Bree Ahern

Bree Ahern, cello

A native of Oklahoma, cellist Bree Ahern has been a prizewinner in the Crescendo Music Awards, the Ad Astra String Competition, and a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Young Artist Competition, among others.  A fierce advocate for contemporary music, she has dedicated herself to presenting new works...

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Tinca Belinschi

Tinca Belinschi, violin

Romanian violinist Tinca Belinschi performs extensively as a chamber and orchestral musician. She holds awards from various competitions, including the John Oliveira String Competition, Alhambra Concerto Competition, Remember Enescu International Competition, and The National Music Competition of Romania. Summer festival appearances include the International Music Academy in Austria, Wintergreen Music...

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Theo Chandler

Theo Chandler, composer

Theo Chandler is Houston-based composer, currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Chandler is the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Graduate Music Award from the Presser Foundation, and a Morton Gould Award from...

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Hope Cowan

Hope Cowan, harp

Harpist Hope Cowan performs and teaches throughout the Houston area. Active as both an orchestral and chamber musician, she performs with the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Mississippi Symphony and is a founding member of both the Deciduous and Lynx Trios. A strong advocate for the local Houston harp community,...

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Danny Cruz

Danny Cruz, oboe

Oboist Danny Cruz is an active performer and teacher serving Greater Houston. He developed his skills as an educator teaching at Zwink Elementary (Klein ISD), as a teaching assistant at Louisiana State University, and maintaining a private studio. He currently produces educational videos on the OboeFiles YouTube channel.  Mr. Cruz...

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Malgorzata Goroszewska

Malgorzata Goroszewska, piano

Pianist Malgorzata Goroszewska earned her doctoral degree from Stony Brook University and master’s degree from The Juilliard School. A Polish native, she grew up with affinity for Fryderyk Chopin, and was honored for her interpretations of his music by The Polish Institute in Vienna in 2010. She has also won...

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Camille Jasensky

Camille Jasensky, soprano

Houston-based soprano Camille Jasensky is a second-year Young Artist with DACAMERA. An active performer of chamber music, Lieder, opera, and musical theater, Camille’s career has been multifaceted and diverse. She has portrayed the roles of Beth in Little Women, Mrs. Hayes in Susannah, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Zerlina in Don...

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Mary Grace Johnson

Mary Grace Johnson, violin

Violinist Mary Grace Johnson received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. She made her solo debut with the Nashville Symphony at age 17 and was first prize winner of the 2017...

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Ran Kampel

Ran Kampel, clarinet

Israeli-born clarinetist Ran Kampel enjoys a versatile career of solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances. He has been the principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony, interim principal clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has also performed as a guest musician with...

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Austin Lewellen

Austin Lewellen, double bass

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 recently held fellowships at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, and the Lucerne Festival Academy...

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Ellie Parker

Ellie Parker, saxophone

A keen advocate of new music and creative collaboration, British saxophonist Ellie Parker has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a chamber musician and soloist. Her primary teachers have been Dr. Masahito Sugihara and Naomi Sullivan, and she is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at the University of Houston...

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Masha Popova

Masha Popova, flute

Flutist Masha Popova recently completely a fellowship with the New World Symphony and is currently principal flute with Central City Opera in Colorado. In addition, she has performed as guest principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Ms. Popova was the Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition senior...

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Matt Richards

Matt Richards, percussion

Matt Richards is a percussionist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and principal percussionist of the Missouri Symphony. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New World Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, San Juan Symphony, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Richards completed a Graduate Certificate in...

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Pablo Salido

Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola

Born in Melilla, Spain, Pablo Muñoz Salido is a versatile violist currently pursuing a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Muñoz was a founding member of the Zorá String Quartet, 1st Prize winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Grand Prize and Gold...

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Jake Sandridge

Jacob Sandridge, composer

Composer and sound artist Jacob Sandridge creates music as a method of expressing themes of memory, transformation, nature, and comfort. He understands art as a unique space that allows for the suspension of disbelief, where audiences and performers can experiment with the juxtaposition of ideas that might originate from dissimilar...

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Nicky Sohn

Nicky Sohn, composer

From ballet and opera to traditional Korean orchestras, the wide-ranging talent of composer Nicky Sohn is sought-after across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Characterized by her jazz-inspired, rhythmically driven themes, Sohn’s work has been described as “like John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine on steroids” (YourObserver), “dynamic...

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Chelsea de Souza

Chelsea de Souza, piano

Chelsea de Souza is a pianist from Mumbai, India. A Steinway Young Artist, she has won four All-India piano competitions, the 2010 IIYM international piano competition, and the Global Scholar-Education World Young Achievers Award in Music and Arts. A committed performer of music by living composers, Ms. de Souza has...

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Sebastian Stefanovic

Sebastian Stefanovic, viola

A native of Baltimore, Sebastian Stefanovic is a violist currently studying for his Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. While completing his undergraduate studies at Rice, he organized and presented solo and chamber music performances in venues as diverse as bookstores, dorms, embassies, and concert...

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Christoph Wagner

Christoph Wagner, cello

Christoph Wagner, a native of Germany, is a sought-after cellist who has concertized on four continents. In 2018, he received the Sviatoslav Richter Grant from Rice University, followed by the Amici di Via Gabina Fellowship in 2019. He participated in a summer residency with Street Symphony in Los Angeles in...

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