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. DACAMERA Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops and school visits. Young Artists perform at the Wortham Center; The Menil Collection; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and area hospitals and libraries. They are also the principal teaching artists for DACAMERA’s innovative Music Encounters program.

The 2021/2022 Young Artists are: Nils Aardahl, bass; Bree Ahern, cello; Jalen Baker, vibraphone; Nicholas Bissen, saxophone; Chelsea de Souza, piano; Douglas DeVries, flute; Alexander Garde, percussion; Mary Grace Johnson, violin; Daniel Leibovic, composer; Pablo Martínez Martínez, piano; Gavin Moolchan, drums; Shannon Murray, soprano; Keeheon Nam, clarinet; Clara Saitkoulov, violin; Kelsey Sham, harp; Alexandra Smither, soprano; Nicky Sohn, composer; Sebastian Stefanovic, viola; Lucie Ticho, cello; Teresa Wang, violin; Molly Wise, viola

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

Current DACAMERA Young Artists can click here to access the Young Artist Resources Page.

We offer a broad range of repertoire and musical styles in innovative concerts of outstanding musical excellence.

DACAMERA is widely acclaimed for its innovative programming, notably Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg’s unique concerts connecting music with literature and the visual arts.

We believe that openness to new experiences and enthusiasm for learning are vital to human experience.

DACAMERA has a robust Education and Community Initiatives effort, providing community concerts and extensive in-school programs.

Your support ensures that DACAMERA’s programs, both in the concert hall and beyond, remain a vital part of Houston’s cultural landscape.