The Da Camera Young Artist Program is a 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, 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 2016/2017 Young Artists are: Bethany Baxter, soprano; Danielle Chan, percussion; Kyle Comer, guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Ducote, piano; Amanda Galick, flute; Stephanie Gustafson, harp; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Ingrid Hunter, violin; Amelia Love, soprano; Sonya Matoussova, cello; Shane Monds, composer; Ben Morris, composer; Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon; William Shaub, violin

Look for upcoming performances by the Da Camera Young Artists on our Free Events page.

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    Bethany Baxter

    Bethany Baxter is a soprano with growing recognition across the United States. She has been featured as a soloist and in lead opera roles in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Richmond, and throughout Missouri, her home state. She completed her master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Stanley Cornett,...

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    Danielle Chan

    Percussionist Danielle Chan, a native of Houston, is a freelance musician, educator in the Fort Bend District and consultant with the HSPVA percussion studio. She has performed with several organizations including MUSIQA, UH Opera, the steel drum band the Pantagonists, Percussion trio 3G, and the prestigious Moore School Percussion Ensemble....

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    Kyle Comer

    Kyle Comer began studying the classical guitar at age nine and has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions around the U.S., including the University of Colorado’s International Guitar Festival & Competition, and the esteemed Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition. Mr. Comer has performed for a wide range...

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    Callie Denbigh

    American mezzo-soprano Callie Denbigh was a 2014/15 Opera Works Artist at English National Opera in London and is thrilled to join Da Camera as a 2016/17 Young Artist. Described in the Huddersfield Examiner as having “a very wide range and bags of technique”, Ms. Denbigh’s performance experience has spanned the...

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    Wesley Ducote

    A pianist of a wide-ranging repertoire, Wesley Ducote regularly performs works dating from the Renaissance to the last decade as well as the standards in between. His work often attempts to bridge the gaps between disparate realms of repertoire so that their underlying connections result in better informed and even...

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    Amanda Galick

    Amanda Galick is a flutist and educator in the Houston area. A first-year Young Artist, she has performed in many concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Her performance in collaboration with Bing Wang, Inon Barnatan and Harry Bicket...

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    Stephanie Gustafson

    Originally from the Chicago area, harpist Stephanie Gustafson currently resides in Houston, where she is an active performer and teacher. An experienced orchestral musician, she has been Principal Harpist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since August 2015, and has been a guest of the Austin Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra...

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    Ling Ling Huang

    Ling Ling Huang started violin at the age of four with her mother Lilan Z. Huang. She continued studying violin with Fredell Lack from the age of 10 until her admission into the undergraduate program at the Cleveland Institute of Music at the age of 15. There, while studying with...

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    Ingrid Hunter

    Dr. Ingrid Hunter, a violinist native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. She completed her D.M.A. at the Moores School of Music under the tutelage of Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Dr....

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    Amelia Love

    Soprano Amelia Love made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera in 2013, and has enjoyed returning to Austin to perform as Musetta in LOLA Production’s all-female rendition of La Bohème (La Femme Bohème). Ms. Love brings a quirky sense of humor to...

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    Sonya Matoussova

    A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, cellist Sonya Matoussova now resides in Houston, where she is actively involved in the city’s music scene as both performer and educator. In 2014, Ms. Matoussova was awarded First Prize at the Schlern International Music Competition in Italy. She was also a first-place winner...

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    Shane Monds

    Shane Monds is a composer who works in many mediums and frequently collaborates with film-makers, artists, performers and scientists. Each project is a new place for sonic exploration. He has composed music for traditional mediums such as choir and orchestra, film, micro-tonal piano, art installations, Cajun fiddle, traditional Chinese instruments...

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    Ben Morris

    Houston-based composer Ben Morris explores the intersections between jazz, concert music, and storytelling. Described by the Huffington Post as “lovely,” his music takes inspiration from images, places, history, current events, and seemingly inconsequential objects and events, from food to athletic events. Mr. Morris is a prolific composer who frequently crosses...

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    Ben Roidl-Ward

    Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Rice University. Originally from Tacoma, WA, Mr. Roidl-Ward is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he performed on tour with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. His dedication to working with and...

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    William Shaub

    Since his concerto debut with the Canton Symphony Orchestra at age 12, violinist William Shaub has captivated audiences as a soloist and in recitals throughout the United States. The winner of an inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he...