Schafer

    Violinist Jacob Schafer performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. As a Young Artist with Da Camera, he has performed at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Public Library, and the Galveston Artists Residency, as well as in classrooms across the city. Mr. Schafer is a...

  • Brady Spitz

    Brady Spitz

    Brady Spitz is a Houston-based percussionist and educator, currently leading the percussion studies at Houston Baptist University. Equally at home in the concert hall, on the recital stage, and behind the drum set, Spitz is the former principal timpanist of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the...

  • Hasmik Vardanyan

    Hasmik Vardanyan

    Armenian cellist Hasmik Vardanyan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Tchaikovsky Music Hall in Moscow, Berlin Opera House, St. John Smith Square in London and the Munetsugu Hall in Japan. Ms. Vardanyan is a...

  • Madison Vest

    Madison Vest

    Violinist Madison Vest has performed with multiple orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Fairfax Symphony. Her recital performances have taken her to venues such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ms. Vest has also performed as a showcase performer at The...

  • Rainey Weber

    Rainey Weber

    An active and versatile performer, violist Rainey Weber is based in Houston, Texas, where she is violist of the Carya String Quartet, the Terra Nostra Ensemble, and St. Andrew’s Strings. Committed to chamber music and community engagement, Ms. Weber is currently a second-year fellow in the Da Camera Young Artist Program. Highlights...

  • Christoph Wagner

    Christoph Wagner

    Christoph Wagner is a prize-winning cellist and sought-after chamber musician and pedagogue. He received first prizes at the German Youth Competition Jugend Musiziert, the Ribalta Mozart Italia Competition in Italy, and the Peter-Pirazzi-Competition in Germany. He was also a prize winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition...

  • Sergein Yap

    Sergein Yap

    A native of Miami, Florida, violist Sergein Yap studied with Ivo van der Werff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, with Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory, and with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2016, Mr. Yap was selected as a...