2021-22 DACAMERA Young Artist Program

DACAMERA Young Artist program is a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. The goal of the program is to encourage musicians to develop the skills necessary to become passionate, forward-thinking and community-focused “citizen artists;” that is, artists who reimagine the traditional notions of their music-making and embrace the role of contributing to society through the transformative power of their art and proactive social engagement.

Candidates for the DACAMERA Young Artist Program are Houston-based emerging professionals who:

  • are interested in performing solo, chamber, or jazz repertoire throughout the Houston community
  • ​are interested in working with teachers in public schools to develop lessons that utilize music to enrich the study of core-foundation subjects
  • ​have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in music
  • are 30 years old or under
  • are able to commit to in-person and virtual visits in Houston schools, to perform in concerts throughout the Houston community, and to participate in career development workshops

Deadline for application is Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Applications from the following musicians will be accepted:

  • Violinists, cellists, pianists, and composers

Application and audition information for instrumentalists

Auditions for the 2021-22 DACAMERA Young Artist Program will take place in-person on Saturday, August 28, 2021 between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Shepherd School of Music. Please submit the following materials by Wednesday, August 25, 2021 via email to eparker@dacamera.com:

Audition Requirements for instrumentalists:

Each audition will last approximately 15 minutes and will follow this general format:

  • Excerpt One (5-6 minutes)
    • Brief introduction of the work as if you are presenting it to a class of 25 third graders
    • A 4-5 minute excerpt of the work
  • Excerpt Two (5-6 minutes) 
    • Brief introduction of the work as if you are presenting it to a group of music connoisseurs
    • A 4-5 minute excerpt of the work
  • Interview (4-5 minutes)

Please note:

  • Applicants are encouraged to select repertoire that is relevant to the Young Artist Program.
    • (Example: chamber music and solo repertoire instead of orchestral excerpts.)
  • The two excerpts must be of contrasting styles.
  • Applicants are expected to supply their own accompanist as needed.

 

Application and audition information for composers

Please submit the following materials by Wednesday, August 25, 2021 via email to eparker@dacamera.com:

Audition process for composers:

Please select two contrasting works that are most representative of your output. At least one of the works should be an example of chamber music for more than one musician. For each work please include the following:

  • Complete score (PDF file)
  • Complete recording (standard audio formats accepted)

During the initial screening process, judges will only listen to one minute of each work.  Please select the minute of music which you would like them to hear and indicate where the excerpt begins and ends on the application form.

Finalists will be selected for a final interview.  The interviews will follow this general format:

  • Short personal introduction
  • Briefly introduce the first work as if you are presenting it to a class of 25 third graders
  • Briefly introduce the second work as if you are presenting it to a group of music connoisseurs
  • Conclude with a 4-5 minute interview

 

Timeline for all applicants:

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021: all applications due
  • Saturday, August 28, 2021: live auditions for instrumentalists
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021: interviews for finalist composers
  • Friday, September 3: all applicants notified of status

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ellie Parker, Director of Education and Community Initiatives at eparker@dacamera.com.